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PASSINGS: Gene Mako, Thomas Penfield Jackson
PASSINGS: Gene Mako, Thomas Penfield Jackson

Gene Mako Champion tennis player in 1930s Gene Mako, 97, a champion tennis player who paired with the legendary Don Budge to win four doubles titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the 1930s, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his wife, Laura. He had pneumonia. The partners won doubles at the U.S. Open, then called the U.S. Nationals, in 1936 and '38 and Wimbledon in 1937 and '38. Mako won the mixed doubles title at the 1936 U.S. Open with Alice Marble. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1973. Mako was also Budge's last remaining obstacle in that man's pursuit of tennis' first Grand Slam in 1938. Mako and Budge were not only...

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