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BOLLEN, LORNA (Lorna Willoughby Bollen)
Australia (South Australia)
Born 25 September 1900 in Semaphore, Adelaide
Died in 1983
Married Arthur Wellesley Jack on 21 April 1937 in the Malvern Methodist Church, Adelaide
[Active circa 1919-36]

Lorna Bollen was a mainstay of tennis in South Australia for nearly two decades.

[Thanks to Newmark for this information]

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BOLTON, NANCYE (nee Nancye Meredith Wynne)
Australia (Victoria)
Born 02 December 1916 in Melbourne
Died 09 November 2001 in Melbourne
Married George Frederick “Peter” Bolton (died 1942), 6 July 1940.
Daughter Pam born c 1942
Height: 5' 10"
Nickname: "Nonchalant Nancye"
[Career Span: 1931-1952]

Her 20 overall Australian Open titles have only been bettered by Margaret Court-who has 21.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame states, "Had World War II not disrupted play for five years, her cumulative championships could easily have reached 30. Three times in her storied career (1940, 1947, 1948) she pulled off a Triple Crown at the Australian, winning the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles championships."

The first Australian woman to reach the final of an overseas Grand Slam singles title (US -1938) and the top Aussie player for around fifteen years (1937-1952).

Despite winning 10 Australian doubles titles with Thelma Long, Bolton was only able to enter five overseas slam tournaments with her long-time partner. And of these five, the pair had to default in three of them.

Hedges wrote "her style combined power with grace with fluid stroke work, though her timing was sometimes suspect..and the spped of her play left little room for error." Who knows how many international events she could have won had the Aussie LTA given her any backing at all and sent her abroad to get blooded with tougher competition. 1938, 1947, and 1951 were her only trips to Europe. In 1938 Bolton made the finals of Forest Hills. Nancye had a bad day versus Alice Marble, who decimated her 6-0 6-3 in 22 minutes.

Nancye won her 2nd Aussie in 1940, her last as Miss Wynne, for she married Peter Bolton in 1940. War then shut down tennis from 1941 to 1945. It brought personal tragedy to Nancye when her husband was shot down in a bombing rad over Colgone, Germany. Their daughter Pam often stayed with Nancye's mother when the war ended and Bolton took up tennis again.

Undefeated in 1946, Mrs Bolton finally got another chance at overseas glory in 1947. After a Wimbledon quarterfinal showing Bolton faced Louise Brough in the semifinals at Forest Hills. Starting late in the day at 5:30, it was agreed that if the match was unfinished at 7 pm any unfinished sets would start anew the next day. Ahead in the third set 5-2 40-0, Bolton had 3 match points. Serving, Nancye saw a Brough backhand return sail at least a foor over the baseline. Walking to the net to shake hands, the umpire stunned Nancye and the crowd by saying the call was in! Howls of protest erupted from even the pro-American crowd. Bolton lost the next two match points and dropped serve on a double fault. She was still up 5-3 when the match was called.

The next day the third set was replayed from 0-0. In sympathy with Bolton her American friend Doris Hart escorted her to the encounter. Brough won the set 7-5 and went on to win the title. The American press bemoaned the black eye the affair gave to US tennis. The Australian newspapers printed headlines such as "Robbed!". Nancye herself in her diary "I don't think I have ever been so disgusted, at the same time disappointed. Still, that was that, and everyone has been so wonderful to me.'

A last rip abroad took place in 1951, when Nancye was well past her prime at age 36.


Australian Champion 1937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951
Wimbledon QF 1948
French R3 1938
US Championships F 1938

"Tallish, in short skirt and stiff-brimmed white hat, and on hot days a knotted handkerchief round her throat, she made a distinctive and dominating figure on court. Her forehand was a well-behind the handle form of Eastern (approaching Extreme Eastern), and instead of wrapping her thumb round the handle in the normal way, she laid it along the handle's top surface. There was no advantage in that; it was just her own way. A hard hitter anywhere, she fairly pounded high-bouncing forehands.

