Mary Terán de Weiss

María Luisa Terán de Weiss (29 January 1918 – 8 December 1984), known in Argentina as Mary Terán de Weiss, and out of Argentina as María Teran Weiss, was an Argentine tennis player, the first Argentine woman to have a relevant sport performance in the international tennis tour. She played between 1938 and 1959, and was considered a top 20 player, winning the Irish Open (1950), Israel International (1950), Cologne International (1951), Baden-Baden (1951) and Welsh International (1954), and several times the Rio de la Plata Championship. In 1948 she reached quarterfinals at the French Open and won the All England Plate, a tennis competition held at the Wimbledon Championships which consisted of players who were defeated in the first or second rounds of the singles competition.[1] She also won two gold and bronze medals at the 1951 Pan American Games.[2]

Mary Terán de Weiss
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Full nameMaría Luisa Terán de Weiss
Country (sports) Argentina
Born(1918-01-29)29 January 1918
Rosario, Argentina
Died8 December 1984(1984-12-08) (aged 66)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Highest rankingNo. 10 (1950)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1948, 1952)
Wimbledon4R (1950)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1953)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon4R (1949)

Mary Terán was persecuted by the military dictatorship which came to power in 1955 because of her sympathy and identification with the Peronist Movement, forcing her into exile in Spain and Uruguay and to retire from tennis at the end of the 1950s, and excluding her from all recognition, by the press and also sport organizations.[2][3][4]

Until the 1980s, Argentina's tennis was a sport for the upper classes. Mary Terán confronted the leaders of the Argentine Tennis Association, with the goal of promoting tennis among common people.[2] In the early 1980s she organized a campaign to support Guillermo Vilas and help to spread tennis in the country, when the Argentine Tennis Association was campaigning against Vilas.[2]

After the return of democracy to Argentina at the end of 1983 she continued to be ignored by the media and the government.[2] A few months later, she committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of a building in the city of Mar del Plata, at the age of 66.[2]

In 2007 the City of Buenos Aires honoured her by naming the new tennis stadium of the city Estadio Mary Terán de Weiss.[5]

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  1. ^ Alan Little, ed. (2011). 2011 Wimbledon Compendium. London: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. pp. 493–497. ISBN 9781899039364.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lupo, Víctor F. (2004). Historia política del deporte argentino, Buenos Aires: Corregidor, capítulo XXXIV.
  3. ^ "La historia trágica de una grande: María Luisa Terán de Weiss" (in Spanish). El Litoral. 8 December 2008.
  4. ^ Facundo Mancuso (7 February 2013). "Mary Terán de Weiss: Historia de una persecución" (in Spanish). El Norte. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  5. ^ Ley 2502 Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, Boletín Oficial de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 06-12-2007 (in Spanish)


  • Lupo, Víctor F. (2004). Historia política del deporte argentino, Buenos Aires: Corregidor, capítulo XXXIV (in Spanish)

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