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BROUGH, "LOUISE" (Althea Louise Brough)
United States
Born 11 March 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Died 03 February 2014 in Vista, California.
Married Alan Townsend Clapp (died 1999), 09 August 1958 (no children)
Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nicknames: "Broughie", "Brough is Tough" was a play on her name, pronounced "Bruff".
[Active 1939-1959]

Brough Was Tough-The Quiet Californian

4 time Wimbledon champion in 1948 to 1950 and again in 1955. This included triple crowns in 1948 and 1950.

Though born in Oklahoma she was raised on California's fast cement courts. Her parents separated when she was only 4, and Louise and her mother moved to the Los Angeles area. Attending Bevelry Hills High School, the tomboyish girl had the support of her ambitious mother and namesake aunt Louise, who often drive her to local events and then across the country for the Eastern events.

Quickly rising through the ranks, she was in the US top ten by 1941 and wouldn't leave it until 1957 except for 1951, when tennis elbow kept her out many months.

Louise exhibited the purest and strongest serve-volley game patterned after Alice Marble. Her "American Twist" serve was the best the game has ever seen. It hit the ground and quickly bounded up and high to the backhand, making the next shot, usually a volley, often an outright winner.

In 1942 the Californian went on a tear. Coming into the US Nationals she was undefeated for the year. On the verge of taking over women's tennis she came up short versus Pauline Betz 6-4 1-6 6-4. Shot for shot Brough was superior. Nerves factored into the match though, and here Brough would often suffer from periods of doubt. In what was to become a pattern Brough would seem on the verge of dominance with her biting serve and volley game. Despite 6 grand slams in singles consistently winning outside of Wimbledon eluded her.

Her legendary doubles partnership with Margaret "Ozizie" Osborne. The calmer Margaret gave a shy Brough an anchor. Nearly invincible, "Ozzie and Broughie" were only defeated a handful of times and only twice at the US Nationals, where they compiled an enviable 58-2 record and 12 out of 14 titles. Their nine consecutive titles at the US Nationals from 1942 to 1950 is a record that will likely never be beaten. It usually took Doris Hart to beat them. When asked who their toughest foe was, Louise replied, "Doris Hart, that devil", without missing a beat. Despite the passing of 50 years it was spoken with both respect and a hint of a rivalry fresh in her mind.

3rd behind Osborne and Betz in 1946, Louise broke through at last in a major to win the 1947 US Nationals. It was her only singles there. She confessed to having an instant dislike to the noise, the arrogant USTA officials and having to fight narrow passages on outside courts to get to her matches. It didn't help that she lost 4 of the 5 finals at Forest Hills. All 4 defeats were in 3 sets. The 1948 and 1954 finals were particularly galling. Brough had match points in both. Margaret, now Mrs duPont won the 48 final 4-6 6-4 15-13. In 1954

“A willowy blonde, she was quiet and diffident, but she was the killer in the left court when at play alongside duPont,-Bud Collins-from his book Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis.
Miss Brough sat firmly in the world top ten for 12 consecutive years from 1946 to 1957. In the 36 slams she entered Louise failed to make the quarters or better only 5 times. In doubles she won 21 of 32 slams, and only once couldn't make the semis.

Wimbledon was her favorite event, the quiet reverence of the crowds matching her reserved personality. During the "Brough decade" from 1946 to 1955 she hauled off more silverware than anyone at The Championships. From 1948 to 1950 Brough won 8 out of 9 titles, only coming up short in the 1949 mixed. In a longest day scenario unimaginable today, Louise played all three finals on the same day. It all started with a victory over best friend Margaret Osborne 10-8 1-6 10-8. An exhausting 39 games. Then the doubles, where Margaret and Louise bested Gussie Moran and Pat Todd 8–6 7–5. Luckily for Louise it as straight sets, but with 5 sets and 65 games behind her she was given a short rest to get back on court for the mixed with John Bromwich. Sheila Summers and Eric Sturgess took advantage of her exhaustion. They won out 9–7 9–11 7–5. Only two games short of a triple over a mind numbing 8 sets, 114 games, and over 5 hours. Her feet were so torn up she lost toenails.

