1939: Tennis hopefuls

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Schoolgirls at Tudor Hall School being instructed by school tennis coach Herbert Pervin, emulating the dazzling career of the British tennis player Dorothy Round.  Round was ranked no.1 in the world in 1934, winning the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Shampionship that year and again in 1937.  She won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles three years in a row from 1934, twice partnered by the top British men’s player Fred Perry.

One pupil, Joy Gannon, is already showing early promise.  Gannon went on to be coached by Dan Maskell, coach of the winning British Davis Cup team of 1933.  She had a career as a singles and doubles player.  Ted Tinling, who later became world famous as a tennis couturier, designed his first Wimbledon tennis dress for Joy in 1947.

In 1949 she reached the women's doubles final at the French Open (Roland-Garros).  She married Anthony John "Tony" Mottram that year and partnered him in mixed doubles.  In 1952, she reached the quarter-finals of the women's singles at Roland-Garros .

Later, both became tennis coaches and in 1957 wrote a book titled 'Modern Lawn Tennis'.  Their son ‘Buster’ Mottram  was a Davis Cup tennis player in the 1970s.


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