Joan Hartigan : biography
Joan Marcia Bathurst (6 June 1912 – 31 August 2000) was a female tennis player from Australia.
Bathurst won the singles title at the Australian Championships three times and was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 1934 (losing to Helen Jacobs) and 1935 (losing to Helen Wills Moody). Bathurst three times reached the women’s doubles final at the Australian Championships, in 1933, 1934, and 1940. Bathurst teamed with Edgar Moon to win the mixed doubles title at the 1934 Australian Championships.
Early life and education
Joan Marcia Hartigan was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the daughter of (1877–1963) and Imelda Josephine née Boylson, a schoolteacher, who had married on 26 March 1908 at St Thomas’s Catholic Church, Lewisham, New South Wales.R. M. Audley, , Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, accessed 28 August 2011. Commonwealth of Australia, WW2 Nominal Roll, 2002 accessed 28 August 2011. Tom Hartigan was a clerk in the New South Wales Government Railways and eventually became Railways Commissioner. She was educated at the all-girls’ Loreto Kirribilli, in the lower north shore of Sydney.
Personal and family life
In January, 1943 she enlisted in the Australian Army; she was discharged on 1 September 1943. In 1946, she announced her engagement to Hugh Moxon Bathurst of Melbourne who was then private secretary to Senator James Fraser, Chifley’s Health minister. They married at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on Saturday, 12 April 1947 before flying to Adelaide then Perth to board the Orion at Fremantle for England where they planned to live for a few years while she resumed her tennis career at Wimbledon. In 1950, they returned on the Strathmore after living in Surrey for three years and settled in Sydney. Bathurst died on 31 August 2000,Death notices, The Sydney Morning Herald, 02 September 2000. And her husband died 16 April 2001.Death notices, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2001. Their son, Thomas Frederick Bathurst became Chief Justice of New South Wales.
According to Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bathurst was ranked in the world top ten in 1934 and 1935, reaching a career high of World No. 8 in those rankings in 1934.
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Tournament||1931||1932||1933||1934||1935||1936||1937||1938||1939||1940||1941 – 1944||1945||19461||19471||1948||1949||Career SR|
|Australian Championships||QF||A||W||W||A||W||QF||QF||SF||SF||NH||NH||QF||2R||A||A||3 / 10|
|French Championships||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||NH||R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||SF||SF||A||A||2R||A||NH||NH||NH||A||3R||A||1R||0 / 5|
|U.S. Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 0||1 / 1||1 / 3||0 / 1||1 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 1||3 / 16|
NH = tournament not held.
R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.
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.
1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.