The next year she returned to win the triple for the second time. Earlier in the year Brough had accepted a rare invitation to tour Australia. Her twin Aussie and Wimbledon titles in 1950 was the only year Brough won two singles majors in a year. Only the French escaped her; it's slow surface favored defense, a word alien the volley happy Louise. She would never get past the semis at the French in 4 tries.

1951 was a horrible year. Tennis elbow meant missing the rest of the year after a semifinal at Wimbledon. Though back to most of her old form by 1952, Brough faced an altered landscape. For one thing her service toss abandoned her. At times she caught tosses repeatedly in matches. Her confidence in a major weapon never fully recovered.

The second factor blocking a return to the top was Maureen Connolly. Brough was one of four women to defeat Mo in her prime, but the baseline bomber dominated the sport from late 1951 until a horse accident in 1954.

When I asked Louise what her favorite memory was she cited the 1955 Wimbledon final. Craftily slicing and dicing, she tried every trick in the book to through off the rhythm of hard hitting Beverly Fleitz. Tiring rapidly, she knew she had to win in straight sets. At a critical juncture Brough stuck out her racquet on a bullet of a passing shot. The shot just went over for a winner and took ripped the heart out of Fleitz.

At 7-5 8-6 it was Brough's 4th and last Wimbledon. How fitting that it had been a volley that secured it.

"Louise had the nearest thing to a man's game I had seen since Alice Marble", Helen Jacobs, from Gallery of Champions, page 69
Grand Slam titles: 35 total (6 in singles, 21 doubles, and 8 mixed)

Singles titles

Australian Open W (1950)
Wimbledon W (1948, 1949, 1950, 1955)
US Nationals W (1947)

Grand Slam Doubles titles

Australian Open W (1950)
French Open W (1946, 1947, 1949)
Wimbledon W (1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954)
US Open W (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1957)

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles

Wimbledon W (1946, 1947, 1948, 1950)
US Open W (1942, 1947, 1948, 1949)

World Rankings

1946: #3
1947: #2
1948: #2
1949: #2
1950: #2
1951: #7
1952: #3
1953: #3
1954: #4
1955: #1
1956: #3
1957: #4

Brough was never defeated in the 22 Wightman Cup matches she participated in.

Links and Sources:

Cohn, Howard. "What's Wrong With Brough?", American Lawn Tennis, December 1949, pages 7 and 29.

Flink, Steve. "Lady Is A Champ", Tennis Week, 16 October 2002, pages 16-17 and 38-39.

Hart, Stan. Once a Champion. 1984. Chapter 19, pages 317-339.

Jacobs, Helen. Gallery of Champions. 1948. Pages 169-180.

Rollo. Personal phone interviews by in December of 2004.

"Brough is Tough": The Louise Brough thread

Louise Brough | Sport | The Guardian [Video clips from her Wimbledon finals]

Hedges, Martin. A Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. Pages 42-43

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)

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Discussion Starter #4

Off the court, Louise Brough was calm and soft spoken and understated. But the second she stepped foot on a tennis court, the winner of 35 major titles – 29 earned in doubles competition – had the demeanor of a General heading into battle. “I had to attack,” Brough often said. “I didn’t feel very comfortable on defense.”

That attitude led Brough to earn the fifth most major championships in history, just behind the game’s demigods in Margaret Court (62), Martina Navratilova (59), Billie Jean King (39), longtime doubles partner Margaret Osborne duPont (37) and tied with rival Doris Hart (35). Brough had magnificent talents on the court, earning a well-deserved reputation as having one of the best volleys in tennis history. As a premier serve-and-volley player, her twist serve that was loaded with a heavy dose of topspin, was a huge weapon that she disguised capably. “She got enormously high bounce on her serve,” longtime opponent Alice Marble once wrote. “Women are notoriously feeble in their effort to return it, especially on the backhand.” Her hard-charging game was perfectly suited for fast grass courts; she won 30 of her 35 majors on the surface, 17 of those coming at the U.S. National Championships.

Her doubles partnership with duPont places her in rarified air as dominant major champions and record holders. With Osborne securing the deuce side, the 5-foot-7 Brough was free to freelance from the ad side, the duo amassed 20 major titles (12 U.S., five Wimbledon, three French), tied for first all-time with the Navratilova-Pam Shriver combination.

