Darlene Hard

Born:
January 06, 1936
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Player
Year of Induction:
1973
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 2

The top-ranked player in American tennis for four consecutive years (1960-63), Darlene Hard was a player born to rush the net. Her game was built largely on aggression, and few women in her heyday volleyed with more skill or panache. In doubles, she joined forces with Billie Jean King, Maria Bueno and Althea Gibson among others to collect important prizes. In 1969, at 33 and far removed from her peak, she took the US Open with Frenchwoman Francoise Dürr, recording a spectacular comeback win in the final over Margaret Court and Virginia Wade

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1960
  • Doubles Champion 1955, 1957, 1960
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1955, 1961

Wimbledon

  • Doubles Champion 1957, 1959-60, 1963
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1957, 1959-60

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1960-61
  • Doubles Champion 1958-62, 1969

Career Achievements

  • Wightman Cup Team Member 1957, 1959-60, 1962-63
  • Fed Cup Team Member 1963