Margaret Varner Bloss

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An ace on many different courts, Margaret Varner Bloss was a world-class performer in tennis, squash, and badminton for three decades, and remains the only Delawarean to compete internationally in
three racquet sports.

She is a member of five halls of fame, including the El Paso Hall of Fame and Helms Hall of Fame for Badminton, the Texas Tennis Association Hall of Fame, the Southwestern Tennis Association Hall
of Fame, the International Badminton Hall of Fame, and the United States Squash Racquets Hall of Fame.

In badminton, Margaret won the All-England Singles title in 1955 and 1956, was the All-England Doubles champion in 1958, the U.S. Ladies Singles champion and U.S. Mixed Doubles champion in 1956
and 1960, and the World Invitational Ladies Doubles champion four times.

In tennis, she won two national girls doubles championships in 1944-45, was a five-time Texas Women’s Singles champion, and was a Ladies Doubles finalist at Wimbledon in 1958. She was ranked as
high as No. 12 in U.S. singles in 1958 and won many regional titles. She was a two-time member of the U.S. Wightman Cup team (1961-62) and coached the team in 1963-66.

In squash, she won four straight National Ladies Singles championships in 1960-63 and was a finalist for the U.S. Ladies Doubles title in 1961. She was also was a rifle marksman and an
owner-breeder of thoroughbred race horses. 






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