Paulinen Betz Addie (b.1919), four-time U.S. singles champion in the 1940’s, was renowned for her peerless backhand and ‘killer instinct’. When international play resumed after World War II, Betz became one of a handful of champions to win on her first try at Wimbledon in 1946.
Raised in Los Angeles, Betz learned tennis on public courts. She was offered a scholarship by Rollins College where she played Np.4 on the men’s team and graduated as the top economics student in 1943. Letz later earned an M.A. in economics from Columbia University.
As an undergraduate in 1942, Betz won her first U.S. singles title. She repeated her victory in 1943 and 1944 and triumphed at both Wimbledon and Forest Hills in 1946. That year she also played a key role on the U.S. Wightman Cup team, dubbed the ‘Betz Club.’
Betz turned professional in 1947, enjoying a 13-year undefeated career on tour with such notables as Don Budge and Bobby Riggs. In 1949 she marriedWashington Post sportswriter Bob Addie. After retiring as a player she remained an active teaching professional while raising her five children. In 1990 she received the USTA’s Sarah Palfrey Danzig Award for her contributions to tennis.
- 6 Grand Slam titles (5 Singles, 1 Mixed Doubles)
- Ranked in USTA Top 10 from 1939 to 1946; No.1 for four years
- U.S. Singles Champion 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946
- Wimbledon Singles Champion 1946
- French Mixed Doubles Champion 1946
- U.S. Inddor Singles Champion 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947
- U.S. Indoor Doubles Champion 1941, 1943
- U.S. Indoor Mixed Doubles Champion 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943
- U.S. Clay Court Singles Champion 1941, 1943
- U.S. Clay Court Doubles Champion 1943-1945
- U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member 1946 (3-0 record)
- Author, Wings on My Tennis Shoes, and Tennis for Teenagers
- Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame 1965
- Winner of USTA Sarah Palfrey Danzig Award 1990