Tennis Forum banner

2681 - 2700 of 5401 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
LOMAX, FLORA
United States
Born 1915
Died 1994
Married Bray

Flora Lomax won the singles title at the ATA Championships in 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1942; the doubles title in 1942 (with Lillian Van Buren); and the mixed doubles title in 1937 and 1940 (both times with William H. Hall).





[Thanks to Newmark for this biography]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
FINE, MARY ETTA (Mary Etta Fine)
United States
Born 1924
Died August 2007

Mary Etta Fine won the women's singles title at the American Tennis Championships in 1958 but, as the following article states, was rather overshadowed by Althea Gibson[/URL]:

"African-American tennis trailblazer Mary Etta Fine dies

"African-American tennis trailblazer and Kansas City native Mary Etta Fine passed away in late August. Fine was instrumental to helping the game grow in the African-American community in Kansas City and was one of the first top African-American female players from the region.

"Mary Etta Fine was born in April 1924 and started playing tennis as a 16-year-old. She took to the sport almost instantly. Fine and her sister Eva were two of the early stalwarts of the American Tennis Association tour, which helped to promote African-American tennis before blacks were accepted at local clubs, and until the United States Lawn Tennis Association (now the USTA) desegregated in the 1950's.

"Fine was a terrific player, winning the American Tennis Association National Women's Singles title in 1958 and teamed with her brother, Leo, to capture the ATA National Mixed Doubles Championship in 1951. During the ATA events, she always seemed to face a very tough competitor in Gibson. Althea defeated Mary Etta several times, including a 6-3, 6-1 victory at the 1951 ATA Women's Singles Championship.

"Fine was a graduate of Pittsburgh State Teachers College and received her Master's in Education from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was a teacher in the Kansas City public school system for 43 years. Fine was also a terrific sportswoman. She once bowled a 299 game, and excelled at table tennis and baseball as well. Fine is a member of the Heart of America District's Tennis Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002), along with her sister Eva Bracy Fine.

"Fine is survived by two younger sisters, Eva Bracy and Sophia Lawson, two nieces, one nephew and several other cousins. Memorial services were held August 24."

Source: http://www.missourivalley.usta.com/N...tta_Fine_dies/

[Thanks to Newmark for this biography]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
FRETZ, TORY (Tory Ann Fretz)
United States
Born 08 August 1942
[Active 1959-1976]

1968 Us Opem Mixed Doubles finalist.

Coached by Alice Marble, a multiple grand slam champ whom Tory was extremely close to. Like her mentor Tory was a serve and volley artist.

Tory Fretz was a contemporary of Billie Jean King and Nancy Richey, who was ranked #4 in the US in 1966. She won the Western Championships over Julie Heldman in 1962, and the Dixie Championships over Judy Alvarez in 1965. Also in 1965, she reached the final of the prestigious Pacific Southwest tournament where she lost of Carole Graebner. Her career best Slam singles result was a round of 16 loss to Kerry Reid near the end of her career in 1974.

Tory reached the mixed doubles final at the US Open in 1968 with Gerry Perry, and the 1965 women's doubles semifinals with Julie Heldman in 1965.

Serious falls led to multiple surgeries on both knees, (one in 1971) but Fretz had multiple comebacks. She reached several quarterfinals in Slims events in 1974 which included wins over Francoise Durr and Heldman. In her 1974 Wimbledon run, she defeated Greer Stevens and Wendy Turnbull. She also played with Billie Jean King for the Philadelphia Freedoms in 1974. In 1976, Tory reached a Futures semifinal and qualified again for the Slims tour where she reached the second round twice.

Noted for playing braless at times.

Fretz was an outspoken member of the tour, and once commented that she would continue to play on the tour until she was 106 if she could. Fretz stayed involved in tennis until age 66 as a teaching pro. In 1978 Tory played Doris Hart in the TV movie "Little Mo" about Maureen Connolly.

In 2008 she was struck by a valet and later received a $7 million settlement for her injuries.