Links and Sources:

Hedges, Martin. The Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. Pages 33-34.

Hil, Warren and Pam Starkey. Nancye Wynne Bolton: An Australian Tennis Champion. 2009. 265 pages. [A biography co-written by her daughter Pam; this book also features many photos and Nancye's own diary entries]

[Thanks to Gee Tee for this biography]

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BOND, BIRDIE “Bidy” (nee Birdie Louisa Gatehouse)
Born 26 October 1904
Married Ernest Bond on 26 October 1921. Daughter born Dec 1922.

Usually listed as Mrs E Bond in papers from her era. Incredibly she was the 11 time Tasmanian Singles Champion (1927-1942)

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United States
Born 16 October 1965
Married (1) Thomas Kreiss, 10 January 1988, divorced
Married (2) Kirk Kerkorian, 1998 or 1999, divorced

Played as Bonder-Kriess after first marriage. 1 daughter.

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Born 21 December 1951
Married Philippe Duxin, 19 August 1978
Height: 5' 7"
[Active 1967-1978]

2 time grand slam winner in doubles.

Best-ever female from Uruguay. Took up tennis at the age in nine. Her mother was a tennis player.

Won the 1975 French Open mixed doubles title with Thomaz Koch. She also won the 1976 French Open women's doubles title with Gail Lovera, defeating Kathy Harter and Helga Masthoff 6–4, 1–6, 6–3. At the Fed Cup, her singles record is 11–4, and doubles record 6–8. During her career, she reached one Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, at the 1978 French Open, where she lost to Virginia Ruzici 6–7 6–4 6–8.

"In our time it was totally different than today, we traveled alone, we did not have an entourage that accompanied us as they have today," she said, adding that in the period in which she competed there was "more camaraderie" and friendship among the tennis players" , especially among Latinos, even though they were rivals on the court.-from a 2018 interview
In a 2018 interview she recalls the pressure of trying to live up to expectations and coping with depression due to homesickness and the feeling she was missing out on normal things teens her age did.

Bonicelli is the mother of a tennis player and still represent Ururaguay in senior tennis.


BY, JILL G. "Another 'Little Flower' is Coming here." New York Times (1923-Current file): 285. Dec 09 1973. ProQuest. Web. 8 Oct. 2016 .

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BOOTHBY, "DORA" (Penelope Dora Harvey Boothby)
Great Britain
Born 02 August 1881 in Finchley, Middlesex
Died 22 February 1970 at Hampstead
Married Arthur C Geen, 09 April 1914 at St Georges, Hanover Square
Trademark: a belt tightly cinched about her waist.
[Active 1900-1922]

1909 Wimbledon champion and titlist in the 1913 ladies doubles with Winifred McNair.

Daughter of Laurence John Boothby (1848-1887) and Gertrude Butler (1849-1941). she was close in age to her sister Gertrude May Boothby (1878-1969). Called "Penel" as a child according to ancestry, by her adult tennis playing days she was known as "Dora".

Boothby was listed amongst the top ranked players of Great Britain in 1904-coming in at the second tier in the 15 to 20 range.

Dora habitually gave up tenis in the winter months, keeping in shape by playing badminton. She confessed to suffering from "centre-courtitis", or nerves.

Chambers rated her as a primarily a baseliner-the most common style in the pre-war era. In 1908 Dora showed "considerable improvement" according to the Times, which noted how her shots barely cleared the net with plenty of speed. (Saturday, Jun 05, 1909; pg. 18). This style was effective when she was "on", but when off the low margin for errors produced a slew of errors.

Her Big Chance-1909 Wimbledon Champion

In 1909 Boothby realized she that year was a big chance at the Championships, as Dorothea Lambert Chambers was sidelined by childbirth and holder Charlotte Sterry was not defending her title.

Dora became Wimbledon Champion only after a nailbiting victory over Agnes Morton 6-4 4-6 8-6 in the final. A contemporary report noted the match was 'remarkable for its tension and protracted rallies. There have been more scientific, more stroke varied ladies finals, at Wimbledon but none in which the result hung so long in the balance or in which the combatants showed such hardihood and resolution.' (Hedges)

Here is Boothby's description of her victory from the Chambers book. She won despite serving 16 double faults in the match!

Without doubt my most exciting match was the final last year at Wimbledon. In every player's heart there must be a faint hope that one day she may win the All England Championship. At least it has always been in mine.

From Christmas and all through the spring my family and friends had dinned into my ears that now was my chance, and if I did not win this year I never would. Only when I was leading one set up and 2-love in the second did all these things flash across my mind. I suddenly got nervous. Oh, the misery of it! I served double fault after double fault (I learnt afterwards that I gave away sixteen points in this way), and my friends told me that it was a relief to them when my service went over the net at all, however slowly. My opponent, Miss Morton, caught up, won the set 6/4, and led me 4/2 in the final set. All this time I had been fighting hard to regain confidence. At last my nerve came back--I was determined to win, and, only after a very great effort, just succeeded in capturing the Championship with the narrow margin of 8/6 in the final set.

It was not until I had finished and had come off the court that I
realized how very excited I had been, and how relieved I was when it was all over. Only those who have had experience can know how exhausting it is to concentrate one's whole thoughts and efforts, without cessation,for an hour or more. Fortunately you do not feel the strain until afterwards, when it does not matter, and then you can look back with very great pleasure and satisfaction on a hard-won fight.
Beaten the next by Dorothe Lambert Chambers 6-2 6-2, Boothby returned in 1911, fought through the All-Comers to reach the challenge Round, and was then utterly obliterated by Chambers 6-0 6-0. This record for the most lopsided ladies final was unmatched until Steffi Graf beat Natasha Zvereva 6-0 6-0 in the 1988 French final.

The final was over in 25 minutes. Chambers is devastating. "She never played better and ,as usual, her marvelous headwork, rather than the actual force of her stroke, gave her victory." Boothby never gave up, 4 times extending games to deuce. Both the score and the time remain Wimbledon records.

Dora and partner Winifred Mcnair became the first ladies doubles champions of Wimbledon in 1913. They were somewhat lucky, as Dorothea Lambert Chambers and Charlotte Sterry had to retire leading 6-4 4-2 when Sterry puleed up lame with a torn leg tendon.

Married in 1914, Dora and Arthur Geen had at least one child. His family name is often incorrectly listed as "Green." Slowing down after World War I-her last Wimbledon was in 1922.

In 1929 Mrs Geen designed the first official Wightman Cup team jackets and traveled with the team to the US. The design was white cloth with silver buttons, and has a Union Jack with crossed racquets underneath emblazoned on the breast pocket.

Mrs Bootby turned professional in 1932; allowing her to charge pupils for money in teaching tennis.


Hedges, Martin. A Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. page 34. [A Blast thread on her]
[A biographical sketch by Mark Ryan]

Archive - Draws Archive : Dora Geen (Boothby) - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

[An article from the Norwood Society on Boothby]

[Her lineage was traced through]

Chambers, Dorothea Lambert. Lawn Tennis for Ladies, 1910. Available via Project Gutenburg at:

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BORELLI, CARMEN (Carmen Juliette Borelli)
Born circa 1932
Married Brian Reginald Tobin, from 02 Feb 1954 (5 Dec 1930-)
[Active 1940s-50s]

1950s player who represented Grace Park. She played the Aussie Chmps in 1950 and 1953, losing to Maureen Connolly during Mo’s slam run that year. In fact Borelli was Connolly's first win on the way to the Grand Slam.

"Somebody had to be the first victim in the slam, and that was me. It didn't take long (6-0, 6-1). They put us on centre court, which was a bit nerve-racking, because I knew it was going to be a disaster. "I'd taken the train out from town. Those were amateur days, no cars transporting the players, and I had to take the afternoon off from my job at Slazenger's. Maureen was pleasant, but all business."

"Ruthless, that's what Mo was," says Ted Schroeder, a former Wimbledon and US champ, making his annual pilgrimage, beneath stockman's hat, to the Australian Open. "A perfect lady - but ruthless. She wouldn't put it this way, but her outlook was never give the sucker across the net a break."
Carmen said: "I just didn't want to embarrass myself out there. I was 20 and had a Victorian ranking. I'd keep the ball in play for a few strokes, but she got all the points. The embarrassment came when I got my only game, halfway through the second set. The clapping from the stands was loud and long.

"How do I remember Maureen? Friendly, graceful and rhythmic. Supremely consistent. Not a hard serve, but she took your shots on the rise and put them on the baseline.

Carmen stayed close to the game as the wife of Brian Tobin, who recently served eight years as president of the International Tennis Federation.
" Brian and I had a sort of moral victory in the Aussie that year. We took a set from Maureen and Ham Richardson in the mixed doubles," she recalls.
A nice memory from an insouciant day. Extracting a set from Connolly in anything in 1953 was like pulling teeth - from an alligator.
Her husband Brian was later As President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (1983-89), helping Australia regain true slam status. From 1991 to 1999, Tobin served as President of the International Tennis Federation.


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BORMAN, Anne de (nee Anne de Selliers de Moranville)
Born 3 February 1881
Died 30 September 1962
Married Paul de Borman-a fellow player, on 29 June 1907
[Active 1906-1925]

The best Belgian female by far until Nelly Landry in the 1930s and 40s. In all she netted 16 Belgian National titles.

Won first Belgian national in 1906 doubles. The last was years later in 1925 with her daughter Genevieve. Another daughter named Myriam also a player.

Her biggest title came at in winning the 1912 World Hard Court Mixed Doubles Championships. The event was a prestigious forerunner of the French Open.
Belgian National titles

  • Singles (7 titles) 1911-1912, 1914, 1919, 1920-1921, and 1924
  • Doubles (5) 1906-1907 9w/Marie Dufresnoy), 1912 and 1914 (w/Lucienne Tschaggeny), and 1925 with daughter Genevieve
  • Mixed Doubles (3) 1913, 1919, and 1925
Her 3 children (listed below) were all Belgian tennis champions.

Genevieve (born 1908)-------
Leopold (born 1909)
Myriam (born 1915)----------

Anne de Selliers de Moranville, * 1881 |

In last pic she is with her husband.


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Born 1908 in Uccle, Belgium
[Active from at least 1925 to 1932]

Daughter of Anne and Paul de Borman, the premiere tennis family in the nation of Belgium.

4 time winner of the Belgian Nationals-the doubles in 1925 with her mother, a second in 1927 with Annette Guyot de Mishaegen, fianally with Josane Sigart in 1932. In 1930 Genevieve and her brother Léopold won the mixed.


[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

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BORMAN, MYRIAM de (Myriam Leyle Adrinne Victorine Ghisliane de Borman)
Born 23 May 1915 in Battersea, England
Died in 1977.
Married André van Cutsem (b 5 August 1913 in Antwerp) 24 August 1949 in Etterbeek
[Active from at least 1934 to 1958]

Active as early as 1934-when she won Belgian doubles with Adamson, and as late as 1958-when she won with Christiane Mercelis. Ranked #2 in Belgium in 1939. Played +the French in 1947 and 1949.

Belgian #1 in 1950 as Mrs Van Cutsem, the same year she was awarded a silver sports medal of merit.

Name sometimes rendered as Miriamme.

Myriam de Borman, * 1915 |

She is on left, with Paulette Mellerio


tennis-belge's blog - Page 3 - tennis-belge -

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

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BOSHOFF, “LINKY” (Delina Ann Boshoff)
South Africa
Born 12 November 1956 in Queenstown, East Cape, South Africa
Married Married Peter Frederick Mortlock on 04 December 1982
[Active 1973 to 1978]

A tiny player best known for winnng the 1976 US Open with Ilana Kloss. Sports rain in her veins, as her father had ben an international hockey player.

