Vale Bobbie Heine Miller: 1920’s Tennis Champion Dies At 106

South African-born Bobbie Heine Miller, formerly known as ‘Esther Laurie Heine’, began her tennis career at the age of 15 when she won the Natal Singles championship back in 1925. She received her nickname ‘Bobbie’ as a junior player at a tournament where she represented the South African Tennis Union at age 17. From there, Heine made her first trip to Europe in 1927 where she won the Surrey Championships at Surbiton. After smashing out Heine kept herself busy, forming the women’s South American team.

During her personal life, Heine married her husband Harry Miller, a farmer from Pietermaritzburg and they both settled down with two kids, a son, and a daughter. 

Her husband sadly passed away at the end of World War II during a routine operation for his tonsils. Heine also survived a plane crash in Egypt which tragically ended her tennis career. In 1978, she then migrated to Australia where she raised both of her children.

She celebrated her 100th birthday in Canberra in 2009 and later became Canberra’s oldest citizens this year at the age 106.

A funeral will be held for Ms. Heine Miller at the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium.