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RICHMOND, "PAM" (Pamela D Richmond)
United States
Born 25 October 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri
Died 16 November 2010
Married (Frank?) Champagne, circa 1975?
Height: 5' ½"

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Pam took up competitive tennis at age 11.

Pam, a three-time National Champion, competed for ASU from 1969-72, where she also led the Sun Devils to their first team national team title in 1971. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State in 1972 with a B.A. in psychology. Following graduation, Richmond went on to compete in the Billie Jean King-pioneered Virginia Slims women's tennis circuit, the predecessor to the current Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour.

For her contribution to the Arizona State record books, Richmond Champagne was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1977 and for her overall contribution to the game of tennis, the Sun Devil was inducted into the prestigious International Tennis Association (ITA) Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

She lived the last 20 years in the Bellingham, Wash. area, working as an award winning insurance agent and for the last 16 years, owner of The Champagne Group, a successful personal and business coaching company.

Sources:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=61998152
https://asunews.asu.edu/20101124_WTennis_Champagne

 

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PARR, ALICE (Alice Emily Parr)
United Kingdom
Born 1869 in Clifton, Bristol, England
Died 29 December 1925 in Clifton, Bristol, England
Did not marry.

Alice Parr came from Clifton in Bristol in the west of England. She took part in lawn tennis tournaments in the years circa 1895 to 1905. One of her biggest successes came at the Welsh Championships tournament in 1898, when she won the singles title (she was runner-up in the same event at the same tournament in 1900).

Alice appears in contemporary reports as "Miss A. Parr" or "Miss A.E. Parr". One or two draws also feature three of her siblings – her sisters Ethel, Katherine and Winifrid, who took part in fewer tournaments than Alice and with less success than her.

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PARR, ETHEL (Ethel Florence Parr)
United Kingdom
Born 1868 in Clifton, Bristol, England
Died [????]

Probably did not marry.

One of the four Parr sisters, Alice having the most success.

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PARR, KATHERINE (Katherine Mary Parr)
United Kingdom
Born 1871 in Clifton, Bristol, England
Died 25 March 1949 in Clifton, Bristol, England
Married Richard Vaughan Tudor, 1900, in Westminster, London, England

One of the four Parr sisters, Alice having the most success.

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PARR, WINIFRED (Winifrid Isabel Barbara Parr)
United Kingdom
Born 1873 in Clifton, Bristol, England
Died 13 December 1954 at the Chesterfield Nursing Home, Clifton Court, Clifton, Bristol, England
Married Louis Charles Danger, 1897, in Clifton, Bristol, England

One of the four Parr sisters, Alice having the most success.

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HILL, CONSTANCE (Constance Adeline Hill)
United Kingdom
Born 1877 in Coventry, England
Died 4 April 1953 in Hooton, Cheshire, England
Married Francis Buckley, 1903 in Coventry, England

Constance Hill was a native of the English city of Coventry, historically a part of the county of Warwickshire, but now a part of the West Midlands. She took part in lawn tennis tournaments in the years circa 1895-1903, when she appears in draws as "Miss C. Hill" or "Miss C.A. Hill". One of her biggest successes came at the Welsh Championships in 1900, when she won the singles title (she was runner-up in the same event at the same tournament two years later).

Once or twice Constance Hill appears alongside some of her siblings in the draws for tennis tournaments. One of these siblings was her sister Margaret, who played much less tournament tennis than Constance.


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HILL, MARGARET (Margaret Winifred Hill)
United Kingdom
Born 1879 in Coventry, England
Died 24 January 1959 in Cheadle, Cheshire, England
Married Charles Francis Lane

Margaret played much less tournament tennis than her sister Constance, who won the Welsh Championships in 1900.

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JESSOP, ETHEL (Ethel Vernon Jessop)
Great Britain
Born 25 May 1875 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died 08 February 1973 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Married Walter Guy Molesworth in 1903 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
[Active circa 1895-1902]

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SCRIMGEOUR, ISABELLA
United Kingdom
Born 1870 in Highgate, London, England
Died 15 July 1854 in Midhurst, Sussex, England
Married Francis Scrimgeour Hyde Forshall, 1897, in Midhurst, Sussex, England. He was also a tennis player and appears to have been a distant relation of Isabella.


She took part in the Sussex Championships tournament circa 1895. Her sister Maud also played tennis

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SCRIMGEOUR, MAUD
United Kingdom
Born 1869 in Highgate, London, England
Died 4 July 1938 in Midhurst, Sussex, England
Did not marry.

Her sister Isabella also played tennis


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FROOM, HENRIETTA (Henrietta Maud Froom)
United Kingdom
Born 1871 in Norwood, London, England
Died [????]
Probably married.

The Froom sisters [Henrietta and Violet] took part in the Boulogne-sur-Mer tournament at the turn of the nineteenth century. Their family name is spelt "Froome" in some sources.The sisters might have settled in France in later life.

Henrietta was the champion at Boulugne in 1899 and lost the challenge round in 1900.

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FROOM, VIOLET (Violet Alice Froom)
United Kingdom
Born 1876 in Norwood, London, England
Died [????]

