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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
1943 Summary

At the height of the Second World War a thick haze of inactivity settles over the tennis world. Even in the United States many events are either cut-back or cancelled altogether. As late as March it was unclear if the US Nationals at Forest Hills would be held. Many thought that tennis during a World War was frivolous. Rubber was a much needed war material, should rubber balls be manufactured at all? In the end the USTA slooged on, making the US Championships the lone slam not interrupted by war.

Other events are less fortunate. The US clay event is thrown together at the last minute, and others are cancelled, including the prestiguous Seabright event on the summer grass circuit.

Exhibitions for the war effort all all the rage. Pauline Betz recalls playing on aircraft carrier decks and on makeshift dirt courts to entertain the men in uniform. Often the gals would go to several camps in one day. At one stop Betz and traveling partner Dodo Bundy arrived after dark, making tennis impossible, or so they thought. The men were so eager to see them that two jeeps turned on their lights and voila-night tennis!


Sources and Thanks

American Lawn Tennis.

Major thanks go out to Jimbo, Newmark, The Computer, and Ugarte for adding many results. They have utilized many contemporary newspapers.

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Week of January 4-10

Jan 5-10 Pan-American Tornament Mexico City, Mexico (CL)
Venue: Centro Deportivo Chapultalec Sports Center

1R Doris Hart (US) [2] d Carmen Christlieb 6-0 6-4

QF Pauline Betz (US) [1] Chata Tapia de Roldan 6-1 6-1
QF Hart d Lolly Villarello 6-1 6-1

SF Betz d Consuelo Roldan 6-1 6-1
SF Hart d Aurora Legoretta 6-0 6-4

FI Pauline Betz [1] d Doris Hart [2] 6-2 6-3

Mixed F: Hart/Bill Talbert d Betz/Pancho Segura 6-3 7-5

Hart sprays errors all over in the first set. A brief recovery in set two, when her chop shots are working, isn't enough to stem the tide.

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
Week of January 11-17

January 11-21, All India Championships

SF: Leela Row d. Laura Woodbridge 7-5 6-2
SF: Meher Dubash d. V. Anklesaria 8-6 11-9

FI: Leela Row vs Meher Dubash ????

DF: Meher Dubash/Leela Row d. V. Anklesaria/Laura Woodbridge 10-8 7-5

MX: Laura Woodbridge/Iftikhar Ahmed (Pak) d. Meher Dubash/Ghaus Mohammed default

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Week of February 1-7

c. Jan-Feb, Danish Indoor Championships

FI: Lisa Granholm d. ??

DF: Johanne Louise Gleerup/Else Støckel Prochownik d.??

MX: Barbara Plougmann/Per Thielsen d. ??

4 time US national champ (32-35) Helen Jacobs joins the WAVES help the war effort, ending speculation she might return to the game. Jacobs will go on to be one of only 5 women in US Naval intelligence to attain the rank of commander.

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Week of February 8-14

February 5-14, Western India Championships, Hindu Gymkhana, Bombay, India

FI: Leela Row d. Laura Woodbrige 6-3 6-4

DF: Leela Row/Laura Woodbridge d. Mrs K. Kania/Lakshmi Merchant 6-2 6-2

XDF: R. Stroud/Mrs Bell d. K. Thackersey/Lakshmi Merchant 8-6 6-2

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
Week of February 15-21

Feb 14-21 Miami Mid-Winter Tournament, Miami, Florida, US (CL)

Draw=less than 16.

1R: Paule Betz-bye
1R: Doris Hart d Edith Alice Goll ?? (easily)

QF: Betz d Pat Mulloy 6-0 6-1
QF: Mary Page d ????
QF: Marta Hires d ?????
QF Hart d Frances Ballinger 6-0 6-1

SF Betz d Page 6-0 6-2
SF Hart d Hires 6-1 6-2

FI: Pauline Betz d Doris Hart 6-2 6-1

The final a dissapointment to Doris' supporters, hoping she could pull off an upset on her home Florida turf. The final only took 23 minutes! Betz wins her first two matches on Saturday and the final on a Sunday.

