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MARDALL, BEATRICE (Beatrice Goodrich Mardall)
United Kingdom
Born January 1862 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Died 09 October 1944 Birkenhead, Cheshire
Married John Charles Kay on 25 August 1881 in All Saints' Church, Cheltenham
Active circa 1878-81]

Beatrice Mardall was the sister of the player Florence Mardall. They were two of the five children of George Stratford Mardall and Margaret Louisa Mardall (née Barr).

Beatrice did not play as much lawn tennis nor have as much success at the sport as Florence. Beatrice's husband, John Charles Kay (1855-1929), was himself a lawn tennis player, a football pioneer and a sports official/administrator.

George Stratford Mardall, Junior (1860-1937), a brother of Beatrice and Florence, was a contemporary of William and Ernest Renshaw in the very early days of their lawn tennis careers in Cheltenham.

For her sister Florence please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=25491818&postcount=1220

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MARTINEZ, "CONCHITA" [Inmaculada Concepción Martinez Bernat]
Spain
Born 16 April 1972 in Monzon.
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Played right-handed with one handed backhand.
[Active 1986-2005]

Concita won Wimbledon in 1994. She is the only Spanish female to win a Wimbledon singles, Lili de Alvarez and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario both falling one match short more than once.
I will never forget that day as the memory is perfectly ingrained in my mind, I was 22 years old. I still get goose bumps when I reminisce about getting crowned all those years ago-Martinez reflecting on her Wimbledon triumph
Other highlights include:
  • Spearheading Spain to 5 Federation Cups alongside Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and being
  • Singles runner-up at the 1998 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open.
  • 4 time consecutive winner of the Italian Open from 1993 to 1996
  • 2 silver medals in the Olympics-1 in singles and 1 in doubles.
Career Statistics

Singles

Career record 739–297 (71.33%)
Career titles 33 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 2 (30 October 1995)

Ranked inside the top ten at year's end 9 times

2005 #32
2004 #42
2003 #18
2002 #34
2001 #35
2000 #5
1999 #15
1998 #8
1997 #12
1996 #4
1995 #2
1994 #3
1993 #4
1992 #8
1991 #9
1990 #11
1989 #7
1988 #41

Doubles


Career record 414–232
Career titles 13 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (11 January 1993)
Made the finals of the French Open in 1992 and 2001.

Martínez used extreme topspin on her forehand and slower topspin and slice on her backhand. She was a patient baseliner who won matches by disrupting her opponents’ rhythm through changes of spin, pace, depth, height, and angle.

On 15 April 2006, aged 33 and after 18 years of playing professionally, she announced her retirement, having won more professional singles tournaments than any other Spanish female tennis player. An Achilles tendon injury requiring surgery had hastened the end of her career.

Since her 2006 retirement Martinez has remained active in the sport. Conchita has helped coach Shahar Peer, Janet Husarova , Rennae Stubbs, and Anastasia Rodionova. In 2013 she was made the captain of the Spanish Fed Cup team. In July of 2015 Conchita became captain of Spain's David cup-a true rarity.

A major wine aficionado, Conchita offers tennis and wine tours of Barcelona.






Sources:

http://www.conchitamartinez.com/en/ [The official site of Conchita Martinez]

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/5063/title/conchita-martinez [WTA profile and record]

http://www.conchitamartinez.com/en/wine-tours/ [Combination tennis and wine tours in Barcelona with Conchita]

http://www.conchitamartinez.com/en/photos/ [close to 300 photos]

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

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul/05/conchita-martinez-spain-davis-cup-captain

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SOLOMON, "SHELLY" (Rochelle Solomon)
United States
Born 19 June 1963
Died 07 Oct 2014
Married Bill Heller. They later divorced.
[Active 1980s.]

Sister of Harold Solomon, the French Open runner-up in 1976.

Originally from Washington D.C., Shelly Solomon, lived in Florida full-time since she was 11. Of Jewish origin-her grand-mother came from Poland.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sun...n&pid=19377113
In college, she was an All-American tennis player having won the NCAA team championship, then turned professional in 1982.
Shelly ranked in the top 60 in the world, and served on the Women's Tennis Association Board of Directors.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nova University Law School.

After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992, Solomon became an Assistant State Attorney for Broward County. She then went on to become a Partner and Of Counsel for a Coral Springs law firm and a volunteer for Legal Aid Services.

