Betty Rosenquest Pratt

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Betty Rosenquest Pratt
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1925-04-15)April 15, 1925
Died January 31, 2016(2016-01-31) (aged 90)
Winter Park, Florida
Singles
Highest ranking No. 7 (1954)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1950)
Wimbledon SF (1954)
US Open SF (1956)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1951)
US Open F (1956)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1954)

Betty Rosenquest Pratt (April 15, 1925 – January 31, 2016) was an American amateur tennis player who competed in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.[1]

Pratt was a student at Florida's Rollins College[2] where she played collegiate tennis, graduating in 1947.[3] She was ranked in the Top Ten in the U.S. in 1951 (ranked number eight), 1954 (number five) and 1956 (number five).[4] At the Wimbledon Championships Pratt was a semi-finalist in both singles (1954), losing to eventual winner Maureen Connolly, and doubles (1951).[5] At the U.S. Nationals, she was a doubles finalist and singles semi-finalist in 1956.[2][6]

At the tournament in Cincinnati, Pratt won the singles title in 1947 (over Betty Hulbert James in the final) and was a doubles finalist (with Margaret Varner) in 1948.[citation needed]

She captained both the U.S. Wightman Cup team and the U.S. Federation Cup Team.[2]

Pratt continued to win titles at seniors events into her 60s and 70s.[5][7] She was a charter member of the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame (1977),[8] and is a member of the Florida Tennis Association Hall of Fame (1979) and Eastern Tennis Association Hall of Fame (1998).[2][5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles ( 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1956 U.S. National Championships United States Shirley Fry United States Louise Brough
United States Margaret Osborne
3–6, 0–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis Groundbreaker, Florida Volunteer and Former World Top 10 Pratt Dies at Age 90". United States Tennis Association. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d McShea, Nancy Gill. "Inductees: 1998". USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Tradition". Rollins College. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "USTA Yearbook – Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  5. ^ a b c "ITA Women's Hall of Fame – McCormack–Nagelsen Tennis Center: Betty Rosenquest Pratt". The College of William & Mary. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Australian Duo Wins US Doubles Net Title". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 1956-08-27. 
  7. ^ Storm, Stephanie (1995-06-15). "Pratt Adds World Title To Her Ongoing Collection". Orlando Sentinel. 
  8. ^ "Rollins Hall of Fame". Rollins College. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 

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