Karol Fageros (April 27, 1934 – April 4, 1988) was an American female tennis player who was active in the 1950s.

Karol Fageros
Full nameKarol Fageros Short
Country (sports) United States
Born(1934-04-27)April 27, 1934
DiedApril 12, 1988(1988-04-12) (aged 53)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Grand Slam singles results
French Open2R (1958)
Wimbledon4R (1957)
US Open3R (1954, 1956, 1959)
Grand Slam doubles results
French Open3R (1959)
WimbledonQF (1959)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French OpenSF (1959)
WimbledonQF (1958)

Career edit

As a junior, she won the Orange Bowl Championships in the under-18 category in 1951 and 1952.[2]

In 1954 she won the Canadian Championships singles title after a victory in the final against Ethel Norton. Together with Norton she also won the doubles title.[3]

Fageros best singles result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the fourth round at the 1957 Wimbledon Championships in which she was defeated by Rosie Reyes. In the Wimbledon doubles and mixed doubles events she reached the quarterfinals in 1959 and 1958 respectively.[4]

She played for the US team in the 1958 Wightman Cup, the annual women's team tennis competition between the United States and Great Britain. Partnering Dorothy Head Knode in the doubles match which they lost in straight sets to Shirley Bloomer and Christine Truman.[5] That same year she was runner-up in singles at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships, losing the final in three sets to Knode. Another runner-up result was achieved in 1958 at the Swedish Open against Heather Segal.

After she had competed in the 1958 French Championships wearing gold lame underpants she was initially banned from competing at that year's Wimbledon event because her dress might distract her opponents but she was reinstated when she promised to cover them with white lace.[2]

At the end of 1959 she signed a $30,000 professional contract to play a series of exhibition matches against Althea Gibson as the opening act for the Harlem Globetrotter basketball games and lost 4–114.[6][7]

References edit

  1. ^ "Souvenir of Lawn Tennis Exhibition Matches with Althea Gibson and Karol Fageros". UCLA Library Digital Collections.
  2. ^ a b "Former tennis champ Karol Short, 53". AP. April 13, 1988.
  3. ^ "Past Champions & Draws". Rogers Cup. Archived from the original on 2014-04-23.
  4. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Karol Fageros". AELTC.
  5. ^ Gardnar Mulloy (May 18, 1958). "Southerner Is Rare Sight On Wightman Cup Team". The Miami News. p. 5C.
  6. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  7. ^ Porter, David L., ed. (1995). African American Sports Greats : A Biographical Dictionary (1. ed.). Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Greenwood Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0313289873.