May Sutton


May Sutton
May Sutton
Full name May Godfrey Sutton
Country  United States
Born September 25, 1886(1886-09-25)
Plymouth, England
Died October 4, 1975(1975-10-04) (aged 89)
Int. Tennis HOF 1956 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam results
Wimbledon W (1905, 1907)
US Open W (1904)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1904)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1904)

May Godfrey Sutton (September 25, 1886 – October 4, 1975) was a tennis champion and the first American to win the singles title at Wimbledon.

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Biography

May Sutton was born in Plymouth, England, but when she was six years old, Sutton's family moved to a ranch near Pasadena, California. It was there that she and her sisters played tennis on a court built by her father. As young ladies, May and her sisters, Violet Sutton, Florence Sutton, and Ethel Sutton, dominated the California tennis circuit. In 1904 at age 18, May Sutton won the singles title at the U.S. Championships. She also teamed with Miriam Hall to win the women's doubles title and came close to making it a clean sweep by advancing to the mixed doubles final.

In 1905, she became the first American and first non-British woman to win the Wimbledon singles title when she beat British star and reigning two-time Wimbledon champion Dorothea Douglass Chambers. She did it while shocking the 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 Chambers met in the final, with Chambers recapturing the title in 1906 and Sutton winning it back in 1907.

In 1912, she married Tom Bundy, who was a three-time winner of the men's doubles title at the U.S. Championships, and semi-retired to raise a family. However, in 1921 at the age of 35, she made a comeback and became the fourth-ranked player in the U.S. In 1925, she was a women's doubles finalist at the U.S. Championships and, although almost forty years of age, her game was strong enough to be selected for America's Wightman Cup team. She was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 1929 at the age of 42, which was the first time she had played Wimbledon since 1907. In 1928 and 1929, she and her daughter Dorothy Cheney became the only mother/daughter combination to be seeded at the U.S. Championships. Her nephew, John Doeg, won the U.S. Championships in 1930, and in 1938 daughter Dorothy won the Australian Championships.

In 1956, Sutton was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She never stopped playing tennis and was still playing regularly well into her late eighties.

Sutton died in 1975 and was interred in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.

Grand Slam singles finals

Wins (3)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1904 U.S. Championships Flag of the United States.svg Elisabeth Moore 6–1, 6–2
1905 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–3, 6–4
1907 Wimbledon (2) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–1, 6–4

Runner-up (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1906 Wimbledon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–3, 9–7

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