Tennis News and Highlights
Alex Olmedo won
the men's singles championship at Wimbledon
on July 3 by defeating Rod Laver 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Maria Esther Bueno won the women's singles title
on July 4 by defeating Darlene Hard 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles winners were: men, Neale Fraser and Roy
Emerson; women, Darlene Hard and Jeanne Arth;
mixed, Darlene Hard and Rod Laver.
Right: Alex Olmedo displays
his Wimbledon trophy.
Bernard Bartzen won the men's title at the
49th National Clay Court Tournament
at the River Forest (Illinois) Tennis Club on
July 20 by beating Whitney Reed 6-0, 8-6, 7-5.
Sally Moore beat Sandra Reynolds 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in
the women's finals. Bartzen teamed with Grant
Golden to defeat R. Dennis Ralston and William
Bond, 12-10, 6-2, 6-4, for the men's doubles
title. Reynolds and Renee Schuurman beat Jeanne
Arth and Janet Hopps 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to win the
The Wightman Cup was won by a
U.S. team in final matches at Sewickley,
Pennsylvania, on August 16. Beverly Baker Fleitz
won two of the four American victories against
Neale Fraser and Roy Emerson defeated Alex
Olmedo and Earl Buchholz, Jr., 3-6. 6-3, 5-7,
6-4, 7-5 to win the USLTA Doubles
Championship at Longwood Cricket Club,
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, August 23. Jeanne
M. Arth and Darlene R. Hard retained their
women's doubles title by defeating Maria Esther
Bueno and Sally M. Moore, 6-2, 6-3.
In the 1959 Challenge Round of
the Davis Cup competition,
played at Forest Hills, New York, August 28-31,
Australia defeated the United States 3 matches to
2. With the score evan attwo-all the deciding
match singles match between Neale Fraser of
Australia and Barry MacKay of the United States
had to be postponed because of darkness on the
third day, after each had won one set. The next
day, Fraser won two sets and the match at 8-6,
3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Left: Neale Fraser proudly displays the
Davis Cup that he and his teammates won.
Neale Fraser won the U.S. Lawn Tennis
Association singles title by defeating
Alex Olmedo in the final at Forest Hills on
September 13, by a score of 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Maria Esther Bueno defeated Christine Truman to
win the women's singles, 6-1, 6-4. Margaret
Osborne duPont was a member of the winning mixed
doubles team for the eighth time when she and
Fraser successfully defended their 1958 title by
defeating Janet Hopps and Robert Mark.
Althea Gibson and Karol Fageros signed in New
York, New York, October 19, to make a pro
exhibition tennis tour in conjunction with the
Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
On December 1, Alex Olmedo signed, in Los
Angeles, California, to join the pro troupe
managed by Jack Kramer.
In the Year 1959
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