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BROOKSMITH, "MILDRED" (Ethel Mildred Brooksmith)
Great Britain
Born circa 1866 in Cheltenham
Died 13 or 14 April 1944 in Kensington
[Active 1897 to 1924]

A match report from 1897 indicates she was from London.

Active in 1899 on the continent, winning the Swiss title that year. She was Swiss singles champion in the years 1899-1901 and also won a number of singles titles on the French Riviera, in places like Nice and Menton. Brooksmith played the Riviera circuit in 1897, 1899, 1901-1903, 1905, and 1910-11.

M. Brooksmith also won the Ceylon Championships in 1909. Could they be one and the same? It is very likely as Mildred visited Ceylon often.

She competed at Wimbledon in 1909, 1910, and 1913, but was unable to win a match in singles. Continental clay was her forte, and by 1909 she was doubtless aging.

Her photo can be found in Volume 21, page 344 of the British Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes at: brooksmith tennis&f=false

Her name comes from Alan Little, but the identification is not 100% confirmed.

New mark writes:

If this is indeed the M. Brooksmith of yore, her first name was Ethel, not Emily:

Brooksmith, Ethel Mildred of 29 Iverna Gardens, Kensington, London, W.8, spinster, died 13 April 1944. Probate Glouceseter 9 September 1944 to Brian Taunton Gurney, solicitor. Effects: £7,744 17s. 1d.

(Ethel) Mildred Brooksmith was the daughter of John and Mary Brooksmith. Her father, a native of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, qualified as a barrister-at-law in his early twenties, but was a master at Cheltenham College in the early 1880s. At this point in time John and Mary Brooksmith and their two daughters, Mildred and Edith M. Brooksmith, were living on College Road in Cheltenham (accommodation was available at Cheltenham College for staff and their families). Edith M. Brooksmith married in 1896, so she could not have been the tennis player in question.
How does Mildred end up so prominent on the continent? One possible explanation is she went to boarding school in Switzerland or France. The background of her father lends itself to this theory, which at this point in time is only speculation.


Nice LTC Club Championships-1897,1898, 1901, and 1903
South of France Championships (Nice)-1899
Swiss Championships-1899-1901

Alan Little's "The golden days of tennis on the the French Riviera 1874-1939"

[A link to a thread about her on Roots Chat]
Miss M. Brooksmith, Swizterland (and the French Riviera) (Europe) - RootsChat.Com

Tennis in Switzerland at the turn of the nineteenth century
Tennis in Switzerland at the turn of the nineteenth century -

[Thanks to Jimbo, Newmark, and Rollo for this information]

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Born 17 April 1893 in Pau, France.
Died 23 April 1983 in Orleans, France.
Married (1) Marcel Billout, 16 April 1917
Married (2) PRM. Bordes in 1925
Nickname: “The Goddess” (for her beauty)
[Active: 1912-1930]

Won the gold medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics (Outdoors) and the World Hard Court title in Paris. Won the 1913-1914 French Closed Chmps. In winning the 1914 final she was the last person to defeat Suzanne Lenglen in a completed singles match. Won 1927 French mixed with Jean Borotra. Won the French Indoors 1910 , 1912 , 1913 , 1922 , 1925 and 1927.

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BROUGH, "LOUISE" (Althea Louise Brough)
United States
Born 11 March 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Died 03 February 2014 in Vista, California.
Married Alan Townsend Clapp (died 1999), 09 August 1958 (no children)
Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nicknames: "Broughie", "Brough is Tough" was a play on her name, pronounced "Bruff".
[Active 1939-1959]

Brough Was Tough-The Quiet Californian

4 time Wimbledon champion in 1948 to 1950 and again in 1955. This included triple crowns in 1948 and 1950.

Though born in Oklahoma she was raised on California's fast cement courts. Her parents separated when she was only 4, and Louise and her mother moved to the Los Angeles area. Attending Bevelry Hills High School, the tomboyish girl had the support of her ambitious mother and namesake aunt Louise, who often drive her to local events and then across the country for the Eastern events.

Quickly rising through the ranks, she was in the US top ten by 1941 and wouldn't leave it until 1957 except for 1951, when tennis elbow kept her out many months.

Louise exhibited the purest and strongest serve-volley game patterned after Alice Marble. Her "American Twist" serve was the best the game has ever seen. It hit the ground and quickly bounded up and high to the backhand, making the next shot, usually a volley, often an outright winner.

