Kay designed her own dresses. Four inches above the knee. Is that why JFK dated her? She thought he was “spoilt by women. I think he could snap his fingers and they’d come running.” A Wimbledon finalist with a big lefty forehand in 1939, Kay was the second best player in the world till the war snapped its fingers and everyone came running. Kay drove an ambulance, played exhibition matches for the Red Cross. It seemed everyone needed blood. She married a man who was in the Welsh Guards. Women who married soldiers never knew where they were. Kay lost to Alice Marble in that Wimbledon final before the empire’s grass grew quiet as graves. Alice married a pilot who was killed over Germany. Alice wrote she was a spy against the Nazis. Once she was shot in the back. Alice’s shorts were 6 or 7 inches above the knee. They kept climbing and climbing like airplanes in the sky to smash overheads no one returned. Kay could do nothing but watch: 6-2, 6-0. At the previous year’s Wimbledon Ball, JFK’s father whispered to Alice: “My girl, if you’re going to win this thing, you’d better do it soon. There’s going to be a war that will make all of us forget about tennis.”* Soon a torpedo hit Kennedy’s boat. He swam for miles and miles. Miles and miles before sleep.
*Note: I had finished a draft of this piece when I came across this quote while reading Paul Fein’s book of tennis quotes from tennis history: You Can Quote Me on That. The quote fit perfectly into the piece, so I added it.
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