Hazel Virginia Wightman (Hotchkiss) (1886 - 1974)

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Nicknames: "Queen Mother of American Tennis"
Birthplace: Healdsburg, CA, USA
Death: Died in Newton, MA, USA
Managed by: Scott Reynolds
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About Hazel Virginia Wightman (Hotchkiss)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_Hotchkiss_Wightman

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (December 20, 1886 – December 5, 1974) was a female American tennis player and founder of the Wightman Cup, a annual team competition for British and American women.

CBE (Commander of the British Empire)

   * 17 Grand Slam titles (4 singles, 7 women's doubles, 6 mixed doubles)
   * Won all three titles at the U.S. Championships: 1909–1911
   * Won singles title at the U.S. Championships: 1909–1911, 1919
   * Runner-up in singles at the U.S. Championships: 1915
   * Won women's doubles title at the U.S. Championships: 1909–1911, 1915, 1924, 1928
   * Runner-up in women's doubles at the U.S. Championships: 1919, 1923
   * Won mixed doubles title at the U.S. Championships: 1909–1911, 1915, 1918, 1920
   * Runner-up in mixed doubles at the U.S. Championships: 1926
   * Won women's doubles title at Wimbledon: 1924
   * Olympic gold medalist in women's doubles and mixed doubles: 1924
   * Won singles title at the U.S. Indoor Championships: 1919, 1927
   * Won women's doubles title at the U.S. Indoor Championships: 1919, 1921, 1924, 1927–1931, 1933, 1943
   * Runner-up in women's doubles at the U.S. Indoor Championships: 1923, 1926, 1932, 1941, 1946
   * Won mixed doubles title at the U.S. Indoor Championships: 1923, 1924, 1926–1928
   * Won doubles title at the U.S. Grass Court Championships (for age 40 and over): 1940–1942, 1944, 1946–1950, 1952, 1954
   * U.S. Wightman Cup team member: 1923, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1931
   * U.S. Wightman Cup team captain: 1923, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937–1939, 1946–1948
   * Winner of USTA Service Bowl, donated in Wightman's honor: 1940, 1946
   * Author of Better Tennis
   * Coached several women champions, including Sarah Palfrey Cooke, Helen Wills Moody, and Helen Jacobs
   * Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1957
   * Named Honorary Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973
   * Inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986
   * First honoree in the University of California women's athlete hall of fame

Hazel Virginia Hotchkiss entered the United States tennis championships in 1909 and won every event in which she entered—women's singles, women's doubles, and the mixed doubles. She repeated that feat again for the following two years. Wightman graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1911, marrying the following year. She became national women's champion for the fourth time in 1919. Wightman eventually captured 45 tennis titles. In 1923 she donated a silver cup, the Wightman Cup, to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for women's tennis tournament between the United States and Great Britain. Wightman led the United States to victory in the first match, 7–0. She was team captain until 1948. Wightman was also a national singles squash champion, Massachusetts state table tennis champion, and played in the national mixed badminton finals. She was called the “queen mother of American tennis.”

Read more: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0880262.html#ixzz2sN35qt7p

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Hazel Virginia Wightman's Timeline

1886
December 20, 1886
Healdsburg, CA, USA
1974
December 5, 1974
Age 87
Newton, MA, USA
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- 1911
Berkeley, California, United States