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BOWNESS, ADA (Ada Elizabeth Bowness)
Australia (Queensland)
Born 16 June 1908 in Queensland
Died 11 November 1977 in Queensland
Married Sir David 'Dave' Longland on 14 December 1935 in Queensland
[Active circa 1924-34]

Often partnered Mall Molesworth in doubles. Known as Lady Longland.

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BOYD, ESNA (Esna Flora Boyd)
Australia
Born 21 September 1900 in Melbourne, Victoria
Died 13 November 1966 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Married Angus Robertson, 11 March 1929 in Edinburgh, Scotland

1927 Australian Champion.

Tournament Wins:
AUS Champ 1927 (plus 6 finals)
VIC Champ 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1931
NSW Champ 1923, 1926, 1927
SA Champ 1922, 1923, 1925, 1927
MCC Champ 1921, 1922, 1923, 1932
South Yarra 1924, 1925, 1927, 1932
Irish Champ 1925
Weybridge 1925
Roehampton 1925
Ostend, BEL 1928
Gleneagles 1928
Cannes, FRA 1928
Metropole 1928
Hyeres, FRA 1929
Cannes, FRA 1929
Gallia, FRA 1929
Monaco 1929
Peebles 1932
Pitlochry 1934
St Andrews 1935
Carlisle 1935

Uniquely, she was a part of all three of Australia's international tennis team tours (1925, 1928 and 1938). In 1925, she starred for Australia with good wins over Kea Bouman, Didi Vlasto and Marion Jessup in addition to pushing Suzanne Lenglen in France. Despite the tour concentrating on team matches, she won singles championships at three overseas tournaments and made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

In 1928, she beat Molla Mallory at the French and played a significant role in Australia's undefeated run of international matches. At the end of the year, she was rated in the world's top ten.

In 1938, aged 37 and the mother of two children, she represented Scotland against the Australian women. She returned to Melbourne in 1940, with her children, a son Bill (born 1930) and a daughter Mary (born 1933) after the outbreak of World War II.

"She was of medium height and slenderness and based her game on a flat forehand drive that penetrated deep into either corner. She indulged in no slices or spins and her backhand was below championship standard – but judging from her results few could find it."

Boyd in England-1925, during her world tour



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

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BRACEWELL, GERTRUDE (Gertrude Mary Bracewell)
Great Britain
Born 1867 in Gargrave, Yorkshire, England
Died 25 February 1949 in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England

Did not marry. Probate was granted to Barclays Bank and Wilfred L. Hollick, retired stockbroker and retired tennis player, husband of Ada Margaret (Spencer), herself a former tennis player who appears in several draws as "Mrs W.L. Hollick".

Known as "Miss G. Bracewell", who also took part in lawn tennis tournaments, usually at the same time as her sister Margaret, with whom she appears in several draws. It is possible that Margaret was actually the latter player's second name, but, as sometimes happens, that she had become known by that name, like other players such as (Edith) Maud Shackle and (Florence) Angela Mortimer.

The early Censuses of England and Wales contain biographical information on a Bracewell family with several children, including two daughters, Emily Margaret and Gertrude Mary. These two girls were the daughters of Edmund Bracewell, a cotton manufacturer, and his wife Jane, and were born six years apart, in Gargrave in Yorkshire. (The Bracewell sisters took part in tournaments in several of the Yorkshire tournaments during their lawn tennis careers.)

Both sisters latter married, (Emily) Margaret’s husband being a George Moore. Their marriage was registered in early 1890 in Newton Abbot in Devon, south-west England. (Interestingly, Margaret Bracewell did not take part in any lawn tennis tournaments after the year 1889.) Furthermore, it is clear that Gertrude Bracewell was the younger of the two sisters because she appeared on the lawn tennis scene after Margaret. Lastly, there is evidence of a Mrs G. Moore taking part in one or two tournaments many years later.


