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Ann Haydon-Jones

Ann Haydon-Jones
Ann Haydon-Jones after Isner-Mahut match
ITF name Ann Jones
Country United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1938-10-07) 7 October 1938 (age 75)
Kings Heath, Birmingham, England
Plays Left-handed
Int. Tennis HOF 1985 (member page)
Career record Template:Format numeric span
Career titles 113
Highest ranking No. 2
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1969)
French Open W (1961, 1966)
Wimbledon W (1969)
US Open F (1961, 1967)
Career record Template:Format numeric span
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1969)
French Open W (1963, 1968, 1969)
Wimbledon F (1968)
US Open F (1960)
Template:Infobox medal templates

Ann Haydon-Jones (born Adrianne Shirley Haydon on 7 October 1938 in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom)[1] is a former table tennis and lawn tennis champion. She won a total of 7 Grand Slam championships during her career: three in singles, three in women's doubles, and one in mixed doubles.[1]


Haydon-Jones was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England.[2] Her parents were prominent table tennis players, her father, Adrian Haydon, having been British number 1 and a competitor at world championships between 1928 and 1953. Ann, as a young girl, also took up the game, participating in five world championships in the 1950s, the best result being losing finalist in singles, doubles and mixed doubles all in 1957. Soon after this she wrote the book "Tackle Table Tennis This Way".

She was also a powerful lawn tennis player, winning the 1954 and 1955 British junior championships. In 1956, she won the Wimbledon girls' singles championship.

Haydon-Jones played lawn tennis in a highly competitive era that included some of the greatest female tennis players of all time, including Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, and Maria Bueno. Despite the fierce competition, she won the 1961 French Championships[3] and reached the final of the 1961 U.S. Championships, losing to the defending champion, Darlene Hard. In 1962, she married P.F. Jones and, recorded as Ann Haydon-Jones, won the French title for a second time in 1966.[3]

At both the Wimbledon Championships and the U.S. Championships in 1967, Haydon-Jones lost in the final to King.[3][4] Two years later, however, the two again met in the Wimbledon final. This time, Haydon-Jones took the most coveted title in the sport,[4] making her the first left-handed female player to do so. She capped off that year's Wimbledon by winning the mixed doubles championship with Australia's Fred Stolle. Her performances resulted in her being voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[3] Haydon-Jones made Wimbledon 1969 her last Grand Slam singles event. She was seeded number one for the 1969 US Open but withdrew before the tournament began. She radically reduced her playing schedule for 1970, playing in South Africa successfully (winning both the Orange Free State Championships and the Western Province Championships), but then largely playing only events in the United Kingdom (UK) for the remainder of the year. She returned to the international scene to play the Federation Cup event in Australia, where she partnered Virginia Wade on the British team.[1] In 1971, Jones played on the Virginia Slims circuit, winning the U.S.$10,000 first prize for the event staged in Las Vegas, beating King in the final. Jones more or less retired after this event as she was expecting her first child. However, Jones continued to play the occasional UK event and was part of the 1975 Wightman Cup team for Great Britain. In 1977, Jones teamed with Winnie Wooldridge to play doubles at Wimbledon.[1]

According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail and Bud Collins, Haydon-Jones was ranked in the world top ten from 1957 through 1963 and from 1965 through 1970, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in those rankings in 1967 and 1969.[5]

According to Mark Lewisohn in The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, on 4 July 1969, The Beatles paused the dubbing session for their song "Golden Slumbers" to listen to Haydon-Jones beat King for the Wimbledon title, live on radio.

With the dawn of the open era in 1968, Haydon-Jones joined with King and others to organize the first professional female touring group. In 1970, she was hired by the BBC as a guest commentator[3] and worked with them for over three decades, while occasionally commentating for US TV stations' tennis coverage. Jones was chairperson of the Women's International Tennis Council and for many years the British team captain for events such as the Federation and Wightman Cups.[1]

Haydon-Jones caused somewhat of a stir on 30 August 1962 when she married businessman Philip "Pip" Jones (1907-1993) who was thirty-one years her senior and five years older than her father.[2][6] The couple later became the butt of many jokes on Monty Python's Flying Circus during its series run. As a running gag, the Pythons would frequently insert "Ann Haydon-Jones and her husband Pip" into any sketch where a list of names was being read off.

In 1985, Haydon-Jones was voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.[1] For many years, Jones was chairperson of the International Women's Tennis Council and has long been a member of Wimbledon's Committee of Management. She became the first ever 'civilian woman' (i.e. not a member of the British Royal Family) to present the trophies at Wimbledon, when she awarded the winners of the Mixed Doubles championship their cup in 2007, a ceremony she now regularly performs. She has since also presented the junior girls trophy.

Grand Slam record

  • French Championships/Open
    • Singles champion: 1961, 1966[3][4]
    • Singles runner-up: 1963, 1968, 1969
    • Women's Doubles champion: 1963, 1968, 1969
    • Women's Doubles runner-up: 1960
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1960, 1966, 1967
  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1969[3][4]
    • Singles runner-up: 1967[3][4]
    • Women's Doubles runner-up: 1968
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1969[3][4]
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1962

