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HAMM, MARY (Mary K. Hamm)
United States Born 07 September 1954 in Mount Pulaski, Illinois. One of 5 children.
Married Paul Ridings 17 March 1986 in Dallas, Texas
[Active 1973 to 1978]

Played singles at US Open 1973, 1976 and 1977 and French and Wimbledon 1977. Best performance was 3rd round of 1976 US Open. Was beaten by Martina Navratilova in 1st round 1977 US Open. In doubles she made the QF at the 1977 French Open with Candy Reynolds. Mary was the losing finalist to Billie Jean King at a second tier event- he Lionel Cup of San Antonio.

Educated at Trinity College,Texas. Later tennis pro at establishments in Wisconsin,New Mexico and Texas.



Sources:

1970 USTA Yearbook
Texas Marriage index
Google

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTGP-2HQ
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hamm

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HARRIS, ROBIN (Robin M. Harris)
United States Born 13 April 1956 San Diego, California
Married David Stewart 13 January 1979 in San Diego, California
[Active from 1976 to 1978]

Played singles at US Open 1977 , French 1978 and Wimbledon 1978 (lost to Pam Shriver) but did not win any matches.

Robin was the top seed at an amateur tournament in La Jolla in 1976. Easily beaten by Renee Clark, it was revealed that "Clark" was actually Renee Richards, a female who had unfergone a sex change operation. This generated worlwide headlines for Richards over the next couple of years.

Tennis Director at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquets Club San Diego.
Active on the ITF Seniors circuit.

Sources 1970 USTA Yearbook,
Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.co.uk
google

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EPSTEIN, LYNN (Lynn A. Epstein)
United States
Born 28 March 1958 Miami, Florida
[Active from at least 1974 to 1976]

Won 18 and under Orange Bowl 1974 and 1975.

In 1976 she was a finalist to Regina Marsikova a Futures event in the spring. She went on to play the US Open that year. Still an amateur, the "tall, chunky blonde" opted for college rather than the pros. [Wilmington Morning Star]

Attended University of Miami.

In 2007 was Professor of Law at Nova Law School Fort Lauderdale.



Sources:

1970 USTA Yearbook
Lynn Epstein | Nova Southeastern University | ZoomInfo.com

"Tennis Star in No Hurry to Turn Pro", The Wilmington Morning Star, 23 June 1976, page 6-D.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,4929041&hl=en

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Played singles at the 1976 US Open. she was the #1 junior in the US that year.

Epstein attended the University of Miami, putting off turning pro.

In 2007 was Professor of Law at Nova Law School in Fort Lauderdale.

Sources:

1970 USTA Yearbook
Lynn Epstein | Nova Southeastern University | ZoomInfo.com

"Tennis Star in No Hurry to Turn Pro", The Wilmington Morning Star, June 24 1976, page 6-D.
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19780623&id=SWs0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=IhMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5680,4929041&hl=en

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FELIX, LOIS (Lois L Felix)
United States
Born 01 June 1927 in Meriden, Connecticut
Died 23 December 2001, in Meriden, Connecticut
[Active in the 1950s]

Lois took up tennis by the age of 11 in her home town of Meriden, Connecticut.

The apex of Felix's days on the tennis courts came at the 1957 US Championships at Forest Hills. In the round 16 Lois beat #6 seed Christine Truman of England 6-2 6-1. In the quarters #3 seed Dottie Knode took her out 6-2 6-1.

The US Indoors in 1959 and 1960 were her most prestigious titles. Felix also won the Connecticut, New England Championships, and Tri-State events in 1954. She earned a #8 US ranking that year. In 1955 she played Wimbledon.

When she retired from tournament play, she taught at tennis clubs in New Haven and Florida.

A New Englander, she was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in 1990.



Sources:

Inductees

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17918875

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_Felix [mistakenly gives 1928 as year of birth]
 

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GUYOT de MISHAEGEN, "ANNE" (nee Anne-Antoinette Cogels)
Belgium
Born 28 May 1900 in Antwerp
Died 18 October 1953 in Antwerp
Married Edouard Guyot de Mishaegen (1890-1964) on o2 May 1922 in Antwerp
Other nickname: "Annette"
[Active circa 1920-35]

Anne Cogels' first name is sometimes listed as Annette in genealogical sources. Her full name was Anne-Antoinette. She notably won the singles title at the Closed Belgian Championships in 1925. She also won the Belgian National doubles in 1923 and 1927 and the mixed with Jean Washer in 1924.

