"Tennis in an English Garden" Painting, LIFE series
Tennis is a true inspiration for me! From playing to watching. But while recently researching my old tennis shoes... Dunlop Green Flashes. I realized an extrodiary woman who wore them well before me. Christine Truman played Wimbledon Ladies Singles in 1957. She did win a grand slam at French Open in 1959
This is an excerpt from The Guardian (my research source) I cried after I read this...
Truman was the fifth of six tennis-playing children. She played mixed doubles at Wimbledon with her brother Humphrey, and her sister Nell was runner-up in the French Open doubles in 1972. Truman had to fight hard to get court time. At nine years old, her first tennis lesson was given to her after an older sister, Isabel, fell sick. “I was so happy,” she laughs.
In those days, there was no agent and no expectation of remuneration. When a BBC producer rang their home to ask if Christine would appear in the panel game Children’s Hour, hosted by Richard Dimbleby, for £3 and 10 shillings, her mother misunderstood the offer: “Certainly not! We cannot afford that sort of money for Christine to appear on television.” For sponsorship, Slazenger agreed to supply Christine with two rackets a year, and Dunlop provided two pairs of Green Flash tennis shoes.
Truman made her Wimbledon debut in 1957 at age 16 and reached the semi-finals, where she lost to Althea Gibson.
Now that is an inspiration!
This painting was done by artist Susan Havens-Morris. The Life Series is based on moments, events, and things from Susan's childhood during the '70s and '80s.
Size: 40"h x 60" W
Title: Tennis in an English Garden with two Pairs of Green Flash
An original painting featuring acrylic and spray paint on stretched canvas
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Local artist Susan Havens-Morris's studio is in Uptown, New Orleans.
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