Mary Arnold

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Mary Arnold
Full name Mary Arnold Prentiss
Country  United States
Born (1916-10-26)October 26, 1916
Died January 29, 1975(1975-01-29) (aged 58)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1948)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1948)
US Open F (1946)

Mary Arnold Prentiss (October 26, 1916 – January 29, 1975)[1] was an amateur American tennis player of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Arnold was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 every year between 1939 and 1947. Her highest ranking came in 1942 and 1944 when she was ranked No. 5 in both years.

At the 1948 French Championships, she paired with future International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Shirley Fry to reach the doubles finals.

At the Cincinnati Masters, she reached five finals, winning three doubles titles: 1940, 1944 & 1946. She also was a singles finalist in 1941 (losing to Pauline Betz), and was a doubles finalist in 1945 (with Fry).

To win her doubles titles in Cincinnati, she paired with Alice Marble in 1940, with Dorothy Bundy in 1944, and with Fry in 1946.

Grand Slam finals[edit]


Runner-ups (2)
Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1946 U.S. Championships United States Patricia Canning Todd United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
1–6, 3–6
1948 French Championships United States Shirley Fry Irvin United States Patricia Canning Todd
United States Doris Hart
4–6, 2–6


  1. ^ "Mary Prentiss, Former Tennis Champ, Dies" Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1975