Solomon is the mother of four children: Lexi,Jake and twins, Adam and Ashley

Sadly, she died in the fall of 2014 after falling or jumping from a 15 story building. The exact circumstances are unclear.

Sources:

http://coralspringstalk.com/mother-a...-own-life-9057

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sun...?pid=172769541

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MORRIS, LUCY ( Lucy Emily Morris)
United Kingdom
Born in 1860 in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Died 29 May 1936
Married Major Henry Selwyn Goodlake in 1887
[Active circa 1878-82]

Lucy Morris was the sister of the player Fanny Morris. They were two of the ten children of George Byng Morris, a landowner and county magistrate, and Emily Matilda Morris (née Smith). Like most of their children, both George and Emily Morris were born in the Welsh county of Glamorgan.

For her sister Fanny please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost....postcount=1348

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MALTBY, ELLEN
Great Britain
Born in 1850 in Cheltenham
Died ????
[Active circa 1876-82]

Sister of Mary Ann Maltby.

Ellen and Mary Ann Maltby were two of the five children of Edward Maltby, a Londoner by birth, who was a member of the British Indian Civil Service until his retirement, and Jane Maltby, who herself was born in Calcutta.

Ellen and Mary Ann, the two youngest Maltby sisters – they had an elder sister, also called Jane (b. 1846) – took part in some of the earliest lawn tennis tournaments ever held in the British Isles, mainly in Cheltenham. Tournaments modest in nature were being held in that English town as early as 1876, most notably in the fashionable Montpellier Gardens, where the Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club had its origins, and at the Winter Garden, where the first lawn tennis tournament of any stature in Cheltenham was held in October 1879.

Another of the Maltby children, William Dalrymple Maltby (1859-1926), also had an interest in lawn tennis, including its administrative side. He emigrated to Australia in later life.
 

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MALTBY, MARY (Mary Ann Maltby)
United Kingdom
Born in 1857 in London
Died
Active circa 1876-82.

Sister of Ellen Maltby.

Ellen and Mary Ann Maltby were two of the five children of Edward Maltby, a Londoner by birth, who was a member of the British Indian Civil Service until his retirement, and Jane Maltby, who herself was born in Calcutta.

Ellen and Mary Ann, the two youngest Maltby sisters – they had an elder sister, also called Jane (b. 1846) – took part in some of the earliest lawn tennis tournaments ever held in the British Isles, mainly in Cheltenham. Tournaments modest in nature were being held in that English town as early as 1876, most notably in the fashionable Montpellier Gardens, where the Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club had its origins, and at the Winter Garden, where the first lawn tennis tournament of any stature in Cheltenham was held in October 1879.

Another of the Maltby children, William Dalrymple Maltby (1859-1926), also had an interest in lawn tennis, including its administrative side. He emigrated to Australia in later life.
 

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ATHLERLEY, EDITH
United Kingdom
Born in 1857 in Gibraltar
Died 19 May 1923 in Hampstead, London
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1876-82]

Sister of Louisa and May Atherley.

Louisa, Edith and May Atherley were three of the nine children of Mark Kerr Atherley and Martha Edith Atherley (née Bowen). Their parents had married each other on April 3, 1847, in Belturbet Church, Belturbet, a town in County Cavan, Ireland. At the time of their marriage Mark Atherley was a major in the 92nd Gordon Highlanders. He was a native of Winchester in Hampshire, while Martha Bowen Atherley had been born in Ireland.

Mark Kerr Atherley remained with the 92nd Gordon Highlanders throughout his military career (his final rank was that of General). The births of his children are an indicator of the various places he was posted to. By 1881, the Atherley family was living at 13 Lansdown Place in Cheltenham, a short walk away from Montpellier Gardens, one of the focal points in the town for the burgeoning sport of lawn tennis.

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ATHERLEY, LOUISA (Louisa Frances Atherley)
United Kingdom
Born in 1848 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died 30 March 1938 in London
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1876-82]

Louisa Atherley later became a nun and member of the Community of Saint Katherine in London. Sister of Edith and May Atherley.

Louisa, Edith and May Atherley were three of the nine children of Mark Kerr Atherley and Martha Edith Atherley (née Bowen). Their parents had married each other on April 3, 1847, in Belturbet Church, Belturbet, a town in County Cavan, Ireland. At the time of their marriage Mark Atherley was a major in the 92nd Gordon Highlanders. He was a native of Winchester in Hampshire, while Martha Bowen Atherley had been born in Ireland.

