12 Facts About Alice Marble


Alice Marble was an American tennis player who won 18 Grand Slam championships between 1936 and 1940: five in singles, six in women's doubles, and seven in mixed doubles.


Alice Marble quickly mastered the game, playing in Golden Gate Park, and by age 15, won several California junior tournaments.


At the US Championships, Alice Marble won the singles title in 1936 and from 1938 to 1940, the women's doubles title with Sarah Palfrey Cooke from 1937 to 1940, and the mixed doubles title with Gene Mako in 1936, Don Budge in 1938, Harry Hopman in 1939, and Bobby Riggs in 1940.


At Wimbledon, Alice Marble won the singles title in 1939; the women's doubles title with Cooke in 1938 and 1939 and the mixed doubles title with Budge in 1937 and 1938 as well as the mixed doubles title with Riggs in 1939.


In Wightman Cup team competition, Alice Marble lost only one singles and one doubles match in the years she competed.


Alice Marble was the top-ranked US player from 1936 to 1940.


Alice Marble was the Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 1939 and 1940.

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Alice Marble created the "Wonder Women of History" feature for the comics, which told the stories of prominent women of history in comic form.


Alice Marble's mission involved renewing contact with a former lover, a Swiss banker, and obtaining Nazi financial data.


Alice Marble greatly contributed to the desegregation of American tennis by writing an editorial in support of Althea Gibson for the July 1,1950 issue of American Lawn Tennis Magazine.


In 1964, Alice Marble was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Alice Marble settled in Palm Desert, California, where she taught tennis until her death.