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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 2004, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Need some player info, all eras

Hey, Blast Force. One last thread trawling for information. I'm finishing up... something... and looking to add some interesting "Did you know" tidbits about top players of the past and present. These could be something related to their tennis career, such as the one I'm using for Novotna (her losing her first international match in the juniors to Steffi) to some really interesting offcourt info or hobby. I'm not looking for career achievements, which I have for many (although I could use some for the older players). I have assembled info for most players, and just need a tidbit for the following:

M.Watson, Hillyard, Dod, Hansell, Cahill, J.Atkinson, Cooper-Sterry, E.Moore, Douglass-Chambers, Sutton, Wightman, Browne, Mallory, Jedrzejowska, Palfrey, T.Long, Lizana, Osborne, Betz, Tennant, Hard, Haydon, L.Turner, Lehane, Dalton, Richey, Durr, Casals, Wade, A.Smith, Jaeger, Hingis, Davenport, Serena, Ruano, Suarez.

Also looking for memorable matches (not necessarily long ones, just noteworthy), Strange occurences, Humorous Occurences, and interesting personalities from women's tennis history. This will all come together very shortly (hopefully within 24 hours). I think it will be worth the wait.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 2004, 02:10 PM
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Lehane was the first woman to use two hands on the backhand and reach a slam final.

Navratilova is still the only woman to win the Fed Cup for two different nations.

Lottie Dod made a lot of the other mad because as a young girl she wasn't required to wear long skirts. The "Little Wonder" could scamper around the court while the other women often had to use one hand to lift their skirts so they run!

Lottie was an Olympic medalist in another sport (maybe archery?)-this must be unique.

I know she's not on your list, but one American socialite champ (Maud Barger-Wallach) was so prone to ailments that she had a nurse on hand at all her matches.

Anita Lizana was the first South American to win a slam. After her win she was mobbed by her countrymen. Overcone with excitement, "the senorita" (I love how papers back then always called players senorita, Fraulein, Mademoiselle, etc) fainted dead away. The picture of her being carried out of the stadium like a corpse on the shoulders of several men is a classic!

The senorita married a Scot, and Gallofa told us that years later when she returned to Chile she needed a translator because she could no longer understand Spanish.

In the match point thread I posted about a match on the Riviera where a British player got to match point in her favor and defaulted! It was the semis too. She had a plane or train to catch and just couldn't be bothered I guess!

Which brings to mind Hana Mandlikova walking off the court against Sylvia Hanika at Monte Carlo in 1981 in the final in the middle of the 3rd set. She had a plane to catch for an exhibition in South America.

Molla Mallory listed her job as a masseuse when she came to Americas in 1915.

Always thought Chris evert's first Italian was funny. They shouted "dai, dai" at her. She thought they meant "die" when they were only encouraging her.

The catfight award goes to two Germans-in 1928. See this thread.

Aussem's mother was convinced Von Reznicek was giving her daughter the "evil eye" and said so to the German federation and the press. Reznicek demanded she take back her words. When mama Aussem refused Reznicek gave her the fist.

Think Anna Kournikova with all her double faults was bad? In 1957 a Miss Amorin served 17 STRAIFGT double faults in the seconf round of Wimbledon. She lost in 3 sets.

Best of luck Brian-we're looking forward to what you come up with

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Brian-i bumped up the thread on early women's tennis. The 1998 US fianl is especially noteworthy-it was highway robbery!

And [email protected] 1908 champ Sterry bicycling home after winning.

The quotes are from her nephew:

'Ah yes, Aunt "Chatty",' Tony Cooper said. 'Of course I remember as a child being taken by her to Worple Road.

'Extraordinary, isn't it. You know she was in the days of May Sutton, Lottie Dod and that incredible Irish champion, Maud Watson. Aunt "Chatty" first won the championship in 1894, then five times in all, and I think I'm right in saying that she never heard the ball bounce because she was stone deaf. She was very accurate, of course, and she always knew exactly what the score was. In 1908, at the age of thirty-seven, which was getting on in those days, she was the oldest woman ever to win Wimbledon. That year she won all three events.

'Aunt "Chatty" used to live with her parents in a red-brick wistaria-covered house called "Founhope" in Ewell Road, Surbiton. In fact, it was right next door to the house where I was born. One day in 1908 my father, Harry Cooper, was in the garden with a chum of his, pruning the roses or wistaria or something, when "Chatty" arrived on her bicycle. He called out to her, because everyone was fond of "Chatty". She was that sort of girl. ' "Where have you been, 'Chatty'?"

'Propping up her bicycle, she replied: "As a matter of fact I have been to Wimbledon and I've just won the championship."

' "Oh, have you," replied my father, and went on with his pruning.

It was all taken rather for granted in those days. My aunt was, in fact, a jolly good player and even if she did wear a huge skirt almost to the ground and black shoes and stockings, she never served underarm and always used to rush up to the net. I remember that she cinched in her waist with a wide belt, the sort boys wear, with two silver buckles.'
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Ann Haydon Jones was a three times beaten finalist in the World Table Tennis Championships singles in the 1950's but never actually won it. She is a very underrated character in many ways. BJK once famously said that Ann saw life for what it was-crazy. I salute them both.
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