May Godfrey Sutton, born September 25, 1886 in Plymouth, England ? died October 4, 1975, was a tenni…

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May Godfrey Sutton, born September 25, 1886 in Plymouth, England ? died October 4, 1975, was a tennis champion and the first American to win the singles title at the Wimbledon Championships. At the age of six, May Sutton's family moved to a ranch near Pasadena, California where she and her sisters played tennis on a court built by her father. As young ladies, she and her sisters, Violet, Florence, and Ethel, dominated the California tennis circuit. In 1904 at age 18, May Sutton won the U.S. National singles championship. She also teamed up with Miriam Hall to win the ladies doubles title and came close to making it a clean sweep by advancing to the finals in mixed doubles. In 1905, she became the first American woman to win the Wimbledon singles title when she beat British star and reigning two-time Wimbledon champion Dorothea Douglass. And she did it while shocking the very proper British audience by rolling up her sleeves to bare her elbows and wearing a skirt that showed her ankles. For the next two years she and Douglass met in the finals, with Douglass recapturing the title in 1906 and Sutton winning it back in 1907. After that she did not return to play in England, instead competing at home in the USA. In 1912 she married tennis player and 3-time U.S. National doubles champion, Tom Bundy and semi-retired to raise a family. However, in 1921 at the age of 35, she made a comeback and became the 4th ranked player in the USA. In 1925 she was a doubles finalist at the US Open and although almost forty years of age, her game was strong enough that she was selected to play for America's Wightman Cup team. In 1928 and 1929 she and her daughter Dorothy Bundy became the first and only mother/daughter combination to be seeded at the US Open. Her nephew, John Doeg won the US Open in 1930 and in 1938 daughter Dorothy won the Australian Open. In 1956, May Sutton was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She never stopped playing tennis and well into her late eighties was still playing regularly.

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May Godfray Sutton
September 25, 1886
136 Plymouth, England
4 October 4, 1975
47 89 Westlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA
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