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FRIZZELL, "SHELBY" (Ella Shelby Frizzell)
United States
Born October 21, 1923 in Athens, Texas
Died October 30, 2004
Married Torrance

A former Texas champion; reached the 2nd round in the U.S. Championships in 1947. Her daughter Susan Torrance played the US Open in the early 1980s.

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http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tx...htm#SFTorrance

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=59350898

http://www.addvantageuspta.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=ADDvantage&Startrow=9&MenuGroup=ADD-depts&NewsletterID=293

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JACKSON, JERRY (Jerry Gee Jackson)
United States
Born August 14, 1928 in San Diego, California
Died May 13, 2014 in Point Loma, California
Married (1) Winthrop Duncan Waterman in 1951 (he died in 1965)
Married (2) Thomas Williamson in 1967
[Active 1940s-50s]

[From her USTA obit]

Jerry Williamson, 85, tennis standout, author, volunteer

By Care Dipping10:30 p.m.May 28, 2014

Jerry Williamson was the daughter of dazzling parents who were quite prominent in society and art circles during San Diego’s salad days. In her own right, she was a nationally ranked tennis player, author, editor, volunteer and the cherished center of her family who accomplished the enviable: a balanced life.

“Jerry did many things very well and always with a light touch,” said childhood friend Anne Evans. “She wrote books with imagination and humor and was a skillful volunteer. She was a great athlete, but she did not give away her femininity.

“She was the distinguished daughter of distinguished parents.”

Mrs. Williamson died of complications of Parkinson’s disease on May 13 at her Point Loma home. The native San Diegan was 85.

She was born Jerry Gee Jackson on Aug. 14, 1928, the only child of Everett Gee Jackson and Eileen Dwyer Jackson. Her father was a noted modernist painter and art department chairman at what was then San Diego State College. Her mother was virtually a household name for her society column, Straws in the Wind, that ran for decades in the San Diego Union.

She attended Francis W. Parker School, where her athleticism evidenced itself early.

“I was a fan of hers ever since Francis Parker Field Day when Jerry was able to out high jump the boys,” said longtime friend George Gildred. “We would watch the sixth-graders be put through the paces and I specifically remember Jerry doing that fabulous high jump into a big pile of sawdust.

“She just had a joie de vivre that enthused all her many pals.”

In the 1940s and 1950s, she often played tennis with San Diego’s Grand Slam wunderkind Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly. She competed in tournaments throughout the nation, winning numerous singles and doubles titles, including the Junior Girls’ Championship in Philadelphia and the Women’s National Championship at Forest Hills. In 1946, the year she graduated from San Diego High School, she was the fifth-ranked junior girls singles player in the country.

Mrs. Williamson earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Stanford in 1950. Because the university had no women’s tennis team when she was a student, she practiced with the men’s varsity team and participated in the annual “Women’s Sports Day,” competing against female students from UC Berkeley.

In 1951, she married San Diego stockbroker Winthrop Duncan Waterman. The couple had two sons before Waterman died in an automobile accident in 1965.

Remarrying in 1967, Mrs. Williamson raised her children, taught at her grammar school alma mater, and kept up her tennis game. In 1980, she bested Luciano Pavarotti in a friendly match that prompted the opera star to drop his racket and bellow at her, “Brava! Brava!”

An active volunteer, she served from the 1960s through the early 2000s on several boards, including those for the Latin American Arts Committee at the San Diego Museum of Art, the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, Junior League of San Diego and the mother-daughter philanthropic group MADCAPS.

Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/...?#article-copy

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DISCO, MARGARET (nee Margaret M. Alfero)
United States
Born 20 October 1915
Died 28 March 2010
Married Raymond S Disco circa 1940 (licence taken out The Bronx 20 December 1940) [Active from at least 1953-1958]

Participated in the US championships twice (1953, 1956), lost in 1R in both cases. Perhaps a member of the West Side Tennis Club,as she was a native of Forest Hills. A New York Times article from 1953 calls her "a woman detective".

Elizabeth Disco, who played the US girls juniors event in 1960, is probably her daughter. A Miss Peggy Disco, active around, could well be her sister-in-law.

[From her New York Times obituary]

DISCO--Margaret M.,on March 28, 2010 of Forest Hills NY. Dear wife of the late Raymond S. Loving mother of Margaret M. McElhone and her husband Eugene Downey, Elizabeth C. Smoake and her husband Ernest, Nancy J. Busch and her husband Calvert R., Deborah Disco, Raymond M. Disco and James Semmelman. Margaret is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren and her sister Mary Scagnelli. She retired in 1973 after 35 years of service from the NYPD as the Director for the Bureau of Policewomen. Margaret enjoyed Tennis having competed in the U.S. National Championships and held high rankings in the Eastern U.S. Section.

