Pauline Betz Addie
Betz in 1949
Pauline May Betz Addie
August 6, 1919
May 31, 2011
1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Int. Tennis HOF 1965
( member page)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open F (1946)
W (1942, 1943, 1944, 1946)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1946)
Wimbledon F (1946)
US Open F (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1946)
US Open F (1941, 1943)
Pauline Betz Addie (née Pauline May Betz, August 6, 1919 – May 31, 2011 ) was an American professional [1 ] tennis player. She won five Grand Slam singles titles and was the runner-up on three other occasions. Jack Kramer has called her the second best female tennis player he ever saw, behind Helen Wills Moody. [2 ]
Early life [ edit ]
Betz attended Los Angeles High School and learned her tennis from
Dick Skeen. She continued her tennis and education at Rollins College (graduating in 1943), [3 ] [4 ] [5 ] where she was a member of [6 ] Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She went on to win four United States Singles Championships. [5 ]
Addie won the first of her four singles titles at the
U.S. Championships in 1942, saving a match point in the semifinals against Margaret Osborne duPont while trailing 3–5 in the final set. The following year, she won the [7 ] Tri-State tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, defeating Catherine Wolf in the final 6–0, 6–2 without losing a point in the first set, a " [7 ] golden set". She won the Wimbledon singles title in 1946, the only time she entered the tournament, without losing a set. Her amateur career ended when she explored the possibilities of turning professional. [7 ] [7 ]
According to John Olliff of
The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Addie was ranked World No. 1 in 1946 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945). Addie was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the [8 ] United States Lawn Tennis Association from 1939 through 1946. She was the top ranked U.S. player from 1942 through 1944 and in 1946. [9 ]
Addie was inducted into the
International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1965. [7 ]
The Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park in
Potomac, Maryland was renamed in her honor on May 1, 2008. Addie, Allie Ritzenberg, and Stanly Hoffberger founded the center in 1972. [10 ]
Grand Slam record [ edit ]
Singles runner-up: 1946
Women's Doubles runner-up: 1946
Mixed Doubles champion: 1946
Singles champion: 1946 Women's Doubles runner-up: 1946
Singles champion: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946 Singles runner-up: 1941, 1945
Women's Doubles runner-up: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945
Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1941, 1943
Grand Slam singles finals [ edit ]
Wins (5) [ edit ]
Runner-ups (3) [ edit ]
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline [ edit ]
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, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.
Personal life [ edit ]
Betz was married to
sportswriter Bob Addie. She was the mother of author [7 ] Kim Addonizio. She is survived by 4 other children including Rusty, Jon. Gary and Rick. [1 ]
Pauline Betz Addie died in her sleep on May 31, 2011. She was 91-years old.
Records [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Robin Finn (June 2, 2011). "Pauline Betz Addie, a Dominant Tennis Champion, Dies at 91". . The New York Times
^ Female players & the 1950–51 Pauline Betz-Gussy Moran tour
^ "ITA Women's Hall of Fame...". ITA Women's Hall of Fame McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, William & Mary College . Retrieved October 6, 2010.
^ "Rollins College Athletics Hall of Fame". Rollins College Athletics Department . Retrieved October 6, 2010.
^ a b "Rollins College Women’s Tennis: Small School With A Big Tradition". Sports Then and Now . Retrieved October 6, 2010.
^ "Tennis-Women's: Tradition". Rollins College Athletics Department . Retrieved October 6, 2010.
^ a b c d e f Pauline May Betz (Addie)
^ 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.
^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. pp. 260–1.
^ "Pauline Betz Addie" . Retrieved 10 July 2012.
^ Politiken, 10 May 1995, 1st Section, p.10
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