ALICE MARBLE / by Molly Schiot

Alice Marble (right) was the darling of international tennis and social circles in the 1930s. She was the top-ranked female tennis player in America from 1936-1940, winning five Wimbledon and 12 U.S. Open titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.The first lady to serve and volley, and noted for aggressive play called the "killer instinct" approach.s Her public life was filled with success, but her private life was a different story. Marble was fatherless at six, raped at 15, and diagnosed with tuberculosis at 19, just as her tennis career was taking off. A genuine “comeback kid,” she overcame obstacles that would have defeated a lesser person. After the biggest personal trauma of her life, she consented to undertake a spy mission for the U.S. Army during WWII. 

Alice Marble (right) was the darling of international tennis and social circles in the 1930s. She was the top-ranked female tennis player in America from 1936-1940, winning five Wimbledon and 12 U.S. Open titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.The first lady to serve and volley, and noted for aggressive play called the "killer instinct" approach.s Her public life was filled with success, but her private life was a different story. Marble was fatherless at six, raped at 15, and diagnosed with tuberculosis at 19, just as her tennis career was taking off. A genuine “comeback kid,” she overcame obstacles that would have defeated a lesser person. After the biggest personal trauma of her life, she consented to undertake a spy mission for the U.S. Army during WWII.