Elsie Goldsack Pittman

Elsie Goldsack Pittman (née Goldsack; 21 January 1904 – 28 March 1975) was an English tennis player who competed during the second half of the 1920s and the 1930s.

Elsie Goldsack Pittman
Elsie Goldsack Pittman 1930.jpg
Full nameElsie Alice Goldsack Pittman
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1904-01-21)21 January 1904
Brockley, Lewisham, England
Died28 March 1975(1975-03-28) (aged 71)
Highest rankingNo.10 (1929)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1929)
WimbledonSF (1929)
US OpenSF (1932)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1929)
WimbledonF (1937)
US OpenQF (1932)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenSF (1929)
WimbledonQF (1930, 1931)
US OpenSF (1932)

Between 1925 and 1939 she participated in 15 Wimbledon Championships.[1] Her best result in the singles event was reaching the semifinal in 1929 in which she was defeated in straight sets by first-seeded and eventual champion Helen Wills.[2] In the mixed doubles she reached the quarterfinal in 1930 and 1931. Her biggest success at Grand Slam level came in 1937 when she partnered with Phyllis Mudford King to reach the final of the 1937 Wimbledon Championships, which they lost to Simonne Mathieu and Billie Yorke in straight sets.[3][4]

In 1932 she reached the semifinal of the singles event at the U.S. National Championships and as earlier at Wimbledon she lost in straight sets to the first-seeded and eventual champion, in this case Helen Jacobs.[5] During the same tournament she reached the semifinal of the mixed doubles event. That year she also won the singles title at the Eastern Grass Court Championships in Rye, N.Y. after defeating Joan Ridley in the final.[6]

In September 1931 she won the singles title at the invitational tournament at the Ardsley Club.[7] In 1931 and 1932 she won the Middle States Women's Tennis Championships, in both cases after defeating compatriot Joan Ridley in the final.[8]

On 4 January 1930 she married J.B. Pittman.[9]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1937 Wimbledon Grass   Phyllis Mudford King   Simonne Mathieu
  Billie Yorke
3–6, 3–6


  1. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Elsie Pittman (Goldsack)". AELTC.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – 1929 Ladies' Singles – Singles". AELTC.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – 1937 Ladies' Doubles". AELTC.
  4. ^ Robertson, Max (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 361. ISBN 9780047960420.
  5. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 469. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  6. ^ "Sutter and Mangin in Rye Net Finals". The Milwaukee Journal. AP. 14 August 1932. p. 4.
  7. ^ "English Women Wins Ardsley Club Tennis" (PDF). Dobbs Ferry Register. 25 September 1931.
  8. ^ "TENNIS IN U.S.A." The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 12 September 1932. p. 9.
  9. ^ "Tennis Star Weds". The Straits Times. 17 January 1930. p. 19.

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