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Pauline Betz
American tennis player

Pauline Betz

Pauline Betz
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Intro American tennis player
A.K.A. Pauline Addie
Was Athlete Tennis player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 6 August 1919, Dayton, USA
Death 31 May 2011, Potomac, USA (aged 91 years)
Star sign Leo
Spouse: Bob Addie
Children: Kim Addonizio
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Pauline Betz Addie (née Pauline May Betz, August 6, 1919 – May 31, 2011) was an American professional tennis player. She won five Grand Slam singles titles and was the runner-up on three other occasions. Jack Kramer has called her the second best female tennis player he ever saw, behind Helen Wills Moody.

Early life

Betz attended Los Angeles High School and learned her tennis from Dick Skeen. She continued her tennis and education at Rollins College (graduating in 1943), where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Betz earned an MA in economics from Columbia University.


Betz won the first of her four singles titles at the U.S. Championships in 1942, saving a match point in the semifinals against Margaret Osborne while trailing 3–5 in the final set. The following year, she won the Tri-State tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, defeating Catherine Wolf in the final 6–0, 6–2 without losing a point in the first set, a "golden set". She won the Wimbledon singles title in 1946, the only time she entered the tournament, without losing a set. At the 1946 French Championships, held that year after Wimbledon, she lost the final in three sets to Margaret Osborne after failing to convert two match points.

Her amateur career ended in 1947 when the USLTA revoked her amateur status for exploring the possibilities of turning professional. Betz played two professional tours of matches against Sarah Palfrey Cooke (1947) and Gussie Moran (1951).

According to John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail, Addie was ranked World No. 1 in 1946 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945). She was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association from 1939 through 1946. She was the top ranked U.S. player from 1942 through 1944 and in 1946.

Awards and honors

On September 2, 1946 Betz appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. Betz was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1965. In 1995 she was inducted in the ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park in Potomac, Maryland was renamed in her honor on May 1, 2008. Addie, Albert Ritzenberg, and Stanly Hoffberger founded the center in 1972.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (5 titles, 3 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1941 U.S. Championships Grass Sarah Palfrey Cooke 5–7, 2–6
Winner 1942 U.S. Championships Grass Louise Brough 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1943 U.S. Championships Grass Louise Brough 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 1944 U.S. Championships Grass Margaret Osborne 6–3, 8–6
Runner-up 1945 U.S. Championships Grass Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–3, 6–8, 4–6
Winner 1946 Wimbledon Grass Louise Brough 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1946 French Championships Clay Margaret Osborne 6–2, 6–8, 5–7
Winner 1946 U.S. Championships Grass Doris Hart 11–9, 6–3

Doubles: 7 (7 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1941 U.S. Championships Grass Dorothy Bundy Sarah Palfrey
Margaret Osborne
6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1942 U.S. Championships Grass Doris Hart Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 1943 U.S. Championships Grass Doris Hart Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1944 U.S. Championships Grass Doris Hart Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1945 U.S. Championships Grass Doris Hart Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1946 Wimbledon Grass Doris Hart Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne
3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 1946 French Championships Clay Doris Hart Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne
4–6, 6–0, 1–6

Mixed Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1941 U.S. Championships Grass Bobby Riggs Sarah Palfrey
Jack Kramer
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1943 U.S. Championships Grass Pancho Segura Margaret Osborne
Bill Talbert
8–10, 4–6
Winner 1946 French Championships Clay Budge Patty Dorothy Bundy
Tom Brown
7–5, 9–7

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 Career SR
Australian Championships A A NH NH NH NH NH A 0 / 0
French Championships A NH R R R R A F 0 / 1
Wimbledon A NH NH NH NH NH NH W 1 / 1
U.S. Championships 1R QF F W W W F W 4 / 8
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 1 2 / 3 5 / 10

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation. SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

In 1946, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

Personal life

In 1949 Betz published an autobiography titled Wings on my Tennis Shoes. That same year she married Bob Addie, a sportswriter for the Washington Times-Herald and Washington Post. The couple had five children, including poet and novelist Kim Addonizio, Rusty, Gary, Jon and Rick. Her granddaughter Aya Cash is an actress. Pauline Betz Addie died in her sleep on May 31, 2011, aged 91.


Tournament Year Record accomplished Player tied
Tri-State tournament 1943 Achieved a Golden Set Tine Scheuer-Larsen (1995)
Yaroslava Shvedova (2012)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Pauline Betz?
A: Pauline Betz was an American tennis player who was one of the leading players in the 1940s. She won six Grand Slam singles titles during her career and was known for her powerful serve and baseline game.
Q: When was Pauline Betz born?
A: Pauline Betz was born on August 6, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio, United States.
Q: What were some of Pauline Betz's notable achievements?
A: Some of Pauline Betz's notable achievements include winning six Grand Slam singles titles, including back-to-back victories at the US Championships in 1942 and 1943. She also won the Wimbledon singles title in 1946.
Q: Did Pauline Betz serve in the military?
A: Yes, Pauline Betz served in the United States Navy during World War II. She took a break from her tennis career to serve her country from 1944 to 1945.
Q: What is Pauline Betz's legacy in tennis?
A: Pauline Betz is considered one of the greatest female tennis players of the 1940s. She was known for her powerful game and precise shot-making. Her achievements and contributions to the sport have earned her a place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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