In 1973 she won the South African Open doubles title with Ilana Kloss after a victory in the final against Chris Evert and Virginia Wade.

Her grand slam singles highlight was at the 1974 Wimbledon. She upset Rosie Casals to reach the quarterfinals, then fell to Virginia Wade.

In 1976 she won the US Open women's doubles title with her partner Ilana Kloss-beating Olga Morozova and Virginia Wade 6-1 6-4. The pair won several other doubles titles that year, including the British Hard Courts, German Open, Italian Open and U.S. Clay Court Championships.

In 1977 she made the quarterfinals at the French Open. In December of '77 Linky won all 3 titles at the South African Open, defeating Brigitte Cuypers in the final in straight sets. She then retired early in 1978 at the young age of 22, married, and had three children.

And as far as retirements go, Linky's ranks up there as one of the best of all time, as she went out by winning a triple at her home championships, the South African Open: singles, doubles with Kloss and mixed with Colin Dowdeswell. It also probably went down as one of her bigger paydays as the South African was part of the new Colgate Series Tour that year, with a purse of $35,000 that included $6,000 for the singles title and a share of $3,000 for the doubles title, plus whatever mixed offered-from JEM-a Blast forum member
Kloss (left) and Boshoff (right) at the 1976 US Open


Linky Boshoff - (Blast thread on Linky)

Hedges, Martin. The Concise Encyclopedia of Tennis. 1978. Page 37. [source of marriage courtesy of Rosamund]

Link to a photo at:

[Thanks to Rosamund for this information]

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BOSSI, ANNALISA (or ANNALISE or ANNALIES) (nee Annaliese Ullstein)
Born 03 November 1915 in Dresden, Germany
Died 21 February 2015 in Milan, Italy
Married (1) Renato Bossi, (1917-1947) in 1939.
Married (2) Giorgio Bellani, died November 1969

Her year of birth is controversial (1914 or 1915 or 1919), but she was born 3 November 1915, not 1919.

In the sentence "I celebrated my first birthday in Dresden on 3 November 1915" "first birthday" is likely a translation oddity, referring instead to her date of birth.

From “Der Tennissport”, November 1938

“Anneliese Ullstein writes to us as follows:

“I celebrated my first birthday in Dresden on 3 November 1915. Even in my earliest years I was influenced by my parents’ enthusiasm for all types of sport, in particular for tennis. This is why I was to be found on a tennis court as quite a young girl, trying to hit the ball as accurately as possible, in the middle of the racket. Because my father was always a devotee of systematic training, when I was aged ten or so he placed me in the hands of Kurt Nitsche, who coached at the club of which I was then a member, the VIB Leipzig.

“Thanks to Mr Nitsche’s good coaching, which involved equipping me with a good, solid forehand and backhand and, above all, thanks to my father’s devotion – he closely supervised almost every shot of mine and drew my attention to my errors – I was soon able to win prizes in small tournaments. These successes were followed by my first big success, at the 1932 German Junior Championships, a title I successfully defended in 1933. I also became a member of the RC-Sports Club in Leipzig, which I am still a member of today.

“I then trained with the well-known Leipzig coach Alfred Förster, who helped me progress so rapidly that in 1934 I won the tournaments in Chemnitz, Leipzig, Dresden and at the Weiser Hirsch Club (all in Saxony) one after the other. In 1936, I won the Pomeranian Championships and the international tournament in Bad Homburg, where I played Hella Kovac, the Yugoslavian champion, for the first time, and beat her.

“1937 was probably my most successful year to date, when I won – albeit in the absence of Marieluise Horn – the national championships in Braunschweig. I also won the International Hungarian Championships for Germany in Budapest. I am also thinking of my wins against Ida Adamoff (in Hamburg in 1934), against Evelyn Dearman, Billie Yorke and, above all, against Dorothy Burke, from America, in Hamburg in 1933. In the match against Mrs Burke I was 0-5 behind in the third set, but still won it, 8-6. You never forget something like that!

