Patricia Canning Todd

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Patricia Canning Todd
Full name Mary Patricia Canning Todd
Country  United States
Born (1922-07-22) July 22, 1922 (age 92)
San Francisco, California
Plays Right–handed
Singles
Highest ranking No. 4 (1950)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open W (1947)
Wimbledon SF (1948, 1949, 1950, 1952)
US Open SF (1946)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1948)
Wimbledon W (1947)
US Open F (1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1948)
Wimbledon F (1950)
US Open F (1942)

Mary Patricia Canning Todd (born July 22, 1922 in San Francisco, California), was an American tennis player who had her best results just after World War II. In 1947 and 1948, she won a total of four Grand Slam championships: one in singles, two in women's doubles, and one in mixed doubles.

Todd and her partner lost seven times to Brough and duPont in the women's doubles finals of Grand Slam tournaments. Todd's lone victory over the Brough-duPont partnership was in the 1947 Wimbledon final, when Todd teamed with Doris Hart. Todd and her partner lost twice to Brough and her partner in the mixed doubles finals of Grand Slam tournaments.

As for Grand Slam singles tournaments, Todd won the title at the 1947 French Championships and reached the French semifinals in 1948. At the 1947 event, the fourth seeded Todd played top seeded duPont,[1] the defending champion and the newly crowned Wimbledon champion, in a semifinal that took two days to complete. duPont won the first set 6–2. A thunderstorm stopped play for the remainder of the day. The next day, duPont was not the same player and a quick Todd, "producing magnificent backhand shots", won after being 1–3 down in the final set. The crowd was so vocal in backing Todd that a referee reversed a line call to give Todd match point. On winning, she jumped the net to shake hands with duPont. In the final, Hart played her normal attacking game and led 4–3 in the final set, but "she was against a great fighter who was content to retrieve, and on a slow court, defence overcame attack". At the 1948 event, Nelly Adamson Landry became one of only five non-Americans to win the women's singles title at the French Championships, Wimbledon, or the U.S. Championships from 1938 through 1958. Todd, who was the favorite and defending champion, was defaulted by French officials after she refused to move her scheduled center court match to court 2. Todd had complained about being last on center court after having played there only one match previously. When requested to move, she refused because of the late hour and because a full set of linesmen would not be present. "They can scratch [default] me if they like. I am not going to play anywhere but on the center court where my match is scheduled." The officials defaulted her, then changed their minds and gave her Landry's phone number to reschedule. When Landry could not be reached, the default stood. Todd swore never to enter the French again.

But she returned to the French Championships in 1950, after a one year absence, and reached the final where she lost to Hart. Todd went to the hospital after the final for blood poisoning.[2]

During her Grand Slam singles career against Shirley Fry, Hart, du Pont, Pauline Betz, and Brough, Todd won five and lost eleven matches. Todd was 1–0 versus Fry, 2–1 versus Hart, 1–3 against du Pont, 0–1 against Betz, and 1–6 against Brough.

As for tournaments that were not Grand Slam events, Todd won the singles and mixed doubles titles at the South American championships in 1947 and 1948. In 1942 and 1948, she won the U.S. National Indoor Championships. In 1950, she was the singles and doubles titlist at the Asian Championships and the Championships of India. She won both the singles and doubles titles at the tournament in Cincinnati in 1951. She also won the U.S. Hardcourt Championship in 1950 and 1951 and was the doubles champion in 1950, 1955, 1956 and 1957.

According to John Olliff and Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Todd was ranked in the world top ten from 1946 through 1952 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 4 in those rankings in 1950.[3] Todd was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association in 1942 and from 1944 through 1952, reaching a career high ranking of fourth in 1947 and 1949.[4] She unsuccessfully complained about her sixth place ranking in 1948, especially the placement of Beverly Baker Fleitz, Gertrude Moran, and Hart above her, accusing the USLTA of having no standard ranking rules and of punishing her for refusing to play her semifinal match against Landry at the French Championships.[5][6]

Todd played doubles on the U.S. Wightman Cup team from 1947 to 1951, compiling a 4–1 win-loss record.[7]

Todd was nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005[8] but was not selected.

Todd will be inducted into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame on August 28, 2010, at 4:00 PM, at the Balboa Tennis Club at Morley Field.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 – 1956 1957 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Championships A A NH R R R R A 3R W SF A F A A A A 1 / 4
Wimbledon A A NH NH NH NH NH NH 3R QF SF SF SF A SF A A 0 / 6
U.S. Championships 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R A 2R QF SF QF SF QF QF 3R A A 3R 0 / 14
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 24

NH = tournament not held.

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.

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.

1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

Grand Slam finals (16)[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

Win (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1947 French Championships United States Doris Hart 6–3, 3–6, 6–4

Runner-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1950 French Championships United States Doris Hart 6–4, 4–6, 6–2

Women's doubles (10)[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1947 Wimbledon United States Doris Hart United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
3–6, 6–4, 7–5
1948 French Championships United States Doris Hart United States Shirley Fry Irvin
United States Mary Arnold Prentiss
6–4, 6–2

Runner-ups (8)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1943 U.S. Championships United States Mary Arnold Prentiss United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
6–1, 6–3
1946 U.S. Championships United States Mary Arnold Prentiss United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
6–1, 6–3
1947 French Championships United States Doris Hart United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
7–5, 6–2
1947 U.S. Championships United States Doris Hart United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
5–7, 6–3, 7–5
1948 Wimbledon United States Doris Hart United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
1948 U.S. Championships United States Doris Hart United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
6–4, 8–10, 6–1
1949 Wimbledon United States Gertrude Moran United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
8–6, 7–5
1951 U.S. Championships United States Nancy Chaffee Kinner United States Shirley Fry Irvin
United States Doris Hart
6–4, 6–2

Mixed doubles (4)[edit]

Win (1)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1948 French Championships Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Drobný United States Doris Hart
Australia Frank Sedgman
6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Runner-ups (3)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1942 U.S. Championships Argentina Alejo Russell United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Frederick Schroeder
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
1950 French Championships United States Bill Talbert United States Barbara Scofield Davidson
Argentina Enrique Morea
Walkover
1950 Wimbledon Australia Geoff Brown United States Louise Brough Clapp
South Africa Eric Sturgess
11–9, 1–6, 6–4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patricia Todd Spills Favorite", Portland Press Herald, July 21, 1947, page 12
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. p. 690. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 702. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  4. ^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 261. 
  5. ^ "Patricia Todd Hits USLTA for Sixth Place Ranking", The Modesto Bee and News-Herald, December 21, 1948, page 15
  6. ^ "USLTA Steps Up Date for Meet", The Salt Lake Tribune, January 23, 1949, page 8B
  7. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 518–19. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  8. ^ Courier, Noah, Novotna among Tennis Hall of Fame nominees