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Discussion Starter #15 (Edited)
Week of March 22-28

Mar 22-25 United States Women's Indoor Championships, Brookline, Massachuesetts, US (Indoors)
Venue: Longwood Cricket Club

Singles (Draw=17)

1R Mrs Sanborn Vincent d Virginia Boyer 9-7 6-1

2R Pauline Betz d Lois Ladd 6-0 6-1
2R Mrs Philip Theopold d ???
2R Lillian Lopaus d Gloria Young 6-0 6-0
2R Connie Clifton d ??
2R Nancy Corbett d Jean Davis 6-0 6-0
2R Judy Atterbury d ??
2R Mary Jane Metcalfe d ??
2R Kay Winthrop d Vincent 7-5 6-0

QF Betz d Theopold 6-2 6-1
QF Lopaus d Clifton 6-3 5-7 6-2
QF Corbett d Atterbury 6-3 3-6 6-1
QF Winthrop d Metcalfe 6-4 6-1

SF Betz [1] d Lilian Lopuas [4] 8-6 3-6 6-3
SF Winthrop [2] d Corbett [3] 6-3 6-2

FI Pauline Betz [1] d Kay Winthrop [2] 6-4 6-1

Doubles (Draw=7 or 8)

1R: Betz/Wightman d Dorothy Glazier/Mary de Young 6-1 6-0
1R: Clifton/Metcalfe d ????
1R: Atterbury/Lopaus d Charlotte Richards/Mrs Pennypacker 6-0 6-1
1R: Griswold/Theopold d Corbett/Winthrop [2] 6-3 7-9 6-3

SF Betz/Wightman d Clifton/Metcalfe 6-1 6-1
SF Atterbury/Lopaus d Griswold/Thepold 6-2 6-4

FI: Pauline Betz/Hazel Wightman [1] d Judy Atterbury/Lillian Lopaus 7-5 6-1

MX: Pauline Betz/Al Stitt d Connie Clifton/Harrison Rowbotham 6-2 1-6 6-3

Pauline runs the table with all 3 titles as expected, but the big story of the week is Hazel Wightman, who earns her 34th US National title at an advanced age. Betz had trouble in the semis with the strong forehand of Lillian Lopaus, US junior girls champ. Lillian has 2 set points in the first set and wins the second. "The youthful titleholder sealed her own doom with two ignominous double faults".

Helen Wills Moody Roark has her right hand operated on after she tries to stop a dog fight between her German shephard and another dog. Several bones in her right hand are broken. She wrote of the incident: "Actually I was trying to save a little cross-wire terrier, who came running out of a house and attacked my police dog, who, ordinarily pays no attention to small dogs. I was bitten on both hands, but the finger was almost severed, and the bone broken, between the second and third joints. ...The miracle is that I have a finger at all, so I must not be too sad."

Wills has retired from singles in 1938, but continued to enter mixed doubles events and toy with a return to singles. This accident ends all competition for the woman who holds the record for the most "Big 3" (French, Wimbledon, and US) singles slams.


March 22-28 Cuban National Indoor Championships, Havana, Cuba (Indoors)
Venue: Sports Palace

FI: Myrtha Mederos Casanovas d Berta Garcia 6-3 9-7

DF: Myrtha Mederos Casanovas/M Glez Labarga d Berta Garcia/Josefina Piedra 4-6 6-3 6-4

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Discussion Starter #19 (Edited)
Week of April 19-25

April 21-26, Easter International Tournament, Nice, France (Clay)

QF: Simone Lafargue d. Mlle Okoniewska 6-1 6-1
QF: Suzanne Pannetier d. Mme Civelli 6-1 6-3
QF: Mlle Poncelet d. Mlle Thierry 6-1 6-1
QF: Alice Weiwers (Lux) d. Mme Malosse 6-2 6-1

SF: Simone Lafargue d. Suzanne Pannetier 0-6 6-4 6-2
SF: Alice Weiwers (LUX) d. Mlle Poncelet 6-2 6-1

FI: Simone Lafargue d. Alice Weiwers (Lux) 6-1 3-6 6-4

Mixed doubles

SF: Simone Lafargue/Henri Cochet d. Mlle Poncelet/Garnero 6-2 7-5
SF: Simone Lafargue/Pierre Pelizza d. Suzanne Pannetier/[Jacques] Malosse/ 6-1 6-1

FI: Simone Lafargue/Henri Cochet d. Simone Lafargue/Pierre Pelizza 4-6 6-4 6-3*

*Lafargue could hardly play herself in the mixed final! Something is off.
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