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Born 25 February 1941 in Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
Married KF Bartholdson by 1963.
[Active from at least 1960-1968]

WT lists her as “Katrina” in 1960. Still single in summer of 1960, when she was the Swedish #3

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]

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FREUDENSTEIN, DULCIE (Dulcie Ethel Freudenstein)
Australia (New South Wales)
Born in 1898 in Picton, Sydney
Died 8 February 1961 in Sydney
Married James Corbett in 1928 in Marrickville, New South Wales
[Active in the 1920s and 1930s]

[Thanks to Gee Tee and Newmark for this information]

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FRIEDLEBEN, ILSE (nee Ilse Weihermann)
Born 02 September 1893 in Franfurt am Main, Germany
Died 25 August 1962 in Pancras, London, England
Married Karl Friedleben, 30 April 1919
Son dies circa 1931-the couple separated soon after.
Called “Lise” in her will.
[Active 1910s-1914 and 1919-1933]

German #1 for much of the 1920s in an era when Germans were barred from international competition. Won German Chmps from 1920-1924 and 1925. Austrian Champ 1923-26 Streak as German Champ ended by Cilly Aussem in 1927.

A passage translated by Newmark from German provides more detail:

“The best German tennis player of the 1920s conquered her German opponents as she wished by means of her tenacity and her old-fashioned forehand, which she swung in a broad, circular manner. However, she was not the sort of person to whom everything came easily. Reporters again and again praised her willpower and energy, with which she turned many matches around, such as the final of the German Championships at the Hamburger Rothenbaum in 1926, where she won her sixth German singles title against her eternal opponent, Nelly Neppach, after being 6-8, 0-2 behind.

“Not only Ilse Friedleben’s outer reserve and inner tenacity, but some other characteristics also remind one of Steffi Graf, such as her tactical inclination to stay at the baseline, from where she dominated her opponents with her forehand. In the anniversary Tennis Annual, published to mark twenty-five years since the founding of the German Tennis Association, the following description of Ilse Friedleben’s game was included, along with perceptible amazement at her many successes despite the ‘one-sided technical nature of the Frankfurter’s game’; her game ‘is strong because she avoids (or lacks?) any volleying skills and simply as a result of her forehand with its broad swing, which is hit quickly and accurately, and obviously because of talents of a different and more than technical nature. Willpower, concentration, self-confidence – and, resulting from this, the ability to increase the power of her game when in an unfavourable or even hopeless position – all of this gives Ilse Friedleben the strength of a champion and her game its energy. ...

“In 1926, Ilse Friedleben beat the new star in the constellation of German tennis, Cilly Aussem, in the final of the German Covered Court Championships in Bremen. The score was 6-3, 6-4. The following year, 1927, Cilly Aussem, who was sixteen years younger than Ilse Friedleben, ended the reigning champion’s dominance at the German Championships when she beat her in the final in Hamburg in front of 2,500 spectators.

“The official organ, ‘Tennis und Golf’, reported on this changing of the guard as follows: ‘By the score of 6-3, 6-3, Frl Aussem won her first German Championship against the one player who has been in a class of her own in German tennis, and whose successes in German tennis have until now been unprecedented. The spectators’ applause, which lasted several minutes, was therefore meant not just for the new, but was also meant in a heartfelt manner for the old champion, who has gained so many victories on the tennis court.’

“The safe game of the young, hard-running challenger, who made her opponent’s weapons her own, and in the whole final only came to the net once, wore down the 34-year-old defending champion. And maybe also the spectators – during one rally the ball passed over the net 68 times.

Aged 39 in 1933, she was still good enough to be ranked at #3 in Germany. 1933 was the year the Nazis came to power. One of their frst actions was to ban Jews from tennis club. As a Jew her family chose to flee to Switzerland and later England (by 1938) rather than remain in Nazi Germany. In England she was a coach at Seldon Park Hotel during WWII.


Tennis in Deutschland von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, 100 Jahre Deutscher Tennisbund, Berlin 2002 (this gives 1963 as the DOD). I also had a DOD of December 1963., however, gives July-September 1962 as DOD via its death index.

