Margaret Court

Margaret Court AC MBE (née Smith; born 16 July 1942), also known as Margaret Smith Court, is an Australian retired tennis player and former world No. 1. She won 24 Grand Slam women's singles titles, 19 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Her 24 Grand Slam singles titles and her total of 64 Grand Slam titles are the most in tennis history. She is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She is currently a Christian minister in Perth, Western Australia.

The Reverend
Margaret Court
AC MBE
Court in 1964
Country (sports) Australia
ResidencePerth, Western Australia
Born (1942-07-16) 16 July 1942 (age 79)
Albury, New South Wales
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned pro1960
Retired1977
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1979 (member page)
Singles
Career titles192 (92 during the Open Era)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1962)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenW (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)
French OpenW (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973)
WimbledonW (1963, 1965, 1970)
US OpenW (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973)
Doubles
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1963)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenW (1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)
French OpenW (1964, 1965, 1966, 1973)
WimbledonW (1964, 1969)
US OpenW (1963, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1973, 1975)
Mixed doubles
Career titles21 (7 during the open era)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian OpenW (1963, 1964, 1965, 1969)
French OpenW (1963, 1964, 1965, 1969)
WimbledonW (1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1975)
US OpenW (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1964, 1965, 1968, 1971)

In 1970, Court became the first woman during the Open Era (the second woman in history after Maureen Connolly) to win the singles Grand Slam (all four major tournaments in the same calendar year). Her all-surfaces (hard, clay, grass and carpet) singles career-winning percentage of 91.74 is the best of all time according to the Sporteology website.[1] Her Open era singles career winning percentage of 91.02% (608–60) is unequalled, as is her Open era winning percentage of 91.67% (11–1) in Grand Slam singles finals.[2] Her win–loss performance in all Grand Slam singles tournaments was 90.00% (207–23). She was 95.24% (60–3) at the Australian Open, 89.80% (44–5) at the French Open, 85.00% (51–9) at Wimbledon, and 89.66% (52–6) at the US Open. She also shares the Open era record for most Grand Slam singles titles as a mother (3) with Kim Clijsters.[3] In 1973, Court set the record for most singles titles won in a single Grand Slam event, with 11 Australian Open wins. This record was surpassed by Rafael Nadal in 2019 when he won his 12th French Open title, but remains a women's record.

Court is one of only three players in history (all women) to have won the "Grand Slam Boxed Set", consisting of every Grand Slam title (the singles, doubles and mixed doubles). Court, however, is the only one in tennis history to complete a Multiple Grand Slam set, twice, in all three disciplines. Uniquely, she won all 12 as an amateur and then after a period of retirement, returned as a professional to win all 12 again. Court is also one of only six tennis players ever to win a Multiple Grand Slam set in two disciplines, matching Roy Emerson, Martina Navratilova, Frank Sedgman, Doris Hart, and Serena Williams.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame states "For sheer strength of performance and accomplishment there has never been a tennis player to match (her)."[4] In 2010, the Herald Sun called her the greatest female tennis player of all time, a view supported by Evonne Goolagong Cawley.[5][6]

Having grown up as a Roman Catholic, Court became associated with Pentecostalism in the 1970s and became a Christian minister in that tradition in 1991. She later founded Margaret Court Ministries.


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