Mary Arnold

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Mary Arnold
Full name Mary Arnold Prentiss
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1916-10-26)October 26, 1916
Died January 29, 1975(1975-01-29) (aged 58)
Career record {{#property:P564}}
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1948)
Wimbledon 3R (1948)
Career record {{#property:P555}}
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1948)
Wimbledon 3R (1948)
US Open F (1946)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1948)

Mary Arnold Prentiss (October 26, 1916 – January 29, 1975)[1] was an amateur American tennis player of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

She was educated at the Los Angeles City College where she became a member of the Los Angeles Olympia L.T.C.[2]

She participated in the 1939 Wightman Cup, the women's team tennis competition between the United States and Great Britain. She won a doubles match partnering Dorothy Bundy and helped the U.S. team to a 5–2 victory.[2]

Arnold was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 every year between 1939 and 1947. Her highest ranking came in 1942 and 1944 when she was ranked No. 5 in both years.[3][4]

At the 1948 French Championships, she paired with future International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Shirley Fry to reach the doubles finals.[5] She also played at the Wimbledon Championships that year and reached the third round in the singles and doubles and the quarterfinal in the mixed doubles event.[6]

At the Tri-State Tennis Tournament (now Cincinnati Masters), she reached five finals, winning three doubles titles: 1940, 1944 and 1946. She also was a singles finalist in 1941 (losing to Pauline Betz), and was a doubles finalist in 1945 (with Fry). To win her doubles titles in Cincinnati, she paired with Alice Marble in 1940, with Dorothy Bundy in 1944, and with Fry in 1946.

Grand Slam finals


Runner-ups (2)
Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1946 U.S. Championships United States Patricia Canning Todd United States Louise Brough Clapp
United States Margaret Osborne duPont
1–6, 3–6
1948 French Championships United States Shirley Fry Irvin United States Patricia Canning Todd
United States Doris Hart
4–6, 2–6


  1. "Mary Prentiss, Former Tennis Champ, Dies" Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1975
  2. 2.0 2.1 G.P. Hughes, ed. (1955). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1955. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 324. 
  3. "USTA Yearbook - Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings Page 2". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. "USTA Yearbook - Top 10 U.S. Women's Rankings Page 3". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  5. Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 401. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  6. "Wimbledon players archive – Mary Prentiss". AELTC.