Brough and duPont won 12 U.S. National Women’s Doubles Championships (1942-50, 1955, 1956-57), three times the amount of second place teams Navratilova-Shiver, Doris Hart and Shirley Fry and Sarah Palfrey and Alice Marble, all of whom have four each. Brough and duPont won 12 of the 14 U.S. Championships they entered, including nine in a row (1942-50), which is the longest streak in any major event and 58 of 60 matches. Between 1946 and 1955, Brough appeared in 21 of 30 Wimbledon singles, doubles and mixed doubles finals, winning all three in the 1950 championships and a tidy 13 for her career.

Born in Oklahoma City, the Brough (pronounced “bruff”) family moved to Beverly Hills, California when she was 4-years-old. Like many of her fellow Hall of Famers who made California public courts their training ground, Brough learned to play on the public courts at Roxbury Park and became a winning junior, capturing U.S. 18-and-under titles in 1940 and 1941.

One year after those junior victories, Brough made a dramatic and profound debut at the U.S. Nationals, reaching the singles final and winning both the doubles and mixed doubles titles. She lost to Pauline Betz in a tight three-set match, 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 in the singles final, but regrouped with duPont to defeat Betz and Hart in doubles (2-6, 7-5, 6-0) and joined forces with Ted Schroeder to win the mixed doubles competition over Pat Canning Todd and Argentina’s Aleja Russell, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Those victories fueled the explosion of 33 more major championships over the next 15 years.

Playing in Australia was not the norm for most Americans during this tennis era, and Brough made the excursion only once in 1950. She left Melbourne with both a singles and doubles championship and a semifinal appearance in mixed doubles. She upended Hart in a major singles final for a second time, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and in doubles play she and Hart paired to defeat Nancye Wynne Bolton and Thelma Coyne Long, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, the only time Brough won a major without duPont in tow. The French Nationals were attended more slightly more frequently, with Brough and duPont winning doubles titles in 1946-47 and 1949. Her attacking style was not well suited for the slow clay at Roland Garros, yet Brough did advance to the 1946, 1947 and 1950 semifinals.

Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals were Brough’s personal haven, the courts were she felt most comfortable and the championship victories flowed. She won four of her six major singles titles at the All England Club, a part of her portfolio often overlooked. In total, she reached 14 major singles championship matches, a finalist at five U.S. Nationals and three Wimbledon’s. Brough won Wimbledon singles titles over Hart in 1948 (6-3, 8-6), duPont in 1949 (10-8, 1-6, 10-8) and again in 1950 (6-1, 3-6, 6-1) and versus American Beverly Baker in 1955 (7-5, 8-6). Though they were friends and partners, Brough’s first major singles title came over duPont at the 1947 U.S. Nationals, 8-6, 4-6, 6-1. duPont repaid the favor the following year with a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory. Brough made her last U.S. Championships singles appearance in 1957, losing in straight sets to Althea Gibson, 6-3, 6-2, a player whom she had vigorously supported to earn entrance into the event seven years earlier when Gibson became the first African-American to compete in the U.S. National Championships. The two had first played in 1950 second round, when the match was delayed by a lightning thunderstorm and resumed the following day. Brough won the match, 6-1, 3-6, 9-7, rallying from a 6-7 third set deficit. Gibson later said that she had “lost all sting” following the delay and “Louise beat me.”

When Brough and duPont played at Forest Hills, the winner’s trophy should have been awarded before play started. In their 12 victories together, the duo lost only five sets, and only one of them was a nail biter, the 1947 championship against Pat Canning Todd and Doris Hart that was won, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

Brough was major mixed doubles finalist 11 times, capturing eight titles with four different partners. In addition to her U.S. Championship victory with Schroeder in 1942, Brough won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championship with Tom Brown in 1946 and 1948; Wimbledon twice (1947, 1948) and the U.S. once with Aussie John Bromwich (1947); and the U.S. and Wimbledon with Eric Sturgess in 1949 and 1950. Most impressively, between 1948 and 1950, Brough won the Wimbledon singles and doubles competition three years in a row, and captured two mixed doubles events. Had she and Bromwich not fallen in the 1949 final to Sturgess and Sheila Summers, 9-7, 9-11, 7-5, Brough would have had won all three events in three consecutive years. As it stood, Brough play 117 games at Wimbledon in one day.

