Elizabeth (Bunny) Ryan was my first tennis instructor when I was a kid. I don’t know when my Mom met her, but somehow my mom and Bunny were friends. When I played in Junior Wimbledon we spent a lot of time with Bunny who showed us around and introduced us to some of her famous friends. She would also come and visit with us when she came to So California.
According to my mom, Bunny was very proud of her Wimbledon record which, as you may know, she held for many years. And, if I have my facts correct, she died on the very day Billie Jean King broke her record of the most wins. My mom said that Bunny just didn’t want to be alive when her record was broken. If you can believe this, somehow Bunny knew she were going to break her record and just decided this was the time for her to go so she didn’t have to face the fact that she no longer held the record.
Again, I don’t know for sure if this is true, but it makes a good story and I have been telling it for years whenever Billie Jean King’s name comes up.