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WEBER, MARLIES (nee Marlies ????)
Switzerland
Married Weber by 1934
[Active 1930s-1940s]

Frau Marlies Weber was a fixture in Swiss tennis throughout the 1930s and 40s. Her best results came from 1934 to 1937.

Winner: Interlaken 1934, Zurich 1936, Lausanne Club des Sports 1936, Berne 1937
RU: Zurich 1935 '37, Crans-sur-Sierre 1935
 

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CROFT, ANNABEL (Annabel Nicola Croft)
Great Britain
Born 12 July 1966 in Farnborough, Kent, England
Married Mel Coleman in 1993
Trademark: a twisted headband
[Active 1980-1988]

Croft was good enough to go on court versus adults in her early teens, debuting at Beckenham on 1980, just days before her 14th birthday. From 1982 she was on tour full time though still an amateur.

She was the 1984 Australian and US Open juniors champion.




Croft turned pro in late 1984. 1984 to 1986 were her best years, especially 1985. She was never able to get past the 3rd round a major. Despite her low ranking Croft was never shot on endorsements due to her beauty.

In early 1988, still only 21, Annabel announced her retirement. The Brit cited a loss of desire from the grind on the tour and a desire to start a family. Annabel is a proud mother of 3 children.

Her good looks and speaking skills were assets off court as well. In 1990 she released a fitness video titled Annabel Croft's Shape Tape. Croft has been a television presenter as well, making her a household name in Great Britain. To top it off she does tennis commentary as well, especially during Wimbledon.

Singles

Career record: 49-68
Career Titles: 1 (San Diego in 1985)
Highest ranking: # 21 (31 December 1985)

WTA Year-End Ranking

1988: #265
1987: #141
1986: #82
1985: #24
1984: #82
1983: #138
1982: #161



Sources:

Annabel Croft - Tennis Pro, TV presenter and Host :: Welcome [Her offical site]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabel_Croft
 

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CROSBY, CATHY LEE
United States
Born 2 December 1944
Married (1) Alexande W. Ingle, 30 July 1966, divorced
Married (2) unknown, from 1969 to 1973

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004848/bio


She is the sister of Lucinda and Linda Lou, also tennis players. She achieved TV and film success in the 1980s and was a co-host of the television series That's Incredible!.

Autobiography titled Let the Magic Begin.

 

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CROSFIELD, "DOMINI" (nee Iliad Domini Elliadi)
Greece/Great Britain
Born 1884 in Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey
Died 15 January 1963
Married Arthur Henry Crosfield, 02 December 1907
[Active 1903-1914 and 1919-1931]

1927 Swiss Champion. Finalist at the Swiss Championships in 1903 and 1912. She thus won the event 24 years after reaching the finals, an impressive feat.

Lady, Philanthropist, Tennis Player, and mistress to a British Prime Minister


Born to Elie M. Elliadi (1843-1928), a Greek merchant from Syrna in what was then the Ottoman Empire. Her mother was English.

Lady Crosfield competed at the Championships (Wimbledon) in 1911, 1926 and 1928.

Known as Lady Crosfield after marriage. Her husband was a multimillionaire soap magnate.

Lady Crosfield in 1921


This charismtic woman became the mistress of British Prime Minster David Lloyd George. She may have influenced his harsh policies towards Turkey. It it written that ‘her greatest wish was to see Smyrna, the city in which she was born and her family lived, free from the Turks and given to its rightful Greek owners’.

In 1929 she ran for parliament but lost the election.

Lady Crosfield became most famous for hosting a charity event after Wimbledon for the stars of the inter-war era right through the 1950s. Luminaries and regular guests included Helen Wills Moody and Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II.

The Crosfields lived at Witanhurst, a 65 room mansion that was the largest in London with the exception of Buckingham Palace. Her husband lost much of his fortune in the 1930s. Childless, the couple adopted a son named Paul.

Domini spoke 6 languages.

In 1929



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domini_Crosfield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Crosfield
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/a-galaxy-of-stars ( a clip from her 1934 charity event)
The Smyrniot lady causing the invasion of Smyrna - Yaşar Ürük, 2013
Witanhurst | Patrick Baty ? Historical paint consultant


The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 - Official Site by IBM
 

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CROSS, EDITH (Edith Ann Cross)
United States
Born 2 August 1907 in San Francisco, California
Died 15 July 1983 in San Mateo, California
Married Carroll E Jensen, 09 September, 1933 in San Francisco, California.
[Active 1925-1936]

Significant results in majors

1930 US Nationals Mixed winner with Wilmer Allison. She was a finalist in the US Mixed with Australian Gar Moon in 1928.

RU in doubles at the US Nationals (1928, 1930) with Anna Harper and at Wimbledon in 1930 with Sarah Palfrey.