Mark Kerr Atherley remained with the 92nd Gordon Highlanders throughout his military career (his final rank was that of General). The births of his children are an indicator of the various places he was posted to. By 1881, the Atherley family was living at 13 Lansdown Place in Cheltenham, a short walk away from Montpellier Gardens, one of the focal points in the town for the burgeoning sport of lawn tennis.

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ATHERLEY, MAY
United Kindgom
Born 10 January 1860 in Barrackpore, Bengal, India
Died 6 January 1947 in Denewood, Chislehurst, Kent
Married Spencer Lynne on 4 October 1884 in Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London
[Active circa 1878-82]

Sister of Louisa and Edith Atherley.

Louisa, Edith and May Atherley were three of the nine children of Mark Kerr Atherley and Martha Edith Atherley (née Bowen). Their parents had married each other on April 3, 1847, in Belturbet Church, Belturbet, a town in County Cavan, Ireland. At the time of their marriage Mark Atherley was a major in the 92nd Gordon Highlanders. He was a native of Winchester in Hampshire, while Martha Bowen Atherley had been born in Ireland.

Mark Kerr Atherley remained with the 92nd Gordon Highlanders throughout his military career (his final rank was that of General). The births of his children are an indicator of the various places he was posted to. By 1881, the Atherley family was living at 13 Lansdown Place in Cheltenham, a short walk away from Montpellier Gardens, one of the focal points in the town for the burgeoning sport of lawn tennis.


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BRARENS, MYRA (Myra Beatrice Brarens)
United States
Born 18 November 1897 in San Francisco
Died 18 August 1957 in Santa Clara, California
Did not marry.
Played lefthanded.
[Active circa 1915-20]

A forgotten Californian who learned the game on the public courts of Golden Gate, Miss Brarens peaked in 1917 and 1918, the year she beat Pacific Coast champion Helen Baker.

A 1918 article heralds Myra as an upcoming champion who is "a pocket edition of May Sutton." Lefthanded, her serve had a high bounding "kick". The Spokane Review went on to declare Miss Brarens "the best volleyer in northern California in skirts."

Her name was "Myra", not "Mira", as reported in some newspapers.

Perhaps her net game was limited or she lost interest in the game, for the grand career predicted for her never panned out.


Sources:

"New Net Star on Coast: Play of Miss Mira Brarens Likened to That of May Sutton". The New York Times, 24 July 1918: page 12.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19180707&id=_98UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mOADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6767,4677077&hl=en

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WALKER, WINIFRED (nee Winifred Rachel Bunyan)
Great Britain
Born in 1890
Died ????
Married Lionel Harold Chadwick Walker on 22 February 1911 in Sialkot, Bengal
[Active circa 1912-24]

Winifred (Bunyan) Walker enjoyed some success at the Shimla tournament in the late 1910s/early 1920s.

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CARTER, "GERRY" (nee Geraldine M. Frolli)
United States
Born 24 March 1924 in Monterrey, California
Died 20 December 2015 in San Mateo, California
Married Clarence Dale "Nick" Carter 27 January 1945 in San Francisco, California
[Active 1955-1964]

Played at French Championships and Wimbledon 1958.

Mother of tennis player Denise Carter-who was born 31 July 1950.

Geraldine Carter was ranked no 6 in the Northern California Sectional womens singles 1961 and 1962, no. 7 in 1955 and no 4 in 1959. This is per the USTA yearbooks.

Sources

search.ancestry.com
findmypast
www.mooseroots.com
Wimbledon Programme 2nd July 1958

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EARLE, VIOLA (Viola Diana Earle)
Australia (Western Australia)
Born 28 December 1926
Died 20 February 2016 in Canberra
Married Geoff C. Clarke in November or December of 1948 in Perth
[Active 1941-1951]

Her sisters Jeanette and Mildred also played in local Western Australian events. All 3 sisters were born by 1935, when they are mentioned in the obituary of their grandfather.

Her only entry at the Australian Championships came in 1948. She lost her opening match 6-0 6-0, having the poor luck of drawing #1 seed Nancy Bolton. Her isolated location in Western Australia may account for Viola not entering other Aussie Championships.

She bore 6 children.

Sources:

www.ancestry.co.uk
findmypast

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32840475?

