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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 04:53 AM   #72
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Re: Long skirts and bowler hats-Pioneers til 1914

Edith Hannam (28 November 1878 – 16 January 1951) was a female player from Great Britain.

She was born in Margaret Edith Boucher in Bristol, England. Edith Boucher came from a prominent Gloucestershire family and her four brothers were all notable sportsmen in the area.

In May 1909 she married Francis Hannam. The newlyweds married settled in Canada where her husband pursued his business interests as a timber merchant. This gave Edith trhe chance to compete in the United States, where she won the Cincinnatti Tri-State event in 1909.

The Hannams returned to Canada by 1911.

Hannam was also the All-Comer's finalist at Wimbledon in 1911.

The highlight of her tennis carrer came at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm in the Indoor event and won two gold medals. Edith won the singles gold over Sophie Castenschiold of Denamark. She also captured the mixed with Charles Dixon. There was no women's doubles at the Olympics until 1912.

In 1914 Edith was a doubles finalist with Ethel Larcombe at Wimbledon. This was just weeks before the "Great War", a conflict that took her husband's life. Francis was killed in action in 1916 when serving as a captain in the Gloucestershire Regiment.

Hannam played on into the 1920s, but at forty plus her salad days were before the Great War. Edith became an outstanding figure at the Welsh Championships, winning a record total of ten titles between 1912 and 1923. She was aged 43 when she won her last singels title there.

This is the bare bones account we have of a pioneer of the game. If anyone has more information we would be welcome to hear of it.




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