Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players
Here is Colin Dowdeswell's reply concerning his mother:
thanks for your email and congratulations and good luck with your website !
Yes, my mom was born Sheila Marguerite Paterson and played under her maiden name at Wimbledon before the 1939-1945 WWII and then after the war under her married name (Dowdeswell).
Yes, my dad was Dr Roland Dowdeswell who died on 31 May 1956. I have updated and amended (with some small corrections) her biography for you - see below :
(note : I was not aware that she played at the French Open in 1949, also I am not sure she played 12 times at Wimbledon - the war years prevented this - it was probably 7 times (3 times before the war and 4 times after).
I will confirm this for you during the summer after I have been to Roland Garros and Wimbledon to check the records)
In addition to her tennis and athletic prowess (she competed in various Senior Olympics winning gold medals for high jump and long jump and 100m sprint !!), she was an extremely gifted tennis teacher. She helped so many people in different continents to learn to play tennis, from complete beginners to top ranked regional and national players. She inspired both young and old and many of her students went on to make this wonderful sport a very important and fulfilling part of their lives.