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The Extraordinary Tale of...

The American was both a champion on the court and a champion of equality off it, despite facing trauma and hardship to reach the pinnacle of tennis

1939 ALICE MARBLE RACES TO THE WIMBLEDON TITLE

The tennis champion with multiple lives – comic book editor, sports reporter, equality activist and World War II spy

During the late 1930s, one name dominated the world of women’s tennis: Alice Marble. Aggressive and always on the attack, the American won 18 Grand Slam titles. Furthermore, in all her time competing in the Wightman Cup, she only lost a solitary match in both the singles and doubles.

In 1939, the same year she was named world number one, the 25-year-old clinched the ‘Triple Crown’ – singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles – at Wimbledon, storming to her singles win against Britain’s Kay Stammers Bullitt 6-2, 6-0.

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