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Biography of Margaret Court (1942-VVVV)


Australian tennis player born on July 16, 1942, with the name of Margaret Smith, second female winner of the Grand Slam in 1970, after which achieved it Maureen Connolly in 1953, and winner of a total of sixty-two great titles, twenty-four of them individual.

Dominating almost absolute world tennis in the Decade of 1960, Margaret Court is considered pioneering in physical training and the continuous improvement of technology, especially the serve and volley, as formulas to get the win, which allowed him to stay as number one for more than ten years. Seventeen jumped into the international scene thanks to his victory at the 1960 Australian Championships, an individual who did not abandon until 1967 and who returned to reedit in the period 1969-1971 and last in 1973; to this he added eight victories in doubles and two in mixed doubles for a total of 21 entries in the competition, a record that no one has managed to overcome. In 1961 he was already among the top five in the world and completed one of his best seasons in 1962 to be imposed in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments: in addition to in the Championship of Australia, she won the U.S. Championship and at Roland Garros, which led her to the number one in the amateur ranks. In 1963 he became for the first time with the tournament of Wimbledon against American Billie Jean Moffitt (later King), which defeated 6-3, 6-4, thus completing his record with the big four and becoming the first Australian to achieve the prized tournament English; In addition, that same year won together with his compatriot Ken Fletcher in the mixed doubles of all the Grand Slam tournaments. In 1964 he wasn't so lucky and was defeated in the singles final of Wimbledon by the Brazilian Maria Bueno, who also defeated her in the American Championship of the previous year; However, he regained both titles in 1965, before announcing his retirement while he played the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1966.

From that moment he settled in Perth, city where he opened a clothing store, and in 1967 married Barrymore Court, brother of the Governor of Western Australia, whose married name was known since then. However, that same year returned to the slopes and, although at the beginning it was away from the previous level, hard physical training made him recover the good and even improve their performance on the track, so in 1969 was again imposed in three of the four tournaments of Grand Slams - Open de Australia, United States and Roland - Garros and only failed at Wimbledonwhere however he managed to win in doubles. Finally, 1970 was his great year to complete the Grand Slam, the victory in the four large, not without difficulties since in a memorable and even Wimbledon final he defeated Billie Jean King 14-12 and 11-9. In 1971, he lost in the third round of Roland Garros in the Wimbledon final against his compatriot Evonne Goolagongand Gail Chanfreu, and then returned to withdraw because of pregnancy with their first child.

His return in the 1973 season was hugely successful, to republish the triple victories in Australia, United States and France, and with it the number one world. A new pregnancy made him to leave once more tracks and, despite having intention to continue with his career, the arrival of her third child led to his definitive retirement from professional tennis in 1977.


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