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PRATT, “Betty” (nee Charlotte Elizabeth Rosenquest)
Jamaica / United States
Born 15 April 1925
Died 31 January 2016 in Winter Park, Florida
Married Edward Caroll Seymour Pratt, 13 October 1951
[Active: 1949-1968]

Known for her fun sense of humor and sportmanship. Betty once threw her racquet sky high in the air and shouted for joy-she had just lost on Wimbledon's Centre Court!

Ranked in USTA Top Ten 1951, 1954, 1956. World Top ten in 1954 and 1956.

Ranked in World Tennis Top Ten 1954, 1956

1943 Winner of USTA Girls' Sportsmanship Award

Captain, U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team 1943

1951-Won Beckenham
1954 Wimbledon SF in both singles and doubles.
1956- US doubles RU, US singles SF

"Wimbledon brings out the best in your tennis," Pratt says. "I loved my every minute there."
[From the ITA site]

With a playing career spanning six decades, Betty Rosenquest Pratt (b. 1925) holds more than 75 USTA national senior titles. Pratt, who came up through the Junior Wightman Cup system, won the USTA Girls' Sportsmanship Award in 1943 and became a standout player at Rollins College. Competing on the international circuit from 1949 to 1968, she achieved a Top 10 national and world ranking, was a Wimbledon and U.S. national semifinalist, and reached the U.S. doubles finals with Rollins teammate Shirley Fry in 1956.

Also an outstanding coach and organizer, Pratt directed the Caribbean Tennis Circuit for more than a decade (1952-64), assisted Rollins coach Ginny Mack, and captained both the U.S. Wightman and Fed Cup teams in the late 1960s. As co-founder of the National Senior Women's Tennis Association in 1976, she successfully campaigned for national tournaments on all four surfaces and helped expand competition to 11 age divisions.

Pratt on the right, with Maureen Connolly before their 1954 Wimbledon semifinal



Sources:

ITA Hall of Fame link:
http://web.wm.edu/tenniscenter/pratt.html

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

https://www.ustaflorida.com/tennis-groundbreaker-world-top-10-and-florida-volunteer-pratt-dies-at-age-90/

Charlotte (Rosenquest) Pratt Obituary - Switzer Funeral Home

Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. "MISS ROSENQUEST IS WED IN SUBURBS." New York Times (1923-Current file): 90. Oct 14 1951. ProQuest. Web. 4 Apr. 2016 .

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]
 

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PRATT, KERYN
Australia
Born 20 June 1959
Married Paul Steindle in 1987
[Active 1977-1983]

Briefly on tour in the 1980s. Mother Maureen McCalman Pratt prominent in the 1950s. Kerryn won the Australian Open Girl's Doubles Titles in 1977 (Jan) and 1977 (Dec), both with Amanda Tobin




Keryn with TennisVideos, a member of the Blast from the Past.
 

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PRATTEN, “AMY” (Maria Amy Pratten)
Australia (Queensland)
Born in 1875 in Queensland
Died 20 June 1932 in Queensland
Married Thomas Doran on 25 August 1909 in Queensland

1895 Queensland Champion

From "The Brisbane Courier", 21 June 1932: "A large circle of friends will learn with regret of the death of Mrs. Maria Amy Doran, who passed away yesterday afternoon, after having been in ill health for some time. The late Mrs. Doran, who was born in Brisbane some 56 years ago, was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Pratten.

"She took a keen interest in the work of St Mathew's Church of England, Sherwood, where she had been assistant organist for a number of years. Her husband predeceased her some years ago, and she is survived by two sons, a sister, Mrs. W. A. Hassall, of Tamborine, and a brother, Mr. G. F. Pratten, of Graceville."

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PREVOST, "YVONNE" (Paule-Marie-Yvonne Prévost)
France
Born circa 1878 in Dinard, Brittany, France
Died circa 1942
Married Auguste Boppe (1862-1921) on 11 May 1905
[Active 1900-1904]

1900 Olympic silver medalist at Paris and
1900 French Championships titlist
1902-1903 French Mixed Doubles titlist with Reginald Forbes
1903 Swiss title at St. Moritz


She married Jules Auguste Boppe, a diplomat, on 11 May 1905. At the time Auguste Boppe was in the French diplomatic corps and stationed in Turkey. After that no female Prevost appears in lawn tennis records. They had at least 1 child-a son named Roger.

Yvonne was the daughter of Ernest Prevost and his wife, nee Jeanne de Koenigswarter.

He died in Peking (modern Beijing) China of appendicitis on 17 May 1921. The manifest of the ship Nanjing indicates she sailed back to France by stopping first in San Francisco. This source provides her approximate year and location of birth. It also indicates she spoke French, English, and German. Her final destination was Nancy, France.