1928 US Nationals semifinals; 1929 quarterfinals in singles.

The first notable appearance on the tennis scene is in 1925, when she was ranked #6 in Northern California doubles with Dorothea Swartz (Danzig).

Cross was greatly helped by hitting with her two tennis playing brothers in high school. By her own admission she didn't really take the game seriously until 1927, the year she won 2 events on the Pacific Northwest circuit at Vancouver and Seattle (Crissey). Cross was also the finalist for the Canadian title at Vancouver that July.

Edith hit a hard ball; going for lines and taking risks rather than playing safely. Off the ground her forehand was most potent, but her backhand was solid. Unusually for her era, also possessed a good volley. Having a strong serve to boot, she was one of America's premier doubles players in the late 1920s, as evidenced by her 3 slam doubles finals, 2 with Anna Harper. When off form or facing a superior player Cross tended to lapse into costly errors. A slightly heavy frame also hindered her mobility.

The three year window from 1928 to 1930 were her salad days.

In 1928 first rate titles at the Pacific Coast and Longwood earned Cross wide recognition as an up and coming player. In fact her 6-1 6-2 loss to Helen Wills at Essex was her first defeat all year. Seeded #4 at the US Nationals, Cross reached the semifinals by defeating Hazel Wightman 6-3 6-4. For the 2nd time that year she faced Helen Wills, who destroyed Cross in a 6-0 6-1 slaughter.

Good as Cross was she never came close to challenging Wills, the dominant female at the time.

Cross only played sporadically after 1932. She wed dentist Carroll Jensen in June of 1933. Her name is still in California draws as Mrs Jensen in 1934 and 1936.

Cross was definitely American, as research by Newmark has demonstrated here: https://www.tennisforum.com/74939097-post4202.html

Titles:

1927: Vancouver; Seattle
1928: Pacific Coast; Longwood
1929: Essex
1931: Pacific Coast; Canadian
1934: Northern California Indoors

United States Top Ten Rankings


1928: #3
1929: #3
1930: #10




Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cross
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cross

https://www.tennisforum.com/74939097-post4202.html [Newmark has explored her geneology here]

Crissey, George D. "Edith Cross Has Meteoric Climb To Tennis Fame". Berkeley Daily Gazette. 02 April, 1929. Page 25.
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1970&dat=19290402&id=6lMiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IqcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3357,361678

Danzig, Allison. "Miss Wills Heads Ranking Third Time." New York Times. 10 January 1926. Page S5.

USTA Official Encyclopedia of Tennis
, 1971. [Page 417]
 

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CROUCH, BERTHA
United States
Born 16 August 1874
Died 08 July 1957
Married Martin M Chase on 1 December 1899

Won the Pacific Coast event in 1891, but did not defend her title in 1892.
Photo in Growth of lawn tennis in California: San Francisco, 1913 By Wright & Ditson which incorrectly lists her as “Couch”.

The San Francisco Morning Call, in an article dated October 04, 1891, lists her as “Crouch, as does the 1893 Wright and Ditson annual.

A couple of sources for some of the above information:

http://www.cagenweb.com/glenn/Eibe-Zum/CWT-Fam.htm (a family tree; Bertha's father was definitely named Elisha)

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=2515,1901127
 

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CROWET, ANNE-MARIE
Belgium
Born circa 1939
Married Roland Gillion
[Active 1955-1959]

Daughter of a lawyer, Anne-Marie Crowet was the 1955 Belgian Champion.

She was a member of the Royal Leopold Club.

Belgian ranking:

1955: #4
1956: #3

Art, not tennis, has brought her the most attention. Her father Pierre was a friend of the famous painter Rene Magritte. Anne-Marie became a muse for Magritte.

Anne-Marie and husband Roland Gillion donated their Art Nouveau collection to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The own a notable collection of Chinese art in their private home in Brussels.

Rene Magritte's painting of Anne-Marie titled, « La fée ignorante » (The Ignorant Fairy)




Sources:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne-Marie_Crowet
La muse de Magritte livre le secret de son portrait


[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
 

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CRUICKSHANK, JOSEPHINE
United States
Born 18 January, 1909 in Santa Anna, California
Died 12 March, 1997
[Active 1929-1935]

Educated at the University of California, Berkeley. Favourite stroke: forehand drive. Club: Los Angeles. Other recreations: golf.