Sources:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...50C0A9669D8B63 [her obit, published 30 March, 2010]

New York Marriage Licences 1907 to 1995 within www.ancestry.co.uk

Social Security Death index and Searchancestry.co.uk give her date of birth.

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VOPICKOVA, VLASTA
Czech Republic
Born 20 April 1971 in Prague
Married (1) Damm, as she was Dammova
Married (2) Bervid (strangely she isn't Bervidova...)

Her mother was Vlasta Kodesova Vopickova.

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FAITHFUL, CONSTANCE (Constance Cecilia Faithfull)
United Kingdom
Born 31 October 1864 in Horsmonden, Kent, England
Died 29 December 1940 in Sussex, England
Did not marry.
Active late 1880s.

Katherine Faithfull was her sister.

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FAITHFULL, KATHERINE (Katharine Frances Faithfull)
United Kingdom
Born 6 February 1863 Horsmonden, Kent, England
Died 7 July 1917 in Brighton, Sussex, England
Married William Frederick Felton in July 1890 in Sussex
Active late 1880s.

Sister of Constance Faithfull.
 

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FAITHFULL, EMILY (nee Elizabeth Emily Scott)
United Kingdom
Born 5 October 1862 in Arlesey, Bedfordshire
Died 28 May 1939 in Storrington, Sussex
Married Arthur Ferdinand Faithfull in 1883 in Mildenhall, Suffolk
Active late 1880s.

Sister-in-law of Constance and Katharine Faithfull.
 

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PAGE, ELINOR (Ellinor Jane Seymour Page)
United Kingdom
Born 24 August 1863 in Norton, Durham
Died 5 January 1962 in Norton, Durham
Married Arthur Burgess Crosby in April 1893
Active circa late 1880s.

Sister of Mary Page and "Miss Page."

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PAGE, MARY (Mary Seymour Page)
United Kingdom
Born 24 February 1866 in Norton, Durham
Died [????]
Married Dr H. E. Hoffmeister on 16 June 1896 in the Parish Church, Norton, Durham
Active circa late 1880s.

Sister of Ellinor Page. Another sister, only listed in sources as "Miss Page", also took part in some tournaments in the late 1880s.
 

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PAGE, Miss
United Kingdom
Active in the late 1880s.

Sister to Elinor and Mary Page. Conventions of the time suggest that "Miss Page" was the eldest of the 3 sisters.

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POPPLE, DORIS
United States
Born 13th July 1923
Died 5th January 1987 in Portland Oregon (Source Social Death Index)

Won Canadian Singles Championships 1950
Appeared in US Singles Championships 1954

Invariably called "a tiny blonde physical education instructor", she saved several match points in beating Barbara Kanpp of England to win the Canadian national title in 1950 by the score of 8-6 5-7 8-6.

[From http://www.irvingtonclub.com/players/o-z/doris-popple]

Doris was born in 1923 and began playing tennis when she was ten. She participated in junior tennis in the Missouri Valley and played in junior tennis in the Missouri Valley and played in national junior tournaments. Doris was ranked No. 7 in the U.S. Women's Doubles in 1953 and 54. She was the Canadian National Women's singles champion in 1950 and ranked No. 2 in the Pacific Northwest in women's singles in 1948 and 59.

Doris was a high school teacher and tennis coach, first in Spokane and Kennewick, Washington; then she spent a remarkable thirty-one years at Lake Oswego High School in Oregon. Sports Illustrated tagged her national tennis coach of the year in 1980.

Doris' lasting legend has been in senior women's tennis, championing new events for senior women competition. Doris served as the first President of the Oregon Senior Women Tennis Association (OSWTA), ann association created to organize tennis events for women of every skill level, age 40 and older. Doris and friends designed, organized and hosted the first PNW Senior Women's Invitational. She volunteered to serve as Chair for the newly formed Senior Women's Development Committee of the PNWTA and was Chair of the first PNWTA Senior Women's Grand Prix Tournament. In 1987, participants of the PNWTA Senior Women's Grand Prix voted to dedicate this event to the memory of Doris.

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Spokane Daily Chronicle 21st August 1950
http://www.irvingtonclub.com/players/o-z/doris-popple

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GOHL, JUDITH
Australia (South Australia)
Active in the late 1960s and early 197os.

She is often confused with a Romanian player Judith Dibar-Gohn, and the latter, who was still unmarried when Gohl participated three times in the Australian Championships (and played in some other state tournaments), is wrongly credited with Gohl's achievements. Gohl entered the Australian open from 1968 to 1970.

