Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Paris 1900 1900
Games Results Sport Event
Paris 1900 1900
#1
Tennis Singles
#1
Tennis Doubles

Chatty

Charlotte COOPER

Great Britain
Tennis
Birth date
22 Sep 1870 Ealing, Great Britain
Gender
Female

Number of medals

2 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

1 Olympic Games

Charlotte COOPER biography

The distinction of being the first woman ever to become an Olympic champion goes to the 29-year-old Charlotte Cooper of Ealing who won the women’s singles at the 1900 Olympic Games. In Paris, Chattie Cooper defeated the French champion, Hélène Prévost in straight sets and then won a second gold medal in the mixed doubles with Reggie Doherty as her partner. Miss Cooper won the Wimbledon singles five times, the last occasion being in 1908 when, at the age of 37, she became the oldest winner of the title. She also won the All-England mixed doubles seven times and the women’s doubles twice although this was before these events became part of the official championship program. Other major successes included eight Irish championships, including a triple win in 1895, the Scottish singles in 1898 and the British covered court singles in 1895. She was also a three-time winner of the covered court mixed doubles. In 1901, Charlotte married Alfred Sterry, who later became President of the Lawn Tennis Association, and their daughter, Gwen, represented Great Britain in the Wightman Cup. Gwen’s husband, Max Simmers, won 28 rugby union caps for Scotland and their son- Charlotte’s grandson, Brian, also played rugby for Scotland. The world’s first Olympic woman champion died at the age of 96 thus establishing a longevity record for all British Olympic gold medalists.

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