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Marjorie Katherine "Midge" Gladman Van Ryn (née Gladman; June 21, 1908 – November 9, 1999), was an American amateur tennis player in the early part of the 20th century.

Marjorie Gladman
Full nameMarjorie Katherine Gladman Van Ryn
Country (sports) United States
Born(1908-06-21)June 21, 1908
Santa Monica, CA, USA
DiedNovember 9, 1999(1999-11-09) (aged 91)
Peterborough, NH, USA
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon4R (1931)
US OpenQF (1937)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1933)
WimbledonQF (9131)
US OpenW (1936)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1933)
Wimbledon4R (1936)

Gladman played collegiate tennis at the University of Southern California. She was ranked in the U.S. Top Ten nine times between 1928 and 1937, with her highest ranking (No. 4) coming in 1937.

She won the doubles title at the 1936 U.S. National Championships partnering Carolin Babcock, and was a doubles finalist in 1937 and 1940.[1]

In 1928, she won the singles title at the historic tournament in Cincinnati (defeating Clara Louise Zinke in the final), the Canadian National singles title, and the Western singles championship. She paired with Zinke to win the 1928 Western doubles title as well. In 1929, she won the singles and doubles titles at both the women's intercollegiate tournament in Boston and the Middle States singles title in Philadelphia. She also won the Delaware State singles title, and was a finalist in doubles and mixed doubles there as well.

In 1931 and 1936 she participated in the Wimbledon Championships and reached a fourth round in the singles (1931), a quarterfinal in the women's doubles (1931) and a fourth round in the mixed doubles (1936).[2] In March 1936 she won the U.S. Indoor Championships defeating Norma Taubele in straight sets.[3] At the same tournament she won the doubles title in 1932, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1960.

On 22 October 1930, she married John Van Ryn, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1963.[4] The marriage did not last and on March 1, 1947 she married Richard Buck.[5]

In 1954 she was presented with the USTA Service Bowl Award and in 1991 she was inducted into the USTA New England Hall of Fame.[6][7]

Contents

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1933 Australian Championships Grass   Joan Hartigan   Margaret Molesworth
  Emily Hood Westacott
3–6, 2–6
Win 1936 U. S. National Championships Grass   Carolin Babcock   Helen Jacobs
  Sarah Palfrey Fabyan
9–7, 2–6, 6–4
Loss 1937 U. S. National Championships Grass   Carolin Babcock   Sarah Palfrey Fabyan
  Alice Marble
5–7, 4–6
Loss 1940 U. S. National Championships Grass   Dorothy Bundy   Sarah Palfrey
  Alice Marble
4–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1933 Australian Championships Grass   Ellsworth Vines   Marjorie Cox Crawford
  Jack Crawford
6–3, 5–7, 11–13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 479–480. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon player archive – Marjorie Van Ryn". AELTC.
  3. ^ "Sport: Midge & Her Man". Time. Mar 23, 1936. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Outstanding Tennis Player To Marry". The Stanford Daily (17). AP. October 23, 1930. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Mrs. M.G. Van Ryn's Plans". The New York Times. March 1, 1947.
  6. ^ "USTA Service Bowl Award". USTA.
  7. ^ "USTA New England Hall of Fame Inductees by Year". USTA.