Doubles champ Carole Caldwell Graebner dies

Updated: November 19, 2008, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Carole Caldwell Graebner, who won doubles titles at the U.S. and Australian Championships in the 1960s, died Wednesday. She was 65.

Graebner died in New York City following a brief battle with cancer, said her daughter, Cameron Graebner Mark.

The top-ranked doubles player in the United States in 1963, Graebner teamed with Nancy Richey to capture doubles titles at the 1965 U.S. Championships, now the U.S. Open, and the 1966 Australian Championships, now the Australian Open.

She also won doubles titles at the 1965 and 1966 U.S. Clay Court Championships and was a finalist in singles at the 1964 U.S. Championships, losing to Maria Bueno.

Graebner was ranked in the U.S. top 10 in singles from 1961-65 and 1967. She was a member of the inaugural 1963 U.S. Fed Cup team, and played college tennis alongside Billie Jean King at California State University at Los Angeles.

She later served the U.S. Tennis Association as chair of the Fed Cup committee. Graebner was a vice president of Tennis Week magazine and a radio and television commentator.

"Carole and I first met when we were both 12 years old and remained lifelong friends," King said. "More than any other person, Carole worked tirelessly behind the scenes to be the driving force and influential leader of Fed Cup."

Graebner is survived by her daughter, son Clark Edward Graebner, Jr., and four grandchildren.

No services are planned. The family asks donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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