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BRACEWELL, "MARGARET" (Emily Margaret Bracewell)
Great Britain
Born 1861 in Gargrave, Yorkshire, England
Died 14 May 1940 in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England
Married George Moore in 1890 in Newton Abbotk, Devon, England


Sometimes it is very difficult to find exact information about some of the most successful of the early lawn tennis players. A case in point in Margaret Bracewell, who took part in a large number of tournaments in the mid-to-late 1880s. According to some reports, Margaret Bracewell came from, or at one point at least lived in, Southport on the north-west coast of England, where she was a member of the local lawn tennis club.

The player in question had at least one sister, usually referred to as "Miss G. Bracewell", who also took part in lawn tennis tournaments, usually at the same time as Margaret with whom she appears in several draws. It is possible that Margaret was actually the latter player's second name, but, as sometimes happens, that she had become known by that name, like other players such as (Edith) Maud Shackle and (Florence) Angela Mortimer.

The early Censuses of England and Wales contain biographical information on a Bracewell family with several children, including two daughters, Emily Margaret and Gertrude Mary. These two girls were the daughters of Edmund Bracewell, a cotton manufacturer, and his wife Jane, and were born six years apart, in Gargrave in Yorkshire. (The Bracewell sisters took part in tournaments in several of the Yorkshire tournaments during their lawn tennis careers.)

Both sisters latter married, (Emily) Margaret’s husband being a George Moore. Their marriage was registered in early 1890 in Newton Abbot in Devon, south-west England. (Interestingly, Margaret Bracewell did not take part in any lawn tennis tournaments after the year 1889.) Furthermore, it is clear that Gertrude Bracewell was the younger of the two sisters because she appeared on the lawn tennis scene after Margaret. Lastly, there is evidence of a Mrs G. Moore taking part in one or two tournaments many years later.


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BRADLEY, BARBARA (Barbara J. Bradley)
United States
Born in April or May circa 1919
Alive in 2002 (when her sister died)
Married (1) Samuel "Sam" Tracy Clarke (died April 1979) by September 1956.
[Active 1937-1956]

Daughter of Dr. and G.O. Bradley of Moana Lane, Reno. Her first known adult event was the Pacific Southwest in September of 1937.

Barbara played singles in the US Championships from 1939 to 1941. The 1940 census indicates she was a college student.

1953 Nevada State champion-an event she won many times.

Toured Europe for 7 months as related in the Nevada State Journal 7th November 1954 and celebrated her birthday during the Italian Championships in Rome.

Played singles at the 1954 French Championships and 1954 Wimbledon where she reached the last 16 and then she lost to Louise Brough.

In the spring of 1956 Barbara was playing the Caribbean circuit. In the November 1956 edition of World Tennis she is now Mrs. Sam Clarke of Reno. He was a nationally known eye surgeon. Sam was also into tennis, at one point being the President of the Reno Tennis Club. Wedded bliss marked the end point for her tennis career as she turned towards raising a family.

Nevada State journal Reno 14th August 1969 says she has 2 daughters Terry aged 12 and Pixie aged 10. Terry, born in 1957, died May 15, 1998.

Report in Reno Gazette Journal 23rd September 1990 says she played tennis with Princess Diana in 1990 and says she is 71.

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BRAMLEY, SHEILA (nee Sheila Griffin)
United Kingdom
Married Peter Bramley in May of 1956
[Active 1953 to 1961]

Won Dinas Powys in 1957.

A Kent county player, she wed British tennis umpire Peter Bramley in 1956. She was 0-4 in main draw singles matches, fighting her way through qualifying into the main draw 3 times.

Sources:

World Tennis, July 1956, page 16 [photo of her wedding]

http://2014.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/865b604c-73e7-456b-b7c8-1b5091211bd7/index.html
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/865b604c-73e7-456b-b7c8-1b5091211bd7_LS.pdf
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/865b604c-73e7-456b-b7c8-1b5091211bd7_LD.pdf
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/865b604c-73e7-456b-b7c8-1b5091211bd7_MX.pdf
 

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WOOD, BARBARA (nee Barbara Brandt)
United States
Born 1921
Alive in 2009
Married Leighton C. "Huck" Wood (1920-2009) on 08 November 1945
[Active circa 1946-1959]

Active as late as 1951, when she competed in the US Nationals. Barbara competed in the US Doubles at Longwood in 1946.