Brough was ranked in the world Top 10 from 1946 to 1957, reaching a career-best No. 1 in 1955. In total, she spent 16 years ranked among the USTLA (later the USTA) top 10 female players, the third best streak in history behind Chris Evert (19) and Billie Jean King (18). Her acumen playing on the Wightman Cup team led to 11 championships, a 12-0 record in singles and a 10-0 mark in doubles.

Brough retired from competition after marrying dentist Dr. Alan Clapp, but continued to play in various 40-and-over tournaments.

“She had the most generous spirit and was the sweetest and most gracious individual I have ever met,” fellow Hall of Famer Gladys Heldman, founder and publisher of World Tennis Magazine told the Southern California USTA website. “She was very modest and never talked about her tennis. I once had her on the magazine cover with the Duke of Edinburgh. She has been everywhere, met everyone and has been nice to them all.”

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Discussion Starter #5
Brough's 35 major titles. She is 6th on the all-time list, tied with Doris Hart, having recently been passed by Serena Williams in 2015.

6 Singles | 21 Doubles | 8 Mixed Doubles


Australian Championships: (1950)
Wimbledon: (1948-1950), and 1955)
U.S. Championships: (1947)


Australian Championships: (1950)
French Championships: (1946-1947 and 1949)
Wimbledon: (1946), W (1948-1950 and 1954)
U.S. Championships: (1942-1950 and 1955-1957)

Mixed Doubles

Wimbledon: (1946-1948 and 1950)
U.S. Championships: (1942 and 1947-1948)

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Discussion Starter #6
I was lucky enough to speak to Louise 4 or 5 times over the phone in 2004 and 2005.

There is one quote from the Hall of Fame entry above I want to comment on.

Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals were Brough’s personal haven, the courts were she felt most comfortable and the championship victories flowed.
Forest Hills was in not her "haven" at all. Louise told me she hated it! For one thing a player had to walk out to outside court matches through narrow pathways. She felt crushed by having to fight her way through crowds. All this shows in the fact that she won only 1 US singles title in 1947-and even this came with loads of controversy due to her semifinal with Aussie Nancy Bolton-where she survived 3 matches points, one on a ball Bolton let drop because she (and most in the crowd) felt was more than a foot out! The linesman called it in despite protests from Bolton and even the pro-American crowd.

Louise also blew match points in two finals at Forest Hills-one in 1948 vs friend Margaret DuPont-the other versus rival Doris Hart in 1954.

The nervous energy of New York never appealed to her the way Wimbledon did. The calmer Margaret did much better at the US Championships.

The amazing 12 US Doubles titles (9 in a row-a record no one is likely to equal) were won at Longwood; the doubles held those days before Forest Hills. With Margaret as "captain" Louise felt much more comfortable!

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Discussion Starter #8
Brough and duPont walking on court for the 1949 Wimbledon final.

After Pauline Betz was barred from amateur tennis in 1947 the two friends and doubles partners ruled the sport from 1947 to 1950. Age started to catch up with them; Brough was never the same after getting tennis elbow in 1951. Nonetheless she went on until 1959, getting a treasured 4th Wimbledon in 1955.


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An obituary from the New York Times:

Louise Brough Clapp, Tennis Champion at Midcentury, Dies at 90

Louise Brough Clapp, whose powerful serve-and-volley game propelled her to 35 championships in Grand Slam tennis tournaments of the 1940s and ’50s and made her one of the most brilliant doubles players in the women’s game, died on Monday in Vista, Calif. She was 90.
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The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., announced her death.

A former teenage star in Southern California, Louise Brough, as she was known for most of her career, was ranked among America’s top 10 female players 16 times by the United States Tennis Association and achieved the No. 1 national ranking in 1947. She was No. 1 in the world in 1955.

She won six singles titles, including four at Wimbledon, as well as 21 doubles championships and 8 mixed doubles titles in Grand Slam events, tying her with Doris Hart at No. 5 on the overall career list for both women and men.

In doubles play, Brough (pronounced bruff) usually teamed with Margaret Osborne duPont, a longtime friend, and they were virtually unbeatable. Brough and duPont captured 12 women’s doubles championships in the United States Nationals, the forerunner of the United States Open, winning every year at Forest Hills, Queens, from 1942 to 1950 and again from 1955 to 1957.

They also won five doubles titles at Wimbledon and three at the French championships. Brough’s only Grand Slam women’s doubles title without duPont came when she teamed with Hart at the 1950 Australian championships.

