Which Tennis Player are you most closely connected to?

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WikiTree profile: Stefanie Graf
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
There is some doubt that Ham Richardson was ever a professional or that he ever earned a penny of prize money. This may also be true for some of the others who played mostly before 1968.
Right, hence the focus just on "notable" tennis players. Thanks for adding your cousin!

21 Answers

+8 votes
Arthur Ashe - 32 degrees

Bjorn Borg - 40 degrees

Evonne Cawley - 32 degrees

Henri Cochet - 45 degrees

Jimmy Connors - 28 degrees

Althea Gibson - 27 degrees

Stefanie Graf - 24 degrees

John McEnroe - 26 degrees

Margaret Molesworth - 25 degrees

Hamilton Richardson - 22 degrees (22nd cousins)

Helen Roark - 20 degrees
by Joel Zummak G2G6 (6.9k points)
+9 votes
I am most closely connected to Ham Richardson at 24 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (156k points)
+8 votes
18 degrees from Hamilton Richardson (9th cousins, 3x removed)
19 degrees from Helen Roark
22 degrees from John McEnroe
22 degrees from Althea Gibson
24 degrees from Stefanie Graf
24 degrees from Margaret Molesworth
25 degrees from Jimmy Connors
29 degrees from Arthur Ashe
30 degrees from Evonne Cawley
34 degrees from Björn Borg
43 degrees from Henri Cochet
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 7 (73.3k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+9 votes
16 degrees from Helen Roark.

18 degrees from Hamilton Richardson. 16th cousin. MRCA Margaret (Stewart) Drummond (abt 1497 - aft 1562).

21 degrees from Althea Gibson.

22 degrees from John McEnroe.

23 degrees from Margaret Molesworth.

24 degrees from Jimmy Conners.

25 degrees from Stefanie Graf.

26 degrees from Arthur Ashe.

29 degrees from Evonne Cawley.

36 degrees from Bjorn Borg.

41 degrees from Henri Cochet.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 5 (55.5k points)
+9 votes
16° from Hamilton Richardson. Also a 9th cousin once removed.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 3 (37.3k points)
+8 votes
My closest connections are Steffi Graf and Helen Roark at 21 degrees (but no relationship) and Hamilton Richardson at 22 degrees (which shows a relationship but there's an obviously bad link in the line).
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (542k points)
+7 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (142k points)
+9 votes
  • Steffi Graf - 23 degrees
  • Arthur Ashe - 30 degrees
  • Björn Borg - 38 degrees
  • Henri Cochet - 43 degrees
  • Jimmy Connors - 28 degrees
  • Althea Gibson - 24 degrees
  • Evonne Cawley - 30 degrees
  • John McEnroe - 22 degrees
  • Margaret Molesworth - 24 degrees
  • Ham Richardson - 10th cousin 4x removed, 20 degrees
  • Helen Roark - 20 degrees
I'm not much for sports, but I do like playing tennis, especially badminton. I got pretty good and competitive at both in high school, at least in my aerobics class. I was the second best in the class at badminton by a hair (I had a good "rival"!), and I think there were 6 students who were better than me at tennis, but I really, honestly enjoyed playing against better players. It makes the challenge more fun. Something to keep you going, to keep you striving for self-improvement, analyzing and learning from others' better tricks and maneuvers. I haven't played either in years, but maybe I'll ask some friends sometime if they want to go hit some birdies, especially my bird watcher friend, just for her reaction. laugh
by Jennifer Fulk G2G6 Mach 2 (25.1k points)
Think of the poor, wee birdies!
+7 votes

I am most closely connected to Hamilton Richardson at 17 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (919k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+7 votes

Ham Richardson and I are 13th cousins 2x removed

Helen Roark is 19 Degrees away

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 9 (95.6k points)
+8 votes
Well, 15 love...I have one tennis playing cousin:

Hamilton Richardson: 19 degrees and 20th cousin/2xr

Other closely related stars by degree include:

19 degrees: Helen Roark; 23 degrees: Althea Gibson; 24 degrees: Jimmy Connors & Stephanie Graf; 25 degrees: John McEnroe; 27 degrees: Margaret Molesworth; 29 degrees: Evonne Cawley; 26 degrees: Bjorn Borg; 42 degrees: Henri Cochet.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (655k points)
+8 votes
by Lloyd de Vere Hunt G2G6 Mach 3 (32.7k points)
+8 votes
by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
+7 votes

29 degrees from Stefanie Graf

44 degrees from Bjorn Borg

44 degrees from Henri Jean Cochet

32 degrees from Jimmy Connors

29 degrees from Althea Gibson

24 degrees from Evonne Cawley

30 degrees from John McEnroe Jr.

26 degrees from Margaret Molesworth

26 degrees from Ham Richardson

24 degrees from Helen Roark

by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
+7 votes

WikiTree has this absolutely Wrong!  

They obviously know nothing about judging these connections!  

Can't they see they've crossed a line?!  

Where did they get their judging qualifications?!  

Are there any professionals here?!  

Somebody needs to open their eyes and pay attention!

There is absolutely no freaking way I am connected to John McEnroe!!!


(16 degrees)
by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
edited by Michael Stills

I LOVE how you went all John McEnroe on WikiTree! laugh

He just threw his racket, didn't he?

I was secretly pleased when I read through the list and was closer to Ham Richardson.
When you listen to him as a commentator, he seems like a really nice guy. But on the court in particular, as his WikiTree bio says, he had firey temper.
+8 votes

Ancestors and Cousins

  • 20 degrees - Ham Richardson - 12th cousin, 2x removed. MRCA Isabel (Gyrlington) Trywhit


  • 20 degrees - Helen Roark
  • 24 degrees - Stefanie Graf
  • 24 degrees - Jimmy Connors
  • 24 degrees - Althea Gibson
  • 24 degrees - John McEnroe
  • 26 degrees - Margaret Molesworth
  • 28 degrees - Arthur Ashe
  • 31 degrees - Evonne Cawley
  • 38 degrees - Björn Borg
  • 43 degrees - Henri Cochet
by Shonda Feather G2G6 Mach 3 (33.5k points)
+6 votes
18 Degrees from Hamilton Farrar Richardson, Richardson-28905, 2 branches (11-8) 9th cousins MRCA Ann (unknown) Jewett, Unknown-580119

21 Degrees from Helen Roark 2 branches (11-11)

23 Degrees from Stephanie Graf 4 branches (1-1-12-10)

23 Degrees from John McEnroe 5 branches (1-2-1-6-14)

24 Degrees from Althea Gibson 5 branches (6-4-6-2-7)

25 Degrees from Margaret Molesworth 4 branches (1-7-5-13)

29 Degrees from Evonne Cawley 2 branches (11-9)

30 Degrees from Jimmy Conners 6 branches (3-3-4-7-2-12)

31 Degrees from Arthur Ashe 6 branches (7-9-2-2-5-7)

38 Degrees from Björn Borg 4 branches 4 branches (17-4-11-7)

42 Degrees from Henri Cochet 8 branches (2-2-4-3-3-6-9-14)
by Mildred Gillett G2G6 Mach 2 (28.3k points)
+5 votes
Most closely connected at 17 degrees from Helen Roark, no blood relation.

Only one cousin in this group:

Ham Richardson--9th cousin, twice removed
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
+5 votes
18 degrees from Ham Richardson, who is also a cousin--8th cousins, once removed.

No other blood relatives in this group.
by Sean Delius G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)

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