For more see “Equality – Egality: Jews and Sport in Germany” in Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook (1980) 25(1): 221-241

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FROMHOLTZ, DIANNE (Dianne Lee Fromholtz)
Born 10 August 1956 in Albury, New South Wales
Married Claude Maurice Balestrat (of France) on 26 December 1982
Daughter Miel born c 1993.
Height: 5' 4" (165 cm)
Nickname: "Hard Way"
[Active 1971-1990]

1977 Australian doubles winner and singles finalist.

Blonde, quiet, classy, and at her best in the late 70s somewhat feared. She never quite broke through to win a major.

The Aussie lefty can be excused for having tennis on the brain-she was born just 2 blocks away from the home of Margaret Court. Starting tennis at the age of 7, she gave up ballet to pursue tennis. Margaret Court was Dianne's mentor during her early years. While she bloomed under Court's tutelage, in some quarters it was felt that trying to emulate Margaret hindered her development. She burst on the scene in 1973 at the age of 16 by winning 10 minor events across Europe. Dianne traveled on this continental adventure in a station wagon big enough for her, her mom, sister, and a traveling companion to sleep in.

Fromholtz was in the world top ten in 1976, one sign of her elite status was being one of only four women to beat Chris Evert all year.

In 1977 she made the final in Australia. A 7-5 6-2 defeat at the hands of veteran Kerry Reid was the closest she ever came to a major. The doubles title in Australia with Helen Cawley was some consolation.

Later that year she had a huge upset over Chris Evert at the Colgate Championships in the round robin. Her failure to beat Martina Navratilova or Virginia Wade in her next two matches deprived Dianne of a spot in the final.

At the 1977 Colgate Championships

1979 was her best year on the circuit. She won a major event at Boston, reached the semis of the French, and had wins over Evert and Navratilova. 1980 was still a good year, but an ankle injury kept her out much of the winter.

Her career suffered a setback in 1982 when she was involved in two separate serious car accidents. After those incidents she was never quite the same force. Much of the desire to win was gone in 1983 and 1984. 1985 saw a resurgence of will, as she shot up 69 spots in the rankings to end at #30 on the back of making the finals at the Sydney Indoors. Much of the renewed drive came from her happy marriage to Claude Balestrat. After her comeback she returned to the tour in great physical shape from training with sand bags on her back!

After retirement Dianne did get involved in coaching and her daughter Meil did play some local Australian money tournaments.

As a lefty Fromholtz gave top players fits. She could clout the forehand, and rarely for her era, had the ability to top and slice off the backhand, "a glorious looking stroke." She was one of the few women to beat Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova more than once when both were at their peaks.


Career record 429–223
Career titles 23
Highest ranking No. 4 (19 March 1979)

World Rankings (computer ranking only began in 1975)

1975: #20
1976: #06
1977: #08
1978: #10
1979: #06
1980: #12
1981: #38
1982: #32
1983: #75
1984: #99
1985: #30
1986: #25
1987: #21
1988: #56
1989: #112

Grand Slam Singles quality results

Australian Open F (Jan. 1977) QF (1973)
French Open SF (1979, 1980)
Wimbledon QF (1979, 1987)
US Open SF (1976)


Career record 134–141
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 56 (14 September 1987)

Sources and Links:

[Lady Di: The Dianne Fromholtz Thread]

1980 WTA Media Guide, page 65.
1986 World of Tennis, page 292.

[Thanks to Louloubelle and Rollo for this information]

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FRY, JOAN (Joan Cradock Fry)
United Kingdom
Born 6 May 1906
Died 29 September 1985
Married Thomas Ashley Lakeman, 12 November 1930
[Active 1925 to 1930]

1925 Wimbledon finalist.

Made it to the finals at Wimbledon in 1925, where she lost to Suzanne Lenglen 6-2 6-0. Later that summer Joan lost at the US Quarterfinals to Helen Wills 4-6 6-0 6-3. It must have been sweet for Joan, for only months earlier in 1924 she had been rejected for the Staffordshite county team! (Brady, p 29)

At that time Molla Mallory commented on her game:
The English girl gets amazing results from an utterly unorthodox style. Her backhand is positively grotesque, but she can hit a sizzling shot from this side, under her racket like a shovel.
SF at the French in 1926, where she lost 6-2 6-1 to Lenglen.

