HULBERT, "BETTY" RUTH (Elizabeth Ruth Hulbert)
Born May 7, 1923, in Missouri
Died March 20, 2004, in Orlando, Florida
Married Harvey T. James 31 May 1947 in Coral Gables, Florida.
Originally from St Louis in Missouri, she became a Florida resident after attending the University of Miami in the 1940s.
KLOSS, ILANA (Ilana Sheryl Kloss)
Born 22 March 1956 in Johannesburg, Transvaal
Height: 5' 4.5"
[Active: 1971-1985; doubles only from 1981]
A 2 time Grand slam doubles winner best known in the 1970s for her doubles prowess with Linky Boshoff and her partnership with Billie Jean King.
At age 11, Ilana was a ball girl at the South African Open and had an opportunity to hit on one of the practice courts with her Dad. Fate was at hand, when one of the world’s top players took notice and told Shlaim: “She has talent, she should pursue it.”
“I had a great passion for tennis as a kid, but it wasn’t until I heard those words of encouragement, that I began to dream of the possibilities and work towards becoming the best player I could be.” —Ilana Kloss
The quiet South African was the 1972 junior Wimbledon and US Open champ.Of Jewish descent, she participated in the 1973 and 1977 Maccabiah Games. Kloss represented South Africa in Federation Cup from 1973 to 1977. In 1974 she was shared the #1 singles ranking in South Africa with Pat Pretorius, becoming the youngest South African #1 ever,
Ilana won the French Open mixed doubles title in 1976 with the Australian Kim Warwick and, in the same year, the US Open doubles women's title with her compatriot Delina "Linky" Boshoff.
Boshoff (left) and Kloss with the 1976 US Open trophy
1976 was a golden year for Ilana and Linky. They won 2 Futures titles, the Family Circle Cup, British Hard, German, and Italian Opens. Upset in the semis at the French, they lost in the quarters at Wimbledon to eventual champs Evert/Navratilova. Then came two more titles-the US Clays Courts and the US Open, their biggest title of all. With 8 titles they were arguably the #1 doubles team in the world.
1977 was not quite as huge, but the South Africans still won the German, Canadian, Tampa, and South African titles. (Kloss won the South African dubs 4 times in all, from 1973-75 and 1977). The partnership ended whn Boshoff decided to get married and retire.
Her singles was secondary, but Kloss was no slouch in that area, having a notable win over world #3 Martina Navratilova at the Family Circle Cup in 1976. Her highest singles ranking at #19 came in January and February of 1979. Her last tour singles match was in 1980.
Long-time romantic life partner of Billie Jean King since about 1979. [This is based on King stating they have been tofether "almost 40 years" in June of 2018]. Kloss and King played together from 1981-they won some doubles titles on the tour in 1982 and 1983. King retired in 1983. Kloss continued in 1984 and 1985, but turned to coaching World Team Tennis, the brainchild of Billie Jean and Larry King.
King initially denied any relationship with Kloss at the time she was outed in 1981, but their relationship gradually became public by the 1990s after Billie Jean's divorce.
Kloss has run World Team Tennis in one form or another since 1991.
One of her hobbies is water skiing.
Year-End WTA Singles Rankings
1979: #42 (career high of #19 in January and February)
*The WTA didn't have an official doubles ranking until 1984.
WALKER, DOROTHY (Dorothy W Walker)
Born April 1887 in New York
Died [alive in 1940 ????]
Married (1) Samuel H. Waring on September 22, 1910, in Manhattan, New York City-divorced in 1923
Married (2) Frederick "Fred" Martin Letson (died 23 March 1957) between 02 February and 14 June 1925.
Daughter of Clementine Brown Walker and Henry Kellogg Walker.
RU New Jersey State Championships in 1922
Ranked #36 in the US for 1920.
She was a member of the New York Tennis Club. This remained unchanged after her divorce and remarriage. A report from the New York Times in June 1924 reports that is was her first tournament in over a year. Her last datable event as Mrs Waring took place in February of 1925.
Dorothy first appears in tennis records as Mrs Fred Letson in June of 1925 when she and her new husband were mixed finalists in an event in New Jersey. Dorothy competed as Mrs Letson at Forest Hills from 1925 to 1928. She continued to enter local events as late as 1931. She was still alive and living in New York City with Fred Letson in 1940 according to the census that year.