Sources:

http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/386646-tory-fretz.html

TORY ANN FRETZ | ITA Women's Hall of Fame

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LoveLoveRosieTory/videos/?ref=page_internal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tory_Fretz

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tory_Ann_Fretz

[Thanks to Preacherfan for this biography]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
NEELD, NANCY ( nee Nancy Armor)
Born 11 October 1930 in Dallas, TX
Died 9 May 2006
Married Bobby Gene Neeld, 26 December 1958-3 children.

Nancy Neeld was a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, playing in the Southwest Section since 1957. She played junior tennis in Dallas Texas, was ranked first in Texas in the 15 and under, and in 1948 played #1 singles on the first Texas Junior Wightman Cup Team to win the national Junior Wightman Cup Competition. Nancy was a fixture of Southwest women’s tennis from the early 1960’s and dominated women’s tennis in the Southwest when she wasn’t busy playing at the National level. Nancy was an honorary member of the Tennis Club of Albuquerque, and taught many, many people to play and appreciate the game. She served as a wonderful, if not daunting, role model for aspiring young women players in the area by always maintaining an extremely high level of play and sportsmanship.
The following are only a few of her achievements as a player: In 1962, she played the US Open in Forest Hills, and was ranked 19th in the country in singles and 7th in doubles. In 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, she was the Women’s Singles Champion of the Tennis Club of Albuquerque. In 1965, she was ranked 1st in the Southwest. In 1970, she won the Women’s 40 National, Singles and Doubles with partner Betty Pratt. In 1971 and 1972, she won the Women’s 40 National Grass Court Doubles with partner Betty Pratt and then retired the Grass Court Cup.

In 1972, she was awarded the USTA Service Bowl. In 1976, she received the Governor’s Sports Award for New Mexico. In 1977, she played the Brittanica Cup for the U.S. In 1978, she was named to the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame – the First Woman and first Tennis Player to be so honored. In 1978, she received the Fiesta Bowl Sportsmanship Award.

In 1981, she was ranked 1st in 50 Nationals, Singles. In 1986 and 1987, she was ranked 1st in 55 Nationals, Doubles. In 1986 and 1987, she won the National Mother-Daughter Championships with Carol Lang (Neeld).

In 1990, she was inducted into the Woodrow Wilson HS Hall of Fame (Dallas TX). In 1990, she was named as one of top 3 women in 60 singles to play on the U.S. Alice Marble Cup Team. The team played April 1991 in Perth, Australia and won the event. In 1991, she was ranked 2nd in 60 Nationals, Singles and Doubles. And in 2002, Nancy Neeld was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame (Fort Worth TX) on February 23.

In her career, Nancy Neeld won 35 gold balls as the winner of national championships and 17 silver balls as the runner-up in national championships. She coached the New Mexico Junior Wightman Cup Teams in 1966 and 1967 and assisted Maureen Connely Brinker with the Texas Junior Wightman Cup Team. She truly had a remarkable career. Nancy passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at the age of 75.

Source:


http://www.nnmta.usta.com/About_Us/SWSHallOfFame/ (Includes two pictures)

[Thanks to Jimbo for this biography]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
BASORE, SHIRLEY (Shirley Carlene Basore)
United States
Born 1945
Married (1) Fred Martin Petersen, before 1970-their daughter Hilary Ann Petersen, was a triathlete: http://www.uams.edu/update/absoluten...1887&print=yes
Married (2) Byron Chrisman

Carlene attended William Jewell College, where she won numerous tournaments, and became the first woman to play on the men’s tennis team, where she competed at the No. 1 singles spot her sophomore through senior years. Carlene was the first woman to participate in the NAIA Men’s Collegiate Championships in 1964.

An avid competitor, she won many Missouri Valley and Intermountain Section tournaments and is holder of at least 17 combined titles at the region’s three major tournaments: Denver City Open, Colorado State Open, and Intermountain Sectional Championships.





