Nancy Neeld Amarillo Globe-Times 07 Sep 1964
Mrs. Nancy Xccld . . . In action 'in Tri-Slate --Slaft Pholo bl BILL CLOUGH top ranking women's singles player In Southwest shown' Tennis Tournuineiil. ' Albuquerque Netter Tops Fern Stars i I By J E R R Y W A G G O N E R Of Our Srwrd stall Nancy R i c h c y, U a r l e n e H a r d , R i l l i c Jeati .Moflitl, Margurnt .Siiiilli. This group of Io|i n a m e women tennis players players is not a part of tlie 275 entries in the Tri-Slate Tennis Tounuimr-nl. There is, however, a woman woman entered who has met all of t h e nig guns in women's tennis. She Is .11 r s. Nancy Nccld, an A l b u q u e r q u e housewife, housewife, mother of three children and incidentally, a very good tennis player. Sirs. A'erlil is (he |0| ranked women's tennis player of the Southwest. This area includes Arizona, New Mexico and Kl Paso County. The sun Â· t a n n e d m o t h e r won't a d m i t her age but rath, er says thai, a f t e r some deliberation, deliberation, site lias been play, ing Ihc g a m e since 1815. Three years ago, while on the tennis tour, she was Ihc lOlh ranked women's player in Ihe United Stales and was ranked seventh in doubles with M a r i l y n M o n t g o m e r y of San Antonio. Mrs. Nccld's name and tal- ents on Ihc court arc not unknown unknown lo tennis fans In A m a - rillo, Slie has been playing in the Tri-Stale t o u r n a m e n t off and on since 1855. And sfic has been both singles and don- blcs champion every year she has entered. "If I should be lucky enough lo win again, (Ill's will be the sixth time in six trips," she said modestly. There is a very good chance she will do just t h a t . She Is a Texas product originally. originally. Mrs. Necld said she went to high school in Dallas and was ranked number one junior in Texas in 1917 and 19IS. "1 played on the only Sect Sect i o n n t Texas Cup team ever lo tvin Ihe National Inlersec- lional. That was in 1918. My leamniales were M a r y I l a m - cr, Ftulb Pale and Sharon and Shirley CaldivelL There w e r e 13 sections then." Mrs. Necld has played against the tup slars such as M o f f i t f , Hard, Donna Floyd F'ales, Jusllna Bricka, Nancy Kichey, Smith, Carol Hanks and others. She says that l i a r - lene Hard Is Ihe best overall player she ever met. Hut al [iresenl slie Is ail ardent ardent fan and h a c k e r of Kichey. "I playher In Dallas sonic w h e n we get a to go back there. Some were saying (our y e a r s ago Nancy (Itichey) simply was l u c k y in her matches. I her then and just last Christmas. Christmas. And I can speak from experience -- it isn't luck. She's a great tennis player." Mrs. Nceld says t h a t all big time slars ire wonderful people. "I Ihonght l h a big slars might snub a first round loser like me al Forest Hills and such places. But !)cy didn't. They were very I t i e i i d l y . Some of slop by AHiuqucnjiic on their way hack lo Ilic West Coast and stay a day or two wilh us or al least call and say hello." Mrs. Neeld's husband Hob is an engineer with the San- ilia Corp. in Albuquerque and plays tennis wilh Nancy in mixed doubles. Their oldest child, Terry, is in his lirsf year of tennis. "My -(-year-old bats the ball around some my 2-year-old daughter just drags a racket around after us," she says w i t h enthusiasm.