RUTH MARY HARDWICK (HARE), born 08 Sep 1913, died 12 Dec 2001. Mary was born in Wimbledon, and until the last few years, never missed a day at the Championships. She never reached a Grand Slam final, but Gordon Lowe ranked her 8th in the world in 1939. Turning pro in 1941, Mary undertook many exhibition tours with Alice Marble, Tilden, Budge, and Riggs. She pioneered the Federation Cup, and is one of only two English women to have beaten the great Helen Wills in singles competition in England in the 1930's. In 1943, she married Charles Edgar Hare, the no 1 ranked British tennis player, who died several years ago.
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