Her obituary in 2001 from the Daily Telegraph
MARY HARE, the tennis player who has died aged 88, was one of the last links with the halcyon days of British tennis in the 1930s, when the social and competitive aspects of the game entwined far more easily than today.
Ruth Mary Hardwick was born on September 8 1913 into a well-established lawn tennis family. From childhood, tennis was her enduring passion, first as a player, later as a touring international coach and always as an effervescent and dedicated ambassador for the game.
In her playing days Mary Hardwick's many successes included her membership of Britain's Wightman Cup teams in 1936, 1937, and 1939.
She won the Scandinavian title three times, the French indoor title, was a semi-finalist at Forest Hills in what is now the U S Open and reached her ranking peak in 1937 when she was listed number two in Britain and seventh in the unofficial world rankings.
That year she lost a final set 11-9 against Alice Marble, who in 1939 was the Wimbledon singles champion.
With the advent of war, Mary Hardwick turned professional and was appointed a touring representative by Wilson Sporting Goods.
That took her to the United States, where she met Charles Hare, a former British Davis Cup player and U S Open referee, whom she later married. They lived in Chicago for many years, as well as keeping a house in Wimbledon.
Mary Hare was a great stylist with a long stroking forehand and an equally full sweep of the backhand. She toured in America, giving exhibitions first with Alice Marble and later with Bill Tilden, Bobby Riggs, Don Budge and Jack Kramer. She was also a supporter and fund-raiser for military charities.
After the war, when both were instrumental in organising the first post-war tennis match at The All England Club between American and Allied Forces, Charles and Mary Hare, both members at Wimbledon and the West Hants Club in Bournemouth, became a familiar, respected team in the world of tennis.
Mary's brother Derek, meanwhile, became a leading international tennis administrator as chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association and later President of The International Tennis Federation.
Nancy Jeffett, president and co-founder of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, established to commemorate the successes and ideal of Maureen Connolly ("Little Mo") renewed what became a long-standing friendship with Mary Hare after one of her coaching-clinic tours had taken her to Tyler in Texas, close to the Jeffett and Brinker homes in Dallas.
"Few people," Nancy Jeffett recalled, "really believed as much as she did about giving something back to the sport, and she was the one who motivated and pushed me into staging the first Maureen Connolly match."
In her latter years, before illness confined her to a nursing home, Mary Hare, who had been instrumental in the formation of the Fed Cup - the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup - in 1953, attended almost every event organised by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Federation.
She was far more than just an enthusiastic spectator. During presentation ceremonies or team dinners, she never missed the opportunity to impress upon the under-21-year-old girl players how much they owed lawn tennis.
"You will never fully be able to repay the game for what it is now doing for you," she would stress.
Sportsmanship was equally important to her, and if someone had transgressed during a junior match that she was watching, the grim look which it provoked would be translated into a quiet word later with the player's coach or team captain - and sometimes the player herself.
Mary Hare was a regular contributor to the now defunct Lawn Tennis and Badminton, as well as the American publication World Tennis, which guaranteed that her often forthright views were widely known. She was, as Nancy Jeffett observed, "quite a girl".
She married Charles Hare in 1943.