She can be found in local events as late as 1959.

Barbara met her husband while both were in the US Navy Reserve during World War II. They had 3 children.

Most of her tennis results of her era list her as Mrs Leighton Wood.

Source:

Husbands Obituary
Leighton C. Wood, 88 | www.jamestownpress.com | Jamestown Press

Find a Grave Memorial
Barbara Brandt Woods (1921 - ) - Find A Grave Memorial

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BRAY, MURIEL
Great Britain
[Active from at least 1937-1939]

Entered Wimbledon in 1937, 1938, and 1939 in doubles and mixed doubles only.

The National Portrait Gallery photos of her from 1931 suggest that she may have been considered a child prodigy who never reached the heights predicted for her.

In 1931



A grown up Bray in 1939




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BREIT, BARBARA (Barbara N Breit)
United States
Born 30 December 1937 in Manhattan, New york City, New York
Married (1) Gavin B Gordon on 01 February 1958 in Santa Barbara, California. Divorced in July 1970
Married (2) Kenneth B. Frank on 26 June 1973 in Los Angeles, California
[Active in the 1950s]

Coached by Maureen Connolly. Barbara terminated the coaching, stating Mo drove her too hard.

Author of Improving Your Tennis Game (1973) and a frequent tennis columnist in the 1970s.

Source
www.ancestry.com

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BRENNAN, MAEVE
Ireland
Born circa 1925
Died 26 June 2013 in Trim, County Meath, Ireland
Married Mark Alexander Downey circa January 1951
[Active 1940s-50s.]

Wimbledon Record (played 1948-1950,1951,1953)

Singles: 2-3 (1948, 1951, and 1953)
Doubles: 4-4
Mixed: 3-4
 

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BRICKA, JUSTINA
United States
Born 14 February 1943
Married Richard "Dick" Horwitz in May 1966-later divorced.
Active 1958-1966

Lefthanded. A player in the serve and volley mold-she was best at doubles.

St. Louis natives Justina Bricka and Carol Hanks made a name for themselves as teenagers in 1958 and 1959 winning the doubles at the Blue and Gray Championships in Montgomery, AL. At the US Nationals in 1959, Bricka saved 3 matchpoints in a first round win over Billie Jean Moffitt and advanced to the 3rd round as a 16 year old.

Bricka vexed King in their debut at the 1959 U.S. championships at Forest Hills, the event known today as the U.S. Open. King was 15, Bricka 16. King won the first set 6-4 and held a 5-4 lead in the second set. Bricka served at 30-40."I have match point. I'm about to win, then the chalk flies," King said recently, agitated at the memory. "She hit the line. I was ticked off."
Bricka laughed at the notion that King remained wound up about a call from 52 years ago.

"I hit a big topspin serve that I'd never tried and she'd never seen before," Bricka said. "She argued, but it was a good call. I don't care what she says."
Bricka fought back, took the set 7-5 and won the third 6-4.


"At the time, it seemed like a nanosecond and the match was over," King said. "Actually, it was a whole set, but it didn't feel like it then. I think it's funny now. Well, no, it's never funny when you lose." King never lost to Bricka again in singles, though they split 4-4 in doubles matches. Bricka counts as one of her career highlights,

Bricka/Hanks won tournaments in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Cincinnati and advanced to the finals of the US Clay Court Championships where they lost to Darlene Hard and Moffitt. Also at the USCC, Bricka stunned reigning US and French champion Hard in the first round.



At the 1961 Wimbledon, she played the eventual champion Angela Mortimer a close 6-4, 9-7 fourth round match and advanced to the mixed doubles quarterfinals with Frank Froehling. The same summer, she advanced to the finals in Merion where she lost to Moffitt and was named to the Wightman Cup team and stunned Mortimer in a US win. The win caught the attention of Time magazine.

