Olympic Medals then came through mail
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Congratulations ... Kitty Godfree - former Wimbledon queen
(right) receives the special memento from the Duchess of Kent
during the 1984 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
An Outstanding player Kathleen 'Kitty' Godfree is particularly
renowned for winning 5 medals, including Gold, over two Olympic Games
(1920 and 1924), the most Olympic tennis medals won by any player. Kitty
won Wimbledon twice (1924 and 1926), scooping both the singles and mixed
doubles titles. She shared the 1926 mixed doubles win with her husband
Leslie Godfree - they are the only husband and wife team to win this
Here's classic case - when Kitty Godfree won the Olympic medals for
tennis, she received them through the mail that's around 64 years ago.
But she remembers the occasion very well. There were no fanfares or
medal ceremonies. "I never got up on a podium or anything like that. I
received my medals in the post", she has said.
The good old lady of tennis, who was the longest surviving Olympic
medallist at 92 years, made a special trip for the Seoul Olympic Games
in to witness tennis return to the Olympics as a medal event for the
first time since 1924.
She was of the view that tennis should never have been dropped.
On her return to witness the tennis tournament, she seemed to be
thrilled. "I am so glad that tennis is back. I don't care that they are
professionals, you have to move with the times", she said.
Kathleen Godfree, born Kathleen McKane, was affectionately known as
'Biddy' to family and friends and 'Kitty' to the press. Coming from a
family which enjoyed sports, she excelled in lacross and cricket during
her time at St. Leonard's School in St. Andrews. During the First World
War she worked in the War Office, and played at the Kew Lawan Tennis
Kitty made her debut at Wimbledon in 1919 enjoyed a very successful
tennis career until 1936 on Top of her triumphs at the Olympics and
Wimbledon, she shared three doubles titles in the United States
Championships (1923, 1925 and 1927) and featured in the earliest
Wightman Cup matches (1923-1927, 1930, 1934). She was a prolific player,
winning 111 of her 146 Wimbledon matches and was the only player to beat
Helen Wills Moody in a singles final at Wimbledon in 1924.
Kitty Godfree loved tennis so much that she played social tennis
after her active playing days until her 89th birthday. She is on record
saying that it is hard to compare champions like Steffi Graf with the
famous names of her generation.
Kitty Godfree is on record as saying that the modern graphite
racquets have been turned out of late made a lot of difference and
wooden racquets and modern rackets are much stronger. She has said that
everyone can hit the ball much harder without putting extra effort into