Louise Brough (Clapp)
Louise Brough will always be remembered as one of the great volleyers in tennis history, one of the few tennis players to garner a triple championship in a single year, and one of the elite tennis players that reigned in the top ten rankings. Louise Brough was born on March 11, 1923 in Oklahoma City, however, she spent her years growing up in Southern California. It was in the place of Southern California where Louise Brough grew up to be a fine tennis player. It was here when she came to prominence as a junior tennis player. As a junior, she was able to win the US 18-and-under title in the years 1940 and 1941.
When Louise Brough began playing in Wimbledon, she was determined to always play a dominant role. In doing so, she was remembered as one of the most overwhelming players to have competed in the tournament. Louise Brough was always involved in the Wimbledon in that a final without her would be unusual. Between the years 1946 and 1955, she won 21 out of the 30 finals. She won the singles titles in the years 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1955; not to mention the doubles titles in 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1954 and mixed doubles titles in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1950.
In the US, Louise Brough shined in the doubles category, but was able to win the US Singles Championship back in 1947. Playing doubles together with DuPont, they made the finest female team ever in the history of tennis. Together, they were able to win 20 Big Four titles with 12 US, 5 Wimbledon and 3 French.
Brough won a total of 35 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. This caused her to rank fifth on the all-time list behind great tennis players the likes of Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Margaret DuPont. Brough was also in the American Top Ten 16 times, being number one in 1947. She was in the World Top Ten 12 times, being number one in 1955. In 1967, Brough was inducted into the Hall of Fame.