DORIS HART


Doris Hart (b.1925), a prolific champion with 325 major titles, was the second woman after Maureen Connolly to win all four Grand Slam singles events. Remarkably, Hart achieved her record despite an impaired leg resulting from a childhood iillness.

Stricken with osteomyelitis at 15months, Hart recovered with the support of her parents and her brother, who taught her tennis. By age 16 Hart was ranked in the Top 10 where she stayed through 1955. In 1947 while a University of Miami undergraduate, she won her first Grand Slam title, the women’s doubles at Wimbledon.

With her superb racket control Hart developed a greater variety of shots than any other player of her day. A legendary doubles player, Hart teamed with Shirley Fry to win 11 major championships. She was among the first women to take the Wimbledon triple crown in 1951 and the French in 1952. In 1954 she earned the No.1 ranking with a triple crown at the U.S. nationals, retaining her ranking in 1955. She won the USTA Service Bowl Award that same year.

Hart retired from play after 1955 and became a teaching professional. A member of the U.S Wightman Cup Team from 1946 to 1955, Hart served as Captain of the winning 1970 U.S. Team.
Career Highlights

  • 35 Grand Slam titles (6 Singles, 14 Doubles, 15 Mixed Doubles)
  • Ranked in USTA Top 10 from 1942 to 1955; No.1 in 1954 and 1955
  • Three Grand Slam Triple Crowns (Wimbledon 1951, France 1952, U.S. 1954)
  • Winner of USTA Girls’ Sportsmanship Award 1943
  • U.S. Girls’ 18 Champion in Singles (1942, 1943) and Doubles (1940, 1943)
  • U.S. Singles Champion 1954, 1955
  • U.S. Doubles Champion 1951- 1954
  • U.S. Mixed Doubles Champion 1951-1955
  • Wimbledon Singles Champion 1951
  • Wimbledon Doubles Champion 1947, 1951-1953
  • Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion 1951-1955
  • French Singles Champion 1950, 1952
  • French Doubles Champion 1948, 1950-1953
  • French Mixed Doubles Champion 1951-1953
  • Australian Singles Champion 1949
  • Australian Doubles Champion 1950
  • Australian Mixed Doubles Champion 1949, 1950
  • U.S. Clay Court Champion in Singles (1950) and Doubles (1944, 1945, 1950, 1954)
  • U.S. Indoor Champion in Doubles and Mixed Doubles 1947, 1948
  • U.S. Hard Court Champion in Singles and Mixed Doubles 1949
  • U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member 1946-1955 (21-1 record); Team Captain 1970
  • Winner of USTA Service Bowl 1955
  • Author, Tennis with Hart
  • Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame 1969
  • U.S. Grass Court and Indoor Women’s 55 Doubles Champion 1981