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post #16 of 41 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 2004, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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I just got a copy of Bill Tilden's autobiography "My Story." Here's what Big Bill had to say about Alice's game:

"It's an astounding and quite unique game that Alice plays. As I've said, she is the only girl I have ever seen who plays tennis man-wise. Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills and Helen Jacobs, great as they were, played a women's tennis. During her tournament years Alice Marble hit, ran and thought like a man. She served and followed in on service to volley and smash with the same ease that a boy does. She covered court with none of the effort always noticeable in Helen Wills. She had every shot in the game, and a keen brain to direct their use." pg 163


He went on to write:

"I played mixed doubles with her, and for the only time in my life I enjoyed mixed doubles. It was like playing men's doubles. Alice was so sucessful in playing three people-her opponents and myself-that she and I won a majority from Don and Mary." pg 164

High praise from the master. Of Course, he liked Alice a great deal so that helped

Btw, Tilden also praises Eleanor Tennant in this book. He writes:

"I had the pleasure of conducting a series of tennis clinics with Eleanor during our pro tour in 1940. I can say without hesitation that I learned more tennis from her than from anyone before or since." Pg 165
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I spoke to Louise Brough last weekend and she shared some interesting stories on Alice.

Here's a very early pic of Alice from 1931. This is the year she and Teach Tennant first met. Alice was 17 years old and California State Junior Champion.

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Found some cool pics of Alice today.

Here's her with film actress Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. Lombard and Clark Gable were good friends of Alice and often came to watch her play in California.



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A rare pic of Alice in color serving

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This scene from 1950 was very famous. When the USTA wouldn't let "negro" Althea Gibson enter Forest Hills because of her color Alice wrote a blistering open letter to American Lawn Tennis. Shamed at last by the spotlight of publicity,the USTA backed down and Gibson was allowed to play. Thus Alice had a hand in breaking down the color barrier.

Here we see Althea Gibson and Alice walking to the outer court where Gibson's first match was scheduled. You can sense the claustrophobia of the alleys between courts with players trying to push their way through fans.




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Another old thread!

Here's a bit of trivia I didn't know before:

Melbourne, November 1940

But for the war, Australia's most brilliant player Nancye Wynne-Bolton would probably have joined the professional ranks.

Negotiations were in progress with an American sporting goods company but broke down because of the war. Tentative plans had already been made for Miss Wynne to tour with Alice Marble the world champion.

Marble joined the professional ranks a few days ago and is to receive $25,000 and also a percentage of the gate receipts. Mrs Peter Bolton was most interested in the proposal.

"It would have been a marvellous experience" she said "but it was difficult to arrange owing to the war and the matter was dropped. I have hopes that when peace is declared I will be able to visit America and play with Miss Marble"


Soon after this, Mary Hardwick of England was announced as Marble's rival for her first pro matches.
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Alice Marble was also a war hero. She was recruited by US army intelligence to spy in the second world war to obtain lists about Nazis stolen treasures, was successful in doing so and got shot in the back by a double agent. Thank God she recovered.

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BTW - even though it's only 182 pages, "Changing the Game" is an interesting book about Alice and Althea Gibson. I recommend it if you can find a copy for the right price.


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Alice winning at Beckenham, Kent in 1939. She beat Lady Rowallan (nee Gwyn Grimond) 6-0 6-1 in this match.

After her defeat by Helen Jacobs at Wimbledon in 1938 Alice went unbeaten until she turned pro in 1940.

This is a Getty photo:

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Random Trivia:

Was watching "Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comic Books' and the second episode is about Wonder Woman.

When they started playing some B/W Tennis Footage, I was a bit taken aback. It was (I think) the 1938 US Final vs Australia's Nancye Bolton (Wynne back then).

The reason they featured it had me thinking 'oh yeah - have a vague memory of that'. Alice was engaged to write a back-up feature for the comic - "Real Wonder Women" where she wrote stories about real female heroines including sporting heroes.

ETA - a link to more info about this - https://www.themarysue.com/alice-marble-wonder-woman/
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Very cool GeeTee!

I hope you have been doing well.

Your link also linked to this: https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-legends-revealed-333/


RoanHJ was working on a book about Alice. We last had contact over a decade ago, so who knows what happened. What I do know is that Roan pretty much determined that Alice loved to tell a lot of tall tales.

There is no evidence at all for "Joe", the man Marble claims to have married during World War II. There is no good reason I can think of to hide his real identity if he existed. On the other hand there was a good reason for her to invent him. Alice was gay. She was also a marketable player with a feminine image.

The other tall tale she invented was the whole spy story involving "Hans" (another purported boyfriend), Naz spies, and Switzerland in late 1944 and early 1945. The problem with this story is simple: there is no evidence that Marble ever went to Switzerland during the war. Roan and I also checked with the Federal Archives and other agencies-again, no evidence that the OSS ever recruited Marble.


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Alice as the 1931 California Stare champion (courtesy of Roan HJ)



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Bobito posted this phto of Alice in a other thread:




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In 1937



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