Althea Louise Brough Clapp was born on March 11, 1923. Louise was an American female tennis player who was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. She was one of the greatest volleyers in history and won 13 Wimbledon titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles and 16 at the U.S. championships. She was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967. Although she won the U.S. Singles Championship at Forest Hills only in 1947, she was a finalist on five other occasions. Doubles was the stage for her utmost success in the U.S., allied with duPont in possibly the finest female team ever, certainly the most victorious in major events. They won 20 Big Four titles together (12 U.S., five Wimbledon, three French), a mark equaled by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver in 1989. Included in their record dozen U.S. titles was the longest championship run in any of the Big Four Events: nine straight doubles between 1942 and 1950. (Max Decugis and Maurice Germot won the French doubles 10 straight times between 1906 and 1920, but competition then was restricted to French citizens.) Brough and duPont did not enter the U.S. doubles in 1951 and 1952, but they returned to increase their record match winning streak to 41 before narrowly losing the 1953 final to Doris Hart and Shirley Fry, 6-2, 7-9, 9-7, despite holding two match points. As a team in the U.S. doubles they won 12 of 14 times entered and 58 of 60 matches, losing but five sets. Altogether, Brough won 35 of the major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles to rank fifth on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (62), Martina Navratilova (56), Billie Jean King (39) and Margaret duPont (37). Brough won the Australian singles in 1950. Her various U.S. titles amounted to 18, and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967. A willowy blonde, 5-foot-71/2, she was quiet and diffident but the killer in the left court when at play alongside duPont. Despite their close friendship and partnership, they were keen rivals in singles, and Brough’s most difficult Wimbledon triumphs were the three-set wins over duPont in 1949 and 1950, the most stirring the 10-8, 1-6, 10-8 decision in 1949. After retiring from the amateur circuit she married Dr. A.T. Clapp, and later occasionally played in senior (over 40) tournaments, winning the U.S. Hard Court Doubles in that category in 1971 and 1975 with Barbara Green Weigandt.


Original Louise Brough Autograph, signed on Cut Card Stock. Approx. size 1 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches. Written : With good wishes, Louise Brough. -USA-. Regular Price – $ 115.00 / Sale Price – $ 48.95.

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