Leslie Godfree

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Leslie Godfree
Full name Leslie Allison Godfree
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1885-04-27)April 27, 1885
Brighton
Died November 17, 1971(1971-11-17) (aged 86)
Richmond, London
Plays right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1926)
Wimbledon 3R (1923)
US Open 1R (1930)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 3R (1926)
Wimbledon W (1923)
US Open 2R (1930)
Olympic Games 1R (1924)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open SF (1926)
Wimbledon W (1926)
US Open QF (1930)
Olympic Games QF (1924)

Leslie Allison Godfree (27 April 1885 in Brighton – 17 November 1971 in Richmond, London)[1] was a British male tennis player who was especially successful in doubles and mixed doubles.

Biography[edit]

Educated at Brighton College, Godfree played at the Wimbledon Championships from 1920 to 1930. While in singles he dropped out of the competition after the first or second round each year, he won the doubles title partnering Randolph Lycett in 1923. In January 1926, he married Kathleen McKane, a two time Wimbledon singles champion.[2] In the same year, the newly married couple took the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon, being the only married couple ever to win this championship.[3] Leslie had already reached the mixed doubles final two years earlier in 1924 where he was beaten by his future wife Kitty, and the couple would again in 1927.

Apart from Wimbledon, the Godfrees played at the French Championships in 1926 where they could advance to the semfinals in mixed doubles. In 1930, Godfree took part at the US Championships where he reached the quarterfinals in mixed doubles, this time partnering Mercedes Malowe.

He was also member of the British Davis Cup team from 1923 to 1927 and competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports Reference profile page". Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Sports Reference profile of Kitty McKane". Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Plaque honours tennis great Kitty". BBC News Online. 23 October 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

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