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Moody, Helen Willslocked

(06 October 1905–01 January 1998)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Moody, Helen Wills (06 October 1905–01 January 1998), tennis champion, was born Helen Newington Wills in Centerville, California, to Clarence Alfred Wills, a physician, and Catherine Anderson Wills. She grew up in nearby Berkeley and was educated in area private schools; she also attended a boarding school in Vermont. Wills began playing tennis as a child, instructed by her father, and quickly demonstrated an aptitude for the game. When she turned fourteen in 1919, she was given a membership by her parents in the Berkeley Tennis Club, and a coach there began setting up daily matches for her. Soon she came under the tutelage of tennis champion ...

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