Lot #694
Maureen Connolly

'Little Mo' at age 17: "Am planning to go to Europe this year and participate at Wimbledon"
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Estimate: $200+


'Little Mo' at age 17: "Am planning to go to Europe this year and participate at Wimbledon"

American tennis player known as 'Little Mo,' (1934-1969) who was the winner of nine Grand Slam singles titles in the early 1950s. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same calendar year. The following year, in July 1954, a horseback riding accident seriously injured her right leg and ended her competitive tennis career at age 19. ALS, one page both sides, 6 x 8, February 23, 1952. Letter to Ken Browne, in part: "Am glad you are interested in tennis. It is a wonderful sport and you always meet such nice people through it. Hope you are able to attend the Nationals this coming summer. You find what is known as the 'true tennis atmosphere' there because everyone is inspired to play their best game and will try their hardest because it is the nationals. Am planning to go to Europe this year and participate at Wimbledon, 5 other English tourneys, Ireland and possibly France. We are planning to leave around May 16…It will be a wonderful trip and I am looking forward to it with great anticipation." In very good to fine condition, with irregular light toning, not affect readability. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Connolly's hand. Connolly would win Wimbledon in 1952, defeating Louise Brough in the final despite a shoulder injury.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #574 - Ended January 08, 2020

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