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ALVAREZ, JUDY
United States
Born 2 April 1943
Married Frederick “Fred” Campbell, circa 1964-1965 (by 22 August 1965) Divorced in October 1968 in Hillsborough County, Florida
[Active: circa 1960-1966, 1970-71,1974]

A Floridian who achieved success in the early 1960s, she felt discouraged and gave up tennis until the Slims circuit in the 1970s. Judy had her best win over Multiple slam winner Darlene Hard at the Dixie tournament in 1963.

[From the Judy Alvarez thread]

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For a first-round doubles match, Alvarez and partner Carol Caldwell were put on famed Centre Court, right after a Rod Laver singles match. Alvarez looked ready, as she walked back to the service line to begin the match. Except for one thing. She had left her racket at her chair.

"When it was obvious I didn't have my racket, you could hear all this mumbling,'' Alvarez said. "Anyway, I got my racket and as I walked back out, I held it up so everyone could see it. Everyone applauded. Carol and I lost, but the crowd was behind us the whole time.''
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For Alvarez, 1963 forever will be bittersweet. She beat fellow Americans Billie Jean King, Darlene Hard and Donna Fales, only to be left off the Wightman Cup squad. Crushed by what she considered a political and perhaps discriminatory decision - Cubans weren't exactly commonplace in tennis - Alvarez quit the tour. She was ranked No. 6 in the U.S. at the age of 21.
Declared a pro by the USTA on January 20, 1966. The reason cited was her paid position at Tampa Carrollwood Golf and Tennis Club. Judy was ranked #5 in the US in 1965. She was the RU in a St Petersburg event in 1970, more or less ending her career in 1971, though she shows up in 1974 in local Florida events.

In the late 1970s Alvarez dominated 35 and over events. Eventually she operated her own tennis academy in Tampa, which she later sold.

Titles:

Trinidad in 1964, Clearwater in 1971 and Vero Beach in 1972.










Sources:

Judy Alvarez (What could have been) - TennisForum.com [A Blast thread]

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ANTHONY, YOUTHA (Youtha Constance Anthony)
Australia (Victoria)
Born 1905 Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Died ????
Married (1) Edward Young 1933 in London,England
Married (2) Douglas Witcher in 1950
[Active circa 1927-1933]

Victorian player of 1920s, played in Europe and England in 1928 (including the French and Wimbledon) and early 1929

South Yarra Champion 1930
SA Doubles Champion in 1927 (with Esna Boyd)
Australian Mixed Doubles final in 1927 (with Jim Willard), she made the Aussie singles QF in 1930

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ANDERSSEN, ANNA (Anna S Anderssen)
Norway

1933 Norweijian Indoors winner

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AMENDE, “GERTA” (Gertrud Amende)
Czechoslovakia
Born 01 November 1902 in Kladno (now in Czech Rep.)
Died 04 February 1978 in South Africa
Married (1) Zdenko Horovsky (01 Oct 1863-27 Nov 1937), their son born 29 Jan 1930
Married (2) Adam Sternberg (14 Apr 1902-09 Apr 1958)

She is the daughter of Marie Bertrand

http://www.joern.de/stammb/fam00152.htm

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AMENDE, MARIE (nee Marie Bertrand)
Austria
Married to Paul Amende by 1902
daughter Gertrude born 1 November 1902 at Kladno, Bohemia.

Austrian Champion in 1905 and 1914. Defaulted in the 1908 Olympics.

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AMIACH, SOPHIE
France
Born 10 November 1963 in Paris, France
Height: 5' 5"
Righthanded
[Active 1980-1995]

1984 Australian QF was the slam highlight of her career. She lost 6-2 6-1 at that stage to Chris Evert-Lloyd. This was her only year inside the top 100.

The 1985 World of Tennis Annual states she lived in Nice, the town of her birth. Her own website stated she was born in Paris and moved to Nice at the age of 2. She was introduced to tennis at the afe of 4 by her father Roland, a dentist who built a tennis court in Antibes.

Sophie has resided in the United States since 1988. She moved there to be coached by Billie Jean King after an injury. Considering retirement, she was convinced by King to give it another go. Amiach contested in singles at all 4 majors from 1981 to 1993.

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I have Billie-Jean King to thank for all she did for me and for being such a positive influence in my life, not only as a tennis player, but also as a great person and friend
Year-End WTA Ranking

1980: #183
1981: #167
1982: #160
1983: #196
1984: #076 [Career high of #54 on 02 April 1984]
1985: #121
1986: #225
1987: #504 (ranking drop due to injury)
1988: #211
1989: #129
1990: #225
1991: #235
1992: #235
1993: #198
1994: #229
1995: #440




Sources:

1985 World of Tennis, page 293


https://web.archive.org/web/20120402...ie/default.asp [Her fprmer website]

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ABBAS, BETSY (nee Betsy Venter)
Great Britain/South Africa/Egypt
Married Abbas (married between December 1950- early 1952), an Egyptian national.
[Active 1947-circa 1961]

RU at the Egyptian Chmps in 1947.

