1999 ATP TOURNAMENT THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 1999
ATP CHAMPIONSHIP
Browne was first U.S. woman pro
Later starred in golf

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

1910s
        Mary K. Browne, a member of the International Hall of Fame, was the first American female professional, joining promoter C.C. Pyle's first tour of pros in 1926.

        Browne had a stellar career as an amateur -- including winning the women's title at the National Clay Court Championship in Cincinnati in 1914 -- before turning pro in the later years of her playing days.

        She dominated the U.S. Championships from 1912-14, winning singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions.

FUN FACT
Clarence Griffin, who won the Tri-State men's title in 1915, was the uncle of TV personality Merv Griffin, right. Clarence Griffin, a Hall of Famer, also won the 1914 National Clay Court Championship in Cincinnati.
        And how about this day at the office: Browne played 82 games in one rainy afternoon during the 1912 U.S. Championships while winning all three titles. She would say later: "The rain was coming down in torrents, and still we went on, our rackets mushy and our clothes soaked."

        Browne was the top-ranked player in the country in 1913 and '14 and was still rated as high as No. 6 in 1925.

        Now add this to her resume: In 1924, she turned her attention to golf and reached the final of the U.S. Women's Golf Championships before losing to Dorothy Campbell Hurd.


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