Tennis Hall-of-Famer Betz Addie dies at 91

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Hall of Fame tennis player Pauline Betz Addie died Tuesday at the age of 91.

Betz Addie, who suffered with Parkinson's disease, died at an assisted-living facility in Potomac, Maryland, the International Tennis Hall of Fame said on Thursday.

She was the top American women's tennis player in the 1940s, appearing in the final of the U.S. National Championship (or U.S. Open) six years in a row from 1941-46 and capturing the title four times. In 1946, she won a Wimbledon singles title without dropping a set.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Betz Addie was raised in Los Angeles and was a long-time teaching professional in the Washington, D.C. area. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965 and continued playing tennis into her 80s.

Betz Addie was the widow of sports writer Bob Addie and is survived by five children, a brother, five grandchildren and a great grandson.


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