“I haven’t as yet had much fun playing doubles and mixed doubles because I have never been able to find a steady partner. However, recently I won the doubles championship in Budapest with Marieluise Horn, and now I’m getting a taste for doubles. Next year I’ll be taking part in many doubles events.

“To recount a little bit about my private life: I spend two months in Merano every year, and try to use my knowledge of the French, English and Italian languages as much as possible; I improve my knowledge of these languages every winter, partly through my own hard work and partly with the help of a teacher. When I return home I spend several days each week at the Sports University. In my remaining free time I do household chores because one cannot neglect them in favour of sporting activities!”

[End of Der Tennissport interview]

She competed for Germany and then wed 2 Italians. Bossi was the first Italian woman to make a slam semi when she reached the 1949 French SF as the #7 seed. In 1950 she took the Italian Chmps.

Bossi winning the Italian at the Foro Italico in 1950

[Thanks to Newmark for his translation from Der TennisSport and to Jimbo for additional information]
Last edited by Rollo : Today at 10:43 PM.

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BOSTOCK, JEAN (nee Jean Addie Bisset Nicholl)
Great Britain
Born 14 December 1922 in Harrow, Middlesex
Died 02 April 1965 in Ipswich, Suffolk
Married Edward William Augustus "Teddy" Bostock, on 30 January 1943
[Active 1939-1948 and 1958]

World Top Tenner in 1946 (#7) and 1948 (#6).

Highly touted as Britian’s future hope in 1939, when she won events such as St George’s Hill over friend and mentor Betty Nuthall. She was also table tennis champ of Great Britian in that year. Of all the players hurt by WWII Jean’s career thus suffered more than most.

She made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 3 consecutive years from 1946 to 1948.

Childbirth must have intervened at that point, as American Lawn Tennis reports she had a son (Douglas) born in November of 1949. Another son named Roy was born in 1951.

Her return to Wimbledon after a ten year hiatus was not a success.

A suicide, she swallowed an overdose of barbituates in her home. Two notes were left behind. Jean's husband was President of the Ipswich Club.


1946: British Hard Court Championships
1947: Irish Championships

Wimbledon Record (entered 1939, 1946 to 1948, and 1955)

Singles: 11-5 [3 time QF from 1946 to 1948]
Doubles: 15-4 [4 time SF in 1939 and from 1946 to 1948]
Mixed: 10-5

Ranked #7 in the world in 1947.
Ranked #6 in the world in 1948.

In 1939

After World War II


Brady, Maurice. Lawn Tennis Encyclopedia, 1969. Page 6.

Jean Addie Bissett (1922 - 1965) [Bostock's Wimbledon record]

Newsbriefs Jean Nicholl Marries Sub-Lt. Bostock R.N.V.R., Radio-Controlled Ship, Japanese Air Prisoners In The Solomons - British Pathé [A British Pathe clip of her wedding]

Jean Nicoll (Mrs Bostock) - Person - National Portrait Gallery [12 photographs from the National Portrait Gallery]

[in action at the 1948 Wightman Cup. From 1:02 on]

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BOTHA, DAPHNE (Daphne Hazel Botha)
South Africa/Rhodesia
Born 12 June 1948 in Harrismith, Orange Free State
Married Andrew Pattison (b 30 January 1949) on 11 September 1971 in Forest Hills, New York, United States
[Active 1970-1976]

Pattison was a fellow tennis player from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Taking her husband's nationality, she competed for Rhodesia in the 1972 Federation Cup.

A wiki entry for her husband indicates he is married to Debra Hill. It's unclear if he was widowed or divorced from Daphne.

Wimbledon Record (Played 1970-74, and 1976. Mixed only in 1974 and 1976)

Singles: 2-3
Doubles: 2-2
Mixed: 4-5


Lawn Tennis Magazine October 1971

Eurosport Tennis

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]
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