Evelyn Colyer

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Evelyn Colyer
Evelyn Colyer 1922.jpg
Full name Evelyn Lucy Colyer Munro
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1902-08-16)16 August 1902
Wandsworth, England
Died 6 November 1930(1930-11-06) (aged 28)
Bishnath, British India
Retired 1930
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1925)
Wimbledon 4R (1927)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1925, 1926)
Wimbledon F (1923, 1926)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open 2R (1928)
Team competitions
Wightman Cup W (1924, 1925)

Evelyn Lucy Colyer (later Munro, 16 August 1902 – 4 November 1930) was a female tennis player from Great Britain. With Joan Austin, sister of Bunny Austin, Colyer played doubles in the 1923 Wimbledon final against Suzanne Lenglen and Elizabeth Ryan. Colyer and Austin were known in the British press as "The Babes." At the 1924 Paris Olympics she teamed up with Dorothy Shepherd-Barron to win a bronze medal in the women's doubles event.

From 1920 until 1929 she competed in all editions of the Wimbledon Championships.[1] Her best singles result was reaching the fourth round in 1927 in which she was defeated by Kitty Godfree.[2]

In 1925 she teamed up with P.B.D . Spence and won the mixed doubles title at the Queen's Club Covered Courts Championships.[3]

She was part of the winning British Wightman Cup team in 1924 and 1925 as well as the team that lost in 1926.[4][5]

On 13 February 1930 she married Hamish Munro, a tea planter from Assam, British India and soon afterwards the couple migrated to Assam.[6] She died on 6 November 1930 of complications after giving birth to twins on 20 October.[7][8]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (0 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1923 Wimbledon United Kingdom Joan Austin France Suzanne Lenglen
United States Elizabeth Ryan
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1925 French Championships United Kingdom Kitty McKane France Suzanne Lenglen
France Julie Vlasto
1–6, 11–9, 2–6
Runner-up 1926 French Championships United Kingdom Kitty McKane France Suzanne Lenglen
France Julie Vlasto
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1926 Wimbledon United Kingdom Kitty McKane United States Mary Kendall Browne
United Kingdom Randolph Lycett
1–6, 1–6


  1. ^ "Wimbledon player archive – Evelyn Colyer". AELTC. 
  2. ^ "Wimbledon draw archive – 1927 Ladies' Singles". AELTC. 
  3. ^ McKelvie, Roy (1986). The Queen's Club Story, 1886-1986. London: Stanley Paul. p. 258. ISBN 0091660602. 
  4. ^ "British Women Showing Class in Tennis Now". The Miami News. Aug 25, 1925. 
  5. ^ "England Again Lifts Wightman Tennis Cup". The Sunday Morning Star. Aug 16, 1925. 
  6. ^ "Tennis Star Marries". The Montreal Gazette. Feb 14, 1930. 
  7. ^ "Loss To British Lawn Tennis". The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser. 7 November 1930. 
  8. ^ "Evelyn Colyer's Death". Nottingham Evening Post. British Newspaper Archive. 6 November 1930. p. 10. (subscription required (help)). 

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