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(NYPost)   World's foremost female tennis player, who greatly contributed to the desegregation of American tennis, once was a spy for U.S. intelligence and was shot in the back by a Nazi agent   (nypost.com) divider line
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2020-07-15 1:29:20 PM  
Damn, Anna Kournikova was a badass!
 
2020-07-15 1:39:09 PM  
Because that Post article sucks, here's the Wikipedia highlights. TL;Dr She's legitimately awesome:

Alice Marble (September 28, 1913 - December 13, 1990) was an American tennis player who won 18 Grand Slam championships (1936-40): five in singles, six in women's doubles, and seven in mixed doubles.
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For a brief time after retirement, she worked on the editorial advisory board of DC Comics and was credited as an Associate Editor on Wonder Woman. She created the "Wonder Women of History" feature for the comics, which told the stories of prominent women of history in comic form.
In her autobiography Courting Danger Marble mentions that she married Joe Crowley in World War II, a pilot, who was killed in action over Germany. Only days before his death, she miscarried their child following a car accident. After an attempt to kill herself, she recuperated and, in 1945, agreed to spy for U.S. intelligence. Her mission involved renewing contact with a former lover, a Swiss banker, and obtaining Nazi financial data. The operation ended when a Nazi agent shot her in the back, but she recovered. Few details of the operation ever emerged.
Marble greatly contributed to the desegregation of American tennis by writing an editorial in support of Althea Gibson for the July 1, 1950, issue of American Lawn Tennis Magazine. The article read, in part, "Miss Gibson is over a very cunningly wrought barrel, and I can only hope to loosen a few of its staves with one lone opinion. If tennis is a game for ladies and gentlemen, it's also time we acted a little more like gentle-people and less like sanctimonious hypocrites.... If Althea Gibson represents a challenge to the present crop of women players, it's only fair that they should meet that challenge on the courts." Marble said that, if Gibson were not given the opportunity to compete, "then there is an ineradicable mark against a game to which I have devoted most of my life, and I would be bitterly ashamed." Gibson, age 23, was given entry into the 1950 U.S. Championships, becoming the first African-American player, man or woman, to compete in a Grand Slam event.
 
2020-07-15 1:41:23 PM  
She got shot in the back because she was grunting too much
 
2020-07-15 2:36:50 PM  
Her story would make a better movie than Moe Berg's.
 
2020-07-15 4:43:03 PM  
Monica Seles feels her pain.
 
2020-07-15 7:01:00 PM  
John McEnroe?
 
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