But in the quest for women’s tennis supremacy, duPont, who died in 2012, was also a rival, as were Hart, Maureen Connolly, Althea Gibson, Shirley Fry and Pauline Betz.

Brough defeated duPont for the 1947 Nationals title in singles play, then lost to her in the 1948 final in a match that went to 28 games in the last set. Brough bested duPont twice in the Wimbledon singles final.

One of Brough’s most memorable matches came in the second round of the Nationals in 1950, when she faced Gibson, who that year became the first black player allowed to enter the tournament. Gibson was ahead, 7-6, in the third set when a thunderstorm suspended play. Brough won the next day by taking three consecutive games, but that match heralded the beginning of Gibson’s rise to stardom.

The Grand Slam champion Alice Marble marveled at Brough’s twist serve and its topspin, which overwhelmed her opponents.

Brough “streamlined it to match that of many of our men,” Marble once wrote. “She gets an enormously high bounce on this serve, and women are notoriously feeble in their effort to return it, especially on the backhand.”

The tennis historian and journalist Bud Collins called Brough “one of the great volleyers in history” and paid tribute to her prowess in doubles.

“A willowy blonde, she was quiet and diffident, but she was the killer in the left court when at play alongside duPont,” he wrote in “Bud Collins’ Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis.”

Althea Louise Brough was born in Oklahoma City on March 11, 1923. Her family moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., when she was a child, and she learned to play on public courts. She vied with Gussie Moran (who would be best known for creating a sensation at Wimbledon in 1949 with her lace-trimmed panties) as the best teenage player of their era in Southern California and won the girls’ national junior championships in 1940 and 1941.

Brough’s Wimbledon singles titles came in 1948, 1949 and 1950 and again in 1955. Besides winning the United States singles title in 1947, she was runner-up five times. She won the Australian singles in 1950. And she had a 22-0 record in Wightman Cup play between the United States and Britain.

Late in her career, Brough was plagued by the jitters.

“Sometime after ’53 I lost my confidence, just like that,” she told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “I couldn’t even toss the ball up on my serve. I was way off balance. My nerves were shot.”

Still, she continued to win Grand Slam events through 1957, when she was beaten by Gibson in the final of the United States Nationals.

She later played in senior tournaments, winning the United States Hard Court doubles for women 40 and over twice in the 1970s with Barbara Green Weigandt.

Brough, who lived in Vista, had no immediate survivors. Her husband, Dr. Alan Clapp, a dentist, died in 1999.

When the 1985 Wimbledon tournament neared, Brough attended an informal reunion at the Los Angeles Tennis Center with five fellow Wimbledon champions: Jack Kramer, Bobby Riggs, Ted Schroeder, Gene Mako and Bob Falkenburg.

She had won 13 singles, doubles or mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon, but they came before the Open era and its huge prize money.

“It’s fun to watch what they spend it on,” Brough remarked at that reunion. “But I could slit my throat when I think about how much money I could have won playing today.”

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)
Helen Jacobs ranked Brough #12 in her book Gallery of Champions. The book came out in 1948 though, before Louise had most of her grand slam glory.

Snippets from chapter 12 on Brough in Gallery of Champions, pages 169 to 180.

[Page 169]

"Louise had the nearest thing to a man's game I had seen since Alice Marble first appeared in major competition. In addition, she seemed to be physically a very robust person. With the greatest ease, she could serve a ball that was very hard to follow in flight, and she volleyed with deftness and severity. Although she is tall-5' 7 1/2"-and proportionally built, she moved easily over the court whether from side to side or baseline to net. But the thing that impressed me the most was her driving style. It was easy to understand, countering her beautifully produced strokes that carried such pace."


[Page 170]

"With beautiful strokes , powerfully and easily executed from backcourt or forecourt, there appeared no weakness in her armour; and yet, without warning, she wold slump from a first-rate to a second-rate performance. Curiously, too, for one apparently so robust, she tired easily." [this was in 1941]

[Page 171]

"The change that took place in her match temperament that winter was immediately obvious when she began the 1942 season grass in the east. "
During the Longwood final, won by Brough 6-2 6-1 "At times, Louise's American twist serve forced Margaret twenty to thirty feet out of court, opening the way for severe drives to the other side."