The Froom sisters [Henrietta and Violet] took part in the Boulogne-sur-Mer tournament at the turn of the nineteenth century. Their family name is spelt "Froome" in some sources.The sisters might have settled in France in later life.

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COKE, "FANNY" (Frances Margaret Coke)
United Kingdom
Born 1871 in Kensington, London, England
Died 1925 in Dorking, Surrey, England
Married Sydney Albert Gooch on 27 April 1909 in Saint Mark's Church, Notting Hill, London, England.
[Active 1890s to circa 1914]

Frances "Fanny" Coke initially took part in tournaments in the mid-to-late 1890s.

She won the women’s singles title at the All-Jamaica Championships in 1908. Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Maud Coke

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ELPHINSTON, HENRIETTA (Henrietta Maria Elphinston)
United Kindgom
Born 1870 in Milton, Hampshire, England
Died 10 October 1944 in London, England
Did not marry.

Henrietta Elphinston took part in tournaments in the years circa 1896-1900

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HALE, "THEA" (nee Dorothea Mary Steward)
South Africa
Born 25 July 1923
Died 25 July 2003
Married Jeffrey Filmer Hale on 01 November 1944
[Active from at least 1952 to 1956]

RU: 1952 Eastern Province Championships, 1953 Kenyan Championships

She played Wimbledon in 1956
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...2a0/index.html

In the same years there was a South African Mrs D. Hale RU in 1952 Natal Championships and in 1956 Tunbridge Wells, and a Mrs D. Hales RU in 1955 Berkshire Championships.

These 3 women were the same person: Mrs Thea Hale. Thea hailed from Durban and probably played an attacking game, as doubles was her forte. She appears as Mrs Hale as early as July 1948, when she was doubles finalist at the Natal Championships.

Per Wimbledon Final Programme 1956 the maiden name of Mrs. J.F. Hale was Steward. The passenger list that provided her date of birth listed her occupation as "housewife."

Sources:

UK Incoming Passenger Lists Durban to Southampton 18th May 1956

www.ancestry.co.uk

Cyndi's lists and South Africa death index 1999-2014 within Ancestry? | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records

www.gendatabase.com [provides exact date of marriage]

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BURRITT, JEAN (Jean Adele Burritt)
Canada
Born 11 October 1908 in York, Ontario, Canada
Died 25 September 1998 in Pinellas, Florida, United States
Married Arthur Small 1950 in New York City
[Active from at least 1930 to 1947]

She was a resident of Toronto in the 1930s. An article from 1939 from the Ottawa Citizen informs us Miss Burritt was honing her tennis game outside of Canada in Europe and the United States, having been away from Canadian tennis for two years.

Jean entered the 1946 US Nationals in doubles with fellow Canadian Pat Adams.

She tended to be a bit heavyset for a top flight tennis player.

Sources

search.ancestry.com

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19340807&id=v4wjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HZkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4167,748922&hl=en

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2194&dat=19390616&id=To0vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6tsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7381,5278237&hl=en

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COX, SONIA (Sonia H. Cox)
New Zealand
Born 25 December 1936
Died 2001

She was also "one of the all-time greats of New Zealand badminton".

She played Wimbledon in 1958
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...427/index.html

Winner: 1952 Otago Championships, 1956 New Zealand Championships, 1958 New Zealand Championships, 1962 Wellington Championships
RU: 1958 Exmouth, Hoylake, Hurlingham, 1959 New Zealand Championships, 1963 Auckland.

Don't confuse her with Sonia M Cox!

With Ruia Morrison (on left) in 1958.






Sources:

Incoming Passenger lists 1878 to 1960 within Ancestry? | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records
 

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COX, SONIA (Sonia M Cox)
United Kingdom
Born 18 August 1938 in Exeter, Devon
Married Thomas H. Preston Q2 (April to May) of 1959 in Exeter.
[Active 1956-1958]

She played Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...855/index.html

Winner: 1956 Torquay grass
RU: 1958 Torquay grass

Sources:

Ancestry? | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records
Lawn Tennis and Badminton Magazine 1st October 1952 Lawn Tennis and Badminton Magazine 1st May 1953 (sources for date of birth)

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KVITOVA, PETRA
Czech Republic
Born: 08 March 1990
[Active 2006-present]

In 2011 Petra won Wimbledon and the YEC Championships, making her the de facto year #1 in the eyes of many. The icing on the cake was leading the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup title.

She repeated as Wimbledon champion in 2014.

Kvitova won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.

Petra lost a close 7-6 5-7 6-4 final to Naomi Osaka at the 2019 Australian Open.

Her Fed Cup record has been exceptional. Petra has led the Czechs to 6 Federation Cup titles in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Shy and introverted, she has a distinct sounding owl-llike screech when she clouts the ball for a winner. Very popular with her peers, Petra has won the Karen Krantzcke Sportmanship award a record 6 times in a row and 7 times in total (2011 and 2013-2018).

