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Jan 27th, 2015 07:36 AM
DennisFitz
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

I saw Frankie at this year's Australian Open (on TV). Sitting in a player's box. And blimey, for the life of me I can't remember the player! She wasn't French, but it was quite surprising to see Frankie there in a player box.
Nov 20th, 2014 09:10 PM
Sumarokov-Elston
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

Hello, Kathy. Frankie Durr was celebrated for her orthodox shots. But I don't recall her ever hitting the likes of this very bizarre "lobbed dropshot", which bounces about ten feet in the air (on grass!). Really, what were you thinking of?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfstP_fuNrk
Nov 19th, 2014 03:52 PM
Kathy Rinaldi
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

Franky has been reported missing, her last known whereabouts was setting off on an expedition to explore Nathalie Tauziat's gusset to find a couple of mislaid tennis balls from a recent practice session they had. I hope she's safe.
Nov 19th, 2014 03:09 PM
Hugues Daniel
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

Pretty fine video here of a 1976 double match between Durr/Nagelsen vs Evert/Shaw.

Time to appreciate some 70's play. And Frankie's especially. Funny court!



Best rally at 16:20, Durr serving. It gives a good idea of her curious style, which makes me think she was pretty much the Radwanska of her days!
Nov 18th, 2014 01:07 PM
Hugues Daniel
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

So she actually had a single backhand? I thought it was a double one on the bits I've seen on YouTube against Virginia Wade (1973 Wimbledon). That's because she keeps her left hand on the racquet until she hits the ball. A very original backhand anyway.

We need more videos of that player, her style is intriguing.
Jan 10th, 2013 09:56 PM
tennisvideos
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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She's wonderful, I agree tennisvideos. You are so lucky to know her personally. She's such a fun lady.
Very lucky. It's just unbelievable how a series of events unfolded to allow me to first of all meet Frankie initially, and then to become good friends. Certainly it was something I never expected, but it has all been like a dream for me considering she was my lifelong tennis idol since I first saw her hit a tennis ball on TV back in the 70s.

It's funny how my tennis video collection repaid itself many times over the years (and still does) not with money but with being able to meet tennis legends from around the world.

Anyway, I got a beautiful email off Frankie just a week ago saying how much Jessica and her are missing us all in Australia at this time of the year. So it's great to know she had such a memorable time with us ... that gives me a huge buzz.
Jan 10th, 2013 01:16 PM
Double Fault
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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Oh dear.

To cover my shame I can only say that a good thing doesn't suffer from being repeated.
Extremely true.

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Are you aware of our other Durr related threads?
Yes, thanks, Rollo. I mainly lurk around the forums these days, but I keep up with all the threads. I love reading about the elder generation of the tennis fraternity. They made the game what it is today.
Jan 10th, 2013 01:04 PM
Rollo
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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That's the same video I posted above (post 10) Rollo.
Oh dear.

To cover my shame I can only say that a good thing doesn't suffer from being repeated.

Are you aware of our other Durr related threads?
Jan 9th, 2013 08:47 PM
Double Fault
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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Here is a recent video of Francoise talking about her experience in the firt Fed Cup in 1963. I have to say you are still tres jolie Frankie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Her9OE_TgwI
That's the same video I posted above (post 10) Rollo.
Jan 9th, 2013 08:46 PM
Double Fault
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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Haven't seen it but loved hearing her voice again. We were privileged to have her and her daughter Jessica stay with us for a week last year and it was wonderful to hear her accent and laughter every day. There were many times she would be crying with laughter and tears streaming down her face as she recounted funny stories from her days on tour. What a wonderful woman and Jessica was adorable too!

The thing about Frankie is that she is so down to earth and has a wonderful sense of humour. And that to her crazy tennis game and you have a triple threat!
She's wonderful, I agree tennisvideos. You are so lucky to know her personally. She's such a fun lady.
Jan 9th, 2013 08:36 PM
Rollo
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

Here is a recent video of Francoise talking about her experience in the first Fed Cup in 1963. I have to say you are still tres jolie Frankie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Her9OE_TgwI
Jan 9th, 2013 08:55 AM
tennisvideos
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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Has anyone seen this nice little video of Frankie? I love her accent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Her9OE_TgwI
Haven't seen it but loved hearing her voice again. We were privileged to have her and her daughter Jessica stay with us for a week last year and it was wonderful to hear her accent and laughter every day. There were many times she would be crying with laughter and tears streaming down her face as she recounted funny stories from her days on tour. What a wonderful woman and Jessica was adorable too!

The thing about Frankie is that she is so down to earth and has a wonderful sense of humour. And that to her crazy tennis game and you have a triple threat!
Jan 9th, 2013 02:19 AM
Double Fault
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

Has anyone seen this nice little video of Frankie? I love her accent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Her9OE_TgwI
Jun 4th, 2012 11:52 AM
tennisvideos
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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I asked Bud Collins who worked for CBS in 1969 on his website if this match was televised. He said no. Was that a film clip?
Sorry to get back to you 5 years later but I just saw this link when searching the internet lol. Yes, the 1969 clip was a news clip.
Feb 5th, 2007 08:35 PM
trivfun
Re: Where is Francoise Durr Browning?

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Hi there. I did ask Boyd if they had any pics of them at the USO but he doesn't think so.

I do have a video clip of them winning the match including each set point and also the match point.

If memory serves me correctly, Frankie's partner pulled out with an injury at the last minute so Darlene entered as a wild card with Frankie. Something like that I think.
I asked Bud Collins who worked for CBS in 1969 on his website if this match was televised. He said no. Was that a film clip?
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