Margaret DuPont, US tennis great, dies at 94

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Having a child didn’t slow down her tennis competition. Her last Grand Slam title, mixed doubles at Wimbledon, came in 1962.

The couple divorced in 1964 and duPont moved to El Paso in 1966 where got became involved in the horse racing business with Bloss.

Billie Jean King said in a statement that duPont had a “huge impact” on her career.

“She was one of my she-roes and was a great influence on my life both on and off the court,” King said. “I hope today’s players and any boy or girl who dreams of a career in tennis will go to the history books and read about Margaret because her career wasn’t just about winning matches, it was also about mentoring others.”

DuPont followed the modern game, particularly Andy Murray, this year’s U.S. Open men’s singles champion. But she told the El Paso paper the game has changed so much.

“You hit the ball as hard as you can and, every once in a while, come to the net,” she said. “Not too much thought involved. And, of course, the racket technology makes it just an entirely different sport.”

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