“Gussy Moran was a big personality with a killer pair of knickers.”
Dedicating stadium court to a true hometown tennis hero, the Santa Monica Tennis Club honored the legendary Gussy Moran during a celebration November 3, 2013.
Originally known as Lincoln Park, Santa Monica’s Christine Reed Park at 7th and Wilshire, has been writing Southern California tennis history since 1928. Founded by the four Sutton sisters (May, Florence, Violet and Ethel) who dominated southern CA tennis and left their mark on international tennis as well, The Santa Monica Tennis Club had its share of tennis celebrities over time.
One of them was Gertrude “Glamorous Gussie” Moran who was ranked in the top 10 from 1947 to 1949. Gussie is most known in the tennis world for appearing at Wimbledon in her ruffled lace panties.
Gussie Moran stats:
Born: September 8, 1923 in Santa Monica
Died: January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles
Turned Pro: 1950
Grand Slam Singles results:
Wimbledon QF (1950)
US Open SF (1948)
Grand Slam Doubles results:
Wimbledon F (1949)
US Open F (1947)
Driven by Santa Monica Council Member Kevin McKeown, supported by City Manager Rod Gould, and enthusiastically embraced by Santa Monica Tennis Club President Marguerite Jorgensen, the city honored Gussie Moran with a celebration of her life and her achievements by dedicating stadium court in her name and displaying a commemorative plaque with her picture November 3.
Mark Winter, staff writer for the Southern California Tennis Association, wrote on the SCTA web page, “Moran was the Anna Kournikova of her day, long before the Russian gained fame and financial security by being Anna.” Winter continues, “Overnight (or so it seemed), Moran became “Gorgeous Gussy”, quite an international celebrity, when she shocked the world by wearing tantalizing white lace panties under her tennis skirt. They were fashioned by the celebrated clothing designer, Teddy Tinling.”
Council Member Kevin McKeown said, “Gussy Moran was a big personality with a killer pair of knickers.” An interesting description of a woman who was one of the top US tennis players of her time. Marguerite Jorgensen was very happy with the fact that Gussie Moran was associated with her 85 year old club and received those well deserved honors. She proudly points out, “Jack Kramer, a man whose name is synonymous with professional tennis, said he played his first tournament in Santa Monica and won his first significant championship here. Other prominent tennis players who competed here include Bobby Riggs, Pancho Gonzales, Ted Schroder, Joe Hunt, Louise Brough, and Billie Jean Moffitt (King). U. S. Open champs Bill Tilden, Don Budge, Fred Perry and Ellsworth Vines played exhibitions here often and Tracy Austin also had a victory in Santa Monica.”
For more information on the non-profit Santa Monica Tennis Club visit their web site at http://www.SantaMonicaTennisClub.com.
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