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Nancye Wynne Bolton : biography

2 December 1916 - 9 November 2001

Nancye Wynne Bolton (2 December 1916 – 9 November 2001) was a female tennis player from Australia. She won the women's singles title six times at the Australian Championships, second only to Margaret Court who won 11 titles. Bolton won 20 titles at the Australian Championships, second only to Court's 21 titles.

According to Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bolton was ranked in the world top ten in 1938, 1947, and 1948 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 4 in those rankings in 1947 and 1948. According to Ned Potter of American Lawn Tennis magazine, Bolton was the second ranked player in 1947, just behind Louise Brough Clapp.

Bolton was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 – 1944 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 Career SR
Australian Championships 2R F W SF 2R W NH NH W W W F SF W SF 6 / 13
French Championships A A A 3R A NH R A A A A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A A 4R A NH NH NH A QF A A A 3R A 0 / 3
U.S. Championships A A A F A A A A A SF A A A A A 0 / 2
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 1 / 3 1 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 1 6 / 19

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.

Grand Slam record

  • Australian Championships
    • Singles champion (6): 1937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951
    • Singles runner-up (2): 1936, 1949
    • Women's Doubles champion (10): 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952
    • Women's Doubles runner-up (2): 1946, 1950
    • Mixed Doubles champion (4): 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1938
  • Wimbledon
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up (2): 1947, 1951
  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles runner-up: 1938
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