Irene Bowder Peacock

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Irene Bowder Peacock
Irene Bowder Peacock portrait 1921.jpg
Full nameIrene Evelyn Bowder Peacock
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born(1892-07-27)27 July 1892
Ferozepore, British India
Died13 June 1978(1978-06-13) (aged 85)
Johannesburg, South Africa[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenF (1927)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenW (1927)
WimbledonF (1921, 1927)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1921, 1927)

Irene Evelyn Bowder Peacock (née Bowder; 27 July 1892 – 13 June 1978) was a South African female tennis player.

Bowder Peacock won the doubles title at the 1927 French Championships with Bobbie Heine Miller defeating Peggy Saunders and Phoebe Holcroft Watson in two straight sets. That same tournament she also reached the final of the singles competition which she lost in straight sets to Kea Bouman of the Netherlands.[2] She won the British Indian Championships singles title from 1915 to 1920, the South of England Championships singles title in 1922, and the South African Championships singles title from 1924 to 1926.

At the World Covered Court Championships in 1920 she was a finalist in the doubles and, partnering Francis Fisher, won the mixed doubles title after a walkover in the final against Stanley Doust and Kathleen McKane Godfree. In 1921 she won the mixed doubles at the Queen's Covered Court Championships, again teaming up with Fisher, but lost the final of the singles event to Edith Holman.[3]

She captained the South African women's team that toured Europe in 1927 and together with Heine Miller won the doubles title at the Queen's Club Championships.[3] Bowder Peacock and Heine Miller missed the 1930 Wimbledon Championships due to a scheduling disagreement with the South African Lawn Tennis Union.[4][5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Peacock (right) at the 1927 French Championships after a victory in the quarterfinal against Cilly Aussem

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1927 French Championships Clay Netherlands Kea Bouman 2–6, 4–6

Doubles (1 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1921 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Geraldine Beamish France Suzanne Lenglen
United States Elizabeth Ryan
1–6, 2–6
Winner 1927 French Championships Clay South Africa Bobbie Heine United Kingdom Peggy Mitchell
United Kingdom Phoebe Watson
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1927 Wimbledon Gras South Africa Bobbie Heine United States Helen Wills
United States Elizabeth Ryan
3–6, 2–6


  1. ^ Little, Alan (2013). Wimbledon Compendium 2013 (23 ed.). London: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. p. 408. ISBN 978-1899039401.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 393, 401. ISBN 9780942257700.
  3. ^ a b McKelvie, Roy (1986). The Queen's Club Story, 1886-1986. London: Stanley Paul. pp. 245, 257–258. ISBN 0091660602.
  4. ^ "Tennis "Stir"". Hull Daily Mail. 13 March 1930. p. 12 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon tennis – Miss Heine not to be a competitor". Lancashire Evening Post. 19 March 1930. p. 9 – via British Newspaper Archive.