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Former tennis star Frank Parker dies at 81

July 26, 1997

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Frank Parker, U.S. tennis singles champion in 1944 and 1945, has died. He was 81.

Parker, a Milwaukee native, died Thursday at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Parker was the 1949 Wimbledon doubles champion with Pancho Gonzales and a five-time Davis Cup team player.

``He was a marvelous man and a marvelous player,″ Bud Collins, a tennis television commentator and sportswriter for the Boston Globe, said Friday.

In recent years, Parker worked at the McClurg Sports Center in downtown Chicago, teaching tennis. Heart problems forced him to quit about six months ago, said his brother-in-law, Joseph Luzar, of West Milwaukee.

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