Newport, RI, United States (4E Sports) – Former teenage tennis star and World No. 1, Louise Brough Clapp, died Monday in Vista, California at age 90.
Her death was announced by the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
Althea Louise Brough was born in Oklahoma City on March 11, 1923. Her family moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., when she was a child, and she learned to play on public courts.
She vied with Gussie Moran as the best teenage player of their era in Southern California and won the girls’ national junior championships in 1940 and 1941.
Clapp’s powerful serve-and-volley game propelled her to 35 championships in Grand Slam tennis tournaments of the 1940s and ’50s and made her one of the most brilliant doubles players in the women’s game.
She was ranked among America’s top 10 female players 16 times by the United States Tennis Association and achieved the No. 1 national ranking in 1947. She was No. 1 in the world in 1955.
Brough won six singles titles, including four at Wimbledon, as well as 21 doubles championships and 8 mixed doubles titles in Grand Slam events, tying her with Doris Hart at No. 5 on the overall career list for both women and men.
In doubles play, Brough usually teamed with Margaret Osborne duPont to capture 12 women’s doubles championships in the United States Nationals from 1942 to 1950 and again from 1955 to 1957.
They also won five doubles titles at Wimbledon and three at the French championships. Brough’s only Grand Slam women’s doubles title without duPont came when she teamed with Hart at the 1950 Australian championships.