1940 US Census via Ancestry.com
"Mrs Waring Loses in Tennis Tourney. " The New York Times, 10 June 1924, page 19.
[Thanks to Newmark and Rollo for this information]
SCHIEFFELIN, LOIS (nee Lois Lindon Smith)
Born 1911 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died February 11, 2007, in Northampton, Massachusetts
Married John Jay Schieffelin on March 12, 1932 in Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York
Nichnamed "Bois" within the family.
Career Span: circa 1935-1940
This was a second marriage for John Schieffelin (1897-1987); his first had ended in divorce. The couple had 2 sons (John Jr, born 1936) abd one daughter.
LARMINIE, MARGARET (Margaret Rivers Larminie)
Born 1886 in Jamaica, West Indies
Died March 31, 1964 In London, England
Married Robert Clayton Tragett on May 22, 1911 in Saint George's Church, Hanover Square, London; later divorced
Like Muriel Lucas and a number of other early sportswomen, Margaret Larminie was proficient at more than one sport, in her case lawn tennis and badminton. She had by far her greatest successes at the latter sport, winning the women's singles title at the All England Badminton Championships in 1911 and 1912 and, for the third and last time, sixteen years later in 1928.
In those days badminton tournaments were usually held during the winter and, because lawn tennis tournaments were then mostly held during the spring and summer months, players who took part in both types of tournament would change their rackets accordingly.
Margaret Larminie was also a talented writer and had three popular novels published under her maiden name: "Search", "Echo" and "Deep Rivers". Her husband, Robert Tragett, remarried in 1934, so he and Margaret divorced at some point.
LUCAS, EMILY (Emily Muriel Lucas)
Born 1878 in Saint Nicholas, Devon
Died January 19, 1962, in Dawlish, Devon
Married George Frederick King Adams circa September 1911 in Newton Abbott, Devon
Although she took part in some lawn tennis tournaments in the years circa 1904-12, Emily Muriel Lucas (popularly known as Muriel) is best remembered as a badminton player. She won many titles in the latter sport, including the women's singles title at the All England Badminton Championships in 1902.
Muriel Lucas also won the women's doubles title at the All England Badminton Championships no less than ten times in the years 1899-1910. Four of these titles were won with Ethel Thomson (later Larcombe), a future winner of the women's singles title at Wimbledon. After her marriage in 1911, Muriel (Lucas) Adams did not take part in any more singles tournaments.
PALMER, GWYNIFRED (Gwynifred Barrington Palmer)
Born November 24, 1897, in Ewell, Surrey
Died October 1987 in Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire
Married Jens Jensen circa March 1918 in Watford
[Active in 1914]
Gwynifred Palmer was a very promising player who took part in some lawn tennis tournaments in the years leading up to World War One. She reached the 3R in singles and the QF of the mixed at Wimbledon in 1914, her only entry at the Championships. She was listed as Miss G.B. Palmer.
She appears not to have played tournament tennis under her married name.
STEWART, BRYANNE (Bryanne Maree Stewart)
Born 9 December 1979 in Sydney
Married Jaymon Crabb (a fellow Aussie tennis pro) November 2008
Career Span: 1998-2009
Height: Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Played: RH with a one handed BH.
Started tennis at age 8. Coached by John Alexander at one point.
A doubles specialist, her best result at a Grand Slam was reaching the semifinals of the 2005 Wimbledon doubles semifinals with Sam Stosur. 2005 saw the her best year, with 2 Tier II titles with Stosue at Sydney and Amelia Island.
In singles Stewart managed to reach the 3R of the 2000 Australian Open, but never escaped qualies at the other slams.
Bryanne got into a minor conytoversy in 2006 in a "blogging war" with male player Dimitry Tursonov.
She now lives in the US.
Singles: 174-179 (highest rank at #135 on 8 April 2002)
Doubles: 243-234 (highest rank at #16 on 4 July 2005)
Titles (all in doubles): 3 WTA titles, 11 ITF titles.
3 WTA titles came at Sydney and Amelia Island in 2005 (w/Stosur) and at Memphis in 2007 (w/Nichole Pratt)
I know that a lot of BFTPers aren't exactly keen on Jen, but I'm hoping there are enough fans to get some discussion about Jen going and continuing for years to come, as in other players' threads. Granted, she's not officially retired, but she'll turn 33 in a month and I don't wait for some...