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Alice Marble

Alice Marble
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978
Alice Marble, 28 Sep 1913 - 13 Dec 1990
Color carbro print
Image: 41.8 x 31.5 cm (16 7/16 x 12 3/8")
Sheet: 43.6 x 32.6 cm (17 3/16 x 12 13/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Beckwith (now Beckwourth), California
The top-ranked woman in U.S. tennis from 1936 to 1940, Alice Marble is credited with pioneering the aggressive and athletic style of play that is now standard in women’s tennis. Having excelled in various sports as a child, Marble took up tennis at the age of fifteen, learning the game on a public court in San Francisco. Formal coaching improved her technique and she quickly amassed victories in a string of junior championships before health problems forced her to abandon play for several seasons. When she returned to the courts in 1936, Marble won her first United States national championship and proceeded to dominate women’s amateur tennis for the next four years, winning three more U.S. singles titles (1938, 1939, and 1940) and the coveted Wimbledon crown (1939). She also captured numerous women’s doubles and mixed doubles championships before turning professional in 1940 and continuing play on the exhibition circuit.
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