Source:

https://gw.geneanet.org/crandax?lang=en&n=guyot+de+mishaegen&oc=1&p=edouard

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HAGEY, SUSAN (Susan Hoyt Hagey)
United States
Born 03 February 1958 in La Jolla, California
Married John J. Wall 2th October 1985 San Diego.
[Active in 1977]

Played singles 1977 Wimbledon.

Educated Stanford University 1975 to 1979.

Sources:

1976 USTA Yearbook
International Who's Who Tennis 1983
Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.co.uk

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HENRY, KELLY (Kelly C. Henry)
United States
Born 18 April 1962 Glendale,California
[Active from at least 1979 to 1982]

Played singles US Open 1979 and 1982 (beat Virginia Wade 1st round and lost to Chris Evert 2nd round).

Educated University of Southern California.

Sources:

International Who's Who of Tennis 1983
1976 USTA Yearbook
www.ancestry .co.uk

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VRIESENDORP, MARIE-CORALIE (Marie-Coralie Vriesendorp)*
Netherlands
Born 21 May 1899 in Dordrecht
Died 30 January 1944 in Dordrecht
Married Petrus Jacobus Sigmond on 26 September 1934 in Dordrecht
[Active circa 1915-25]

Marie-Coralie Vriesendorp notably won the singles title at the international Dutch Championships in 1920. She is sometimes listed as M.-C. Vriesendorp, at other times just as M. or C. Vriesendorp.

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MONICA SELES
Yugoslavia/United States
Born 02 December 1973 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
Height: 5' 10'' (1.78 m)
Plays: Left-handed (two-handed forehand and backhand)
[Active 1988-2003]


Grand Slam Best Results

9 Singles Titles

Australian Open: W (1991), W (1992), W (1993), W (1996)
French Open: W (1990), W (1991), W (1992)
Wimbledon: F (1992)
US Open: W (1991), W (1992)

Doubles

Australian Open: SF (1991), SF (2001)
French Open: 3R (1990)
Wimbledon: QF (1999)
US Open: QF (1999)


The Seles story is a tale of 5 parts. It started with a meteoric rise, then a perch atop Mount Everest as the world #1 for over two years. The fairy tale turned into a nightmare when she was stabbed by a deranged Steffi Graf fan at Hamburg in April of 1993. In the fourth chapter the American staged a comeback in 1995. From then to 2003 she had mixed results on the tennis court, yet earned the adulation of fans she never had as #1. Post-retirement she appears to have come to terms with her past and gained a measure of happiness.

Monica holds dear the memory of first playing tennis with her father in a parking lot. Though born in modern day Serbia, her parents Karolj and Esther were Hungarian by nationality. Starting tennis at age five, Monica hit with two hands off both sides due to her small size and her age. Karolj was a cartoonist; he would often draw amusing caricatures to amuse his daughter. Until the age of 11 she was mentored by Jelena Genicic. At this point her family took a leap of faith by moving to America to train at Nick Bollettieri's Academy.

Seles first hit the tour in late 1988 at the age of only 14. 1989 was her coming of age-her first tournament victory was a memorable one, knocking off Chris Evert in a third set tiebreak, pushing world #1 Steffi Graf to 3 sets in a French Open semifinal, and finishing the year ranked #6 in the world. For every year she was on tour until 2003 she would remain in the top ten.

The big breakthrough came in 1990. An upset of Steffi Graf at the German Open was followed two weeks later with her first slam in a stylish 7-6 6-4 repeat win at the French Open. A gamin-like golden girl with a cute habit of wrinkling her nose as she bashed the ball like a jackhammer, with victory a second star with mass appeal in Europe had been born. Monica had become the youngest winner in French Open history at only 16-a record she still holds.

to be continued...

