Another obituary by the Daily Telegraph. Apprently Dan Maskell, later famous as a Wimbledon radio announver, was her early coach.
Spencer Tracy was certainly a ladies man and a tennis lover-besides dating Kay he also had a romance with tennis star Pauline Betz.
12:01AM GMT 30 Dec 2005
Kay Stammers, who died on December 23 aged 91, was a popular and glamorous British tennis player of the 1930s, and won the ladies' doubles at Wimbledon in successive years.
An attacking left-hander who was trained by Dan Maskell, Kay Stammers's stunning looks ensured that she attracted more than usual press interest. 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".
At one stage she was given a screen test in Hollywood and attracted the interest of the young John F Kennedy and Spencer Tracy.
Kay Stammers was playing in an era when the ladies' game was dominated by Americans such as Helen Wills Moody, Helen Jacobs and Alice Marble; but she twice defeated Jacobs in the singles of the Wightman Cup (1935 and 1936), and in 1935 - in the Kent championships at Beckenham - she became the first British player to beat Helen Wills Moody in 11 years.
She also achieved success in the US Open, reaching the quarter or semi-finals of the singles every year between 1934 and 1939.
Her victories in the ladies' doubles at Wimbledon came in 1935 and 1936, on both occasions in partnership with Freda James. In 1939 she came closest to realising her principal ambition of winning the singles, but she lost 6-2, 6-0 to Alice Marble. (Marble had collapsed on court from tuberculosis in the French championships five years earlier, and doctors had given her little hope of playing again.)
Also in 1939, Kay Stammers married Michael Menzies, a banker who was then serving with the Welsh Guards; they were to have two sons and a daughter.
An only child, Katherine Esther Stammers was born on April 3 1914 in St Albans; her father worked in insurance. She was educated at St Albans High School for Girls and was taught to play tennis by her parents while a young girl.
Aged only 17, in 1931 she made her first appearance at Wimbledon - as a qualifier, and wearing pigtails - losing in the second round. In 1934 she was third in the LTA rankings, and the following year won the French women's doubles - as well as the Riviera doubles championship, in which she partnered King Gustav of Sweden, then aged 77.
During the war Kay Stammers played exhibition matches on behalf of the Red Cross, and served as an ambulance driver. When peace returned she captained Britain's Wightman Cup team for a couple of years before, in 1949, she and her husband went to live in South Africa, where Menzies set up Hill Samuel's South African operation. They remained there for nearly 20 years, until he was transferred to New York to head the office there.
In 1974 she and Menzies divorced, and the following year Kay Stammers married the American lawyer Thomas Walker Bullitt, going to live at Oxmoor Farm in Kentucky, home to the Bullitt family for 10 generations. Bullitt predeceased her, and she remained in Kentucky for the rest of her life.
Kay Stammers continued to take an interest in tennis, and would attend Wimbledon annually until late in her life when she was no longer able to travel.
Her children survive her, and two of her teenage grandsons play tennis in the junior national league in the United States.