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59488515?searchTerm=viola%20earle%20tennis&searchLimits= (still single as of 31 October 1948)

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/viola-clarke-obituary?pid=177857522&view=guestbook

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MURPHY, BERNICE
Australia (Victoria)
Married Geoffrey Bernard Fitzgerald on 17 February 1951 in Bairnsdale.
[Active 1947-1950]

At the 1948 Aussie, where she went down 6-2 6-2 to #3 seed Mary Bevis in the 1R. At the time she was a Victorian junior from Bairnsdale. Bernice was at her best in doubles.

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MAURESMO, AMELIE
France
Born 05 July 1979 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Nickname: "Momo"

[Active 1993-2009]

In 2015 the stylish Frenchwoman was inducted into the International Hall of Fame. Mauresmo hit her powerful topspin backhand with a flourish. Able to beat anyone at her best, she was often the victim of nerves, especially at her native French Open, the only slam where Mauresmo never made the semifinals.

As a 4 year old she was inspired to play tennis after watching Yannick Noah win the French in 1983. Early promise was rewarded by taking the French and Wimbledon junior crowns in 1996.

Mauresmo went on a tear at the 1999 Australian Open, upsetting world #2 Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals. After the match Amelie opened announced she was lesbian, a first in women's tennis. While Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova had both paved the way, it must be remembered that both women were outed. None of Amelie's sponsors dropped her as a result of the announcement.

from the New York Times, February 1 1999

Even before arriving at the Australian Open, Mauresmo said she had decided to talk about the topic, not because she wanted to become a symbol or the focus of attention, but because she did not want to dance around the subject throughout her career.
"When the media asks me what's going on in my life, I'm obliged to talk about this because it's part of my life," she said. "And here it is. It's clear that I'm not going to get unanimous support for this. Not everybody is going to be behind my back saying, 'Super.' But no matter what I do, there will always be people against me. With that in mind, I decided to make my sexuality clear.
"There will be people who I hope will respect me for doing it because it was my decision, and because there are many other players who are the same way as I am and say nothing and act as if nothing is going on."
Her muscular frame was commented on by Davenport, who later apologized for her remarks. Her words: "A couple of times, I thought I was playing a guy." She made no reference to Mauresmo's sexuality and later made it clear that she had been talking only about Mauresmo's tennis. World #1 Martina Hingis had joked in German that, "She's here with her girlfriend. She's half a man." Denying the remark despite several witnesses, she refused to offer a mea culpa. Hingis trounced Mauresmo 6-2 6-3. Just weeks later Mauresmo got revenge in front of a partisan French crowd at the French Indoors, where she lost in the final. Amelie ended 1999 at #10 in the rankings.

2000 was quiet after knocking off Davenport, Hingis, and Pierce to win Sydney, ending it ranked #16.

Things started coming together in 2001: 4 titles and a 16 match win streak lifted her back into the top ten. Despite injuries she remained a solid #6 at year's end in 2003. She was voted the WTA comeback player of the year.

2004 was noteworthy. Her consistency was shown in making 9 finals, a record she shared with Davenport. Claiming 5 titles in all, Amelie was a semifinalist at Wimbledon, won the silver medal at the Olympics, and was briefly #1 on the computer in September. Up 3-1 and leading a set vs Serena in the Wimbledon semifinal, many conceded her huge talent but wondered if she had the nerves to ever win a major.

2005 saw another heartbreaking 3 set loss at Wimbledon. Winning the WTA Championships was the shining moment of the year, an omen for what turned out to be her year of destiny.

Seeded #3 at the Aussie in early 2006, two matches vaulted Mauresmo to the crown. Kim Clijsters retired down 3-2 in the third set of their semifinal. Even more remarkably, favorite Justine Henin called it quits due to stomach cramps down 6-1 2-0. No one could recall a similar set of circumstances. While well earned, the odd nature of her triumph put an asterisk next to the title in some quarters. After crashing out at the 4R of the French (here worst slam by far over her career due to nerves) it was back to her beloved grass. 3 sets wins over Myskina and Sharapova got her to the final, where Justine awaited. After losing the opening frame 2-6 the lady with French elan won the other two 6-3 6-4. Remarkably both women serve and volleyed-perhaps the last time a grand slam singles final will witness the excitement of coming to net behind service.

