Joan Hartigan

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Joan Hartigan
Joan Bathurst 1935.jpg
Full name Joan Marcia Bathurst Hartigan
Country (sports)  Australia
Born (1912-06-06)6 June 1912
Sydney, Australia
Died 31 August 2000(2000-08-31) (aged 88)
Sydney, New South Wales
Singles
Highest ranking No. 8 (1934, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1933, 1934, 1936)
French Open 3R (1934)
Wimbledon SF (1934, 1935)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1940)
French Open 2R (1934)
Wimbledon QF (1935)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1937)
Wimbledon QF (1935)

Joan Marcia Bathurst (née Hartigan; 6 June 1912 – 31 August 2000) was a female Australian Champion tennis player.

Early life and education[edit]

Joan Marcia Hartigan was born in Sydney, the daughter of Thomas Joseph (Tom) Hartigan, a railways commissioner,[2] and Imelda Josephine, née Boylson, a schoolteacher; the couple wed on 26 March 1908 at St Thomas's Catholic Church, Lewisham, New South Wales.[3][4] Tom Hartigan was a clerk in the New South Wales Government Railways and eventually became Railways Commissioner.[3] She was educated at the all-girls' Loreto Kirribilli, in the lower north shore of Sydney.

Tennis career[edit]

Joan Hartigan competing in a tennis tournament at Milton Stadium in Brisbane, Australia in 1936

Bathurst won the singles title at the Australian Championships three times and was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 1934 (losing to Helen Jacobs) and 1935 (losing to Helen Wills Moody). Bathurst three times reached the women's doubles final at the Australian Championships, in 1933, 1934, and 1940. Bathurst teamed with Edgar Moon to win the mixed doubles title at the 1934 Australian Championships. According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bathurst was ranked in the world top ten in 1934 and 1935, reaching a career high of World No. 8 in those rankings in 1934.[1]

Personal and family life[edit]

In January, 1943 she enlisted in the Australian Army; she was discharged on 1 September 1943.[4] In 1946, she announced her engagement to Hugh Moxon Bathurst of Melbourne who was then private secretary to Senator James Fraser, Chifley's Health minister.[5] They married at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney on Saturday, 12 April 1947, before flying to Adelaide then Perth to board the Orion at Fremantle for England where they planned to live for a few years while she resumed her tennis career at Wimbledon.[6][7] In 1950, they returned on the Strathmore after living in Surrey for three years and settled in Sydney.[8] Joan Bathurst died on 31 August 2000,[9] and her husband died 16 April 2001.[10] Their son, Thomas Frederick Bathurst became Chief Justice of New South Wales.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; or (NH) tournament not held.
Tournament 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 – 1944 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 Career SR
Australian Championships QF A W W A W QF QF SF SF NH NH QF 2R A A 3 / 10
French Championships A A A 3R A A A A A NH R A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A A SF SF A A 2R A NH NH NH A 3R A 1R 0 / 5
U.S. Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 1 3 / 16

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 702. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  2. ^ "Hartigan, Thomas Joseph (Tom) (1877–1963)". adb.anu.edu.au. Australian Dictionary of Biography. 
  3. ^ a b R. M. Audley, Hartigan, Thomas Joseph (1877–1963) profile, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, accessed 28 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Hartigan, Joan Marcia Commonwealth of Australia, WW2 Nominal Roll, 2002; accessed 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Former Woman Tennis Champion Engaged.". The Argus. Melbourne. 4 May 1946. p. 3. Retrieved 28 August 2011 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "TENNIS STAR". The West Australian. Perth. 17 April 1947. p. 14. Retrieved 28 August 2011 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "Joan Hartigan For Wimbledon.". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW. 26 March 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 28 August 2011 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "Social News And Gossip". The Sunday Herald. Sydney. 30 April 1950. p. 13. Retrieved 28 August 2011 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ Death notices, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 2000,
  10. ^ Death notices, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2001.

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