At her best Petra's hard lefty serve and flat groundstrokes equip her to defeat anyone. On an off day she can lose to anyone. Time will tell if she harnesses her power to consistency and wins more slams.

There have been setbacks. For much of 2015 she was beset by mononucleosis. A horrific home invasion over Christmas in December of 2016 kept her off the tour for months. Seriously cut by a knife, nerves and tendons were severed in her dominant left hand. Thankfully the assault did not end her career.

She remains a threat to win another major, especially on the beloved grass at Wimbledon.



Personal:
Coached by Jiri Vanek; fitness trainer is David Vydra; trains at same club as Berdych and Safarova ... Father is Jiri (vice mayor); mother is Pavla; brothers are Jiri (engineer) and Libor (teacher) ... Introduced to tennis by father ... Aggressive baseliner; favorite shots are serve, forehand and backhand ... Speaks Czech and English ... Favorite type of movie is comedy ... Favorite types of music are pop, rock ... Favorite foods are sushi, Italian ... Also enjoys basketball and volleyball ... Favorite city to visit is Melbourne; favorite tournament is Wimbledon ... Self-described as friendly, happy ... Tennis idol growing up was Martina Navratilova (because she's left-handed like her).

Career Highlights:

SINGLES


Winner (27): 2019 - Sydney, Stuttgart; 2018 - St. Petersburg, Doha, Prague, Madrid, Birmingham; 2017 - Birmingham; 2016 - Wuhan, Zhuhai; 2015 - Sydney, Madrid, New Haven; 2014 - Wimbledon, New Haven, Wuhan; 2013 - Dubai, Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 2012 - Montréal, New Haven; 2011 - Brisbane, Paris [Indoors], Madrid, Wimbledon, Linz, WTA Finals; 2009 - Hobart.
Finalist (9): 2019 - Australian Open, Dubai; 2016 - Luxembourg; 2015 - WTA Finals; 2014 - Beijing; 2013 - Katowice, New Haven; 2011 - Eastbourne; 2009 - Linz.

WTA Year-End Rankings

2019: #07

2018: #07
2017: #29
2016: #11
2015: #06
2014: #04
2013: #06
2012: #08
2011: #02 (Career high at #2 on 31 October)
2010: #34
2009: #62
2008: #44
2007: #157
2006: #773










Sources:

Petra Kvitova Official Website ? Petra Kvitova Official Website
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra_Kvitov%C3%A1
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/21/petra-kvitova-focused-return-tennis-following-knife-attack-surgery
 

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SCHULTZ, AUGUSTA ("Alice") (Augusta Louise Schultz)
United States
Born 28 July 1871 in Murray Hill, New Jersey
Died 30 September in Asheville, North Carolina*
Married Clarence Hobart (1870-1930) on 19 December 1895 in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
[Active: 1892-1905]

1893 US Nationals runner-up.

Born in New Jersey to German immigrants. Both her parents, Carl H Shultz and Louise Eissfeldt, were born in Germany), Augusta was active
from the early 1890s.

This little known player first appeared in 1892, when she was SF at the US Nationals and RU to Mabel Cahill at Orange.

Augusta made the All-Comers final in 1893, losing to Aline Terry 6-1 6-3. Her gift as a finalist was a pair of opera glasses made of gold and pearl. Terry proved to be her downfall in the doubles as well, where Schultz and her partner Miss Stone lost to Hattie Butler and Aline Terry 6-4 6-3.

In 1894 the New York Times mentions her name in a local mixed doubles handicapped event, but there are no other notable events she entered.

In 1895 she wed fellow tennis champion Clarence Hobart and effectively drops off the tennis map for a period, only to reappear where her husband was also competing.

In 1900 husband and wife toured the French Riviera. Clarence was at Nice in March of 1903, making this at least another year where Mrs Hobart no doubt contested events on the clay courts of southern France.

A New York Times report in June of 1903 shows Clarence and Augusta won a mixed match at the Middlesex championships in London, beating Miss Sargent and HJ Burkhill 4-6 7-5 6-4.

In the New York Metropolitan in 1904 she lost to Helen Homans. The Times amusingly (and incorrectly) calls Mrs Hobart "the European player", no doubt a reference to her tennis activity abroad.

The pair won the US Mixed Doubles title in 1905, the only married pairing to win the US title to date. In the final they overcame Bessie Moore and Edward Dewhurst 6-2 6-4. There were no children from this union.

In 1930 Clarence died in a swimming pool accident, surviving his wife by five years.

US Nationals Record (enterd only 3 times: 1892-93 and 1905)

Singles: 6-3 (SF in 1892 and RU in 1893)
Doubles: 3-2 (RU in 1893)
Mixed: 6-1 (Won title in 1905 with husband Clarence Hobart)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusta_Schultz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Hobart

Sources:

Information on her date of birth and date of death comes form her death certificate. The actual death certificate was issued October 1, but reading closely the actual date of death was September 30. This is confirmed by the New York Times obituary.

Per Mark "My source [for the date of marriage] was the "New York Tribune" of December 20, 1895, which reported that Clarence Hobart had married Augusta Schultz in New Jersey one day earlier.

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