Joy Mottram

Joy Mottram (née Gannon; born 21 March 1928), is a retired female tennis player from England who was active in the late 1940s and the 1950s.[2]

Joy Mottram
Full nameJoy Gannon Mottram
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born (1928-03-21) 21 March 1928 (age 92) [1]
Enfield, Middlesex, England
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1952)
Wimbledon3R (1946, 1947, 1949, 1951)
US Open3R (1951)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenF (1949)
WimbledonSF (1949, 1950)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenQF (1952)
WimbledonQF (1949)
Team competitions
Wightman CupF (1951, 1952)


Her best singles performances at a Grand Slam tournament came in 1952 when she reached the quarterfinal of the French Championships where she was defeated by third-seeded Dorothy Head in three sets. Mottram competed in seven Wimbledon Championships between 1946 and 1952 and reached the third round of the singles event on four occasions. In the doubles event she reached the semifinals in 1949, partnering compatriot Betty Hilton and 1950, when she teamed up with Thelma Coyne Long.[3]

She won the singles title at the Scottish Grass Court Championships in July 1948, defeating Czolowska in the final in two sets.[4][2] In 1953 and 1954 Mottram reached two consecutive finals at the German Championships in Hamburg. In 1953 she lost in three sets to Dorothy Knode but the following year she won the title against Inge Pohmann, also in three sets.[5][2]

In 1951 and 1952 she was a member of the British team that competed in the Wightman Cup, a women's team tennis competition between the United States and Great Britain. These editions were won by the United States and Mottram lost both her doubles matches partnering Pat Ward.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1949 she married Tony Mottram who was also a tennis player, as were their children Buster Mottram and Linda Mottram.[6][7] In 1957 she published a book with her husband titled Modern Lawn Tennis.[8]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 runner-upEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1949 French Championships Clay   Betty Hilton   Louise Brough
  Margaret Osborne duPont
5–7, 1–6


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2016). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (3rd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. p. 739. ISBN 978-1-937559-38-0.
  2. ^ a b c G.P. Hughes, ed. (1955). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1955. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. pp. 228, 317–318.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Joy Mottram". AELTC.
  4. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1949). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Almanack 1949. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 105.
  5. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1954). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1954. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 213.
  6. ^ "Tony Mottram reached Wimbledon doubles final with Australian Bill Sidwell". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ Alan Jewell (25 November 2015). "Davis Cup final: Buster Mottram & story of Britain's 1978 campaign". BBC Sport.
  8. ^ "Catalogue". National Library of Australia.