Maureen Connolly Brinker "Little Mo"

September 17, 1934
June 21, 1969
Place of Birth:
San Diego, California
United States
United States
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Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

A dynamo coming off the courts of California to dominate the world of tennis with sweeping authority, “Little Mo” Connolly was among the best ball strikers the game has ever seen. Gifted with uncanny court sense, unerring ground strokes, and the strongest possible disposition, she established herself as the first woman ever to achieve a Grand Slam in 1953, before she had even turned 18. But the following year her career was abruptly ended by a horse-riding accident. In 1969, at 34, she passed away from cancer, leaving behind a reputation for unimpeachable integrity and fundamental decency.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Singles Champion 1953
  • Doubles Champion 1953

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1953-54
  • Doubles Champion 1954
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1954


  • Singles Champion 1952-54

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1951-53

Career Achievements

  • Wightman Cup Team Member 1951-54