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GOULD, FLORENCE (Mrs Jay Frank Gould) (nee Florence Lacaze)
United States/France
Born in 1895 in San Francisco
Died late February or by 01 March 1983 in Juan-les-Pins, France, in her villa “El Patio”
Married (1) Mr Heynemann-divorced circa 1919
Married (2) Jay Frank Gould on 10 February 1923 (1877-1956) (childless)

The third wife of the super wealthy Jay Frank Gould was born in the United States, but was the child of a well to do French publisher. The family moved to France in 1905 in the wake of the San Francisco earthquake. Later she always spoke English with a slight French accent. Florence was a nurse in Limoges in World War I. Divored by 1919 and using the name Mme Lacaze, she pursued a career as an opera singer and/or actress. In 1923 she wed Frank Jay Gould, son of the wealthy industrialist. Gould owned a string of French casinos and spent much of his time on the Riviera. Florence was probably having an affair with Frank as early as 1920, as the 2nd Mrs Gould listed her as a correspondent in divorce proceedings filed that year. An engagement was announced in 1921-with divorce proceedings holding up the wedding.

A prominent socialite, Florence was a friend of Suzanne Lenglen, actress Elsie Janis, artist Jean Cocteau, and a host of other famous people. Notorious for having legions of lovers, she later became literary and art patron. The couple remained in France during World War II-Florence in Paris and Jay on the Riviera. Accusations of collaboration with the Nazis during the war led to some controversy. She donated 100 million US dollars to various foundations on her death.

Some sources mention a daughter; this was probably her stepdaughter, as her obits specifically mention no heirs.
 

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GOURLAY, HELEN (Helen Florence Gourlay)
Australia
Born 23 December 1946 in Launceston, Tasmania, Austrailia
Married (1) Richard Leon Cawley, 22 January 1977
Married (2) William Timothy Cape, 26 October 1986
Height: 166 cm (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)
[Active 1964-1978 and 1980]

Two time finalist at majors in singles in 1971 and 1977, losing both times to Evonne Goolagong.

1977 Wimbledon doubles champion and 4 time Aussie doubles champion with Kerry Harris (1972); Evonne Goolagong (1976 and December 1977); and Dianne Fromholz (January 1977).

Considered the greatest female ever from Tasmania. Helen took up tennis at the age of two.

1971 French finalist to Evonne Goolagong, shocking world #1 Margaret Court in the 3R. This put her just outside the world top ten.

Wimbledon 1977 was perhaps her biggest thrill. Mrs Cawley and Joanne Russell won the title as an unseeded team, a first in ladies doubles at the Championships. They upset #2 seeds Rosie Casals/Chris Evert in the first round, then went all the way to the final, where they beat #1 seeds Martina Navratilova/Betty Stove 6-3 6-3

Russell and Cawley with their 1977 Wimbledon trophy




Somewhat confusingly Goolagong was also officially Mrs Cawley in 1977. Helen made her second slam singles final at Australia that year. It was therefore a unique Mrs Cawley vs Mrs Cawley final. Poor Helen contracted a stomach virus after shocking Sue Barker in the semis. She later fainted around midnight in her hotel room. Consulting a doctor the next day, she was able to postpone the final for 90 minutes thanks to a gracious Evonne, get an injection, and grab a bit of a nap in the dressing room. Gamely she went on court rather than default.

It was all to no avail, as Helen failed to win another game after 3-3 in the first set. "I felt so weak and tired. I'm not making excuses, but I couldn't give my best. I would have forfeited if it hadn't been the final. I couldn't disappoint all those people." (Mathews, p 107)

Helen quite the circuit after Wimbledon in 1978 upon discovering she was pregnant. Later in the year she bore a daughter. An attempted comeback in 1980 was quickly abandoned.







Source:

Mathews, Bruce Game, Set, and Glory. A History of the Australian Tennis Championships. 1985. Page 107.
Women in Tasmania
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Gourlay

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
 

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GRAEBNER, CAROLE (nee Carole Ann Caldwell)
United States
Born 24 June 1943
Died 19 November 2008
Married Clark Graebner, 11 July 1964, divorced circa 1974. Clark was a US top ten player
[Active 1950s to early 1970s]

2 Grand Slam doubles titles: 1965 US doubles and 1966 Australian doubles

Singles Titles: (at least 7 from Sacramento in 1961 to Los Angeles in 1965)

1964 US Finalist; Australian QF in 1965 and SF in 1966. Won 1965 US doubles with Nancy Richey over Billie Jean King and Karen Hantze Susman, and Australian doubles in 1966 with Nancy Richey over Margaret Smith and Lesley Turner. She won the prestigious Pacific Southwest tournament in 1962 and 1965 and was a member of the first US Federation Cup team.

World Top Ten Rankings

1964: #4
1965: #9

Tribute written by Steve Flink:

Growing up in California, Carole developed a first rate, all court game that enabled her to become one of the finest players of her generation. In 1961, when she was 18, Carole broke into the U.S. top ten at No. 9. From 1962-65, she alternated between No. 3 and No. 4 in her nation, and then in 1967 she was No. 6. She married the distinguished American serve-and-volleyer Clark Graebner on July 10, 1964 (which happened to be the 21st birthday of Arthur Ashe), and the glamorous couple became the first husband-wife duo to reside in the American top ten since Sarah Palfrey Cooke and Elwood Cooke in 1945.