1921 was a singularly awful year for the Boppe family. Auguste had died earlier in the year. In December of 1921 his brother Paul was charged with attempted murder of his wife, Yvonne's sister-in-law. The papers refer to Auguste as "ex-minister to Peking", apparently unaware he had died.



Sources:

Dumaine, Alfred. Un diplomate érudit et artiste, M. Auguste Boppe (1862-1921), 1921. [This book could tell us a lot we still don't know]

This site firmly reports her as the 1900 Olympic medalist:
http://www.ibacom.fr/wp-content/uplo...t-REtour-K.pdf
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Boppe
La Revue diplomatique : politique, littérature, finances, commerce international / directeur-fondateur : Auguste Meulemans | 1905-05-14 | Gallica
Gil Blas / dir. A. Dumont | 1905-05-12 | Gallica
28 Dec 1921 - FRENCHMAN'S HARSH TREATMENT OF HIS SELF-SACRIFICING WIFE - Trove
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/MT19211229.2.34
https://www.facebook.com/vraiesdatesdenaissance/posts/1932205770408479/

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HUNTBACH, DENISE (Denise A Huntbach)
Great Britain
Born 28 March 1915. Conway, Wales
Died 23 April 2014
Married Baron Derek W Pritchard (08 June 1910-16 October 1995) circa September 1941 at Crewe.
[Active 1936-1947]

Played Wimbledon 1936 to 1939 and 1947. Described as 'a second string Welsh player' by the New York Times in 1939.

Sources:

wimbledon archive
www.gov.uk/search-will-probate
1939 England and Wales register within www.ancestry.co.uk

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PRITCHARD, Mrs H (nee Lukin)
Australia (Queensland)
Married Alexander Hobson Pritchard in Townsville (died in 1929)
Died 27 February 1932

Killed when run over by a car on 27 Feb 1932 at Lorn. Born in Tasmania, lived with uncle Mr Gresley Lukin. First court in North Queensland laid at her home.
 

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PRIZER, CHARLOTTE (nee Charlotte Upton McNabb Darling)
United States
Born 13 May, 1911 in Washington DC
Died 10 May 1979 in Chesnut Hill, Pennsylvania
Married John Butler Prizer (1900-976), 16 October 1937 in Philadelphia--son John and daughter Charlotte.

From the Philadelphia area. Probably from a "Mainline" family of wealth, she certainly married into one, as her spouse was the Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The couple made their home in Chesnut Hill, Pennsylvania, right outside of Philly.

Darling competed against the likes of Helen Jacobs and Doris Hart in the US Nationals. "Now I just sit and watch the matches at Forest Hills, Longwood, and Germantown Cricket Club, she recalled, "but in the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties I was playing on those same courts."

In 1945 Mrs Prizer won the USTA Service Bowl for her dedication to the sport.

Charlotte was a top squash player. Tennis came in second. She also played field hockey and lacrosse. In later years taking up dogs and dog breeding as a hobby. "I don't do too much winning, but I have a good time" she said of her 7 dogs in 1968.

Source:
"No Strings attached to Owning Dog", by Walter Fletcher, New York Times, October 17 1968.

Active in doubles in Middle States as late as 1962. She won the 1947 USTA Service Bowl Award for promoting junior girls tennis.

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PROCTOR, “CLARE” (Clara Harrington Proctor)
Australia (NSW)
Married Frederick George Copeman in 1954
[Active 1939-1954)

Australian Open record (competed 1940, 1946-1952, and 1954)

Singles Quarterfinalist in 1948 and 1951
Doubles Semifinalist in 1951
Mixed finalist in 1951.

Won Wagga Wagga in 1946.

 

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PRYDE, MARILYN
New Zealand
Born 15 May 1952
Married Lawrence
[Active from 1968 to 1975]

Marilyn entered Wimbledon from 1970 to 1973. 0-4 in singles, she was 2-4 in doubles and 0-3 in mixed.
Here is video (with no sound) of Pryde playing Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1972. Pryde was serving and volleying, at least on grass:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LHmuVOdiTs

Her daughter nikki was born circa 1987.

An article about her daughter Nikki ("Young Designer Aces Her Glam slam Opponents") provides more details
In the 1960s and 1970s Pryde was described as a child prodigy in New Zealand tennis.
She became national under-19 champion at 14 and won national senior titles at 15 (1968) and 17 (1970), as well as winning five overseas titles - three in Israel, one in Switzerland and another in Italy.


She played at Wimbledon for three [consecutive years in the 1970s, and her career highlight was beating a young Martina Navratilova to reach the finals of the world junior championships. She retired at 23 because of leg injuries.