Sources:

http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/we...sen&iyear=2006

Carlene's parents:
http://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn...uteExt&ID=1588
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=51972604
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com.../UHP-0809.html

http://www.jewellcardinals.com/hof.a...3&path=&kiosk=
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
DORODNOVA, YANA
Russia / United States
Born 27 October 1976
Married Kurt A. Ruegsegger, before 2007

Winner: Colorado State Championships 2002, 2006

in the 2nd pic she is on right, with Vasilisa Bardina
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
ROBERTS, CAROLYN (Carolyn Roberts)
United States
Born 18 January 1913 in New Rochelle, New York
Died 31 March 2009 in Denver, Colorado
Married Francis X Byrne on 19 June 1937 in New Rochelle, New York
Active 1931-1961

A New York native, Carolyn was introduced to tennis in 1922 at the age of 9. Later in the 1920s, she began competing in regional and national tournaments on the East Coast, like the U.S. Nationals at Forest Hills. In 1931, Carolyn was the New York state champion, carrying a national ranking of No. 12 in the Girls 18s singles division, and a No. 2 ranking in doubles. During the Depression, Carolyn was forced to drop out of national competitions in order to help support her family, and then resumed national play in 1936, where she held a national ranking of No. 15. Carolyn moved to Colorado in 1943. She won the Denver City Women’s Singles title in 1947 and 1951, and was a finalist there in 1948 and ‘49. She won the Intermountain Sectional Championships Women’s Doubles crown in 1948 and the Colorado State Women’s Doubles title in 1961

US Nationals record:

Singles: 2-3 plus 1 default (entered Forest Hills in 1931-32, 1934 and 1936, when she defaulted).

Source:

2004 Colorado Hall of Fame inductee:
http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/website.asp?Dept=hof&Sec=inductees&Type=asp&Page=hof&req=bio&firstname=Carolyn Roberts&lastname=Byrne&iyear=2004



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
MCNEILL, CHARLOTTE (Charlotte McNeil)
United States
Born 28 November 1914 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died 17 November 1990
Married Slaughter Warren Lee by August 1947.

"Lee first won recognition in national tennis circles, with her most successful year being 1937, when she reached the semifinal round of the National Singles Indoor Tournament at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York City, as well as the Mixed Doubles semifinals with Don McNeill (no relation). She later won the USLTA Senior Singles in 1961, and the Women’s Doubles in 1963 and 1965, with Kay Hubbell, played the US doubles in 1966, and competed in the Irish lawn Tennis Championships in 1969."

She played also platform tennis, a sport in which she was so prominent is in the US Platform Tennis Hall of Fame.

•Women's National Champion 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970; finalist 1965, 1971, 1972.

•Mixed National Champion 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1969; finalist 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970.

•Senior Women's 50 Champion 1971, 1972, 1979.

•Master tactician of the game and endowed with an unusual power of concentration.

•Highly respected for her grace and sportsmanship

http://platformtennishalloffame.org/...charlotte-lee/

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
HAVERSTICK, MARY
United States

Haverstick won seven consecutive Red Rose Closed singles championships between 1982 and 1988 and played on the women's professional satellite circuit in 1983, winning a qualifying tournament to reach the main draw of a $75,000 Virginia Slims tournament where she lost to 1978 Australian Open champion Chris O'Neil. Haverstick's forte was her consistency and willingness to play long points

Source:

http://lancasteronline.com/sports/ha...0ce1c8aed.html
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
LOCKWOOD, PHYLLIS
United States
Born 1914
Died 1981

Phyllis was an all-around athlete, and a self-taught tennis player. In Colorado’s three major tournaments, the Colorado State Open, the Denver City Open, and the Intermountain Sectional, Phyllis amassed 21 singles titles and 43 doubles titles between 1936 and 1964. Phyllis achieved similar acclaim in track and field, softball, and was an All-American in basketball.
In 1977, she was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame for her all-around athletic prowess, and in 2000, Sports Illustrated named her as one of the 50 top Colorado Athletes of the Century, ranking her as the No. 2 woman.