Career Statistics

W/L - Singles - - - 595 - 122
W/L - Doubles - - - 89 - 45

Highest singles ranking No. 1 (March 11, 1991)
Highest ranking No. 16 (April 22, 1991)

SINGLES (53 titles, including 9 majors)

Winner: 2002 - Doha, Madrid; 2001 - Oklahoma City, Bahia, Tokyo [Japan Open], Shanghai; 2000 - Oklahoma City, Amelia Island, Rome; 1999 - Amelia Island; 1998 - Montréal, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 1997 - Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 1996 - Australian Open, Tokyo [Nichirei], Sydney, Eastbourne, Montréal; 1995 - Toronto; 1993 - Australian Open, Chicago; 1992 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, Tour Championships, Essen, Indian Wells, Houston, Barcelona, Tokyo [Nichirei], Oakland; 1991 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, Tour Championships, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Nichirei], Milan, Philadelphia; 1990 - Roland Garros, Tour Championships, Miami, US Hardcourts, Tampa, Rome, Berlin, Los Angeles, Oakland; 1989 - Houston.

DOUBLES (6 titles)

Winner: 1998 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Kournikova); 1997 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Sugiyama); 1992 - Rome (w/Sukova); 1991 - US Hardcourts (w/Fendick), Rome (w/Capriati); 1990 - Rome (w/Kelesi).


WTA Year End Ranking

2003-- 60
2002-- 7
2001-- 10
2000-- 4
1999-- 6
1998-- 6
1997-- 5
1996-- 2
1995-- 1
1994-- NR
1993 -- 8
1992-- 1
1991-- 1
1990-- 2
1989-- 6
1988-- 86


With Steffi Graf at the 1990 French Open. This was the first of 9 slams for Seles. Their rivalry defined much of the 1990s.



A 2012 promotional profile from the TV show Dancing With the Stars



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Seles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Seles_career_statistics
Players | WTA Tennis English

[Tennis Hall of Fame Profile]
https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/monica-seles/
 

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RISTE, DIANE (Diane J. Riste)
Great Britain
Born 08 June 1949 Portsmouth England
Married Melvin S. Hill 1977 South East Hampshire.
Nickname: "Di"
[Active from at 1968 to 1975]

Played singles Wimbledon 1972

Di Hill (nee Riste) has played for Hampshire since she was 16 years old. She qualified for The Wimbledon Championships during 1970 in the mixed doubles with Alan Jones, in the ladies singles in 1971, the ladies doubles in 1972 with Penny Hardgrave, and was accepted straight into Wimbledon in the ladies doubles in 1974. (see http://www.swanmoretennis.co.uk/)

As of 2016 she still competes in senior tennis.

Sources:

Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.co.uk
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/9b8d5a1e-20f1-4705-8c19-4a39222057ff_LS.pdf
BP Year Book of World Tennis 1969

http://www.swanmoretennis.co.uk/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=141

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BURTON,VERONICA
Great Britain
Born 27 January 1952 Marylebone,England
Married Stuart Creed 1981 Camden
[Active from 1969 to 1979]

1970 French Open junior champion.

Played singles Wimbledon 1970 to 1976, US Open 1973 and French 1974. Highlight was the 1973 US Open when she beat Martina Navratilova in the first round,losing to Virginia Wade in the 3rd round. She represented Britian in Wightman Cup as the #2 singles player that same summer.

Titles

Southport-1972, Norwich-1973 and Cumberland in 1974.




Sources:

Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.co.uk
BP Year Book of World Tennis 1969
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/a39db428-84bd-4b9c-808b-e31261f965dd/index.html

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GARCIA, BRENDA (Brenda J. Garcia)
United States
Born 11 February 1954 in Contra Costa, California.
[Active in 1972]

Played singles 1972 US Open

Sources: 1972 USTA Yearbook

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SHOOLMAN, "PATTY" (Patricia Shoolman)
United States
Born 16 May 1958 in Fairport, New York
[Active in 1973-1977]

Played singles 1973 US Open. Her last known activity was on the 1977 Avon Futures circuit.

Sources 1970 USTA Yearbook

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BARTOLI, MARION
France
Born 02 October 1984 in Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, France
Height: 5' 6 3/4" (1.70 m)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed forehand and backhand
[Active 1999-2013]

Not your average tennis star

Marion was the 2013 Wimbledon champion. Unique in playing doublehanded off both wings, she is only the second grand slam champion to win with this style after the great Monica Seles.

