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Christine Truman

Christine Truman
Full name Christine Clara Truman Janes
ITF name Christine Janes
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1941-01-16) 16 January 1941
Woodford Green, England
Plays Right-handed
Highest ranking No. 2 (1959)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1960)
French Open W (1959)
Wimbledon F (1961)
US Open F (1959)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1960)
French Open SF (1959)
Wimbledon F (1959)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1960)
French Open SF (1967)
Wimbledon QF (1959)
US Open SF (1958)
Team competitions
Wightman Cup W (1958,1960,1968)

Christine Truman Janes, MBE, (born 16 January 1941) is a female former tennis player from the United Kingdom who was active from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s. She won a singles Grand Slam title at the French Championships in 1959 and was a finalist at Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. She helped Great Britain win the Wightman Cup in 1958, 1960 and 1968.


  • Career 1
  • Grand Slam finals 2
    • Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up) 2.1
    • Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up) 2.2
  • Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The British junior champion in 1956 and 1957, Truman made her Wimbledon debut in 1957 at age 16 and reached the semifinals, where she lost to Althea Gibson.[1]

In 1958, she caused a sensation by defeating Gibson, the Wimbledon champion, in the Wightman Cup and helped bring the cup back to Great Britain after 21 consecutive defeats by the United States.[2] A few weeks later at Wimbledon, however, as the second seed she was defeated in the fourth round by the American Mimi Arnold. That loss helped start her reputation as an unpredictable player.

In 1959, she became the youngest women's singles champion at the French Championships at the age of 18.[1] That year, by far her best, also saw her as the winner of the Italian Championships and runner-up at the U.S. Championships.[2] She failed, however, to justify her top seeding at Wimbledon where she lost in the fourth round to the Mexican Yola Ramírez Ochoa.[3] In doubles at Wimbledon, Truman partnered Beverly Baker Fleitz to reach the women's doubles final and with her brother Humphrey to reach the mixed doubles quarterfinals.

In 1960, she was the third seed at Wimbledon, where she lost in a semifinal to Maria Bueno in three sets. She teamed with Bueno to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Championships that year.

In 1961, she was the sixth seed at Wimbledon and defeated the second seed, Margaret Court, 3–6, 6–3, 9–7 in a quarterfinal after trailing 4–1 in the final set and saving two match points. She then beat Renee Schuurman Haygarth of South Africa in a semifinal 6–4, 6–4 before losing to fellow Briton Angela Mortimer in the final.[4]

In July 1962 it was revealed that Truman is partially blind in her left eye.[5]

Truman had another comparatively successful Wimbledon run in 1965, when unseeded, she defeated the 6th seeded Carole Caldwell Graebner in the second round; up and coming players Judy Tegart and Julie Heldman in the third and fourth round respectively; and the 4th seeded Nancy Richey in the quarter final round. Her run to the semi final held some irony as it was the first time in Wimbledon history that no British player had been seeded in the Ladies Singles championship. She was defeated by no.2 seed (and eventual champion) Margaret Smith in their semi-final 6-4 6-0, avenging the defeat Truman had infliced on Smith in a 1961 quarter final clash.[6]

In April 1968 she and her sister Nell Truman became the first winners of an open tennis event by winning the women's doubles title at the British Hard Court Championships in Bournemouth.[1]

According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Janes was ranked in the world top ten from 1957 through 1961 and in 1965, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in those rankings in 1959.[7] She played Wightman Cup from 1957 through 1971 (winning the cup in 1958, 1960, and 1968). She also played Federation Cup in 1963, 1965, and 1968, posting a 6–3 singles record and a 2–2 doubles record.

On 1 December 1967 she married former Wasps player Gerry Janes and they have four children.[8] She retired from tennis in 1975 and became a commentator for BBC Radio the same year. In the 2001 Queen's Birthday's Honours list, she was awarded an MBE for her "services to sport". Since 2011 she has published several children's books.[9]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
Winner 1959 French Championships Zsuzsi Körmöczy 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1959 U.S. Championships Maria Bueno 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1961 Wimbledon Angela Mortimer Barrett 6–4, 4–6, 5–7

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1959 Wimbledon Beverly Baker Jeanne Arth
Darlene Hard
6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Winner 1960 Australian Championships Maria Bueno Lorraine Coghlan Robinson
Margaret Smith
6–2, 5–7, 6–2

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 Career SR
Australia A A A SF A A 2R A 3R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3
France 1R QF W A QF 4R SF QF A A 3R A A A A A A A 1 / 8
Wimbledon SF 4R 4R SF F 3R 4R 2R SF A 1R 2R 4R A 4R A 1R 3R 0 / 15
United States 3R QF F SF QF A QF A A A A A 3R A A A A A 0 / 7
SR 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 33

A = did not participate in the tournament.

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

See also


  1. ^ That record has since been broken by Steffi Graf in 1987, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in 1989, and Monica Seles in 1990.


  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ "Christine Truman Upset At Women's Wimbledon". Kentucky New Era. AP. 24 June 1959. 
  4. ^ Robertson, Max (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. pp. 270,271.  
  5. ^ "Christine Truman Partially Blind, Mom Confirms". Star-News. UPI. 3 July 1962. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703.  
  8. ^ "Miss Truman marries at 26". The Age. 5 December 1967. 
  9. ^ "Tennis ace serves up a new writing career". Norwich Evening News 24. Eastern Daily Press. 11 June 2011. 

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