Phyllis maintained that the primary characteristic of a winner is good sportsmanship. Since 1975, the Colorado Tennis Association has annually honored deserving girls with the Phyllis Lockwood Award for sportsmanship, leadership and achievement.


Source:

http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/we...ood&iyear=2000

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
ROGERS, MARGARET
United States
Born 1888
Died 1968
Married Lawrence Cowle Phipps

Margaret was one of Colorado’s greatest tennis benefactors. She helped make the Colorado State Open the state’s major tennis event by bringing in the world’s greatest players, including Don Budge, Gene Mako, and Jack Kramer. Margaret not only paid these top players to come to Colorado, she also paid for Denver’s top junior players to receive lessons.
Margaret and her husband, Colorado’s late U.S. Senator Lawrence Cowle Phipps, built the Phipps Estate between 1931 and 1933, including the Phipps Tennis Pavilion, which housed Colorado’s first indoor tennis court. The family court was a special place, and during extended rain delays, numerous tournament matches were played there.
Margaret didn’t become a dedicated player until age 40, but that didn’t stop her from winning the Colorado State Open women’s doubles championship three times




Source:
http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/website.asp?Dept=hof&Sec=inductees&Type=asp&Page=hof&req=bio&firstname=Margaret&lastname=Rogers Phipps&iyear=2000


 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
BAILY, CAROL
United States
Born 22nd October 1950

At Arizona State University, Carol twice helped her team capture the national tennis championship. As a touring professional, she appeared in the U.S. and Australian Opens, and reached a personal high ranking of No. 51 in singles in 1980.

In Colorado, Carol captured 14 singles and 27 doubles titles in the state’s three major tournaments: the Colorado State and the Denver City Opens and the Intermountain Sectional Championship. Her 41 combined major state titles rank second all-time.

Carol has twice been ranked No. 1 in the world, in the women’s 40 singles and doubles in 1991 and women’s 45 singles and doubles in 1996. Representing the U.S. at the World Team Championships in the early and mid-1990s, Carol led the U.S. to three world titles – in 1993, 1995 and 1996.

WTA Ranking

1978: #86

Source:

Source International Who's Who In Tennis 1983 provided the date of birth.
http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/we...ily&iyear=2000

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,383 Posts
HECKMAN, KATHLEEN
United States
Born 1964.
Married Jon R. Winegardner, 27 January 1989

Kathleen was the No. 63-ranked 18-year-old in the nation in 1982. A four–time Missouri high school state champion, she was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd.

At the University of Colorado, Kathleen was the Big Eight Champion at No. 1 singles in 1985, and in 1987 Kathleen was selected as the Big Eight Conference Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Kathleen’s dominance in Colorado championship play began in 1987, when she won the first of her 11 Colorado State Open titles, including a string of seven consecutive singles titles (1987–93). She added another singles title in 1995 to go along with her three doubles crowns. She also holds six Denver City Open titles, five coming in singles.

In 1990, Kathleen was inducted into the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame.

http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/we...ner&iyear=2001
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,460 Posts
PRUITT, SHERRIE
United States
Born 1947.
Married Farris

As a junior player, Sherrie was nationally ranked as high as No. 4 in singles. In Championship level competition, she was ranked as high as No. 3 while amassing an amazing 26 titles (9 singles, 17 doubles) in the Colorado State Open, Denver City Open and the Intermountain Sectional.
Sherrie began her teaching career in 1969 at the Denver Tennis Club, and since 1980 she has served as the Director of Tennis at Broomfield Swim & Tennis Club.



http://www.coloradotennis.com/cta/website.asp?Dept=hof&Sec=inductees&Type=asp&Page=hof&req=bio&firstname=Sherrie Pruitt&lastname=Farris&iyear=2001

 
2681 - 2700 of 5401 Posts
Top