A very solid top twenty player, capable of moving up into the bottom echelon of the top ten at her best, she seemed destined for career not unlike Julie Halard or Sandrine Testud. Marion was to far exceed either of her countrywomen in laurels.

Bartoli stood out for several reasons. First was her playing style, reminiscent of Monica Seles. Marion's father Walter Bartoli decided his daughter would copy Seles after seeing her win the 1992 French Open on television. Marion was very aggressive from the baseline. She stood far inside the court to receive serve, often sending back screaming winners down the line or angles crosscourt. A short and stocky frame hindered her movement. While she might have been lacking in some weapons (her serve and volley were adequate but not top class) she could never be accused of lacking a will to win. A feisty on court demeanor oozed competitiveness.

Extremely eccentric in on court habits-to the point of annoying many tennis fans and fellow players. Her habit of constantly moving and shimmying in between points was one trait. Taking practice swings was another. Her manic movement was like a whirling dervish. Marion did this even in long matches and hot days. Another quirk was constantly being on the tips of her toes; this was supposedly due to her father's unusual training regimen where he had her balance on balls.

Bartholi's father Walter was an omnipresent director of her tennis career. He fought with the French Tennis Federation when he felt they ignored Marion's development. As a result she only represented her nation in Federation Cup play for two ties, once in 2004 and again in 2013. Her refusal not to be separated from him, even temporarily, cost her a spot on the French team at the 2012 Olympic Games. Walter-and Walter alone-was always present courtside at her matches.

A final oddity was her unusually heavy schedule. Marion consistently entered over 20 evens per year throughout her tenure on tour.

Climbing the ladder

Whatever one thinks of Walter's controversial role his daughter's record was one most players would be envious of. Workings her way up the rankings from minor ITF events, Bartoli cracked the top 100 in 2003. Another ranking hurdle was cleared in 2006-she cracked the top twenty-winning her first WTA title at Auckland that year.

The 2007 Wimbledon championships were like a dream come true. After a 3 set win over #3 seed Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round Marion advanced to the semifinals to face world #1 Justine Henin. Predicatably Justine won the opening set 6-1. Bartoli hung on in set two, commenting after the match that she wanted to put up a good fight for actor Pierce Brosnan, who was watching from the Royal Box. The Frenchwoman managed to take set two 7-5, then buried the world #1 under a barrage of winners 6-1 in the final set before a stunned audience. Marion lost to Venus Williams in the final by a respectable 6-4 6-1 score. Her victory over Henin was the upset of the year.

From that point on Bartoli was a solid fixture in the top 20. 2011 was her best year overall-Bartoli finished the year ranked no. 9 in the world with the best win-loss record of her career at 58–24. She reached 15 quarterfinals, 8 semifinals, and 5 finals, and won 2 titles at Eastbourne and Osaka.

At last-Grand Slam Glory

Prophetic words from early in 2013-----
Much has been discussed together, there is no rupture or clash, it is just the culmination of a long reflection," she said. "It happened little by little, my father always wanted the best for me and he told me that it might be better if I try something else to get what I want: A Grand Slam title….I talk to him every day on the phone, there is no problem. We are always connected…For me the ideal would be to be with someone to help me win a Grand Slam and I think Amelie can. But it is up to her."
2013 began with a major change. In February Walter finally left his role as coach, ceding the job to former player Amelie Mauresmo-the 2006 Wimbledon champion. Was having a former Wimbledon winner in her corner the thing Bartoli needed? Seeded only #15, she marched through one half of the draw riddled with upsets, while Sabine Lisicki defeated #4 seed Aggie Radwanska and #1 Serena Williams. One the basis of her specatacular wins Sabine was favored to win. Instead Marion beat a nervous opponent 6-1 6-4 to have a dream come true. She had waltzed past 7 foes without dropping a set. The highest seed she faced was #17 Sloane Stephens. Marion won her first Grand Slam at the 47th attempt - the longest wait in women's tennis before a maiden Grand Slam, beating the previous record of 45 by Jana Novotna.

Marion on winning Wimbledon--Just to finish on an ace to win Wimbledon, you saw the chalk come out of the line... I could have seen it in slow motion," added Bartoli. You can't describe that kind of feeling. You cannot put any words what I feel in this moment.
Bartoli retired just weeks later on August 14, 2013, citing persistent injuries.