Her greatest triumph put to rest the idea that the Australian was a fluke. Could she end the year as solid #1? Mauresmo, seeded #1, gave a curiously flat performance in the semis, where Sharapova beat her 6-0 4-6 6-0. The WTA Championships provided one last chance to end on top for the year. Amelie beat Henin in a nailbiting 3 set round robin match. Nonetheless Henin made it through to the final. In the last match of the season Henin won 6-3 6-4, ending as computer #1. Mauresmo could hold her head though-having won 3 of 5 matches with Henin and 2 slams to one-some might argue hers was the superior year. The WTA awarded her Player of the Year status.

After 2006 nagging injuries and lack of motivation meant Mauresmo never came close to repeating her golden year. 2007 (#18) was lackluster, as were 2008 (#21) and 2009 (#27). In late 2009 she announced her retirement.



In 2014 Mauresmo began coaching Andy Murray; both brushing off any suggestions a female coach would be ineffective.

He [Murray] was forced to defend her appointment, saying: ‘She was someone who struggled with nerves and conquered them later in her career. Someone like that can help more than someone who hasn’t had those issues before.

‘You can talk about Amelie’s accomplishments, she won a lot. She was No 1 in the world, she won multiple Grand Slams, she had a creative game style. As a person, she is very nice, very easy to communicate with, but she is firm as well. So those are the reasons I wanted to give it a shot.’
To date the partnership has been successful.

2015 was eventful for two reason, her induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame and the expected birth of a child in August.

Career Highlights

Won Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006
Won WTA Championships in 2005
Finalist at Australian Open in 1999.
5 time Grand Slam semifinalist-3 times at Wimbledon (2002, 2004-2005) and twice at the US Open (2002, 2006)
9 times Grand Slam quaterfinalist.
127-42 singles record in slams: (38-9 at Aussie) (25-15 At French) (35-9 at Wimbledon) (35-10 at US Open)

Made semifinals or better at Wimbledon 4 years in a row competed from 2002 to 2005-being absent in 2003.

Singles

Career record 545–227 (70.65%)
Career titles 25 (2 ITF)
Highest ranking No. 1 (13 September 2004)

Doubles
Career record 92–62
Career titles 3 (2 ITF)
Highest ranking No. 29 (26 June 2006)

Top Ten Rankings (ended in top 10 7 years)


2006: #3
2005: #3
2004: #2 (reached #1 in September)
2003: #4
2002: #6
2001: #9
1999: #10

2006 Wimbledon-the apex for the best female player of France since Suzanne Lenglen.

At the 2005 Australian Open




Sources:

Amélie Mauresmo Site Officiel [her official website]

Players | WTA Tennis English

https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/amelie-mauresmo/

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

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

"Homosexuality 'Is Part of My Life,' She Says : A Tranquil Mauresmo Is Hoping for 'Respect' ", The New York Times By Christopher Clarey Published: February 1, 1999.
Homosexuality 'Is Part of My Life,' She Says - A Tranquil Mauresmo Is Hoping for 'Respect' - NYTimes.com

2005 Official Guide to Tennis [WTA], pages 137-139

Momosapiens! (a fan forum)
Momosapiens! - TennisForum.com

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PROUDFOOT, HELEN (nee Helen McKendrick Proudfoot)
United Kingdom
Born 27th October 1919
Died 26 June 1975.
Married Zbigniew Juliusz Czolowski(1919 to 1977) Captain Polish Armed Forces by 1944
Name variant: Mrs Helen Czolowska in 1947 and 1948.
[Active 1946 to 1953]

Played Wimbledon 1950 to 1953.
At least 6 time winner of the North of the Forth event. 1951 witnessed her 6th victory.

In the Dunlop Tennis annuals Mrs H.M.Czolowska appears as winner of the Kirkcaldy tennis in 1947 and 1948 but by July 1948 has become Mrs H.M.Proudfoot, so one assumes the family took the English surname.

Her daughter Krystyna McKendrick (Krysia) was born 07 June 1944.

In the Wimbledon programme 3oth June 1951 under maiden names:

Mrs H.M.Proudfoot - Miss H.M.Proudfoot

Based out of Kirkaldy in Scotland, as the Peebles Lawn Tennis Club site states:
In the 1950s the Scottish international Helen Proudfoot from Peebles played in the Championships at Wimbledon. Later she coached juniors at the Club and each year the Helen Proudfoot Memorial Junior Mixed Doubles tournament is held at the Club in her honour.


on 14th July 1948



Sources.

purvisfamilytree.com/showmedia.php?mediaID=26036&medialinkID=25818

http://peeblesltc.weebly.com/history.html

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