Mary Arnold Prentiss (née Arnold; October 26, 1916 – January 26, 1975)[1] was an amateur American adult tennis player from September 1934 through May 1968. She also participated in United States National Seniors Championships through 1972.

Mary Arnold
Arnold, circa 1942
Full nameMary Arnold Prentiss
Country (sports) United States
Born(1916-10-26)October 26, 1916
DiedJanuary 26, 1975(1975-01-26) (aged 58)
Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
Grand Slam singles results
French OpenQF (1948)
Wimbledon3R (1948)
US OpenSF (1946)
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenFinal (1948)
Wimbledon3R (1948)
US OpenFinal (1946)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French OpenQF (1948)
WimbledonQF (1948)
US OpenSF (1944)

She was educated at the Los Angeles City College where she became a member of the Los Angeles Olympia L.T.C.[2]

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.[2] She was coached by Eleanor Tennant from 1939 through 1941.[2]

Arnold was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 from 1939 through 1947. Her highest ranking was fifth in both 1942 and 1944.[3][4]

At the 1948 French Championships, she paired with future International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Shirley Fry to reach the wonen's doubles final.[5] 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.[6]

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 finals edit

Doubles (2 runner-ups) edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1946 U.S. Championships Grass   Patricia Canning Todd   Louise Brough
  Margaret Osborne duPont
1–6, 3–6
Loss 1948 French Championships Clay   Shirley Fry   Patricia Canning Todd
  Doris Hart
4–6, 2–6

References edit

  1. ^ "Mary Prentiss, Former Tennis Champ, Dies" Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1975
  2. ^ a b c G.P. Hughes, ed. (1955). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1955. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 324.
  3. ^ "USTA Yearbook - Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings Page 2". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  4. ^ "USTA Yearbook - Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings Page 3". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2014-08-27.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 401. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  6. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Mary Prentiss". AELTC.