In 1942 the Californian went on a tear. Coming into the US Nationals she was undefeated for the year. On the verge of taking over women's tennis she came up short versus Pauline Betz 6-4 1-6 6-4. Shot for shot Brough was superior. Nerves factored into the match though, and here Brough would often suffer from periods of doubt. In what was to become a pattern Brough would seem on the verge of dominance with her biting serve and volley game. Despite 6 grand slams in singles consistently winning outside of Wimbledon eluded her.

Her legendary doubles partnership with Margaret "Ozizie" Osborne. The calmer Margaret gave a shy Brough an anchor. Nearly invincible, "Ozzie and Broughie" were only defeated a handful of times and only twice at the US Nationals, where they compiled an enviable 58-2 record and 12 out of 14 titles. Their nine consecutive titles at the US Nationals from 1942 to 1950 is a record that will likely never be beaten. It usually took Doris Hart to beat them. When asked who their toughest foe was, Louise replied, "Doris Hart, that devil", without missing a beat. Despite the passing of 50 years it was spoken with both respect and a hint of a rivalry fresh in her mind.

3rd behind Osborne and Betz in 1946, Louise broke through at last in a major to win the 1947 US Nationals. It was her only singles there. She confessed to having an instant dislike to the noise, the arrogant USTA officials and having to fight narrow passages on outside courts to get to her matches. It didn't help that she lost 4 of the 5 finals at Forest Hills. All 4 defeats were in 3 sets. The 1948 and 1954 finals were particularly galling. Brough had match points in both. Margaret, now Mrs duPont won the 48 final 4-6 6-4 15-13. In 1954

“A willowy blonde, she was quiet and diffident, but she was the killer in the left court when at play alongside duPont,-Bud Collins-from his book Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis.
Miss Brough sat firmly in the world top ten for 12 consecutive years from 1946 to 1957. In the 36 slams she entered Louise failed to make the quarters or better only 5 times. In doubles she won 21 of 32 slams, and only once couldn't make the semis.

Wimbledon was her favorite event, the quiet reverence of the crowds matching her reserved personality. During the "Brough decade" from 1946 to 1955 she hauled off more silverware than anyone at The Championships. From 1948 to 1950 Brough won 8 out of 9 titles, only coming up short in the 1949 mixed. In a longest day scenario unimaginable today, Louise played all three finals on the same day. It all started with a victory over best friend Margaret Osborne 10-8 1-6 10-8. An exhausting 39 games. Then the doubles, where Margaret and Louise bested Gussie Moran and Pat Todd 8–6 7–5. Luckily for Louise it as straight sets, but with 5 sets and 65 games behind her she was given a short rest to get back on court for the mixed with John Bromwich. Sheila Summers and Eric Sturgess took advantage of her exhaustion. They won out 9–7 9–11 7–5. Only two games short of a triple over a mind numbing 8 sets, 114 games, and over 5 hours. Her feet were so torn up she lost toenails.

The next year she returned to win the triple for the second time. Earlier in the year Brough had accepted a rare invitation to tour Australia. Her twin Aussie and Wimbledon titles in 1950 was the only year Brough won two singles majors in a year. Only the French escaped her; it's slow surface favored defense, a word alien the volley happy Louise. She would never get past the semis at the French in 4 tries.

1951 was a horrible year. Tennis elbow meant missing the rest of the year after a semifinal at Wimbledon. Though back to most of her old form by 1952, Brough faced an altered landscape. For one thing her service toss abandoned her. At times she caught tosses repeatedly in matches. Her confidence in a major weapon never fully recovered.

The second factor blocking a return to the top was Maureen Connolly. Brough was one of four women to defeat Mo in her prime, but the baseline bomber dominated the sport from late 1951 until a horse accident in 1954.

When I asked Louise what her favorite memory was she cited the 1955 Wimbledon final. Craftily slicing and dicing, she tried every trick in the book to through off the rhythm of hard hitting Beverly Fleitz. Tiring rapidly, she knew she had to win in straight sets. At a critical juncture Brough stuck out her racquet on a bullet of a passing shot. The shot just went over for a winner and took ripped the heart out of Fleitz.

At 7-5 8-6 it was Brough's 4th and last Wimbledon. How fitting that it had been a volley that secured it.

