Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett, CBE (née Mortimer; born 21 April 1932) is a former world No. 1 female tennis player from England. She was born in Plymouth, Devon, England. She is married to the veteran BBC commentator and author John Barrett. Mortimer won three Grand Slam singles titles: the 1955 French Championships, the 1958 Australian Championships, and Wimbledon in 1961 when she was 29 years old and partially deaf.
|Full name||Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett|
|Country (sports)||Great Britain|
|Born||21 April 1932|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1993 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1961, Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1958)|
|French Open||W (1955)|
|US Open||SF (1961)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1958)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1958)|
|Wightman Cup||W (1960)|
Mortimer teamed with Anne Shilcock to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1955, her only women's doubles title at a Grand Slam. She teamed with Coghlan to reach the women's doubles final at the 1958 Australian Championships. Mortimer and Peter Newman reached the mixed doubles final at the 1958 Australian Championships, her only mixed doubles final at a Grand Slam.
Mortimer reached the quarterfinals of the US National Championships, then lost to second seed Doris Hart. At Wimbledon in 1953, seeded no. 5, she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Dorothy Knode. She also reached the quarterfinals in 1954, 1956 (losing to countrywoman Pat Ward Hales), 1959 (when she was seeded no. 2 but lost to Sandra Reynolds), and 1960 (losing to champion Maria Bueno). At Wimbledon in 1958, unseeded, she beat the former champion Margaret DuPont in the quarterfinals, then French champion Zsuzsa Körmöczy 6–0, 6–1 in the semifinals, and lost the final against the defending champion Althea Gibson in straight sets. In 1961, she won the title, defeating top-seeded Sandra Reynolds 11–9, 6–3 in the semifinals and then Christine Truman in the final in three sets. Not fully fit in 1962, she lost to eventual finalist Vera Sukova in the fourth round.
In 1955, she was the first British woman since 1937 to win one of the Grand Slams when she defeated Dorothy Knode in the final of the French Championships. During the long final set, she has said that she was given new heart when she heard her opponent asking for a brandy on court. Defending her title the following year, she reached the final, losing to Althea Gibson in two sets. During this year, she suffered a severe illness, not returning to full form until 1958.
She won the Australian title in 1958 when recuperating, defeating Lorraine Coghlan in the final. Her best result in the U.S. Championships was in 1961 when she reached the semifinals, losing to Ann Haydon. She won three times against Althea Gibson in her career, and she made her farewell in the Torquay tournament of 1962, beating Ann Haydon Jones in the final.
Her game was played mainly from the baseline, as described in her tennis autobiography My Waiting Game. She always played in shorts, refusing designer Teddy Tinling's offer to design dresses for her. Ultimately, he designed shorts, and later she joined his staff.
According to Lance Tingay of the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Mortimer was ranked in the world top 10 from 1953 through 1956 and from 1958 through 1962, reaching a career high of world No. 1 in 1961.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|Win||1955||French Championships||Clay||Dorothy Head Knode||2–6, 7–5, 10–8|
|Loss||1956||French Championships||Clay||Althea Gibson||0–6, 10–12|
|Win||1958||Australian Championships||Grass||Lorraine Coghlan||6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||1958||Wimbledon||Grass||Althea Gibson||6–8, 2–6|
|Win||1961||Wimbledon||Grass||Christine Truman||4–6, 6–4, 7–5|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||1955||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Anne Shilcock|| Shirley Bloomer Brasher
Patricia Ward Hales
|Loss||1958||Australian Championships||Grass||Lorraine Coghlan|| Mary Bevis Hawton
Thelma Coyne Long
|5–7, 8–6, 2–6|
Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||1958||Australian Championships||Grass||Peter Newman|| Mary Bevis Hawton
|11–9, 1–6, 2–6|
Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit
|Australia||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||W||A||A||A||A||1 / 1|
|France||A||A||3R||A||W||F||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 3|
|Wimbledon||2R||3R||QF||QF||2R||QF||3R||F||QF||QF||W||4R||1 / 12|
|United States||A||QF||3R||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||A||SF||A||0 / 5|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 1||1 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 1||1 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 1||1 / 2||0 / 1||3 / 21|
- "Australian Open results archive – 1958 Mixed Doubles". Tennis Australia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
- Angela Mortimer, My Waiting Game (Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1962) [autobiography]
- Wimbledon Players Archive Angela Mortimer
- Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.