"A new National champion seemed to be in the offing but in the final round of the title tournament she played without a vestige of confidence, kept firmly to the baseline, offering a net position to a fine volleyer, and only in spurts produced anything resembling her game of the earlier season. The match went to three sets, but it was more through Pauline's errors than than Louise's winners that the latter was able to take the first set. At 4-6 6-1 6-4 Pauline had won the title that should have gone to Louise on her pre-Nationals Form."

[page 180]

"Early in 1948, Louise had an operation on her back to correct a condition that explains the tendency to tire in long matches."

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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
Stan Hart devoted a chapter of his book to Brough.

Here are some glimpses of Louise from chapter 19 of Once a Champion , published in 1984, pages 317 to 339.

Stan points out that she won 2 "Triple" Crowns back to back-the 1947 US Nationals and Wimbledon in 1948. Louise told him Pauline Betz was ready to sign a pro contract with Elwood Cooke (husband of Sarah Palfrey) early in 1947, but was hoping to play Wimbledon one more time when someone let the cat out of bag regarding her plans.

"I don't think she really had to tell them [amateur officials], but she told the truth." (p 326) Betz was banned-preventing her from a second Wimbledon try.

Talking about losing so many finals at Forest Hills: ".. I was in the finals four or five times, and there were two times when I had a match point and I didn't win. I look back now and say, 'What a nut you are! What a waste!'"

Brough moved to Beverly Hills at 4 and a half. "My parents were separated and my mother moved to Beverly Hills, where her parents lived, and I went to Beverly Hills High School and then on to USC for a couple of years, and then I quit." (p 327)

Hart: "Did you have a tennis scholarship at USC?"
Brough: No. They had no idea what women's tennis was in those days."

Hart: "When did you hook up with Margaret Osbourne?"
Brough: "When I was nineteen. Her husband, Will duPont, had seen me play the year before in the juniors, and he knew that Margaret's partner, Sarah Palfrey, was going to have a baby, so he suggested to Margaret that we play together." (p 327)

Stan and Louise talked about Will duPont, Marble and Margaret Osborne (later duPont). Will bought a house in Palm Springs and also let Alice Marble and Mary Browne live in a separate house on the property.

"Will started seeing Alice, I think, when he was married to his first wife." (p 328)

Brough on begging the sport: " I didn't start tennis til I was 12 or 13, and I received lessons from Dick Skeen on my 13th birthday as a present."

"I had a brother who played football, and I played with the boys."

Stan asks Louise if there was a doubles team she and Margaret feared. "Doris with anyone. Pauline played with her, Pat Todd, and Shirley Fry. I would get nervous before playing them. Doris was so steady."

On winding down her career: ...actually I played the Nationals one year after I got married. I didn't do too well. I played Maria Bueno and lost, and then I didn't play for two years, thinking I would find something that would turn me on, but I didn't find it. So I went back and started to teach tennis." (p 330).

Louise talks about being a worrier-thinking she could have won more had she been more positive in her youth.

Hart: How would you rank the top five women's players?
Brough: "I think Maureen Connolly was the best."

Hart: If Maurren played Martina, how would that turn out?
Brough: It would be the world's greatest match, but I think Maureen would win."

Hart: "What about you and Margaret?"
Brough: "At out peaks, I think I would be better."

.."Pauline Betz would be up there. She didn't have a a great serve and and no volley to speak of and no forehand, but she could retrieve like crazy. She had a great backhand. "

Asked if she had any regrets: "Not in any real sense. And no, I can't think of myself as anything but an outdoors girl and an athlete and a nature-body. Back at my home in Vista, I can spend hours out-of-doors picking weeds." (p 334).

Louise recalls living on expenses of $12 a day in England in 1946. "That would have included the hotel and the three meals. It wasn't very much." She never received money under the table.

Speaking of influences on her life:

"My mother, because she really pushed me to win. She made me serious about winning because I was almost afraid to come home if I lost. She would be so mad. " (p 335).

On not having children, "I never felt that I could manage children." (p 335)

A loner, Louise confesses to hart that she doesn't desire to have pets and "I don't like to touch people." (338) Margaret duPont told Hart Brough would walk onto Centre court at Wimbledon and declare, "Now I am alone."

Louise tells a story about when she 19 in 1942.