"Louise had the nearest thing to a man's game I had seen since Alice Marble", Helen Jacobs, from Gallery of Champions, page 69
Grand Slam titles: 35 total (6 in singles, 21 doubles, and 8 mixed)

Singles titles

Australian Open W (1950)
Wimbledon W (1948, 1949, 1950, 1955)
US Nationals W (1947)

Grand Slam Doubles titles

Australian Open W (1950)
French Open W (1946, 1947, 1949)
Wimbledon W (1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954)
US Open W (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1957)

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles

Wimbledon W (1946, 1947, 1948, 1950)
US Open W (1942, 1947, 1948, 1949)

World Rankings

1946: #3
1947: #2
1948: #2
1949: #2
1950: #2
1951: #7
1952: #3
1953: #3
1954: #4
1955: #1
1956: #3
1957: #4

Brough was never defeated in the 22 Wightman Cup matches she participated in.

Links and Sources:

Cohn, Howard. "What's Wrong With Brough?", American Lawn Tennis, December 1949, pages 7 and 29.

Flink, Steve. "Lady Is A Champ", Tennis Week, 16 October 2002, pages 16-17 and 38-39.

Hart, Stan. Once a Champion. 1984. Chapter 19, pages 317-339.

Jacobs, Helen. Gallery of Champions. 1948. Pages 169-180.

Rollo. Personal phone interviews by in December of 2004.

Louise Brough | Sport | The Guardian

Hedges, Martin. A Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. Pages 42-43

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

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BROWN, LOUISE (nee Louise Cook)
Born 19 November 1922 Dunnville Ontario
Died 24 November 2003
Married Ross Brown, 1946
Son David born circa 1947, daughter named Sherry.

Described as blonde, 5’ 6” and 125 pounds.

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

A winner of more than 60 Canadian singles and doubles titles.

Louise Brown’s tennis career spanned four decades and was remarkable not just for its longevity but also for the consistency of her play. Brown, a hard hitting left hander, was ranked in the Canadian top 10 in women’s tennis for 26 consecutive years. She was ranked No. 1 in 1957, was ranked No. 2 for seven years and was No. 3 for a further seven years. She reached the finals of the Canadian Open on 12 occasions winning the singles in 1957 and the women’s doubles in 1957 and 1962.

Brown was playing captain of Canada’s Federation Cup team in 1963 and 1964, the first years of that competition. She was also non-playing captain in 1966, 1967 and 1969.

Brown won a record number of singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec championships. In fact, she was a 19-time champion of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. All of that was accomplished by this small-town girl who never had a tennis lesson.

Tennis was a family affair in the Brown household as Louise Brown competed with her son, David, at the U.S. Nationals and husband, Ross, former president of the Ontario Lawn Tennis Association. They also opened their home to travelling players who needed a place to stay in Toronto.

Brown was a seasoned singles and doubles player and made an impact on Canadian tennis at age of 14 when she was first given a racquet by her grandfather. Both her and her son, David, competed in the first Canada Summer Games in 1969 in Halifax. Brown captured the gold medal and David captured a bronze after losing in the semifinals to Bob Bedard, who is also in the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame.

“Louise Brown dominated the Canadian tennis scene for four decades and left several men in her wake when playing in practice matches. I know, I was one of them,” (George Gross, Toronto Sun).

Brown passed away in November of 2003 from a brain tumor. She continued to play tennis up until she was diagnosed with her illness. In remembrance of her great impact on Canadian tennis, her family set up the Louise and Ross Brown Fund for the Development of Canadian Junior Tennis.

In 1966 with her son and husband

Source: Who's Who in Canadian Sport Edition 4 2005

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosmaund for this biography]

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BROWN, NINA (Nina Borein Brown)
Great Britain
Born 21 January 1915 in Uxbridge, England
Died 22 April 2018, in Clayton, Missouri,, United States
Married Everett Rubicam Hamilton, 23 August 1941 in Northpoint, MI. He was American.
[Active 1935-1947]

Active as late as 1947, when she journeyed to her nation of birth to play Wimbledon.

Won titles at Denver and San Francisco in 1940.Working as a recreational hostess when she met future husband Ray Hamilton in Scotsdale, Arizona.

