Margaret Court

(b. 1942)

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1942– )

Australian tennis player who dominated the women's game during the 1960s.

Court was originally a left-hander who trained herself to play tennis with her right hand. Her first success was in mixed doubles and in 1963 she won the grand slam of all four major titles, partnered by Ken Fletcher. Court's game was characterized by a particularly fine backhand and volley but occasionally marred by attacks of nerves. She won three singles titles at Wimbledon (1963, 1965, and 1970), was French champion five times (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, and 1973), and more or less monopolized the Australian title for over a decade (1960–66, 1969–71, and 1973). In 1970 she achieved the grand slam in singles tournaments. She retired in 1977.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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