Her foremost achievement was in reaching the final of the U.S. National Championships at Forest Hills in 1964. Seeded 9th at that major event, she fully displayed her innate tenacity as a competitor all through the fortnight. Facing the relatively unknown left-hander Geraldine Houlihan of Ireland in the second round, Graebner narrowly survived a psychologically bruising battle, prevailing 11-9, 5-7, 8-6. In the round of 16, she held back the assertive Argentine Norma Baylon in three sets.

That set the stage for a quarterfinal confrontation with 1961 Wimbledon champion Karen Susman, who had ousted No. 2 seed and all time great Margaret Smith [Court]. Carole took that one 6-4, 6-8, 6-3. Not content with her run to the penultimate round, she then toppled doubles partner Nancy Richey in a stirring clash 2-6, 9-7, 6-4.

The victory over Richey was the single biggest moment of her career. Carole exploited her remarkable all court skills on the grass courts at the fabled West Side Tennis Club, overcoming one of the premier competitors in the world of women's tennis. Richey had taken a 4-2 final set lead, but Graebner was unwavering, capturing four games in a row for a gritty win. As Mary Hardwick wrote in World Tennis Magazine, "Carole Graebner's great victory over Nancy Richey was as much a triumph of mind as it was of court strategy. It was founded on determination and ambition."

Graebner--- severely handicapped by sunburn and second-degree burns to her face, arms, and hands--- lost the championship match to the inimitably graceful and versatile Maria Bueno 6-1, 6-0, winning only 13 points in the opening set and seven more in the second. Although the majestic Bueno was clearly a better player than Graebner, the fact remained that Carole was not entirely herself on that occasion. A year later, the two competitors met again at Forest Hills in the quarterfinals, and Bueno was hard pressed to defeat the American 8-6, 1-6, 9-7.

As formidable as she was in singles, Graebner was a larger figure in doubles. Ever sure of herself in the forecourt, solid and resourceful on the return of serve, always eager to exploit her fine serve, Carole took the 1965 U.S. and 1966 Australian Championships alongside Richey. Graebner distinguished herself considerably--- primarily in doubles--- playing for her country in the Fed and Wightman Cup team competitions from 1963 to 1971. Her Fed Cup record was a stellar 12-1. But Carole's role in representing her country went beyond her playing skills; she held the unique distinction of serving as captain of the American Wightman Cup (U.S. vs. Great Britain), Fed Cup and Bell Cup (U.S. vs. Australia) teams. In that capacity, she demonstrated beyond repute that she was above all else a leader.

Graebner loved that role as captain, and flourished in it. I remember asking Chris Evert in 1973--- who made her Wightman Cup debut in 1971 at 16 with Carole as her captain--- how helpful Graebner had been when Chris first played for her country in those initial years. "We get along very well," answered Evert. "She knows my weaknesses but she didn't go into details, like telling me: "You have a quirk in your forehand.' She would give the players pep talks and say,' O.K. bend and think low.' She has a lot of spirit. She is great."

It was nice for Carole that she was so suited to the captaincy of those American teams. At that stage of her life, as a mother and wife, she simply did not have time to play regular competitive tennis out on the tour. She was a product of the old amateur era and played largely for the love of the game, and yet never was able to exploit the enormous financial opportunities other competitors had in the Open Era, which began in 1968.




[Thanks to Preacherfan for this biography]
 

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GRAF, “STEFFI” (Stefanie Maria Graf)
Germany
Born 14 June 1969 Bruhl, Germany
Married Andre Kirk Agassi, 22 October 2001

At 22 Grand slam singles titles she is 3rd to only Serena Williams and Margaret Court. In 1988 Steffi won the "Golden Slam", consisting of the traditional Grand Slam plus the Olympics.

 

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GRAM-ANDERSON, LISA (nee Lisa Granholm)
Denmark
Born 22 October 1919
Died 05 January 2014
Married Gram-Andersen, circa 1945
[Active 1936-1962]

A member of the HIK Club in Copenhagen. Her 42 Danish National titles included 20 in doubles with Vera Johansen.

Lisa competed at Wimbledon in 1948, 1956 and 1959.

Known Top Ten Danish Rankings

1947: #3
1951: #1
1953: #1
1955: #1
1956: (not in top ten. Did she have a child?)
1957: #2
1958: #3
1959: #2
1960: #2
1961: #4
1962: #2

Source:

https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Gram_Andersen

https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/23acd085-3581-4e4e-a14a-01cef770e7ec/index.html

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GRANT, MABEL
South Africa
Born in 1865 in Durban
Died in 1958 in England
Married Edmund Nevill Nevill (1849-1940) on 4 June 1894 in St. Cyprian’s Church, Smith Street, Durban

Daughter of William Grant.