[From her obituary]

Nina Brown Hamilton died peacefully on Sunday, April 22 2018 in her home at the age of 103. Nina was born in Uxbridge, England where she grew up playing tennis. She traveled to America in August of 1939 to participate in the Wightman Cup Matches. When the war broke out in Great Britain she was stranded in the U.S. She met Everett R. Hamilton while working in Scottsdale, Arizona, and they were married in 1941. While raising 4 children she stayed involved with tennis. She became president of the St. Louis Tennis Patrons Foundation, a fund-raising organization dedicated to junior tennis development. She also became the first woman President of the St. Louis District Tennis Association. She was inducted into the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame on May 1, 1993. Nina is survived by her sons, Barry, Keith, and Ron Hamilton and by her daughter Nina H. Langenberg. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 2 great, great-grandchildren.

Photo from 1936 in the National Portrait Gallery.


2018 Wimbledon Compendium [for date of death]

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]

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BROWN, YVONNE (Yvonne Mary Florence Brown)
Great Britain
Born 02 December 1900 Hendon
Died 18 November 1986 Aylesbury Vale

Married Edgar S. Law, circa April to June 1925 in Paddington, England
[Active from at least 1930 to 1950]

Best known under her married name. Played in local events until at least 1950.

Wimbledon record (played 1930 to 1939, and in 1946-1947]

Singles: 11-11
Doubles: 5-6
Mixed: 5-7

The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 - Official Site by IBM

Government probate records indicate date of death.

[Thanks to Newmark and Rosamund for help with this entry]

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BROWNE, MARY (Mary Kendall Browne)
United States
Born 3 June 1891 in Santa Monica, California
Died 19 August 1971 in Laguna Hills, California
Married Kenneth Kenneth-Smith in June 1958, later divorced
Nickname: “Brownie”
Height: 5’ 2” (according to Alan Little)
[Active 1912-1926]

Very often listed as Mary K Browne. She was a dominant US champion after the temporary absence of Hazel Wightman and Molla Mallory's reign in US tennis. As a youth she was taught the game by her brother Nat Brown.

3 time US Nationals Champion (1912-1914)-she was an all around sportswoman who also reached the top ranks in golf. Browne was RU at the US Nationals in 1921, also reaching the finals at the French Chmps in 1926. Later in the year Brownie turned pro and toured with Suzanne Lenglen, making her the first US woman to make a living openly as a professional tennis player.

As one of the first female professionals, Browne came east from Ventura County, California to win the 1912, 1913, and 1914 U.S. National Women’s Singles Championship and snared doubles titles in 1912, 1913, and 1914, the last two playing alongside Louise Riddell-Williams. Browne won her singles matches dispensing Eleonora Sears, Dorothy Green and Marie Wagner in the finals, dropping only one set in the deciding matches.

Then a curious and inexplicable news report swirled around the 5-foot-2 dynamo. According to the February 7, 1918 edition of the Cornell Sun, Browne reportedly quit playing tennis to accept a bank teller position in California, making the proclamation that she “will never compete in any championship tournament in the future.” While those accounts may be true later in life, they don’t jive with three subsequent U.S. National doubles and mixed doubles titles Browne won post 1918, teaming with the incomparable Bill Johnston in 1921, and with Louise Riddell-Williams and Helen Wills Moody in 1921 and 1925. Previously, she had won three other U.S. Nationals mixed doubles titles, the first with Richard Norris Williams in 1912 and the others in 1913 and 1914 with Bill Tilden. Browne is often given credit for spurring Bill Tilden on to improve his game and give him confidence.

At age 33, Browne pushed Molla Bjurstedt Mallory to three-sets at the 1921 U.S. Nationals Women’s Singles Championship played at Forest Hills, falling 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Five years later, she was a finalist at the French National Women’s Singles Championship, losing to the incomparable Suzanne Lenglen, a rival she never defeated in 38 attempts, 6-1 6-0. Browne rounded out a distinguished career by winning the Wimbledon Ladies Doubles title in 1926 with fellow Californian Elizabeth Ryan. It was a made even more memorable by beating Suzanne Lenglen and Diddie Vlasto 3-6 9-7 6-2, surviving a match point. This was Lenglen's last ever match at Wimbledon.

Browne, always adorned in a neatly pressed white tennis dress and matching headwear with a ribbon or bow, earned the United States No. 1 ranking in 1913 and 1914. Still playing tennis, Browne honed her golf skills as a runner-up at the 1924 U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament. From 1930-1951, Browne was a part-time tennis instructor at Lake Erie College, excluding during World War II when she served with the American Red Cross in Australia and Italy, and was inducted posthumously into the Lake Erie College Hall of Fame on April 26, 1991.