Her father, a banker, built a tennis court on his property and introduced his childfen to tennis. Coached by Pop Fuller. In 1933 she won the Southern California Championship. Cruickshank made it to the quarterfinals at Forest Hills in 1933, losing a hard fought match to eventual winner Helen Jacobs 11-9 6-4. She was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally in 1930 and 1932 and was a member of the 1934 U. S. Wightman Cup team that defeated the United Kingdom team at Wimbledon 5 to 2.

Shot-wise her best weapon was a lethal forehand down the line.


The winning 1934 Wightman Cup team returns home-Carolin Babcock, Alice Marble, Cruickshank, and Sarah Palfrey



Teaming with former partner Gladman, she won the Southern California Tennis Association mixed doubles title in 1935 as well as the Pacific Southwest doubles championship.

After her tennis days she became a secretary at the Sam Goldwyn movie studios. At the studio she still played events, partnering movie star Errol Flynn in 1937.

Sources:

https://www.ocregister.com/2009/05/07/remember-when-tennis-star-cruikshank-found-fame-in-tustin/

Cruickshank (on left) with Phoebe Watson (to the right)
 

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CSERY, KATALIN (Katalin Ida Laura Cséry Madarász de Nemeskisfalud)
Hungary
Born 1 March 1887
Died 8 April 1967 in Nyíregyháza
Married István Mannó (1883-1963) by 1910
[Active in the early 1900s]

Katalin Cséry was the sister of fellow lawn tennis player Margit Laura Madarász de Nemeskisfalud and the half-sister of another lawn tennis player, Sarolta Cséry. Katalin's full family name was Cséry Madarász de Nemeskisfalud.

Her 3 children were Sandor (b. 1911), Istvan (b. 1913) and Katica (b. 1915)

A photo of Katalin Cséry can be found here: https://www.geni.com/people/Katalin-...00034317154872



[Thanks to Elegos, Jimbo, Newmark and Wolbo for this information]
 

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CSERY, SAROLTA (Sarolta Cséry de Csér et Szentlőrinc)
Hungary
Born 17 January 1895 in Budapest
Died 12 June 1977 in Budapest
Married Mihaly Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsövidek (1995-1959) by 1924
[Active in the early 1900s]

Sarolta Cséry was the half-sister of fellow lawn tennis players Katalin Cséry and Margit Madarász. Sarolta's full family name was Cséry de Csér et Szentlőrinc.

Her son Mihaly Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsövidek was born in April of 1924.




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Ancestors of Michael, count Széchényi, * 1895 | Geneall.net
A photo of Sarolta can be found here: https://www.geni.com/people/Sarolta-...00017315973847

[Thanks to Elegos, Jimbo, Newmark and Wolbo for this information]
 

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CULBERT, LUCETTE (nee Lucette Caron)
France
Born 20 June 1896 (or 17 February 1898) in Paris, France
Died ???? [dead by 2015]
Married (1) Frederick Paul Culbert (1893-1956) by March 1920.
Married (2) Cebra Quackenbush Graves (1898-1979), circa late 1950, at Mont St Michel, France
Height: 5' 6"
[Active 1920s-at least 1935]

She was aunt of the actress Leslie Caron. She was probably the actress who starred in a 1923 silent film called Antar.

Lucette entered the French Championships as late as 1933. Mme Culbert was a 'mercurial journalist (Paris-Soir, Paris Match, Mademoiselle) who had been a Captain in the Resistance, and who was described once as `one of the five tyrants of the fashion world.'

In tennis draw one finds her as Mme Culbert or as Mme Caron-Culbert.

Both her husbands were American. Her mother had her children raised by an English governess, so she spoke English quite well. In 1920 Leslie came to the United States with her new husband. The birth date from her passport listing a birth in 1896 is probably correct.

Actress Leslie Caron portays Lucette in a negative light in her memoirs, stating that her mother "suffered at the hands of this mean-spirited woman." (p.8).Lucette was in France during the 2nd World War-residing in Lyon. (p 41)

She was the 5th wife of Cebra Graves. He had met Lucette around 1920/21 and decided to renew the relationship after the end of his 4th marriage. Cebra and Lucette resided in France after 1954, he died in Urrugues.

By her first marriage she had a son named Ted or Teddy.

Sources:

Caron, Leslie. Thank Heaven: A Memoir. 2009 [Lucette is mentioned on pages 7-8, and 41].


http://glenntext.sent.at/zb-aahl-text-2009.txt
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/50433622/cebra-quackenbush-graves
http://culbert.one-name.net/getperson.php?personID=I24160&tree=Culbert
http://culbert.one-name.net/getperson.php?personID=I910&tree=Culbert
http://culbert.one-name.net/showmedia.php?mediaID=1375&medialinkID=1491 (includes a passport photo)

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
 

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CUMMING, PATRICIA (Patricia Carnighan Cumming)
United States
Born 20 April 1919 in Westfield, New Jersey
Died 20 December 2000 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
Married Robert ("Bob") Harry Stuhler on 10 August 1943 in Westfield, New Jersey
Active late 1937 to 1950.

Nationally ranked as a junior from the early age of 10, her junior success translated into 2 junior US doubles titles in 1935 and 1937. in 1938 she was ranked #19 in the US, her highest rank.

Patricia played at Forest Hills from 1937 to 1942-her record a disheartening 0-6. The hiatus over the next few years was no doubt due to marriage (in August of 1943) and child rearing. She returned to the US Nationals annually from 1947 to 1950. 1949 saw a milestone of sorts, as she finally won a singles match at Forest Hills, falling in the next round to #8 seed Gussie Moran. In all her singles record was 1 win and 10 defeats.

Her husbands obit uses "Pat" as a nickname. The couple had 3 children, a son and two daughters.

As a senior in the US 80 and over division Pat was ranked #2-only legendary Dodo Bundy was ahead of her.

Sources:

http://www.obrienfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1655779/Stuhler-Robert/obituary.php?Printable=true

New York times Obituary of 26 December 2000.

[Thanks to LL for this biography]
 

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CUNNINGHAM, "PAT" (Patricia Marie Cunningham)
Australia (Western Australia)
Born circa 1930
Married Harold Bernard Holmes after November 1952
[Active circa 1946-1955]

WA junior in 1950. She also entered the Australian Nationals that year.

[Thanks to Newmark and Rollo for this information]
 

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CURRY, “JOAN” (Patricia Joan Curry)
United Kingdom
Born December 1918 in Penznace
Alive in 2010
Married George E Hughesman from July to September of 1958
[Active from 1939 to 1960 and 1965-1966]

A baseliner whose trademark was defensive slice.

A Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 1946, she lost to top seed Pauline Betz 6-0 6-3. She famously upset Louise Brough (#2 seed) at the French in 1949, making the QF. Engaged for a time to her coach Alan Roberts, he broke off the engagement and eloped with another player (Jean Moss) in the fall of 1949.

In squash she was British Champion from 1947 to 1949. She won at least 50 events from Cumberland (1947) to Torquay (1957).

Joan played singles at Wimbledon every year the event was held for 14 consecutive years until 1958. After that she entered doubles only in 1960 and in 1965 and 1966, when she failed to qualify in the doubles competition.

Wimbledon record (entered in 1939 and 1946 to 1958, and 1960, 1965-1966 (doubles only)

Singles : 22-13
Doubles: 4-6
Mixed: 6-6


THE WAY THEY WERE: Angela Mortimer and Joan Curry with former Palace Hotel coach Arthur Roberts; Joan with a trophy

Sources:

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

J. Gannon et J. Curry - Le blog des archives du tennis feminin

Archive - Draws Archive : Joan Hughesman (Curry) - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM
 

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CURTIS, “GABY” (Adelaide Gaby Curtis)
Great Britain
Born 31 July 1909 Paddington
Died 19th November 2000 Kingston-Upon-Thames
[Active 1934-1939]

Usually listed as Miss AG Curtis. Gaby played Wimbledon from 1936 to 1939, making the 4R in 1936 and 1937. Her overall record at the Championships was 8-4.

In 1937 she gave Hilde Sperling a close 6-4 6-4 match in the 4R at Wimbledon.

1939 Alexandrian winner

Wimbledon record (Competed from 1934 to 1939. Singles from 1936-1939)

Singles: 8-4 (Made the 4R in both 1936 and 1937)
Doubles: 3-5
Mixed: 5-4

Could Evelyn Curtis (later Murdoch) be any relation?

Sources
www.ancestry.co.uk
www.gov.uk/search-will-probate

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CURTIS, NANCY (Nancy Ella Curtis)
New Zealand
Born 05 May 1894
Died on 13 June 1958 in Wellington
Married Walter F Sturman on 23 April 1924
[Active in the 1910s and 1920s]

Titles

N.Z. Ladies' Singles, 1920 and 1921; N.Z. Ladies' Doubles, 1921; N.Z. Mixed Doubles, 1920 and 1921; Auckland Ladies' Singles, 1920; New South Wales Ladies' Singles, 1921

From 1905. Nancy is on the far right.



As an adult



Sources:

http://library.huttcity.mebooks.co.nz/text/Petone100/Petone100232.html

[Thanks to GeeTee for this information]
 
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