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Her name as she liked to tell all of us kids was, Magdelena Maria Berescu Rurac. My brother David, this guy Jay and one other person were like her kids. They were the chosen ones who she trained.
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I can assure you that after their divorce in 1966, Vini continued his tennis tours with my mother, Bi Egnell and Vini and Bi had one child; Me. I never did get the opportunity to meet Magda, but my father always spoke highly of her. Vini's birthday is tomorrow and he shall turn 92 this year. He still plays tennis 3 times a week near Santa Barbara, California where he has lived for the last 40, or so, years.

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I can assure you that after their divorce in 1966, Vini continued his tennis tours with my mother, Bi Egnell and Vini and Bi had one child; Me. I never did get the opportunity to meet Magda, but my father always spoke highly of her. Vini's birthday is tomorrow and he shall turn 92 this year. He still plays tennis 3 times a week near Santa Barbara, California where he has lived for the last 40, or so, years.

Thanks for that additional information. I'm glad to hear that Vini is alive and well and still playing tennis.

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I can assure you that after their divorce in 1966, Vini continued his tennis tours with my mother, Bi Egnell and Vini and Bi had one child; Me. I never did get the opportunity to meet Magda, but my father always spoke highly of her. Vini's birthday is tomorrow and he shall turn 92 this year. He still plays tennis 3 times a week near Santa Barbara, California where he has lived for the last 40, or so, years.
We wish your father a happy birthday Nicolai! It's a major accomplishment to live that long-and to be playing tennis too-I can only dream to be so fortunate.

Please drop in and share any memories or stories you may have about your family
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLPOK...e_gdata_player

This might be of interest here, although it is in Romanian.
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I grew up at Shelter Rock Tennis Club on Long Island. Magda taught tennis there. Her trophies are in glass case when you walk into the club. I met Magda when I was not even a teenager in the 60's. My younger brother David became a protege. He later took lessons at Port Washington Tennis Acadaemy in its hey day. David was the best of the three of us. She was a nice lady. She was a member of the clubs' staff until she died at 75. David and my other brother spoke at her memorial.

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I grew up at Shelter Rock Tennis Club on Long Island. Magda taught tennis there. Her trophies are in glass case when you walk into the club. I met Magda when I was not even a teenager in the 60's. My younger brother David became a protege. He later took lessons at Port Washington Tennis Acadaemy in its hey day. David was the best of the three of us. She was a nice lady. She was a member of the clubs' staff until she died at 75. David and my other brother spoke at her memorial.

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She sounds like a special lady Neil. You were lucky to get coaching from a champ! I interviewed Pauline Betz about a decade ago-and Pauline recounted some stories abotu Magda being the big cheese in ping pong. I think they even toured together playing table tennis.

Pity the war took away her prime years. Did she ever talk about her past?