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 9 (3–6)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1961 French Championships Clay Mexico Yola Ramírez 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1961 US Championships Grass United States Darlene Hard 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1963 French Championships Clay Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay United States Nancy Richey 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 1967 Wimbledon Grass United States Billie Jean King 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1967 US Championships Grass United States Billie Jean King 11–9, 6–4
Runner-up 1968 French Championships Clay United States Nancy Richey 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1969 French Open Clay Australia Margaret Court 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 1969 Wimbledon Grass United States Billie Jean King 3–6, 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 6 (3–3)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1960 French Championships Clay United Kingdom Patricia Ward Hales Brazil Maria Bueno
United States Darlene Hard
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1960 US Championships Grass United Kingdom Deidre Catt Brazil Maria Bueno
United States Darlene Hard
6–1, 6–1
Winner 1963 French Championships Clay South Africa Renee Schuurman Australia Margaret Court
Australia Robyn Ebbern
7–5, 6–4
Winner 1968 French Open Clay France Françoise Dürr United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1968 Wimbledon Grass France Françoise Dürr United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
9–11, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1969 French Open Clay France Françoise Dürr Australia Margaret Court
United States Nancy Richey
6–0, 4–6, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 5 (1–4)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1960 French Championships Clay Australia Roy Emerson Brazil Maria Bueno
Australia Bob Howe
1–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1962 Wimbledon Grass United States Dennis Ralston United States Margaret Osborne duPont
Australia Neale Fraser
2–6, 6–3, 13–11
Runner-up 1966 French Championships Clay United States Clark Graebner South Africa Annette Van Zyl
South Africa Frew McMillan
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1967 French Championships Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac United States Billie Jean King
Australia Owen Davidson
6–3, 6–1
Winner 1969 Wimbledon Grass Australia Fred Stolle Australia Judy Tegart
Australia Tony Roche
6–2, 6–3
1969 Australian Open Grass Australia Fred Stolle Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
*Shared title, final not played
  • Although both teams shared the 1969 Australian Open mixed doubles title, it is not counted in the official Grand Slam title count.

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia A A A A A A A A A 2R A A A SF 3–2
France A SF QF A 4R W SF F A QF W QF F F 44–8
Wimbledon 2R 3R SF QF SF 4R SF SF QF 4R SF F SF W 57–13
United States A QF 3R SF QF F A SF QF QF A F SF A 36–10

A = did not participate in the tournament.

Women's doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970-1974 1975 1976 1977 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia A A A A A A A A A QF A A A SF A A A A 4–2
France A 2R SF A F QF SF W A QF SF QF W W A A A A 32–7
Wimbledon 1R 3R 2R QF 3R 3R 2R SF SF 2R SF SF F 3R A A A 3R 33–15
United States A QF SF SF F QF A SF A A A A SF A A 1R A A 17–8

A = did not participate in the tournament.

Singles titles (113)

  • 1956 – Cheltenham, Sunderland Championships, Welsh Championships, Worthing Hard Courts, North of England Championships
  • 1957 – Tally Ho! Tournament, Northumberland County Championships, Malvern, Sunderland Championships, South of England Championships
  • 1958 – Tally Ho!, Durham
  • 1959 – Mexico City, Pan American Championships
  • 1960 – Finnish Championships, Scandinavian Indoors, German Indoors, Good Neighbor Championships Miami, St. Petersburg Masters, Caribe Hilton International, Mexico City, St. Andrew's Invitations Kingston, Caribbean Championships, Tally Ho! Tournament, Sutton Hard Courts, Malvern Championships, Cologne Championships, Essex County Championships, Pacific Southwest Championships, Championships of Morocco, Torquay Palace Indoors.
  • 1961 – Good Neighbor Championships Miami, French Championships,[3][4] Wolverhamption Open, Lowther Championships, Irish Championships, Welsh Championships, Canadian Nationals, Chilean Nationals, São Paulo Championships
  • 1962 – West Province Championships, Hewlett's Hard Courts Durban, French Indoors, Scandinavian Indoors, British Covered Court Championships, Cumberland Hard Courts, Sutton Hard Courts, London Hard Courts, Cheltenham, Midland Championships (shared), Welsh Championships, St. Moritz, Palace Torquay
  • 1963 – Coupe Pierre Gillou, German Indoors, Scandinavian Indoor Championships, French Indoors, Carlton International, Sutton Championships, British Hard Courts, London Hard Courts, Wolverhampton, Cheltenham, Hoylake Open, Carlyon Bay Championships
  • 1964 – British Hard Courts, Sutton Coldfield, Surrey Championships, Bavarian Championships, British Covered Court Championships, Carlyon Bay Covered Courts
  • 1965 – German Indoors, French Indoors, Dutch Indoor, Cumberland Championships, Sutton Hard Courts, British Hard Courts, British Covered Court Championships, Carlyon Bay Covered Courts, Palace Torquay
  • 1966 – German Indoors, French Indoors, Cumberland Championships, British Hard Courts, Connaught, Italian Championships, French Championships,[3][4] Moscow International
  • 1967 – German Indoors, Scandinavian Indoors, Dixie International, Barranquilla Championships, Caracas Championships, Curaçao Invitational, Mexico City, Caribe Hilton International, Masters Invitational, Kent Championships, Essex Championships
  • 1968 – Caracas, Queen's Club (shared), Argentine & South American Open
  • 1969 – New Zealand Open, Monte Carlo Open, Belgian Open, Queen's Club Grass Championships, Wimbledon,[3] Aix-En-Provence Championships, British Covered Court Championships
  • 1970 – Orange Free State Championships, Western Province Championships, Benson & Hedges Open, Bio-Strath London Hard Court Championships, Surrey Grass Courts, Chichester, Eastbourne International, Turkish International, Dewar Cup Torquay
  • 1971 – Caribe Hilton International, Caesar's Palace World Pro
  • 1975 – Torquay Palace Indoors

See also


Tackle Table Tennis This Way, by Ann Haydon, 1958 (Now out of print)

External links

  • International Tennis Hall of Fame profile
Preceded by
David Hemery
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Henry Cooper
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