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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 2011, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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BFTP Trivia Game

OK, there is a fair bit of knowledge in this forum about tennis history and I thought a bit of a trivia game might be interesting..

I suggest that someone poses a tennis question and the first person to answer correctly gets to ask the next one.

If a question seems too difficult, perhaps a clue could be given each day that the question goes unanswered.

Anyway, let's see what happens:

Q1: What significant accomplishment did Marjorie Van Ryn (USA) become the first woman player to achieve?
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Re: BFTP Trivia Game

a bit more significant than that!
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Nope sorry. None of the above. Nothing to do with age or US titles.
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Is the mod allowed to play or should he give a hint?

P.S. While waiting for GeeTee to reply I'll hint. Remember he is an Aussie!
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Re: BFTP Trivia Game

Was she the first foreign female to take part in the Australian Championships?
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Was she the first foreign female to take part in the Australian Championships?
She certainly was (at least the first American) but that's not actually the answer.

And yes - the mod can play..
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Re: BFTP Trivia Game

OK - I said another clue per day, if no-one answers correctly, so here we go...

Q1: What significant accomplishment did Marjorie Van Ryn (USA) become the first woman player to achieve?

Clue: Nowadays, all the players do it. Back then very few did it.
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Re: BFTP Trivia Game

Aha-would she have been the first female to contest all four grand slam events in the same year?
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Rollo is nearly correct but I think I'll give it to him!

Van Ryn was the first woman to play in ALL of the four Grand Slam events. She didn't manage it in the same year though (I think she only played the French in 1931).

If I've counted right, only ten women managed this achievement in their careers prior to 1950.

1933 Marjorie Van Ryn USA

1935 Nancy Lyle GBR
1935 Evelyn Dearman GBR

1938 Dodo Bundy USA
1938 Do Workman USA
1938 Nell Hopman AUS
1938 Nancye Wynne AUS
1938 Dot Stevenson AUS
1938 Thelma Coyne AUS*

1949 Doris Hart USA

The first women to compete in all Grand Slams in the SAME year were the Australian trio of Nancye Wynne, Nell Hopman and Dot Stevenson in 1938. Thelma Coyne would have joined them, but she had to default in singles and doubles at the French because of illness.

* I included Thelma in the above list as most records show her as an entrant in the 38 French. Technically, she didn't really play in all four slams until 1951 where she made the QF at Roland Garros.

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I can say I've learned something new about tennis today GeeTee!

And will see if I can come up with a trivia question soon....
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Ok-here goes-A trifecta of questions......

What international player saved up money to go on tour by working as bank teller? She saved her money rather than robbed the bank, but tennis turned out to be a good investment, as her career winings exceeded 1 million $.

Which famous player worked for a time as a masseuse?

And as we are near Halloween-Can you name the player who married a famous horror writer?
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The masseuse question is too easy: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory. Her occupation is why she emmigrated to Canada and then the USA, where she entered tennis tournaments on a lark and quickly realized that she was among the best in the world (if not THE best).

Prominent women tennis players: http://tennis-women.blogspot.com
Billie Jean Moffitt King's playing career: http://billie-jean-moffitt-king.blogspot.com

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I think a) is Wendy Turnbull
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Ok-here goes-A trifecta of questions......


And as we are near Halloween-Can you name the player who married a famous horror writer?
Would that be Linda Tuero who married The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty ?
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You are all correct! Well done.

I guess any of you should feel free to pose our next trivia question.
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