US ten­nis leg­end Doris Hart, ca­reer Slam win­ner, dies aged 89

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Doris Hart, a 1950s ten­nis star who be­came the sec­ond woman to com­plete a ca­reer Grand Slam, has died at age 89, the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall of Fame an­nounced Satur­day.

Hart, rated the world’s top women’s ten­nis player in 1951, died at her home in Coral Gables, Florida. She was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

Hart be­came the

first

player in ten­nis his­tory to com­plete a ca­reer boxed set, tri­umphs in all four Grand Slam events in sin­gles, dou­bles and mixed dou­bles.

The only other play­ers to achieve the feat, men or women, are Mar­garet Court Smith and Martina Navratilova.

Hart won six Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles, in­clud­ing the 1949 Aus­tralian crown, the 1950 and 1952 French cham­pi­onships and the 1954 and 1955 U.S. ti­tles as well as en­joy­ing one of the great­est sin­gle days in Wim­ble­don his­tory in tak­ing the 1951 ti­tle.

Be­cause of rain de­lays, Hart won the women’s sin­gles and dou­bles and mixed 1951 dou­bles crowns all on the same day, drop­ping only one set in the ef­fort. She also swept three tro­phies in France in 1952 and the U.S. in 1954.

Hart also lost in 12 Grand Slam sin­gles fi­nals be­tween 1946 and 1953.

From 1946 to 1955 she was never lower than fourth in the world rank­ings of the era as she won 325 ca­reer tour­na­ment ti­tles, 35 of them Grand Slams.

Hart cap­tured 14 women’s dou­bles Grand Slam ti­tles, five in France and four each at the U.S. and Wim­ble­don, and 15 mixed dou­bles Grand Slam tro­phies, in­clud­ing five in a row from 1951-1955 at the U.S. and Wim­ble­don.

Hart won 11 ma­jor dou­bles crowns with Hall of Famer Shirley Fry-Irvin, in­clud­ing four in a row at Roland Gar­ros from 1950-1953 in a run in which they dropped only one set.

Eight of her mixed dou­bles ti­tles were won along­side Aus­tralian Frank Sedg­man and seven were won with fel­low Amer­i­can Vic Seixas.

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