Popular Female Tennis Player Lesley Turner

Lesley Turner

Australia is one of the most popular countries when it comes to the arena of tennis. The country plays host to one of the most prestigious Grand Slam titles each year, namely the Australian Open. Furthermore, the country has never failed to provide the world with the best tennis players, who are not only articulate in their skills but also consistent in their performances. It is therefore no surprise that several times, the players topping the world rankings are of Australian origin. One such player hailing from New South Wales is Lesley Turner, who dominated the world of tennis for much of the 1960s.  She emerged successful in 13 Grand Slam titles, an accomplishment that only few players can attribute to their name. Of these 13 titles, two were singles, four were mixed doubles and the remaining seven were women’s doubles. Such a wide diversity does not only display her versatility, but is also a testimony to the class and prowess of this exceptionally talented Australian.

Her various achievements rightfully allowed her name to be added to the International  Tennis Hall of Fame, a merit that is certainly very well deserved.  She also received the Sarah Palfrey Danzig Award in the year 1997, a further acknowledgement of this woman’s contributions to the sport of tennis in terms of its growth and propagation.  Hence, while Australia continues to produce more and more tennis players with each passing year, at the same time it does not fail to acknowledge its older ones, those that set the foundation for this sport to develop in the first place.

French Open winners and runner-ups (female)-From 1969-1960

French Open winners and runner-ups (female)-From 1969-1960

The French Open for women was initially reserved to members only. After the championship opened to international competitors, it was named as French International Championships, but before the open era. In this era, Helen Wills Moody won the record four French Open titles in respective years 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1932.The record for most consecutive titles of this era is three and is help by Wills Moody (1928-1930) and Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (1935-1937).

It was in the Open Era of the French Open where the professional tennis players were allowed and Chris Evert set the record for most titles (7) in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986.  

The era of 1969-1960 in women French Open tennis tournaments had many different tennis players winning this title but two famous female tennis player names which were repeatedly seen winning and as a runner-up were Margaret Smith and Lesley Turner. The list of female winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1969-1960 is as follow:

Winners and runner-up of 1969

  • Margaret Smith Court
  • Ann Jones

Winners and runner-up of 1968

  • Nancy Richey
  • Ann Jones

Winners and runner-up of 1967

  • Francoise Durr
  • Lesley Turner

Winners and runner-up of 1966

  • Ann Haydon Jones
  • Nancy Richey

Winners and runner-up of 1965

  • Lesley Turner
  • Margaret Smith

Winners and runner-up of 1964

  • Margaret Smith
  • French Open runner-up (female)-1964: Maria Bueno

Winners and runner-up of 1963

  • Lesley Turner
  • French Open runner-up (female)-1963: Ann Jones

Winners and runner-up of 1962

  • Margaret Smith
  • Lesley Turner

Winners and runner-up of 1961

  • Ann Haydon
  • Yola Ramirez

Winners and runner-up of 1960

  • Darlene R. Hard
  • Yola Ramirez