In retirement Bartoli has been active in various charities and business ventures, including a jewelry line she designed herself.

Singles

Career record 490–299 (62.1%)[1]
Career titles 8 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (30 January 2012)

WTA Year End Ranking

2013 13
2012 11
2011 9
2010 16
2009 11
2008 17
2007 10
2006 17
2005 40
2004 41
2003 57
2002 106
2001 345
2000 1120

Highlights in majors (1 Win, 1RU, 1SF, 3 QF)

Australian Open: QF (2009)
French Open: SF (2011)
Wimbledon: Won (2013), RU (2007), QF (2011)
US Open: QF (2012)

On court in 2005




2012-Father Walter Bartoli on court with Marion





Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Bartoli
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Bartoli_career_statistics

http://www.si.com/tennis/beyond-baseline/2013/02/14/marion-bartoli-father-coach-amelie-mauresmo
Wimbledon 2013: Marion Bartoli beats Sabine Lisicki to win title - BBC Sport
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces her retirement - BBC Sport

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/5184761/title/bartolis-jewelry-gold-rush

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DALE, HELENA (nee Helena Fenwick)
United Kingdom
Born in 1853 in Tynemouth, Northumberland
Died 19 April 1921 in London
Married James Backhouse Dale in 1879
[Active circa 1880-85]
Several of Helena Fenwick's brothers and sisters also took part in lawn tennis tournaments. At the time of her death she was listed as Dame Helena Dale, her husband, a wealthy mine and landowner, having become Second Baronet Dale in 1906.

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L'HOEST, LEONIE (Léonie Paula Anna Marie Hubertine L'hoëst)
Netherlands/Belgium
Born 24 January 1897 in Sint Pieter, Maastricht
Died
Not known if she ever married
Nickname: "Nini"
[Active circa 1918-30]

Léonie L'hoëst notably won the women's singles title at the Closed Dutch Championships in 1922. She appears to have been popularly known as 'Nini'.

Later in her career she represented Belgium - she even became a Belgian national champion in women's doubles in 1930. Maastricht is in the southern Netherlands, and her family was originally from Liege in Belgium.

This is a link to a photo of Léonie L'hoëst: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Le...1G_WQ0EkFDc%3D


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http://genwiki.nl/limburg/index.php?title=Lhoest

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VEDER, MARIA
Netherlands
Born 5 October 1889 in Rotterdam
Died 26 November 1979 in Baarn
Married Marius Taudin Chabot on 3 November 1910 in Rotterdam
[Active circa 1905-30]

Maria notably won the women's singles title at the Closed Dutch Championships in 1921.

There's a long piece in Dutch mainly on Marius Taudin Chabot, a leading figure in Dutch business and banking circles for many years, here: http://www.iisg.nl/ondernemers/pdf/ehjb31-taudin.pdf

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SCHWIKERT,JOY
United States
Born 19 May 1954 in Las Vegas, Nevada
[Active 1970 to 1975]

Twin sister is Jill

Played singles at the 1974 Australian Open.

Daughter Tasha born 21st November 1984 represented USA in gymnastics at 2000 Olympic games. Joy and Tasha's father, Shannon Warren, met at the casino where both work. They live together but never married. Joy later became the first female craps dealer at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

"We turned pro right out of high school," Joy says. "It was 1972, the same year Chris Evert turned pro. We weren't Chris Evert. Our mother was the head pro at the Stardust so we were always playing on the courts there."

The Schwikerts played doubles at Wimbledon, scrapped to make a living, then finally went home to Las Vegas and dealer's school.
"Why not," Joy says. "You make good money for not having a college degree or nothing." (Gymnast)

Joy had the more dominant personality on the court.

Joy was ranked #127 at the end of 1975 on the WTA Computer.





Sources:

1972 USTA Yearbook.
Google

"Gymnast Beats Long Odds:From Las Vegas to the Games, Schwikert Becomes Unlikeliest Member of the U.S. Squad" Los Angeles Times,
September 15, 2000|DIANE PUCIN
http://articles.latimes.com/2000/sep/15/news/ss-21671

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