Brownie lived with Alice Marble later in life and became known as a portrait painter. Still active in her 70s, Ted Tinling reports she was devastated to play a round of golf on her 76th birthday and score 77.

The 1926 French final, where she was crushed by Suzanne Lengen.

Hedges, Martin. A Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. Pages 44-45.

'BROWNE QUITS GAME.; Former Champion Forsakes Tennis for Banking Career.' Special to The New York Times. February 05, 1918, [A thread by Djoule]

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

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BROWNING, ADELAIDE (Adelaide Scott Browning)
United States
Born 31 March 1892
Died in May 1971
Married Homer Stuart Green of Sleepy Hollow on 13 November 1913 in Tarrytown, New York. He died 7 May, 1966.
[Active 1910-1914, and 1918 to at least 1931]

Turn of the century American player. On the grounds of the Gracemere Estate in Tarrytown are the remains of a once fine mansion, which was owned by the clothing magnate Henry King Browning from 1910 to 1930. He built it for his daughter Adelaide, who lived there with her husband, Homer Stewart (or Stuart) Green, who was mayor of Tarrytown from 1933 to 1937. Once an elegant three-story home, the house is now too far gone for renovation. It is now owned by the Unification Church, which said through a spokesman that it has no plans for renovation.

She was active in singles from at least 1918-when she was a SF at the US National Indoors. In 1925 she was RU in the New York Metropolitan Indoors.

She 1940 census indicated she had two sons: Henry (born circa 1915) and Stuart (born 24 July 1917). A daughter named Nancy, born in 1920.

Her sister Natalie also competed in tennis events: - View Single Post - Biographies of Female Tennis Players

Her grave is at:

See also: Hudson Valley Moon Houses | HV-Rob

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Born 05 November 1922 in Bécon-les-Bruyères, Hauts-de-Seine
Married [G.] Dubois after June 1948 and by 1950
[Active as early as 1944 to as late as 1953]

Doubles finalist at the French in 1945 with Simone Mathieu.

Some have spelled her name with 1 "n" (Brunarius) but the RG site uses two, as do other sources. Single when she entered the French in 1949. Even though she was wed in 1950-she continued be listed as Brunnarius in many instances.

Her only Wimbledon appearance in 1950 has her as Mme Dubois.

Top Ten French Rankins (as Mme Dubois)

1953: #9
1954: #8
1956: #10


Archive - Draws Archive : Myrtil Dubois - 2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

Le Matin : derniers télégrammes de la nuit | 1944-08-01 | Gallica

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ACHENBACH, "MELANIE" (Alice Melanie Achenbach)
Born 31 August 1888
Died ????
Married Carl Walther Bruns on 17 December 1909 in Hamburg
[Active circa 1905-14]

Popularly known as Melanie. This player's maiden name appears to have been Achenbach, not Aschenbach. She is sometimes listed as Frau Dr Bruns, an indication that she had obtained a doctorate of some sort.

Her photograph is in Heinrich Schmburgk’s album called "Mein Sport un Bildin" is held at the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig.

[Thanks to Newmark for this information]

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de BRUYN KOPS, ADE (nee Adé van Vliet)
Born 28 May 1896 in Kotarajah (modern Acheh), Dutch East Indies.
Died 13 January 1978 in The Hague, Netherlands
Married to George Francois "Frans" de Bruyn Kops (1886-1979) by 1918
[Active 1931-1932]

Active in 1931-she entered the French. Nationality unknown, but name suggests Dutch origin. Tennis provided the “GF” initials for the male player. This is Dutch footballer, who was George François "Frans" de Bruijn Kops (October 28, 1886 in Benkoelen, Dutch East Indies – November 22, 1979).

In tennis sources the last name is rendered as de Bruyn Kops. The name also given as de Bruijn Kops.

Ade was born in the Dutch East Indies in what is now Aceh, Indonesia. The couple had 2 children: George Francois de Bruyn Kops (born 21 March 1919) and Alice Helene de Bruyn Kops (03 October, 1920 in modern Jakarta, Indonesia).

Her husband was also a Dutch colonial born in what is now Indonesia. He competed in the 1908 Olympics. The family appears to have resided in both the Durch East Indies and The Hague in Holland.

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
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