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Louise Brough
Birth: Mar. 11, 1923
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 2014
Vista
San Diego County
California, USA

Hall-of-Fame Tennis Player. A dominant competitor of the 1940s and 1950s, she is remembered for winning 35 Grand Slam titles, six of them in singles events. Born Aletha Louise Brough, she was raised in Beverly Hills from age four, learned her power-serve-and-volley game on public courts, and was a frequent rival of later Wimbledon sensation Gussie Moran. Louise captured the Girls' National Junior tournament in 1940 and 1941 and was runner-up to Pauline Betz at the 1942 and 1943 US Opens, but was to see her rise slowed by World War II, during which she gave exhibitions for the troops. After first appearing at the still-damaged Wimbledon in 1946, in the process taking her first majors with doubles and mixed doubles wins, she captured her first Grand Slam singles crown by beating her frequent doubles partner Margaret Osborne duPont at the 1947 US Open. Louise won the first of her three consecutive Wimbledon singles championships in 1948, remained feared in doubles play, was 22-0 in Wightman Cup matches against England, and in 1950 earned her only Australian Open victory. Around 1953 she apparently 'lost her nerve' and thereafter had difficulty making her serves, though she did keep on winning, taking her last Wimbledon singles crown in 1955 and being ranked #1 in the world that same year. She won the Women's doubles at the US Open in 1956 and 1957, then retired. Married to Pasadena dentist Dr. Alan Clapp (deceased 1999) in 1958, she was a longtime respected instructor, was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967, won two senior doubles tournaments in the 1970s, lived out her days in Southern California, and died following a brief illness. Mindful, and perhaps a bit jealous, of how tennis had changed from her time until the modern era, she said: "...I could slit my throat when I think about how much money I could have won playing today". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Feb 05, 2014
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Louise Brough
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
Louise Brough
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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