"I remember when I was 19. I had left the juniors and was on the circuit, and i won every tournament. When I got to the finals in the Nationals, I remember saying to a friend, of mine, 'I don't deserve this. If i win it, I don't deserve it.' It was some years later that i realized that if I had only someone there to tell me, 'You do deserve it. You've worked hard, now go out and win....' And so I lost it back when I was 19."

Brough admitted to not giving much thought to politics or the war when young. She did say that Pauline Betz was unusual in caring for others.

Hart ended by asking about menstrual cramps!

Brough: " I think it's a disadvantage, but not a crippling one. I used to wonder about swimmers. But I am sure they just go through with it. It's something you grow up with like anything else. The show must go on." (338)

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Discussion Starter #13 (Edited)
Brough Head to Head vs Margaret Osborne du Pont

FI Brough [3] d. Osborne [1] 6-4 10-8------- Middle States--------------- 1942 July------ Grass
FI Brough [3] d. Osborne [1] 6-4 10-8------- Middle States Grass----------1942 July-------Grass
SF Brough d. Osborne 7-5 6-4---------------Maidstone Invitation----------1942 July-------Grass
SF Brough [4] d. Osborne [2] 2-6 8-6 6-4----Essex County Invitation-------1942 August----Grass
FI Brough d. Osborne 6-2 6-1----------------Longwood Bowl---------------1942 August----Grass
SF Brough d. Osborne 6-4 6-2----------------Pacific Southwest------------1942 September--Hard

SF Brough [2] d Osborne [3] 6-2 8-6---------Pacific Southwest-------------1943 September------Hard
FI Brough d Osborne 6-3 2-6 6-2-------------Pacific Coast------------------1943 October--------Hard

FI Osborne d. Brough 6-3 6-4-----------------La Jolla Invitation---------------1944 January--------Hard (Brough's first defeat after 8 wins)
SF Osborne d. Brough 6-4 6-2----------------Palm Springs---------------------1944 March---------Hard
FI Brough d. Osborne 6-2 6-2----------------California State-------------------1944 June----------Hard
QF Osborne [5] d. Brough [2] 7-5 12-10------Seabright------------------------1944 July-----------Grass
FI Osborne [4] d. Brough [2] 11-13 6-2 6-2---Delaware State Grass------------1944 August--------Grass
FI Osborne d. Brough 8-6 3-6 8-6------------Pacific Coast---------------------1944 October-------Hard

FI Osborne d. Brough 6-4 6-3----------------California State-------------------1945 June----------Hard
SF Osborne [2] d Brough [3] 9-7 6-1 --------Delaware State Grass-------------1945 August--------Grass
FI Osborne d. Brough 11-9 6-2--------------Pacific Souhwest------------------1945 September----Hard

FI Osborne d. Brough 6-1 6-3---------------Northern (Manchester)-------------1946 June---------Grass
SF Osborne d. Brough 7-9 6-4 7-5-----------London Grass (Queen's)------------1946 June----------Grass
SF Brough [3] d. Osborne [2] 8-6 7-5--------Wimbledon------------------------1946 June----------Grass (1st meeting in a major. Brough snaps losing streak)
SF Osborne [2] d. Brough [3] 7-5 6-3--------French Championships-------------1946 July-----------Clay (1st meeting on clay)
FI Brough d. Osborne 6-3 6-2----------------Longwood Bowl-------------------1946 August--------Grass

FI Brough d Osborne 2-6 6-4 6-3-------------California State--------------------1947 May----------Hard
FI Brough d Osborne 6-4 6-0-----------------London Grass (Queen's Club)-------1947 June----------Grass
FI Osborne d Brough 6-3 4-6 9-7------------Eastern Grass (Orange)------------1947 August--------Grass
FI Brough [2] d. Osborne [1] 8-6 4-6 6-1----US Nationals-----------------------1947 September----Grass

FI Brough d. du Pont 7-5 3-6 6-3------------Maidstone Invitational East Hampton) -1948 August--------Grass (Margaret now Mrs duPont
FI: Brough [1] d. du Pont [2] 6-3 8-6--------Eastern Grass (Orange)--------------1948 August---------Grass
FI du Pont [3] d. Brough [1] 4-6 6-4 15-13--US Nationals------------------------1948 September------Grass (du Pont survives 1 match point)

