Mary Arnold Prentiss (née Arnold; October 26, 1916 – January 26, 1975) was an amateur American adult tennis player from September 1934 through May 1968. She also participated in United States National Seniors Championships through 1972.
|Full name||Mary Arnold Prentiss|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||October 26, 1916|
|Died||January 26, 1975 (aged 58)|
Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
|Grand Slam singles results|
|French Open||QF (1948)|
|US Open||SF (1946)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|French Open||Final (1948)|
|US Open||Final (1946)|
|Grand Slam mixed doubles results|
|French Open||QF (1948)|
|US Open||SF (1944)|
She was educated at the Los Angeles City College where she became a member of the Los Angeles Olympia L.T.C.
She participated in the 1939 Wightman Cup, the women's team tennis competition between the United States and Great Britain. She won a doubles match partnering with Dorothy Bundy Cheney and helped the U.S. team to a 5–2 victory. She was coached by Eleanor Tennant from 1939 through 1941.
At the 1948 French Championships, she paired with future International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Shirley Fry to reach the wonen's doubles final. She also played at the Wimbledon Championships that year and reached the third round in singles and women's doubles and the quarterfinals in mixed doubles.
At the Tri-State Tennis Tournament, she reached five finals, winning three doubles titles: 1940, 1944 and 1946. She also was a singles finalist in 1941 (losing to Pauline Betz), and was a women's doubles finalist in 1945 (with Fry). Her women's doubles titles there were in partnership with Alice Marble in 1940, Dorothy Bundy Cheney in 1944, and Fry in 1946.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1946||U.S. Championships||Grass||Patricia Canning Todd|| Louise Brough
Margaret Osborne duPont
|Loss||1948||French Championships||Clay||Shirley Fry|| Patricia Canning Todd
- "Mary Prentiss, Former Tennis Champ, Dies" Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1975
- G.P. Hughes, ed. (1955). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1955. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 324.
- "USTA Yearbook - Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings Page 2". usta.com. United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
- "USTA Yearbook - Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings Page 3". usta.com. United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2014-08-27.[permanent dead link]
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 401. ISBN 978-0942257700.
- "Wimbledon players archive – Mary Prentiss". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.