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.
Last edited by GeeTee; Oct 26th, 2011 at 08:24 PM.
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?
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).