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She was like a kid. She was fun loving. But she had serious side. My brother David was the star player in the family. She not only played racquet sports, she played soccer (I know because of the way she kicked a tennis ball), she was a golfer and won tournaments. There are so many stories that I heard about her. My Dad who honored her with memorial that was picked up off the wires, tells a great story about her. For years she and the grounds keepers argued over the watering of the har tru courts. So one night he got one of the maintenance guys to water the courts by sprinkler and by hand. Then he took Magda out with keeper and asked them both which court was done by hand and which was watered by sprinkler. That ended the quarrel over watering of the courts.
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I have followed the excellent article of Mark with great interest and was impressed by the amount of details he came up with. By the way, I’ve seen a photo of him when he was still a boy with his brother, in Vini Ruracs archive in December 2007, when I visited him in his house in Summerland, California, just couple of miles South of Santa Barbara. I opted to not select that photo, when he offered me to choose, as I never knew who were the two boys on a tennis court and at the time, as it didn’t tell me anything. Most likely that photo is lost, as Vini did not have anybody around him at the time of his death on January 4, 2013. I might have been the last person he talked to him over the phone, three days before he passed away, on January 1st 2013, wishing him Happy New Year. He sounded perfect mentally, as we spoke in Romanian. Possibly he passed away of a heart attack or a stroke. At the time of his death, he just turned 93, about two weeks earlier, in December 2012. My name is Stephan Benedict, (e-mail: stebep@aol.com) and I had the privilege to meet first Magda in New York, in 1982, at the Boulevard Gardens Tennis Courts, on Northern Boulevard, corner of Broadway, in Woodside, Queens, presently the location of a McDonald, a Staples store and a Citibank branch. At that stage she was already aged about 63 and a little overweight, but extremely warm and generous. I met her again two years later at Shelton Rock Tennis Club, in Manhasset, Long Island, NY, where she was still working as a head-pro and where she left her tennis trophies and cups on display, under a glass cabinet. On same day she invited me to visit her apartment in a two family house in Jamaica, Queens, describing me her entire fabulous life, showing me her trophies, newspaper article clips, and her very interesting archive. On Vini’s direction, I visited the Shelton Rocks Tennis Club in 2005 and the trophies were no more on display, but stored in a basement. At his request, the Club packed all of Magda’s trophies and cups and shipped them to Vini, in California. Later on he confirmed me their receipt, but unfortunately, to my disbelief and disappointment, he took a very bad decision of throwing them away, as they were badly deteriorated, without informing me of that decision, thus never giving me a chance to convince him to keep them until I’ll visit him. The good news however was that on my trip to his home in California, in 2007, he trusted me and bestowed upon me Magda’s tennis archive. Later on I acquired, in addition to those dozens of tennis photos, 20 fabulous photos of her golfing career all taken in Palm Springs, two of them showing a trophy cup, handled to her by the former US President Dwight Eisenhower, an avid amateur golf player in the Desert area. Among other photos and clips, I discovered her autographs book, with the signatures of a host of notable tennis stars and Holywood personalities. Among them: Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzales, Pancho Segura, Tony Mottram, John Bromwich, Geoff Brown, Tom Brown, Jack Branford, Tony Trabert, Helen Perlez, Beverly Baker, Frederic Wakeman (Bermuda), William Kraft, Violet Reams, Frank Shea, Bobie Hartshorne, Little Silver – N.g., Charlie Chaplin, Sherry Caldwell, Bob Caldwell, W.A. “Spike” Kelley, Frances Kelley, Richard B. King, Arthur Larsen, Alice Dail, Doris Popple, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Marie & Dale Linch, Hugh Stewart, Doris Hart, Louise Brough, Margaret Osborne DuPont, Barbara Krase, Hazel Wightman, Midge Buck, Don Budge, Perry Jones, Pat Devany, Mary Mozel (golf pro), Betty James, Daddy Leslie, Laura lou John, Shirley Fry, Derrick Barton, Rosemary Buck, Tom & Betty Denton, Nancy Monson, Vic Seixas, Bobby Riggs, William Tilden, Gardnar Mulloy, Bud Hart, Marta Barnet, Jacques Pauporte, (Frenchman), Marissa O’Brien, Jack Purcel, George Montgomery, Nancy Chaffee, Berniece Bishop, Don Mcneil, Ralph Reynolds, Charles Hary, Bill Sweeney, John Neween, Dorothy Levine, Julianna Copeland, Sophie Tucker, Jacqueline Cochran, Edgar Eisenhower, Jimmy Stewart, Jackey Charlie Corbitt, Sugey Winston, Priscilla Bernstein, Audrey Bird, Howard E. Rogers, Bernard Wolens, Drancie R. Stanton, Helen Perez, Bob Perez, Barbara Short, Alberta Rogers, Virginia W. De Yung, Dee Schutzman, Helga Golling, Earle Carroll Backe, Tom Gorman, Francesca Rowan, Buddy Rogers, the Romanians: Mady Niculescu, Jacque Vergoti, Barbu Niculescu, Nicolae Radescu (head of the government), Brutus Coste, Nina & Mircea Eliade, George Vraca (actor), Camil Petrescu (writer), Nicolae Mishu, Dr. Petru Groza (Prime Minister), Gheorghe Cobzuc, Ilie Nastase, Ion Tiriac, Sever Dron, Petre Marmureanu, Costica Tanasescu, Lucia Romanov, Virginia Ruzici, etc., and dozens of others whose signatures are unreadable. Even these signaled herewith might have misspellings, as I picked them up from hard to read signatures. Several notes: according to Vini, Magda was born Bereski in a Hungarian family in Oradea (Nagyvarad, by Hungarian name). When she moved to Bucharest in mid ‘30th, Romania was becoming more and more fascist. The government of Cuza-Goga elected in 1937 was extremely nationalistic and anti-Semitic. They didn’t last more than three months. The Iron Guard under the leadership of Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, were gaining ground and momentum, until their peak of 1940, when they succeeded in sharing the leadership of the Government with the ruler of Romania, General Ion Antonescu, who decided to join Hitler during WWII. Under these circumstances, Magda changed her name from Bereski to Berescu, in order to sound more Romanian. Upon her marriage to Vini in 1940, she took his name Rurac, a small minority name in eastern Romania, called in Romanian language “lipoveni”. Regarding her defeat of Pauline Betz, the number one tennis player in the world, in the ‘40th, at Monte Carlo Tournament, she ended up winning the tournament in 1947. In the same year she beat Angelica Rozeanu, six time in a row world champion in table tennis, for the Romanian national title (there is a photo of that final in the archive). Since she defected in that year, in 1947, there is a possibility that her winning records were tampered with by the new communist regime of that time, who called her a “traitor”. It is a remarkable and unmatched achievement to beat two number one players in the world in two different sports in the same year. That record might never be achieved by anyone in the near future, at the professional level. Also, as an additional achievement, Magda Rurac defeated Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (half German, half Danish player), in the final of the European Championship becoming in 1947, Champion of Europe. Among other outstanding performances of Magda possibly mentioned before, were two victories over Althea Gibson in the finals of two Florida tournaments, and other two victories over Shirley Fray, a former Forest Hills champion in the mid ‘50th.
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An Article in French.

A ajuns in primele 10 din lume si a fost una dintre cele mai bune sportive din istoria Romaniei! Povestea campioanei de care Romania a uitat: - www.sport.ro


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I have posted in the summer of 2015 on Magda Rurac. Originally it was posted, but now it's missing! Any idea why? Stephan Benedict
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It's not in French.

Looks like Romanian to me (but I'm not sure).
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