Single when she played the French in 1949-she was listed as a South African, but played the mixed at Wimbledon with an Egyptian. She is still unmarried when RU at a mixed event in Cairo on 26 November 1950.

She was Mrs Abbas by 1952, when she was RU at Alexandria.

Her highlight at a major event was reaching the QF at 1960 French Chmps.

Wimbledon Record (entered 1949, 1952, and 1954.)

Singles: 2-3 (3R in 1952)
Doubles: 4-3
Mixed: 4-3

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http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...3d4dfc4_LS.pdf

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ADAMSON, Mrs (nee ????)

1914 RU in Alexandria, Egypt

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ADAMSEN, SIGNY
Norway

1927 Norweigian Champ. She represented the Oslo Tennis Club.

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ADDISON, LILY (Marion Lillian Addison)
Australia (Victoria)
Born 23 December 1885 in Adeliade, South Australia, Australia
Died 27 November 1982
[Active 1904-at least 1925]

The first Australian woman to play at Wimbledon in 1919 (where she made the mixed doubles semi-final).

[From Gee Tee]

Lily Addison became known as a tennis player of note in 1904 when she and Doctor Eric Pockley won the Victorian mixed doubles championship.

In 1906 she won the Victorian singles title, defeating the four-time champion Lorna Gyton. She won this title again from 1908 to 1911 and amazingly one more time in 1921 (aged 36). She also won state singles titles of NSW (1910) and SA (1906, 1908-1910) and represented Victoria in the traditional team matches against NSW and SA.

After her brother and occasional mixed doubles partner, JJ Addison, was killed in action during World War I, she served as a nurse in Salonika.
In 1919, she became possibly the first Australian woman to compete at Wimbledon, reaching the second round of singles and the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.

In the 1920s she became Matron at Geelong Colleg and though her play became less frequent, she was still good enough to be ranked #5 in the Victorian state tennis rankings of January 1925[/list]List of Titles

Victorian Championships 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1921
New South Wales Championship 1910
South Australian Championships 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911


Miss Addison in 1914 (from State Library of South Australia.


Sources:

Lily Addison - first Aussie at Wimbledon
https://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=396520http:

[Australian Women's Register-Includes many primary sources]
http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE4545b.htm

//www.womenaustralia.info/blog/2010/06/22/using-the-online-community-to-create-history/

[Thanks to GeeTee for this biography and to Andrew Tas for her birth and death dates]

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ADDISON, MURIEL
Australia (Tasmania)
1920s, possibly Lily Addison's sister who played for Victoria

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AGASSI, RITA
United States
Born 18 October 1960 in Chicago, Illinois
Married (1) Ricardo Alonso "Pancho" Gonzales (1928-1995) on 31 March 1984-divorced in 1989. son Skylar born in 1986.
[Active 1978-1980]

Most famous as the sister of Andre Agassi and wife of Pacho Gonzales. Her tumultuous relationship with her father led her to abandon top flight tennis. Rita's father routinely made her hit over 5,000 tennis balls a day. Some speculated her marriage to Pancho (her coach at the time) was a way of getting away from her controlling father. Over 32 years her senior, Pancho and Rita lived together from 1981.

Rita was so stressed by her dad in her she took anti-anxiety pills and had an ulcer at 13. Rita says she could not play without taking medication.
Unusually for the time Rita had a two-handed forehand.
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Mike on his daughter: "The fact is, I ruined tennis for Rita by pushing her too hard," Mike admitted. "My theory was, if you hated losing enough, you wouldn't lose, and so I harangued her half to death. For Rita, I made sure it was tennis all the time. When Rita's friends were at the movies, out having a good time, Rita was on the tennis court -- always," Mike said. And what was the result of all this programming? "By the time she was 13, the kid had bleeding ulcers," Mike lamented. As you might expect, there comes a point where you get pushed hard enough, something's going to give. "She was like Andre: headstrong and feisty, competitive, and very self-motivated. Any time I pushed her, she pushed right back, even throwing games and sometimes entire matches to make her point. Just to spite me, she married tennis legend -- and world class ***** Pancho Gonzalez, who was 32 years her senior."
She was not close with her brother, at least as of 2000. Her words reveal the rift but not its' source:

Rita, a teaching pro at Bally's, has been estranged from Andre for many years. She cited personal reasons for their rocky relationship.
"I can't stand him," she said. "His name is not allowed to be said on my court. There is no water under the bridge or over the bridge. There is no bridge.
"It's not that I wish him harm. I hope he has a good life. Just a life away from mine."

The Agassi clan-Rita is to the right of younger brother Andre and her father.




Sources:


https://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-...assi-rita.html [A Blast Thread]

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/...yerid=20007407

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

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AHLUWALIA, AMREETA
India
Born 25 October 1960
Married Balachandran

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AHMED, PARVEEN (nee Parveen Sheikh)
Pakistan
Married a Mr I. N. Ahmed by 1962. Single in 1953
[Active from at least 1955-1963]

Listed as Mrs PN Ahmed when she played Wimbledon in 1963. Also toured Europe in 1955-56.

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AIGHTON, Miss R
Great Britain

1914 winner in Alexandria, Egypt

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