- Born16 July 1942
- Birth PlaceAlbury, NSW
- LivesPerth, Western Australia
- Height175 cm
- Playing StatusRetired
- Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1993
- International Tennis Hall Of Fame1979
“I loved playing for my nation and representing my nation ... that still brings tears to my eyes.”
— Margaret Court, 27 Jan 2020
» Margaret Court’s Golden Grand Slam Anniversary
Australian 1960-66, 1969-71, 1973
French 1962, 1964, 1969-70, 1973
United States 1962, 1965, 1969-70, 1973
Wimbledon 1963, 1965, 1970
Australian 1961-63, 1965, 1969-71, 1973
French 1964-66, 1973
Wimbledon 1964, 1969
United States 1963, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975
Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1963-65, 1969
French 1963-65, 1969
Wimbledon 1963, 1965-66, 1968, 1975
United States 1961-65, 1969-70, 1972
Captain 1965, 1968, 1971
Dubbed “The Arm” by Billie Jean King for her formidable reach, Court amassed a list of tournament wins that is unrivalled. She is one of only three players to complete the “boxed set” – singles, doubles and mixed titles at all four majors. A strong, superbly conditioned athlete known for her blanketing net attack and powerful serve, Court collected 64 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed (including two shared Australian mixed titles); her closest rival is Martina Navratilova with 59. In 1970, Margaret Court became just the second woman to complete the Grand Slam; only Steffi Graf has since emulated the feat. As Margaret Smith, the “Aussie Amazon” had already swept a unique Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Ken Fletcher in 1963. An 11-time winner of her national title, from 12 finals, no other player has so dominated a Grand Slam like Court at the Australian Championships.
Margaret Court in the news
With her Grand Slam breakthrough at Roland Garros in 2019, Ash Barty demonstrated that approaching challenges with a positive attitude can reap major rewards.
Australia’s top players are continuing a tradition of camaraderie that was famously established by their major-winning predecessors.
Fifty years since Margaret Court won the first of 11 Australian titles and went on to win a calendar-year Grand Slam, the golden anniversary was marked at AO 2020.
In 1970 Margaret Court won the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, thus starting what would become an historic year in tennis.