FI Brough d. du Pont 6-4 6-3---------------The Priory (Birmingham)--------------1949 June-----------Grass
FI Brough d du Pont 3-6 6-1 6-3------------London Grass (Queen's Club)--------1949 June------------Grass
FI Brough [1] d. du Pont [2] 10-8 1-6 10-8--Wimbledon--------------------------1949 July------------Grass

FI Brough [1] d. du Pont [2] 6-1 3-6 6-1----Wimbledon--------------------------1950 July------------Grass

FI Brough d du Pont 6-2 4-6 6-0------------Velbert International, Germany-------1951 July------------Clay

Mrs du Pont was off the tour in 1952.

FI: Brough d. duPont 9-7 4-6 6-1---------Bermuda Championhips---------------April 1953-------------Grass
FI: du Pont d. Brough 6-4 6-4-------------Middle States Championships----------1953 July-------------Grass
FI: Brough d. du Pont 8-6 6-2-------------Pennsylvania and Eastern States------1953 July-------------Grass

FI Brough d. DuPont 8-6 6-2--------------Eastern Grass Courts, South Orange----1954 August---------Grass

SF Brough d duPont 6-4 10-8-------------Essex Invitational (Manchester)--------1956 August---------Grass

Brough wins 25 and 14 loses vs Margaret Osborne duPont

By Surface

1-1 on clay
19-8 on grass
5-5 on Hard courts

Brough won their first 8 encounters. This was her longest win streak.
Osborne's longest win streak in their head to head was 7 matches.

13 of their 39 matches went to 3 sets.

Longest matches

(48 games) 1948 US Nationals Final: du Pont [3] d. Brough [1] 4-6 6-4 15-13 (du Pont survives 1 match point against her)
(43 Games) 1949 Wimbledon Final: Brough [1] d. du Pont [2] 10-8 1-6 10-8
(40 games) 1944 Delaware State Grass Final: Osborne [4] d. Brough [2] 11-13 6-2 6-2

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While Louise seems to have the advantage in their H-H matches, Margret was ranked #1 in 47,48,49,50. Louise was only ranked #1 in 55. Both have 6 singles slams, with Louise the better grass court record and Margret better on clay, having won 2 French titles to Louise's 0. I never saw Louise play, but did see Margret play doubles in the early sixties when she was past 40. She was still a great doubles player into her early forties, winning the US mixed doubles 58,59 and,60 with Neale Fraser. I would be curious to see Louise's H-H vs Doris Hart. I think it would be very close. From what I have seen In the Bud Collins book, Louise had the advantage at Wimbledon, while Doris had the advantage at the French and US championships. I am not just talking finals, but semis and quarter finals.

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While Louise seems to have the advantage in their H-H matches, Margret was ranked #1 in 47,48,49,50. Louise was only ranked #1 in 55.
I have problems with ranking Margaret #1 ALL four years.

1947 I understand-Dupont won Wimbledon.
1949 also makes sense-as Dupont's two majors (French and US )outweigh Brough's 1 (Wimbledon)

But Brough won Wimbledon in 1948, 49, and 1950. She also had a winning head to head vs Margaret in all four years. Heck, in 1950 Brough also won the Aussie!

I'd have to look carefully at their records, but it seems to me DuPont may have unfairly been ranked #1 in 1948 and 1950.

Both have 6 singles slams, with Louise the better grass court record and Margret better on clay, having won 2 French titles to Louise's 0.
Definite advantage to Ozzie on clay.

I never saw Louise play, but did see Margret play doubles in the early sixties when she was past 40. She was still a great doubles player into her early forties, winning the US mixed doubles 58,59 and,60 with Neale Fraser.
Who else did you you see Thrust? And what event? I know you've told us before, but I like to imagine it in my head. By the way, did you but a program for the event? I have some programs from the Eastern Grass Courts at Orange from the 1960s-one of them even has Billie Jean Moffitt's signature!

I would be curious to see Louise's H-H vs Doris Hart. I think it would be very close. From what I have seen In the Bud Collins book, Louise had the advantage at Wimbledon, while Doris had the advantage at the French and US championships. I am not just talking finals, but semis and quarter finals.
I'm curious too. Like you Thrust, my guess is it will be close. If I get any time I'll try to compile it for us.
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