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.
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  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 34
    In 1949, she and her husband moved to South Africa, where Menzies set up Hill Samuel's South African operation.
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  • 1946
    Age 31
    1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 24
    In 1939, Stammers married Michael Menzies, then in the Welsh Guards.
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  • 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."
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    In the 1936 semifinal, she and partner Marble were defeated by Jacobs and Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–2, 21–19.
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    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.
  • 1935
    Age 20
    She also won the women's doubles title at the 1935 French Championships with partner Peggy Scriven.
    Stammers won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1935 and 1936 with partner Freda James Hammersley.
    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.
    At the 1935 Kent championships in Beckenham, England, Stammers became the first British player to beat Moody in 11 years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Born
    Born on April 3, 1914.
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