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Maiden name was Smith...Married Barry Court in 1967; His father was a former Western Australian Minister for Industry...Maiden name is Smith...Gave birth to first child in February 1972 and returned to tour after Wimbledon; gave birth to second child in 1974 and returned to tour later in year; has four children in all...Ordained as a minister (Reverend Court) in 1991 and toured Australia in a mobile ministry; also traveled to other nations with ministry...Autobiography Court on Court was published in 1975.

Career Highlights

Winner (92 Open Era): 1968 - Hurlingham, Manchester, Beckenham, Irish Open, Hoylake, Dutch Open, Berkeley, Dewar-Stalybridge, Dewar-Perth, Dewar-Aberavon, Dewar-Torquay, Queen's Covered Court Champs, Dewar Cup Finals-London; 1969 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Caracas, San Juan, Charlotte, Houston, Bournemouth, Hurlingham, Bristol, Newport-Wales, Frinton, Rock Invitation-NY, Merion GC Champs-Philadelphia, US Champs-Boston, Berkeley; 1970 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, Perth, Hobart, Victorian Open-Melbourne, ITPA Philadelphia, Vanderbilt-New York, Dallas, South African Open, Sutton, Bournemouth, Guildford, Bristol, Queen's London Champs, Frinton, Budapest International, Dutch Open, Merion Grass Champs-Pennsylvania, Canadian Open; 1971 - Australian Open, Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Durban, South African Open, Hurlingham, Bournemouth, Queen's London GC Champs, Irish Open; 1972 - Western Champs [Cincinatti], VS Newport [RI], VS Oakland, Dewar-Edinburgh, Dewar-Glasgow, Dewar-Birmingham, Dewar-Manchester, Dewar-London, Perth, Sydney; 1973 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, BMC Oakland, BMC Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami Indoors, VS Detroit, Chicago, Richmond, Philadelphia, Boston, Jacksonville, Irish Open, Nashville, Allaire [NJ], Newport [RI], World Invitational-Sea Pines; 1974 - West Australian Champs [Perth]; 1975 - Chicago; 1976 - Toyota-Melbourne.

Winner (48 Open Era): 1976 - Melbourne (w/Stove); 1975 - US Open (w/Wade), Bridgestone Doubles (w/Wade); 1973 - Australian Open (w/Wade), Roland Garros (w/Wade), US Open (w/Wade); 1971 - Australian Open (w/Goolagong), South African Open (w/Goolagong); 1970 - Australian Open (w/Dalton), Wimbledon (w/Dalton), Melbourne (w/Dalton), Sydney (w/Dalton), Frinton (w/Lloyd), Eastbourne (w/Tegart); 1969 - Perth (w/Tegart), Melbourne (w/Tegart), Sydney (w/Tegart), Brisbane (w/Tegart); 1968 - US Open (w/Bueno), Rome (w/Wade), Manchester (w/Bueno), Berkeley (w/Bueno), Beckenham (w/Bueno), West Kirby (w/Wade), Perth (w/Walkden), Aberavon (w/Walkden), London I (w/Walkden).

Winner (19 Open Era): 1975 - US Open; 1974 - South Africian Open (w/Riessen); 1972 - US Open (w/Riessen); 1971 - South African Open (w/Stolle); 1970 - US Open (w/Ralston), South Africian Open (w/Riessen); 1969 - Roland Garros (w/Riessen), US Open (w/Riessen); 1968 - Rome (wRiessen), Berkeley (w/Smith), West Kensington (w/Smith).

Career in Review

ò Accumulated 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 19 doubles and 19 mixed; holds all-time records for most Grand Slam singles titles (24), mixed doubles titles (19) and total titles (62)
ò In 1970, became second woman in tennis to achieve the Grand Slam - Australian, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and United States singles titles in the same calendar year; at Roland Garros, trailed Olga Morozova 6-3, 5-2 and suffered from leg cramps before coming back; injured ankle during Wimbledon, so rushed the net as much as possible in defeating Billie Jean King in final; also is the only player to achieve a Grand Slam in both singles and mixed doubles, winning all four mixed titles with Ken Fletcher in 1963
ò In four years, 1962, 65, 69 and 73, won three of the four Grand Slams; only Wimbledon eluded her in 1962, 69 and 73, and Roland Garros in 1965
ò In the 1970 Wimbledon final, defeated Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9; the 46 games in the match and 26-game first set are both Wimbledon finals records
ò One of three women to accomplish Triple Crowns (Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles) at the 1963 Australian and 1970 US Open (King and Navratilova are the others)
ò Won the Australian Open a record 11 times
ò Never seeded lower than No. 2 at Wimbledon; first appearance was in 1961
ò Lost to Bobby Riggs 6-2, 6-1 on Mother's Day in 1973 in an exhibition match