Sources:

"Young Designer Aces Her Glam slam Opponents"
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3542788


http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/6f382cdb-a58d-4726-8da8-5da97e2a93d0/index.html
 

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PURDY, ELEANOR ("Elly")
United States
Born 29 June 1920 in Portland, Oregon (26 September 1920 per ITF)
Died 24 December 2012 in Redlands, California
Married (1) Jack Cushingham-between April and June of 1943. Divorced in 1951.
Married (2) Warren Harbula in 1954 (died of cancer in 1963)
Active: 1939-1948

Quote:
--"I liked Spencer Tracy. He played doubles and loved to clown around and had a wonderful sense of humor."

Tournaments won

Ojai and La Jolla in 1939 ; Ojai in 1943, St Petersburg and Connecticut State[/URL] in 1946.

Round of 16 at the US Nationals in 1945 and 1946. Her best victory was a 6-4 6-1 win over Pauline Betz at the Pacific Southwest in 1945. Betz was World #1 at the time.

Ranked US #13 (1943 and 1944);#14 (1945) #18 (1946)

A noted beauty in her day. This native Californian was best on hard courts.

Eleanor Purdy grew up in Hollywood California learning tennis at the age of 11 under the tutelage of the great pro of champions Dick Skeen at the Poinsettia Tennis Courts. She learned and practiced with other greats including Jack Kramer.

At 28 she and her first husband, Jack Cushingham (also a top ranked player), were the resident pros at the prestigious Beverly Hills Tennis Club. She played and coached such notable personalities as Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Gilbert Roland, Tony Randal, Jack Clugman, Gary Marshall, Sandra Dee, the golden boy boxer Art Aragon and many others.

She divorced and later remaried Warren Harbula. She gave up her tennis life for a time to raise a family. After giving birth to her son Patrick, who has become a well known spiritual teacher and author of the acclaimed book The Magic of the Soul . Eleanor and Warren also adopted a daughter, Cathy 3 years later who's claim to fame is that she got 3 games off of Tracy Austin when she 9 years old. Tracy was 6.

She lost her husband to cancer when she was 43 years old. To support her two children, she returned to the the sport and life that she loved and had give her so much. She enjoyed a second tenure at the Beverly Hills Club during the 1980s.

Still alive as of 2004 and living in Sylmar, California.

Also see: Blonde Bombshell: Eleanor Purdy Cushingham
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...1#post26711362





A famous pose of Eleanor sunbathing used in a 1947 ad for a solarium and featured in Life magazine.

 

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QUERTIER, JEAN (Jean De Mouilpied Quertier)
United Kingdom
Born 12 November 1925 in London
Married Ivo Ferdinand Rinkel (1920-2000) on 28 February 1952-a Dutch tennis player.
[Active 1946 to 1954]

French QF in 1949 and 1953
Wimbledon QF in 1948 and 1952
United Stated QF in 1951 and 1953.

Winner of at least 15 events between 1946 and 1953.

After marriage to Dutch tennis player Ivo Rinkel she was usually listed as Rinkel-Quartier. As part of the Wightman Cup team in 1951 and 1953 Jean was able to play in the US Nationals at Forest Hills, making the quarterfinals on both attempts. In 1951 she gave a good account of herself in losing 6-3 6-3 to Maureen Connolly. A couple of weeks earlier Quertier had upset Shirley Fry in the Wightman Cup at Longwood, avoiding the typical US shutout.

Wimbledon record (1946-1953)

Singles:--- 19-18 (QF in 1948 and 1952)
Doubles:-- 15-8 (QF 1949,51 and SF 1952-1953)
Mixed:---- 15-8
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Won 49- Lost 24

From a 1952 photo:



Walking on court with Maureen Connolly at Wimbledon in June of 1952



Sources:

Archive - Draws Archive : Jean Rinkel-Quertier (Quertier) - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

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

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
 

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QUINNELL, “MAY” (nee Emma Jane Davis)
Australia (Queensland)
Died 15 November 1932 in Melbourne, Australia
Married Sgt-Major (Brigade-Surgeon) Richard James Quinnell. He died 3 December 1902, in Melbourne, aged 68.
[Active in the late 1880's and early 1890s]

1889 and 1890 Queensland Champion

Former resident of India who came to Australia with her (doctor) husband. A respected artist whose oil paintings had won prizes (at Simla, India), May spoke six languages and was reputed to have introduced the game of badminton to Queensland. She may have been considerably younger than her spouse. He had at least 2 sons born in the 1860s, yet May’s obit states she had no children. Closely connected with the Austral Salon-a musical society.

[Thanks to Gee Tee for this biographical sketch, and to Newmark for discovering her maiden name]
 
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