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post #44 of (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 2011, 06:12 PM
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Re: Maureen Connolly: Most dominant player ever

It was settled for $110,734.01 on 16 January 1958, with Connolly Brinker retaining only one-third of that after attorney's fees and court costs. This was one month after the California Supreme Court upheld a jury award of $95,000 in damages to Connolly Brinker.

I suspect that Norman Brinker put pressure on Maureen to abandon her tennis career. In December 1954, she stated publicly that her wedding was going to be put off for at least a year. He was due to be discharged from the military in 2 weeks, and both concluded that he should be well established in business before the marriage ceremony. One month later, she limited her future tennis schedule to a few major events. One month after that, the comeback was off because of a lack of fire in the belly and the marriage ceremony was on, much to the surprise of her closest friends. I think this is the true, untold story of Maureen's aborted comeback.

But looking back in 1967, Connolly (now Brinker) said this, "I never regretted quitting competition. For the last few years, I've been on summer clinics for about six weeks. As to my injury, I still get cramps in my right foot. I found it impossible to go at top speed in a match, but in clinics I have no trouble. There are no quick stops and starts...."

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