Pauline May Betz Addie used to be a professional tennis player representing America. She was born on August 6, 1919, in Dayton Ohio and grew up in Los Angeles. She is considered as one of finest post-war American players, despite the fact that she did not exactly turn pro.
During her time, being a female tennis pro was unheard of. However, she did make an appearance to two tours, playing against Sarah Palfrey Cooke and Gussie Moran. Instead of going all out pro playing tennis, Betz became a teaching professional and married Bob Addie, a sportswriter.
Known for her mobility and quick speed, many spectators marveled at her ability to reach the net fast and volley the ball with deft sureness. She was known to have a preference to run down balls as well as net rushers, plush a punishing backhand.
When World War II broke out, Betz was prevented from participating at a lot of tournaments. She did win a couple of tournaments during the time. One of her most memorable tournaments was the 1946 Wimbledon, where she won the tournament during the only time she joined it.
In 1939, Betz first reached the Top Ten in the U.S. by landing on No. 8. She then stayed within the said select group for almost 10 years. She also stood at No. 1 for four years (1942, 1943, 1944, and 1946).
In 1946, she officially ended her amateur career. That year, she managed to win 8 of the 12 tournaments she participated in.
Throughout her career, Betz won 19 U.S. titles on events held on various court surfaces. She has also won five Grand Slam championships, and was called by Jerome Scheuer as the “fastest woman on foot ever to play the game.”