Anita Kanter (born 1933) is a former amateur tennis player from the U.S. who played in the 1950s.

Anita Kanter
Medal record
Representing  United States
Maccabiah Games
Women's tennis
Silver medal – second place 1953 Israel Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Israel Mixed Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Israel Women's Doubles

In singles, Kanter was ranked #6 in the United States (and # 10 in the world by World Tennis magazine) in 1952, and #9 in the US in 1953.[1][2][3]

Early lifeEdit

Kanter was born in Santa Monica, California, and is Jewish.[4][5][6]

Tennis careerEdit

Kanter won the 1949 US Girls National Hard Court Singles Championship. [3] She won the US girls tennis championship in 1951 as an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of California-Los Angeles, as well as the 1951 National Hard Court Doubles and Mixed Doubles championships.[7][3]

In 1952, she won the US clay court championship, and was the runner-up at the Foothills Cup.[7][3] In 1952, at the Cincinnati Masters, she won both the singles and doubles titles. In 1953 she won the US National hard court tennis championship,[5] successfully defended her doubles title,[3] and reached the singles final.

She was seeded no. 1 in singles and doubles in both appearances in Cincinnati. In doubles in those two years, she paired with Joan Merciadis in 1952 and with Thelma Long of Australia in 1953.

Maccabiah GamesEdit

Kanter, who is Jewish, competed in the 1953 Maccabiah Games—the "Jewish Olympics".[8] At the Games, Kanter, ranked #9 in the US at the time, lost the women's singles title to Angela Buxton and ended up with the silver medal,[9][10] but won two gold medals, one as she won the mixed doubles title with Grant Golden and one as she won the women's double title with Toby Greenberg - beating Angela Buxton and Carol Levy of Britain in the final.[7][11][3]

Hall of FameEdit

In 2014, she was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[12][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports - Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, Roy Silver
  2. ^ The Jewish lists: physicists and generals, actors and writers, and hundreds ... - Martin Harry Greenberg
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home
  4. ^ The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games - Ron Kaplan
  5. ^ a b Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  7. ^ a b c Kanter, Anita: Jews In Sports
  8. ^ "Anita Kantor Wins in Tel Aviv Games". Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Bruce Schoenfeld (2004). The match: Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton: how two outsiders--one Black, the other Jewish--forged a friendship and made sports history. HarperCollins. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  10. ^ Robert Slater (2000). Great Jews in Sports. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  11. ^ The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 2, 1953 · Page 3
  12. ^ 15 selected for Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

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