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  • Tennis Memorabilia Mo Connolly

    Posted on December 21, 2011 by Selby




     




    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia
    Mo Connolly (1934 – 1969) dominated women’s Tennis in a legendary rise to fame in the early 1950s.
    Mo Connolly Tennis Memorabilia is available and in demand, I am fortunate to have several good examples, a Signed framed presentation showing Mo winning Wimbledon in 1954, Tennis Autographs and other” Little Mo” Collectables.
    Mo Connolly was born in San Diego and began playing tennis when she was 10, originally left handed she soon changed to right and developed tremendous power accuracy complimented by a ferocious backhand
    Mo Connolly became a National celebrity at 16 whilst competing in the US National Singles Championship in 1951; Mo defeated Shirley Fry and became the youngest player to win this prestigious tournament, repeating her win in 1952-53.
    In fact Mo Connolly won all 9 Grand Slam tourneys she competed in from the 1951 US Nationals to the 1954 Wimbledon, completing the Grand Slam, all 4 titles in the same golden year 1953.
    Mo won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1952, 53, 54 on the grass courts at the All England Tennis Club. She was a Wightman Cup team member from 1951 -54.
    It is ironic that Mo had taken on new coach Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman at the beginning of the 1953 season, Harry’s tremendous experience and enthusiasm and experience obviously made his selection a wise choice. Mo became regarded as one of the best ball strikers the game has ever seen.
    In 1953 a documentary was made recording her outstanding achievements :Unforgettable: the Little Mo Connolly Story was directed and written by Jennifer Spell and many of the players featured such as Billy Jean King, Ted Schroeder, Anne Haydon - Jones played their own parts in the story which was filmed in Dallas Texas with a budget of just $ 100.000. This is a great documentary and testament to Mo: Well worth watching.
    A favourite with the press and public Mo became affectionately known as” little Mo”
    In 1953 “Little Mo” won the Grand Slam of tennis. She was the first woman to ever capture this elusive crown by winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon, and the United States Championships.
    Following a horse riding accident in July 1954, "Little Mo" sadly received leg injuries which ended her tennis career. She continued to be a major influence in the world of tennis as both a radio and television commentator.
    She married Norman Brinker and they made their home in Dallas.
    In 1968 Little Mo with her friend Nancy Jeffett co-founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in Cedar Springs Dallas; The Foundation assists boys and girls throughout the world organising and sponsoring tennis and junior tennis programmes and activities
    It has said in sport that a sportsman or woman can flash across their specific arena like a comet in the sky, never could this be more applicable than in the short yet meteoric Tennis career of “Little Mo”
    Tony Selby
    Tennis Memorabilia

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