Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis
The 1950s started out with total American domination as the old guard of Brough, dupont, and Hart held firm. But in 1951 a tiny dynamo named Mo Connolly came along and like a shooting star lit up the game for 4 short seasons before a tragic accident took her out of the game.
With Mo gone titles were split, with the old guard winning their last slams and Shirley Fry finally getting her due. Most attention from 1956 to 58 though centered on Althea Gibson, who first made news for breaking the color barrier in tennis in 1950 with the help of Alice Marble. In becoming world champion in 1957 Althea finally saw her dreams fulfilled.
The decade ended with American domination finally over. British gals once again were set to challenge for slams, the Aussies were about to experience a women's tennis revolution, and Latin sensation Maria Bueno became the first undisputed female #1 from South America in 1959. At last the women's game had gone truly global.
Last edited by Rollo : Sep 14th, 2002 at 08:22 AM.