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SINGER, CHRISTINA
Germany
Born 27 July 1968 in Goppingen, Germany.
Married Bath
Height: 176 cm.
Active from 1984 to 1999.

The daughter of former handball national player and world champion of 1955, Horst Singer, her professional career began after high school.

Singer won 5 ITS singles and 3 ITS doubles events in her career. She twice made the 3R in a major, the 1993 US Open and 1995 at Wimbledon. Chrsitina finished in the Top 100 4 times: 1989 (#85), then again in 1993 (#78), 1994 (#77) and 1995 (#55).


Singles: 162 won-168 lost ------------Highest rank was #41 on 11-September-1995.
Doubles: 100 won-130 lost----------- Highest rank was #44 on 08-July-1996.

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Wta website

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Singer

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BROADHURST, MARGARET (Margaret Ethel Broadhurst)
Great Britain
Born 1871 in Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died [????]
Married (1) Owen Dickins on 16 August 1891 in Salford, Manchester
Married (2) Francis Harold Armstrong in 1896 in Salford, Manchester
[Active in 1890s]

Margaret Broadhurst is the Mrs Dickins who won the women's singles event at the Welsh Covered Court Championships in October 1894 (she had been runner-up to Alice Pickering at the first-ever edition of this event in April of the same year).

Margaret's first husband, Owen Dickins, died of heart disease and rheumatic within a few months of their marriage, and she later remarried. One of Margaret's two sisters also took part in the first edition of the Welsh Covered Court Championships in April 1894. Little is known about these sisters beyond their first names: Agnes Mary Broadhurst (b. 1872) and Katharine Dorothy Broadhurst (b. 1877).

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BREED,JANE (Jane Harvey Breed)
United States
Born 08 July 1933 in Manhattan, New York City, New York
Died 29th May 1990 Greenwich, Fairfield Connecticut
Married Peter Emmet Fleming 1956 on 02 June 1956 in New Canaan, Connecticut. He died in 2009.
[Active 1950-1958]

Prominent when young, making the junior Wightman Cup team from 1949 to 1952. Still 16 when she first entered Forest Hills in 1950, she was never able to win a match there, competing every year from 1950 to 1955 except for 1952. She was playing local eastern events as late as 1958.

Miss Breed graduated from Vassar College in 1955 before her marriage to Peter Fleming. They had 4 sons and a daughter.

In 1975 she founded Neighbor to Neighbor, a volunteer service organization in Greenwich, CT to help cloth and feed the needy.

Sources:

New York Times obituary, 31 May, 1990, page D23.
"Jane Breed Wed in New Canaan". The New York Times, 03 June 1956, page 89. (includes a wedding photo)
"Miss Jane Breed Becomes Fiancee: Vassar Graduate to Be Wed to Peter E. Fleming Jr., Law Student at Yale. "New York Times, 14 April 1956, page 10 (includes engagement photo)
The Social Security Death index provided dates of birth and death.

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DOEG, DORIS (Doris Hope Doeg)
United States
Born 20 May 1910 in La Colorada, Sonora, Mexico
Died 19 Aug 1997 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County
Married James L. McGinty on 15 July 1943 in California
Active 1920s and 1930s.

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DOEG, VIOLET (Violet Hope Doeg)
United States
Born 25 Oct 1911 in Guymas, Sorora, Mexico
Died 21 Feb 2011 in Los Angeles County
Married Hugh Norman Perram in 2 April 1934 in Santa Monica, California
Active 1920s and 1930s.

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TESSI, CRISTINA
Argentina
Born 20 July 1972-
Active 1987-1995

Started playing tennis at 3 when she hit against a garage wall. #1 ranked junior in the world. She was hailed as possibly the next Sabatini, adding to pressure for her to suceed. When she came on tour her progress ground to a halt. "Tennis insiders blamed her brother, who sat at courstside screaming instructions and insults." (Menshaw, p 27). An abductor injury in the early 1990s further stymied the young Argentine.

Won 3 ITFtitlles with challenger event in Buenos Aires in 1987,Darmstadt in 1990, and again at Buenos Aires in 1993.

Career Statistics (from the WTA)

Singles: 93 won-90 lost career high of #70 on 15-July-1991.
Doubles: 21 won-30 lost





Sources

Cristina Tessi: la bella sonriente
http://martinestevez.blogspot.com/2008/08/cristina-tessi-la-bella-sonriente.html

Ladies of the Court: Grace and Disgrace on the Women's Tour, by Michael Menshaw, 1991. (pages 26-27)

WTA website
 
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