Francisca Subirana

Francisca "Panchita" Subirana Wolf (also y Lobo; 24 January 1900 – March 1981)[3] was a Spanish tennis player.

Francisca Subirana
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Subirana at the 1920 World Hard Court Championships
Full nameFrancisca Subirana Wolf
Country (sports)Spain
Born24 January 1900[1]
Barcelona, Spain
DiedMarch 1981 (aged 81)[2]
Herzliya, Israel
Other tournaments
WHCCF (1920)
Olympic Games1R (1920)
Olympic Games1R (1920)
Mixed doubles
Olympic Games1R (1920)


Subirana was born in Barcelona. She won the city's tennis tournament from 1916 to 1920 five times in a row.[4] In 1920, she reached the final of the World Hard Court Championships which she lost to Dorothy Holman in straight sets. She was in the Spanish squad for the 1920 Summer Olympics at Antwerpen but didn't play her first match against Winifred McNair.[2]

Around 1922, Subirana retired from tennis.[2] In 1924, she married Ricardo Wolf (1887–1981), a German Jewish immigrant, in Cuba (where their names were changed to y Lobo, the Spanish word for "wolf").[5] In 1961, the couple moved to Israel where Ricardo was assigned the Cuban ambassador by Fidel Castro. After Ricardo retired from his diplomatic post in 1973, the Wolfs spent the rest of their lives in Israel.[3] In 1975, they founded the Wolf Foundation which awards the Wolf Prize since 1978. Ricardo Wolf died at Herzliya in February 1981, and Francisca died there one month later at an age of 81.[2][6]


  1. ^ Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963
  2. ^ a b c d Surroca, Juan Manuel (7 September 2011). "Panchita Subirana: El corazón pudo mas que la raqueta". (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Founder and Donors". Wolf Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Lawn tennis – Concurso internacional" (pdf). La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. 13 March 1926. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ Subirana y Lobo, Ricardo. Subirana y Lobo, Francisca. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
  6. ^ Way, Ingo (25 January 2007). "Speicherplatz zum Wohl der Menschheit". Jüdische Allgemeine (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2014.

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