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Ann Jones Appreciation

I think Ann has been ignored too long.

Wimbledon champion in 69 (finalist in 67), French Open champ 61 and 66 (finalist further 3 times) and 2 time USO finalist.
Incidentaly Ann was also an international table-tennis player.

Yet she never gets the same attention as others. Ann is under-appreciated!

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Her autobiography "A Game to Love" is a good read too. And she was ranked #2 in the world in table tennis (at the same time she was also in British top 10!)

How would Ann Jones rank among the greats of British tennis? I'd certainly rank her higher than most of her peers - Christine Truman-Janes, Angela Mortimer, Angela Buxton etc. But what about Virginia Wade?
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Does Ann dish any dirt in her book Zummi?

Much as Virginia is my absolute all-time fav I'd rate her below Ann. They have the same number of slams at 3, but Ann was able to win on her worst surface (grass) while Virginia was more or less a sitting duck on clay. Factor in Ann's wins at the 5th major in her era (Italy) to Wade's none, plus all of Jones grand slam finals (again to zip for Wade) and it's no contest in my view.

Wade had a great quote in her book on Jones, saying something like her (Ann's) game was all cake with no icing, while Virginia's game was all icing with little cake.

I suspect Wade will be remembered more. Her "icing" being a flashy game and sparkling (or bitchy) personality. The irony is Jones was much more stereotypically British.
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Yeah, I think Ann would rank higher too though didn't Virginia win the South African Open once?

Ann's book is very good. The only "dirt" per se would be the stories she had on Darlene Hard! Pretty funny. I enjoyed her autobiography the most of all the ones written by the British girls back then. It was also clear that she was not intimidated by the top players - Maria Bueno, Margaret Court or Billie Jean King. In contrast, peers like Christine Truman and Angela Mortimer were practically awe-struck by Maria Bueno, that is quite evident in both their books. Though Angela Mortimer's story of persistence and determination & hard work is touching. No one thought she'd amount to anything and she ended up the Wimbledon champion.
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A small description about Ann from Open Tennis from Richard Evans.

..... the big looping top spin forehand which always appears to be going out and always drops inside the baseline, the little slice backhand that looks like nothing and does terrible things to your game....'

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I'd love to read Ann's book. I think she ranks higher than Virginia (sorry Ginny!) I agree with Rollo. Very tough player was our ann and her achievements in the game are fantastic. People never remember her though, and my sources tell me she has been seen emptying the bins at the Edgbaston tourny! (I'm not joking!)

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She's so helpful at Edgbaston. Last year on the Sunday of qualifying (after Saturday was a complete washout), I was trying to get hold of an order of play, before watching the play indoors.
Laughably I was told there weren't "any spare copies available" by one LTA official, but Ann got me one. Her dog (well I presume it's hers, it certainly followed her round all the time at the tournament!), a golden retriever is very cute too.
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Thanks for the stories Pam and Blue Pastures. Sounds like Ann would be the perfect down to earth British housewife. "Emptying the bins"-LOL.

Ann always struck me as one of the plainest Janes around. Good for her that she finally landed her man. "Pip" Jones was older enough to be her father I beleive, but all the stories I've heard indicate it was marriage made in heaven and that Ann and Pip were the best company on tour.
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Aww, Ann is a true legend. And she is so nice too, took a pic of her at Wimby for my mum and she stood there for me while I fixed my camera - so patient.
She should be made a dame!

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I have heard Ann's game being described as a brick wall.but she must have done more to win 3 grandslams and get to a few GS finals.

She is probably the best British player that has played since the open era!

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There are some pics of Ann in the 60s pixies thread.

Late in her career Ann branched out and came to the net more. She credited her time in the 1968 4 woman pro group (with Casals, durr, And King) with making her more aggresive.

After her 1969 Wimbledon Ann stopped entering slams but continued to enter the odd event or two. She was on the 1971 Slims tour for example, where she managed to win the biggest prize money in one event (at the time)-the Slims of Las Vegas at Ceasar's Palace.

She won her last event at Torquay in 1975. This COULD make her the woman with the largest gap between first tournament and last tournament wins in singles events. She definitely won tournaments in 1957-and perhaps earlier.
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Ann Jones on the cover of World Tennis-September 1967.

This is a Carribean event-the clues being the surface (hards court or gray clay) and the palm trees in the background. Notice the white ball and how she holds it while playing.
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Here is what Ann had to say about her successful 1967 Caribbean tour.

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I left for the Caribbean - to play at Tampa, Kingston, Barranquilla, Caracas, Curaçao and Mexico City via Dallas where Virginia [Wade] and I saw Maureen [Connolly] for a day. We incautiously spent the time riding so when we arrived in Mexico City we were so stiff that we could hardly play tennis!

Maureen had just come home after a very serious operation. We all knew she had cancer and the likelihood was that she wouldn't recover, although at this particular stage she was getting over the operation very well. She was quite happy and chatty. She was the type of person to cope with a situation like this. As one might expect from her tennis, she had the will to fight and hope she would be one of the few lucky ones.

I took seven out of the eight singles titles, losing only to Frankie [Durr] in the final of Kingston but beating a variety of people, Frankie, Virginia, Jan Lehane (now Mrs. O'Neill) and a few up and coming Americans. Virginia and I won every one of the seven doubles events. It was a very successful, but, as usual, tiring tour. There is a lot of late-night play and travelling frequently overnight to and from relatively inaccessible places.
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Virginia Wade won the Italian Open in 1971! Ann made a great run at the Wimbledon title in 1969 beating Court and King along the way.

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Thanks for Ann's description of her tour Zummi

Sounds like always had the highest respect for Mo Connolly-didn't she dedicate her Wimbledon win to her?

When I found out Court had 182 titles I figured no one could top it other than Elizabeth Ryan from the 20s and 30s. Zummi's post makes me think Ann may have even passed Court.

For one thing Jones had a LONG career. She started as early as 1956 and won her last event in 1975!

The other thing was she played a lot of local English events, the equal of say a Tier 4 or Tier 5 today. Jones also played year round, indoors in Europe, then to the Riviera (or the Carribean), to British clay, then Rome or Berlin, then grass, the summer, and finally she went back indoors for local English events!

Looking through her records from World Tennis she won more than 10 events a year lots of times.
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