Betty Rosenquest Pratt

Betty Rosenquest Pratt (April 15, 1925 – January 31, 2016) was an American amateur tennis player who competed in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.[1]

Betty Rosenquest Pratt
Country (sports) United States / Jamaica Jamaica
Born(1925-04-15)April 15, 1925
DiedJanuary 31, 2016(2016-01-31) (aged 90)
Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1954)
Grand Slam singles results
French OpenQF (1950)
WimbledonSF (1954)
US OpenSF (1956)
Grand Slam doubles results
WimbledonSF (1951)
US OpenF (1956)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
WimbledonQF (1954)

Pratt was a student at Florida's Rollins College[2] where she played collegiate tennis, graduating in 1947.[3] She was ranked in the Top Ten in the U.S. in 1951 (ranked number eight), 1954 (number five) and 1956 (number five).[4] At the Wimbledon Championships, Pratt was a semifinalist in both singles (1954), losing to eventual winner Maureen Connolly, and doubles (1951).[5] At the U.S. Nationals, she was a doubles finalist and singles semifinalist in 1956.[2][6]

At the tournament in Cincinnati, Pratt won the singles title in 1947 (over Betty Hulbert James in the final) and was a doubles finalist (with Margaret Varner) in 1948.[citation needed]

She captained both the U.S. Wightman Cup team and the U.S. Federation Cup Team.[2]

Active in the Caribbean, she also represented Jamaica,[7] and directed the Caribbean Tennis Circuit between 1952 and 1964.[8]

Pratt continued to win titles at seniors events into her 60s and 70s.[5][9] She was a charter member of the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame (1977),[10] and is a member of the Florida Tennis Association Hall of Fame (1979) and Eastern Tennis Association Hall of Fame (1998).[2][5]

Grand Slam finals


Doubles ( 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1956 U.S. National Championships Grass   Shirley Fry   Louise Brough
  Margaret Osborne
3–6, 0–6


  1. ^ "Tennis Groundbreaker, Florida Volunteer and Former World Top 10 Pratt Dies at Age 90". United States Tennis Association. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d McShea, Nancy Gill. "Inductees: 1998". USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  3. ^ "Tradition". Rollins College. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  4. ^ "USTA Yearbook – Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings". United States Tennis Association. Archived from the original on 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  5. ^ a b c "ITA Women's Hall of Fame – McCormack–Nagelsen Tennis Center: Betty Rosenquest Pratt". The College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  6. ^ "Australian Duo Wins US Doubles Net Title". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 1956-08-27.
  7. ^ "Mrs. Pratt, Unranked, Defeats Miss Bloomer in Essex Tennis". The New York Times. 1956-08-17. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-18.
  8. ^ "BETTY ROSENQUEST PRATT". ITA Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2021-11-18.
  9. ^ Storm, Stephanie (1995-06-15). "Pratt Adds World Title To Her Ongoing Collection". Orlando Sentinel.
  10. ^ "Rollins Hall of Fame". Rollins College. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-02-28.