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Doris Hart, winner of three Wimbledon titles in a day, died at 89

Jun 1, 2015 12:32 IST

Doris Hart, the number one American tennis player of 1950s, died at the age of 89 on 29 May 2015. Hart as a player had won each Grand Slam tournament at least once, including three Wimbledon titles in a single day.

In 1951 at Wimbledon, she defeated friend Shirley Fry in singles, then paired with Fry to win the women’s double followed by mixed doubles which she won with Frank Sedgman. All three matches were on the same day because of rain delays.

She also spent a decade in the world top 10 starting from 1946 and in her career she won 35 professional titles.

Hart, born on 20 June 1925 in St. Louis, won the US Open (then called US Championships) in 1954-55. She won the French Open twice and Wimbledon and the Australian Open once each.

She also totalled 29 major doubles titles and was ranked No 1 in the world in 1951.

She retired from professional tennis in 1955 and after retirement she worked as a teaching pro for 28 years at a club in Pompano Beach.

In 1969, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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