In Memory – Brenda Bryson (nee Kirk)

11 January 1951 to 06 September 2015

Former top South African tennis player, Brenda Bryson (nee Kirk) passed away in her sleep on 6th September 2015 and is survived by her husband and three children.

Brenda Kirk married Jimmy Dimitriou in 1975 and they had 2 children, a son Alexis who is now 39 and a daughter Natasha 36. Both children played hockey for their province – Transvaal at the time. Alexis went on to play hockey and water polo for South African schools.

After Brenda and Jimmy’s divorce, she married Iain Bryson and her third child, Gabriella, was born when Brenda was 51. Her son Alexis was married a month after she passed away while Natasha married in 2007, has 2 children and is expecting a third. Gaby is now 12 years old.

Her best singles result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the third round at the 1971 Wimbledon Championships and 1972 French Open.

In January 1971 she won the singles title of the Natal Sugar Championships. She won two doubles titles during her career; in July 1971 she won the Swiss Open partnering Laura Rossouw and in July 1972 she won the Irish Open with Pat Walkden.

She played for the South African Fed Cup team in 15 ties between 1969 and 1973 comprising a record of 17 wins and 10 losses. She was part of the South African team that won the Federation Cup in 1972 after a victory in the final over Great Britain at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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