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Margaret Osborne DuPont
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Tennis Player
    (March 4, 1918-October 24, 2012)
    Born in Joseph, Oregon
    In singles, won three US Opens (1948-50), two French Opens (1946,1949) and one Wimbledon (1947)
    In doubles, won 13 US Opens (1941-50,1955-57), five Wimbledons (1946-1948-50,1954) and three French Opens (1946-47,1949)
    In mixed doubles, won nine US Opens (1943-46,1950,1956,1958-60) and one Wimbledon (1962)
    Married to heir/banker William duPont, Jr. (1947-64)
    Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1967)
    Marrying into one of America's wealthiest families relieved any financial pressure to turn pro, which helped her continue to rack up Grand Slam titles in a period when only amateurs were allowed to enter.
    She never played in the Australian Open because her husband would not let her. ('He threatened to divorce me if I went to Australia.')
    After divorcing duPont, she formed a long-term partnership with fellow tennis player Margaret Varner Bloss.
    During their marriage, William duPont dated fellow tennis star Alice Marble.
    She was one of the few women to win a tennis major after having a child.
    Over five decades after her peak, she still holds several US Open records, including most overall titles, most women's doubles titles and most mixed doubles titles.

Credit: C. Fishel


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