Time noted that her victory caused the British press "to fume in disbelieving rage. ... Lefthander Bricka ran Angela Mortimer so hard that the British player suffered leg cramps and had to withdraw from the final doubles match."

In 1962, Justina benefitted from Margaret Smith's feud with the Australian tennis authorities. When Smith was not allowed to play doubles with a countrywoman, she teamed with Justina Bricka. The pair won seven tournaments, defeating Moffitt/Susman 3 times and Bueno/Hard twice. She had several quarterfinal and semifinal finishes in singles and was seeded #11 at the French where she lost to #6 Renee Schuurman. She won back to back small tournaments in the US in 1963 and also reached the quarterfinals of the US National Doubles at Longwood with Victoria Palmer. In 1964, she won five doubles tournaments and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals and the US National semifinals with Carol Hanks. She and Mary Ann Eisel defeated Bueno & Vera Sukova to win the Irish Open doubles that year also.

1964 and 1965 also saw some success in singles. Bricka won the Middle States Grass and Philadelphia Grass tournaments in 1964, defeating Carole Graebner 6-4, 18-16 in the Philly final. In 1965, Bricka won the Phoenix Thunderbird tournament (defeating Richey en route) and had her career best Wimbledon result, with a quarterfinal loss to Smith. She and Eisel won at the Eastern Grass tournament in July, 1965 and she reached the round of 16 at the US Nationals where she again fell to Smith. After marriage, she reached the finals of the 1966 Tulsa Invitational where she and Carol Hanks Aucamp fell to Casals & King 8-6 in the third.

Bricka married local teaching pro Dick Horwitz and had two sons, Lou, 42 and Joe, 40, before the couple divorced. She became the '60s version of a tennis pro, teaching at the Triple A Club in Forest Park and Frontenac Racquet Club, then was a referee on King's WTA tour stops in the early '80s. A hip replacement and osteoarthritis prevent her from playing competitively and frequently.


Source:

Three Aces For Tennis (St Louis Times dispatch article): http://www.stltoday.com/sports/other/three-aces-for-tennis/article_acd07a75-cff4-519e-93f7-f36979bf7b99.html


Caption: Feb. 9, 1966 --- From left, Carol Hanks Aucamp, Justina Bricka, and Mary Ann Eisel.

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BRIGGS, “PHYLLIS” (nee Eva Phyllis Moxon)
Australia (Queensland)
Married J Logan Briggs on 28 September 1918

Often listed as Mrs JL Briggs. Lived in or near Warwick. Entered 1923 Aussie Chmps.
 

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BROCKLESBY, CATHERINE (Catherine Pattir Brocklesby)
United Kingdom
Born in 1902 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Died in 1979 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Married John Trotter on 25 July 1928 in Laceby, Lincolnshire
[Active 1920s]
 

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BROMFIELD, EDITH (Edith Jane Bromfield)
United Kingdom
Born in 1874 in Honiton, Devon
Died [in 1952 in Exeter, Devon]
[Active 1897 to 1909]

Probably did not marry. Daughter of John Pidgeon Bromfield, a draper/grocer, and Jane Bromfield (née MacKno), both of whom were also natives of the market town of Honiton in Devon. The family later moved to London. In the 1901 Census of England Edith is living in Wimbledon with her widowed mother and an elder brother, Ernest.

A Sussex native, Edith took up tennis at the South Park Tennis Club at Wimbledon, where she quickly improved under the tutelage of local pro Mr Geake.

Edith played Wimbledon every year from 1897 to 1904. It was during this period that she made the QF there in 1899 and 1903. She returned to the Championships in 1906 and 1909.

1904 winner of the Austrian Championships

The death of a 78-year-old Edith J. Bromfield was registered in Exeter, Devon, during the fourth quarter of 1952.

Wimbledon record (1897 to 1904, 1906, and 1909)

Singles: 4-9

There is a photo of Edith on page 185 of Arthur Wallis Myers book, Lawn Tennis At Home and Abroad

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