Ora Washington / by Molly Schiot

Ora Wachington (right) was an American athlete from Philadelphia known as the "Queen of Tennis." In professional tennis she won American tennis Association's national singles title eight times in nine years between 1929 and 1937. Unable to compete against the top white tennis player of the time, Helen Moody, because Moody refused to play her she retired from sports in 1940. For the remainder of her life she supported herself as a housekeeper.  A state historical marker stands at the location of the YWCA that  she taught and played at in Philadelphia.

Ora Wachington (right) was an American athlete from Philadelphia known as the "Queen of Tennis." In professional tennis she won American tennis Association's national singles title eight times in nine years between 1929 and 1937. Unable to compete against the top white tennis player of the time, Helen Moody, because Moody refused to play her she retired from sports in 1940. For the remainder of her life she supported herself as a housekeeper.  A state historical marker stands at the location of the YWCA that  she taught and played at in Philadelphia.