Mary Browne

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Mary Browne
Mary Browne.jpg
Full name Mary Kendall Browne
Country  United States
Born (1891-06-03)June 3, 1891
Ventura County, CA, USA
Died August 19, 1971(1971-08-19) (aged 80)
Plays Right-handed
Int. Tennis HOF 1957 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (U.S. Singles Ranking)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open F (1926)
US Open W (1912, 1913, 1914)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1926)
US Open W (1912, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1925)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1926)
US Open W (1912, 1913, 1914, 1921)

Mary Kendall Browne (June 3, 1891 – August 19, 1971) was the first American female professional tennis player, a World No. 1 amateur tennis player, and an amateur golfer. She was born in Ventura County, California, United States.

Career[edit]

According to Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Browne was ranked in the world top ten in 1921 (when the rankings began), 1924, and 1926, reaching a career high of World No. 3 in those rankings in 1921.[1] Browne was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association in 1913 (when the rankings began), 1914, 1921, 1924, and 1925. She was the top ranked U.S. player in 1914.[2]

Browne was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1957.

Browne had been playing golf for only a few years when at the 1924 U.S. Women's Amateur, she was runner-up to champion Dorothy Campbell Hurd.

Grand Slam record[edit]

  • Wimbledon
    • Women's Doubles champion': 1926
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1926
  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles champion: 1912, 1913, 1914
    • Singles runner-up: 1921
    • Women's Doubles champion: 1912, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1925
    • Women's Doubles runner-up: 1926
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1912, 1913, 1914, 1921

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score
1912 U.S. Championships United States Eleonora Sears 6–4, 6–2
1913 U.S. Championships United States Dorothy Green 6–2, 7–5
1914 U.S. Championships United States Marie Wagner 6–2, 1–6, 6–1

Runner-ups (2)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score
1921 U.S. Championships United States Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
1926 French Championships France Suzanne Lenglen 6–1, 6–0

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 Career SR
Australian Championships NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A 0 / 0
French Championships1 A A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A NH A F 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A A NH NH NH NH A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1
U.S. Championships W W W A A A A A A F A A SF 3R SF 3 / 7
SR 1 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 3 / 9

NH = tournament not held.

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.

1Through 1923, the French Championships were open only to French nationals. The World Hard Court Championships (WHCC), actually played on clay in Paris or Brussels, began in 1912 and were open to all nationalities. The results from that tournament are shown here from 1912 through 1914 and from 1920 through 1923. The Olympics replaced the WHCC in 1924, as the Olympics were held in Paris. Beginning in 1925, the French Championships were open to all nationalities, with the results shown here beginning with that year.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  2. ^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 260. 

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