The tennis world lost two amazing Betty’s this week.
Betty Rosenquest Pratt passed away January 31, 2016 at age 90. She won the US Nationals doubles title in 1956, the precursor of the US Open. According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Rosenquest_Pratt), Betty, a Rollins College (1947) graduate, was ranked in the top ten in the USA in 1951, 1954 and 1956. She was a Wimbledon and US Nationals singles semifinalist in 1954 and 1956 respectively. She is a former US Wightman and Federation Cup captain. She was a member of the Hall of Fame of Rollins College (Sports), USTA Florida, Women’s ITA and USTA Eastern.
In 1995 Betty Pratt won the 65 and over ITF World Singles title. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-06-15/news/9506140267_1_betty-pratt-tennis-singles-title
Betty was a co-founder of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association (nswta.org).
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Betty Eisenstein competed through last May in the 90s. She passed away on February 1, 2016 at age 92. A lifelong published academic, she hit her stride in the 75s where she dominatedfor many years. Here’s an article about her from 2005: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/cover/2005/cover0923.html. Betty was also a 1999 inductee into the Mid Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame: http://www.midatlantic.usta.com/Hall-of-Fame/1999/j.
We will miss both of these legends of tennis.
Shown below, Betty Cookson, Betty Eisenstein, Conan, Elaine Mason and Cathie Hall (champions)