Re: Kathy May
Kathy May was one of my favourite players in the Seventies! I always think she was overlooked in her day, and long-forgotten now. She was primarily a base-liner but had good results on all surfaces. She reached the QFs at Roland Garros twice, and also the Quarters at the US Open in 1978, beating Betty Stove, and coming close to toppling Wendy Turnbull, as Rollo remembers. She avenged that loss in the following US Open in the 3rd round, before going down to Billie Jean King in the fourth round. As jaytee remembers, she was seeded 12th at Wimbledon in 1977, though she was actually 17th on the computer going into the championships. I thought Wimbledon were rewarding her for not playing WTT and playing the European clay events and the minor British grass events in the first year that most of her Top 20 peers didn't! She won the US Clay Courts title in 1976, and had the kudos of beating Martina Navratilova in the first round of the VS of Dallas in 1977!She peaked at No.10 in July 1977, and from the end of 1976 to the end of 1979 was pretty much always ranked in the Top Twenty. She married Brian Teacher in February 1979, and her always-sparingly-played schedule was curtailed even further after that until she retired after the US Open in 1980. She became Kathy May Paben at some time in the 80s. In August 1990 she entered a WTA main tour event in Albuquerque and even after a full decade away was able to beat top 100 player Alexia Dechaume and push Ann Minter! Later she was Kathy May Fritz, and I think she's won at least one US Open senior doubles title (with Virginia Wade, I think) in the last few years. I read an article about Kathy in the 70s in World Tennis that suggested she wasn't particularly motivated as she came from the wealthy May family (May Co. department stores?)-this didn't mean much to a Brit. PamShriver: Alysia May was (still is, I imagine!) Kathy's much-younger sister, not niece. Kathy came from a family of seven female siblings! Amanda, Dalynn, Tommee, Alysia,, Anita and Gloria were the others. (Just had to look that up in an old WTA tour guide from when Alysia was playing!)
One final thing: As a schoolboy I wrote to Kathy a couple of times back when she played, and she always replied and sent photos. One year at Wimbledon (1979)she arrived early on an outside court for a 2nd round match vs. Alycia Moulton and was sitting on her chair waiting for her opponent and all the groundspeople and I went on court and introduced myself and we had a good five-minute chat about her game, her season to date, and the seedings at that Wimbledon! Can you imagine that happening today?!! (BTW Kathy won that match, and went out to Chris Evert-LLoyd on Centre Court two days later...)
Last edited by Declan; Jul 7th, 2008 at 12:26 PM.