Phyllis Satterthwaite

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Phyllis Satterthwaite
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Phyllis Satterthwaite (r.) and Dorothy Holman (1920)
Full name Phyllis Helen Carr Satterthwaite
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1889-01-26)26 January 1889
London, England
Died 20 January 1962(1962-01-20) (aged 72)
London, England
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1930, 1933)
Wimbledon F (1919, 1921) (All Comers')
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1913, 1914, 1919, 1920)
WHCC W (1920)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1921, 1923, 1925)

Phyllis Helen Satterthwaite (26 January 1889 – 20 January 1962) was a female tennis player from Great Britain who was active from the early 1910s until the late 1930s.

Tennis career[edit]

In 1911 she participated for the first time in the Wimbledon Championships.[1] In 1919 she reached the final of the All-Comers competition in which she was defeated by eventual champion Suzanne Lenglen in two sets.[2] Two years later, in 1921, she again made it to the final of the All-Comers competition, but this time lost to American Elizabeth Ryan in two straight sets.[3][4] In total she competed in 20 Wimbledon Championships between 1911 and 1935.[5]

In 1920 she won the women's doubles title at the World Hard Court Championships in Paris. Playing alongside her compatriot Dorothy Holman they defeated the French team Germaine Golding and Jeanne Vaussard. She was selected to play in the 1923 Wightman Cup but was unable to participate.[6] In 1924 she participated in the Olympic Games in Paris. Via a bye in the first round and a walkover in the second she reached the third round in the singles competition which she lost in straight sets to Helen Wills who would go on to win the Gold medal.

Satterthwaite was a baseline player with a game based on safety and keeping the ball in play. In 1930 she played against Lucia Valerio in the final of the Bordighera tournament on the Italian Riviera. At match point her determination not to make an error resulted in a rally which lasted 450 strokes. Satterthwaite won the point and the match.[7]

In 1931 she competed in several Riviera open championships, reaching the final on 13 occasions and winning eight titles, defeating among others Cilly Aussem and Betty Nuthall.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She married Clement Richard Satterthwaite on 13 April 1912. Satterthwaite lived in London with her husband until April 1923 when she divorced and moved to Cannes and resided on the French Riviera thereafter. She wrote tennis reports to magazines for a living. In 1928 she visited England where he was charged by the King's Bench for tax evasion.[8]

In 1924 she published a book titled Lawn Tennis for Women.[9] The following year she published Tips for Tennis Players.

Phyllis Satterthwaite died on 20 January 1962, aged 72, in the London borough of Westminster.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lawn Tennis for Women Renwick of Otley, London 1924.
  • Tips for Tennis Players 1925.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ITF – Player Profile". ITF. 
  2. ^ "Frenchwoman Defeats Miss Satterthwaite at Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times (New York, United States: Ochs-Sulzberger family). 3 July 1919. 
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis : An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 19, 428. ISBN 978-0-942257-70-0. 
  4. ^ "Miss Ryan Takes British Net Final" (PDF). The New York Times. June 30, 1921. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Phyllis Satterhwaite (Carr)". AELTC. 
  6. ^ a b Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1935. pp. 232, 233. 
  7. ^ Jon Henderson (27 March 2005). "Two thousand strokes - one point". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ "Mrs. Satterthwaite". The Straits Times (Singapore, Straits Settlements: Straits Times Press): 9. August 2, 1928. 
  9. ^ Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Willis. The Living Age 27. March 1926 pp. 666-667. (online)

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