Tournaments Won

Won 17 events from Buxton in 1924 to Bournemouth in 1930. Her two biggest titles were the British Hard Courts in 1926 and 1930.

World Top Ten Ranking

1925: #8
1926: #7
1927: #8

Video of Joan at Wimbledon in 1926 (from about 1:26 to 1:40 on clip)


Lawn Tennis Encyclopedia (1969). By Maurice Brady, pages 28-29.

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FRY, SHIRLEY (Shirley June Fry)
United States
Born 30 June 1927
Married Karl Eugene Irvin, 15 February 1957 in Australia
[Career Span: 1941-1957]

One of the few women to win all 4 majors, Shirley won 17 slam titles overall in singles (4), doubles (12) and Mixed (1). After winning her last major over Althea Gibson in Australia Shirley got married and called it quits.

Primarily a baseliner, she had the tools to switch gears and play net at will if the situation called for it.

Fry had competed in the US Nationals at Forest Hills every year from 1941 to 1956. She was only 14 in her first Nationals, and a mere 15 when she reached the quarters the next year. She finally achieved her dream in 1956 by beating Althea Gibson on her 16th attempt.

For most of her career Shirley had stood behind the trio of Margaret Osbourne, Louise Brough, and her good friend and doubles partner Doris Hart.

Her most exceptional years were 1951 and 1956.

World Top Ten Rankings

1946: #9
1948: #8
1950: #8
1951: #3
1952: #4
1953: #4
1954: #6
1955: #10
1956: #1


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Great Britain
Born in early 1908
Died 28 January 1931 (aged 23) during an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.
[Active 1928-1931]

Part of a party of climbers that included her parents. Stuck in a cabin during a snowstorm, the party was hit by an avalanche. Among the 4 dead were her mother Mrs Frank Furnivall. The experienced skier were celebrating Dorothy's 23rd birthday.

Dorothy’s father survived the disaster.

Miss Furnivall competed at Wimbledon in 1930.

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FULTON, JOYCE (Joyce A Fulton)
Great Britain
Born 16 February 1938
Married Roger Howden, in September of 1966 at Wakefield, Yorkshire West Riding.

Daughter of one tennis player (Lesley Hunter Fulton) and mother of another (Katie).

Joyce was also sister to Evelyn, a less prominent tennis player.

For Evelyn please see:


Lawn tennis and Badminton 15th April 1954

[Thnks to Rosamund for this information]

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GAGLIARDI, ROSETTA (“Rosina”) (Rosetta Gagliardi)
Born 9 February 1895
Died 31 July 1975 (or 1973)
Married George Stanley Prouse in Italy circa 1931
George was b 29 May 1883 Clifton Terrace, Wellington, NZ. He was a Kiwi tennis player.

1920s Italian player-competed in 1920 and 1924 Olympics and as late as 1930, when she was in 1st Italian International and made QF in 1930 and 1931. Italian National Champion 1920-22 and 1924. Rosetta was Mrs Prouse by September of 1931. She retired in 1932 after the birth of son.

She was also a roller-skater, in that sport she won 6 national champs.
Her son born 24 November 1932

Their son John “Johnny” (born 24 November 1932) was a British junior champ in 1950. He grew up playing in Milan. All 3 are photographed in 1957 visiting New Zealand. Rosetta is called "Rosina" in the caption.

Other info from a Biographical Dictionary of Lombardy (which gives death date of 1973)

In the first pic she is on right, at left is Teda Marchini.
I the n 2nd pic, in the middle is the Earl Bonacossa, at right her husband George Prouse

[Thanks to Jimbo for the pictures and additional information on this player]
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