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A. G. Spalding Brothers Doris Hart Signature Wood Tennis Racquet. 4 3/8.

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Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Brand: Spalding
Country/Region of Manufacture: Belgium Model: Doris Hart Signature
Grip Size: 4 3/8”

A. G. Spalding Brothers Doris Hart Signature Tennis RacquetThis is a solid racquet with a fibre welded throat weighing 13.45 ounces. It's in good condition with no warping and some moderate blemishes. The grip is 4 3/8 (measured). I'm not sure in what year this racquet was made.
Doris Hart (June 20, 1925 – May 29, 2015) was a World No. 1 American player who was active in the 1940s and first half of the 1950s and was ranked No. 1 in 1951. She won a Career Grand Slam in singles and is one of three players to have a "boxed set" of titles—every possible title (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) from all four Grand Slam events.
As a child, Hart suffered from , which resulted in a permanently impaired right leg. She started playing tennis when she was 10 years old, greatly encouraged by her brother Bud.Hart's first title was in women's doubles at in 1947, when she was still a student at the . Her first Grand Slam singles title came at the 1949 . She also won singles titles at the in 1950 and 1952, Wimbledon in 1951, and the in 1954 and 1955. In 1951, she beat her long-time doubles partner, , in the Wimbledon final. Hart is the first person to complete the .In 1951, Hart won the singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles championships at Wimbledon, playing the finals of all three events on the same day (Saturday 7 July 1951). She also won the "triple crown" at the French Championships in 1952 and the U.S. Championships in 1954.During her career from 1946 through 1955, Hart was a perfect 14–0 in singles matches and 8–1 in doubles matches. Hart won 35 Grand Slam titles during her career, tying with Brough Clapp for fifth on the all-time list. Six of her titles were in women's singles, 14 in women's doubles, and 15 in mixed doubles. Hart is one of three players, all women, to have a "boxed set" of Grand Slam titles—every possible title (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) from all four Grand Slam events. The others are and . Hart won nine consecutive Grand Slam women's doubles titles from 1951 through 1953, with her streak of 43 consecutive match wins in Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments finally ending in the 1954 Wimbledon final. Hart was the champion of the last Grand Slam singles tournament she played, the 1955 U.S. Championships. Hart published an autobiography in 1955, Tennis with Hart.According to John Olliff and Lance Tingay of and the , Hart was ranked in the world top ten from 1946 through 1955 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 1 in those rankings in 1951. Hart was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the from 1942 through 1955. She was the top ranked U.S. player in 1954 and 1955.Hart retired from the tour in 1955 to become a tennis teaching professional. She was inducted into the in 1969. She died on May 29, 2015 at her home in , aged 89.