Kay Stammers
British tennis player
Kay Stammers
Katharine "Kay" Esther Stammers was a tennis player from the United Kingdom.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 90
    Stammers continued to be interested in tennis throughout her life and attended Wimbledon annually until late in her life when she was no longer able to travel. She died at her home in Louisville and was buried in the family cemetery on 28 December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details NH = tournament not held. R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation. A = did not participate in the tournament. SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1974
    Age 59
    After her divorce from Menzies in 1974, she married lawyer Thomas Walker Bullitt, whom she had met on the American tennis circuit.
    More Details Hide Details Bullitt had been educated in England, came from one of Kentucky's oldest families, and had been an aide to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery during World War II. The couple lived at Oxmoor Farm, near Louisville, Kentucky, which had been in the Bullitt family for ten generations. Stammers laid out and maintained an English garden and indulged her passion for racehorses. She helped run the annual steeplechases on the estate course in aid of a children's charity and, under the Oxmoor Charities Corporation, helped to plan schooling for event riders and summer concerts.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 34
    In 1949, she and her husband moved to South Africa, where Menzies set up Hill Samuel's South African operation.
    More Details Hide Details They remained there for nearly 20 years, until he was transferred to New York City to head the office there. She had two sons and a daughter with him.
  • 1946
    Age 31
    1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 24
    In 1939, Stammers married Michael Menzies, then in the Welsh Guards.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, Stammers played exhibition matches on behalf of the Red Cross and served as an ambulance driver. When the war ended, she captained Britain's Wightman Cup team for a couple of years.
  • 1936
    Age 21
    Stammers' physical appearance ensured that she attracted more than the usual interest from the press and public. In 1936, for example, an article in Time magazine described her (somewhat patronisingly) as "pretty Kay Stammers, whom English critics like to describe as the 'typical' British girl tennist, and who likes lacrosse, cricket, lump sugar and planters' punches."
    More Details Hide Details Stammers' tennis clothes were much detailed in the newspapers. She designed her own shorts in uncrushable linen cut full to four inches above the knee and wore them with an open-necked shirt. While playing on the west coast of the United States, Stammers visited Hollywood studios and had a screen test. She dated John F. Kennedy and was photographed with him at the Kennedy family's Hyannis Port compound. She said that JFK was "spoilt by women. I think he could snap his fingers and they'd come running. And of course he was terribly attractive and rich and unmarried – a terrific catch really... I thought he was divine."
    In the 1936 semifinal, she and partner Marble were defeated by Jacobs and Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–2, 21–19.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1939 final, she and partner Hammersley lost to Marble and Cooke 6–1, 6–2.
    Her best performances in women's doubles at the US Championships were in 1936, 1937, and 1938 when she reached the semifinals and in 1939 when she reached the final.
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  • 1935
    Age 20
    She also won the women's doubles title at the 1935 French Championships with partner Peggy Scriven.
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    Stammers won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1935 and 1936 with partner Freda James Hammersley.
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    According to A. Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Stammers was ranked in the world top ten in 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, and 1946, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in those rankings in 1939.
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    At the 1935 Kent championships in Beckenham, England, Stammers became the first British player to beat Moody in 11 years.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Born
    Born on April 3, 1914.
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