Magda Rurac

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Magda Rurac
Country (sports) Romania Romania
Born (1918-07-11)11 July 1918
Died 9 May 1995(1995-05-09) (aged 76)
Highest ranking No. 9 (1948)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1947)
Wimbledon 4R (1947)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open SF (1947)
Wimbledon 2R (1947)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1947)

Magda Rurac (11 July 1918 – 9 May 1995)[1] of Romania was a tennis player in the 1940s and 1950s.

Rurac was ranked in the top 10 in unofficial world rankings in 1948 and 1949. For that reason, she is considered by many to be one of the best female players ever to come out of Romania. She played for Romania's Federation Cup team. Despite being Romanian, she was ranked in the U.S. Top Ten during her stay in the country. She was ranked No. 9 in 1951.

At the tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Rurac reached seven finals: four in doubles and three in singles. She won the singles title in 1949[2] and was a finalist in 1950 and 1951. She won three titles in her four doubles finals appearances, with titles coming in 1948 (with Dorothy Head), 1949 (with Nancy Morrison) and 1950 (with Beverly Baker Fleitz). Her other doubles finals appearance was in 1951 (with Sue Herr).

She won the singles title at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships in 1948 and 1949.[3][4][5]

Magda was married to Vinnie Rurac, who served as the tennis pro at the Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake (in the upstate New York Catskill Mountains "Borscht Belt") during the 1970s.


  1. ^ Brief biography of Magda Rurac (Romanian)
  2. ^ Champions at the Cincinnati Open
  3. ^ Pancho, Parker move in Clay Courts
  4. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1949). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1949. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 174. 
  5. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1950). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1950. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 196.