|Full name||Darlene Ruth Hard|
January 6, 1936 |
Los Angeles, U.S.
|Int. Tennis HOF||1973 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No.2 (1957)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1962)|
|French Open||W (1960)|
|Wimbledon||F (1957, 1959)|
|US Open||W (1960, 1961)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1962)|
|French Open||W (1955, 1957, 1960)|
|Wimbledon||W (1957, 1959, 1960, 1963)|
|US Open||W (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1969)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1962)|
|French Open||W(1955, 1961)|
|Wimbledon||W ( 1957, 1959, 1960)|
|US Open||F (1956, 1957, 1961)|
|Wightman Cup||W (1957,1959,1962, 1963)|
|Competitor for United States|
|Pan American Games|
|Bronze||1963 São Paulo||Singles|
|Gold||1963 São Paulo||Doubles|
Darlene Hard (born January 6, 1936 in Los Angeles, United States) is an American former amateur tennis player. Known for her volleying ability and strong serves, she captured singles titles at the French Championships in 1960 and the U.S. Championships in 1960 and 1961.
With eight different partners, she won a total of 13 women's doubles titles in Grand Slam tournaments. Her last doubles title, at the age of 33 at the 1969 US Open, came six years after she had retired from serious competition to become a tennis instructor. She also played the US Open singles tournament in 1969, losing in the second round to Françoise Dürr 6–3, 6–3.
According to Lance Tingay of the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Hard was ranked among the top ten in the world from 1957 through 1963, reaching a career high of number 2 in those rankings in 1957, 1960, and 1961. Hard was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association from 1954 through 1963. She was the top-ranked U.S. player from 1960 through 1963.
Hard was enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1973.
Hard once said, "I was the last of the amateurs. In our day, I won Forest Hills and got my airfare from New York to Los Angeles. Whoopee." But, she added, "I was happy. I loved it. I loved tennis."
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners-up)
|Result||Year||Championship||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1957||Wimbledon||Althea Gibson||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1958||U.S. Championships||Althea Gibson||3–6, 6–1, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1959||Wimbledon||Maria Bueno||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||1960||French Championships||Yola Ramírez Ochoa||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||1960||U.S. Championships||Maria Bueno||6–4, 10–12, 6–4|
|Winner||1961||U.S. Championships||Ann Haydon||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1962||U.S. Championships||Margaret Smith||9–7, 6–4|
Doubles: 18 (13 titles, 5 runners-up)
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Tournament||1953||1954||1955||1956||1957||1958||1959||1960||1961||1962||1963||1964 – 1968||1969||1970||Career SR|
|Australian Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||A||A||A||A||0 / 1|
|French Championships||A||A||2R||3R||QF||A||A||W||4R||A||2R||A||A||A||1 / 6|
|Wimbledon||A||A||SF||3R||F||A||F||QF||A||QF||SF||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|United States||2R||SF||3R||QF||SF||F||SF||W||W||F||QF||A||2R||2R||2 / 13|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 2||2 / 3||1 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 1||3 / 27|
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
- Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
- United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 261.
- LA Times