Jean Quertier

Jean Rinkel-Quertier (née Quertier; 12 November 1925 – 23 January 2019), was a female former tennis player from England who was active in the late 1940s and 1950s.[3]

Jean Quertier
Full nameJean De Mouilpied Rinkel-Quertier
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1925-11-12)12 November 1925
London, England
Died23 January 2019(2019-01-23) (aged 93) [1]
Rotterdam, Netherlands
PlaysRight–handed
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 6 (1951)[a]
Grand Slam singles results
French OpenQF (1949, 1953)
WimbledonQF (1948, 1952)
US OpenQF (1951, 1953)
Doubles
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenSF (1947, 1949, 1951, 1953)
WimbledonSF (1952, 1953)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French OpenF (1949)
WimbledonQF (1949, 1950, 1951, 1953)
Team competitions
Wightman CupF (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953)

CareerEdit

Her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the final of the mixed doubles event at the 1949 French Championships. Partnering Gerry Oakley, she lost the final to the South African team of Sheila Piercey Summers and Eric Sturgess in straight sets. She reached the semifinals of the doubles event at the 1952 and 1953 Wimbledon Championships partnering compatriot Susan Partridge and Helen Fletcher respectively. They lost on both occasions in straight sets to the eventual champions and first-seeded team of Shirley Fry and Doris Hart. Her best Grand Slam singles performance was reaching the quarterfinals of the French (1949, 1953), Wimbledon (1948, 1952) and U.S. Championships (1951, 1953).[4]

In 1949 and 1950, she played against compatriot Joan Curry in the final of the British Covered Court Championships, played on wooden courts at the Queen's Club in London, and won the 1950 edition in three sets. In 1949, she was the runner-up at the British Hard Court Championships. Quertier won the singles event of the French Covered Court Championships in 1951 and 1952.

With Jean Walker-Smith, she won the doubles title at the Italian Championships in Rome in 1950, defeating Betty Hilton and Kay Tuckey in the final in three sets.[5]

Quertier was a member of the British Wightman Cup team in 1947 and from 1949 to 1953. These editions of the team tennis competition were all won by the United States team, and Quertier won the only match for Britain when she defeated Shirley Fry in 1951 in straight sets.

Personal lifeEdit

She married Dutch tennis player Ivo Rinkel on 28 February 1952 in Roehampton, and the couple had two daughters.[6][7]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1949 French Championships Clay   Gerry Oakley   Sheila Piercey Summers
  Eric Sturgess
1–6, 1–6

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In memoriam Jean Rinkel". SV Victoria. 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 722. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  3. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1954). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1954. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 309.
  4. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Jean Rinkel-Quertier". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.
  5. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1951). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1951. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 235.
  6. ^ "Ivo Rinkel zoekt een huis". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 20 September 1951. p. 5 – via Delpher.
  7. ^ "Jean Quertier en Ivo Rinkel te London getrouwd". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 29 February 1952. p. 2 – via Delpher.