Probably a native of Natal, whose championship she won a record 8 times. She won every title with one exception from 1885 to 1893. The lone outlier was 1890-when she lost in a 3 set final. Best known as 1st winner of the South African Chmps (1891-1894)-she made the final in 1904 as Mrs Nevill. Mr Nevill played at the Bera Club in Natal. Listed as H Grant in many sources-indicating that Mabel is perhaps a nickname. Her spouse wrote the first English book on the Moon and was director of the Natl Observatory from 1882-1910. Wikipedia notes she was one of the “four ladies” at the observatory. She was active there as early as 1885-when she refused his offer of marriage.Their often stormy courtship was on and off until they wed in 1894. Edmund calls her “MB” “Mabel” or “Mabs. He also introduced tennis to Natal. He later resettled in England and died in Eastbourne.

The couple had 2 sons and 1 daughter -Maud (born 24 April 1895 in England), Ralph born 24 May, 1898.

Mrs Neville some tennis in a 1895 trip to England soon after the birth of her daughter Maud.

Nevill’s diaries are to be found at:
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-1_1884.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-2_1885.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-3_1886.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-4_1887.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-5_1888.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-6_1890.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-7_1891.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-8_1892.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-9_1893.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-10_1894.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-11_1895.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-12_1896.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-13_1897.pdf
http://assa.saao.ac.za/html/history-archive/natal_obs_grey/21-14_1898.pdf

http://www.s2a3.org.za/bio/Biograph_final.php?serial=2027

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GRAY, ANNIE (Annie Maud Mailda Gray)
Australia (NSW)
Born 29 April 1898 in Goulburn, New South Wales
Died 7 November 1972 in Manly, New South Wales
Married Leonard Percy Martin on 28 February 1923 in Goulburn, New South Wales
[Active circa 1914-28]

A country player who was rated #3 in New South Wales in early 1925 when the NSW Association could only afford to send its' top two-ranked players overseas.

QLD Champion 1921
City of Sydney Champ 1924, 1925
NSW Country Champion 1921

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HARTGILL, "Nancy" (Constance Nancy Hartgill)
New Zealand
Born in 1891
Died in 1987
Married Norman Nicholas Pennefeather Green on 2 October 1915 in Saint John's Church, Dannevirke
[Active circa 1910-14]

Popularly known as Nancy. RU in the 1913 New Zealand Championships.

“Who had many successes in New Zealand.”

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GREEN, BARBARA
United States
Born 28th August 1926 Indianapolis, Indiana
Died 12th August 2007 Goldendale Klickitat, Washington
Married Weigandt by 1959

Played singles in US Championships 3 times between 1955 and 1959

Ranked number 7 in singles in USA 1959 (as Mrs Weigandt).

Barbara won the Oregon State Open in 1973. At the time she lived in Vista, California

Titles


1973: Oregon Open

Sources:

USLTA Yearbook 1960

HTTP://search.ancestry.com

[article on Oregon State-1973]
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19730716&id=VeVVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=B-EDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6828,3681149

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GREEN, DOROTHY (nee Dorothy Scott Green)
United States
Born 31 March 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died December 1964 Collier County, Florida
Married Benjamin Franklin Briggs on 06 Sep 1913 at Jamestown, Rhode Island
Son John Alden born 15 Jan 1916
[Active 1907-1913 as Miss Green, and from 1915 to 1927 as Mrs Briggs]

Usually listed as Mrs B Briggs after marriage. Her husband lived from 1883 to 1966.

In 1913 she was RU in the US Nationals to Mary Browne. Green represented Merion Cricket Club at the time. Browne and Green won the US National doubles crown in 1912. She reappeared at Pelham in May of 1915 as Mrs Briggs. She slowed down in tournament play after 1913, apparently taking up golf after quitting tennis.

Marriage announcement in the NYT

Newport, R. I., Sept. 6. -- The marriage of Miss Dorothy S. Green, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. John H. Green of Philadelphia, and Benjamin Franklin Briggs of New York took place this afternoon at the Summer residence of the bride's father, Anoatok, in Jamestown, and was witnessed by 150 relatives and friends from Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. The ceremony was held on the enclosed veranda which had been transformed into a floral bower in Autumn style with a profusion of wild laurel and oak leaves.



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Green_%28tennis%29
The New York Times

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GREEN, ETHNE (Ethne Anne Green)
New Zealand
Born 02 January [year not known]
Married John Robert Mitchell in late 1966 or early 1967
[Active from at least 1960 to 1967]

Ethne was the #1 Kiwi in 1966.

At Wimbledon in 1962 Ethne won her 1R match and then ran into world top tenner Christine Truman, who dismantled her 6-1 6-0.

Her known New Zealand Rankings

1960: #3
1961: #6
1962: #3
1963: #2

1966: #1

Birthday is 02 January. Birthdays were included in the British tennis magazines of the mid 1960's.

Sources:

The New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853-1981 within www.ancestry.co.uk

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/e0785fe4-3337-482a-9c02-be98b60d8304_LS.pdf

www.tennisforum.com/25415418-post780.html
Married Mitchell

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]

 
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