Phyllis Covell

Phyllis Lindrea Covell (née Howkins) (22 May 1895 – 28 October 1982) was a female tennis player from Great Britain.

Phyllis Covell
Full namePhyllis Lindrea Covell
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1895-05-22)22 May 1895
London, England
Died28 October 1982(1982-10-28) (aged 87)
Heyshott, England
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQF (1921)
US OpenQF (1923)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonF (1924, 1929)
US OpenW (1923)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1921)
US OpenF (1929)
Team competitions
Wightman CupW (1924)
Medal record
Olympic Games – Tennis
Silver medal – second place 1924 Paris Doubles

She is best remembered for her silver medal at the Paris Olympics of 1924 in the women's doubles event partnering with Kitty McKane. In 1923 she won the women's doubles title at the U.S. National Championships with McKane defeating the American pairing of Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman and Eleanor Goss in three sets.[1] She was also a runner-up in the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon in 1921, partnering Max Woosnam. In 1924 she was part of the British Wightman Cup team who defeated the United States 6–1 at Wimbledon. Covell won both her singles matches against Helen Wills and Molla Mallory.[2][3]

Personal lifeEdit

Phyllis Howkins married Beverley Carthew Covell on 23 September 1921 in Bombay.[4]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (1 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1923 U.S. Championships Grass   Kitty McKane   Hazel Hotchkiss
  Eleanor Goss
2–6, 6–2, 6–1
Loss 1924 Wimbledon Grass   Kitty McKane   Hazel Hotchkiss
  Helen Wills
4–6, 4–6
Loss 1929 Wimbledon Grass   Dorothy Shepherd   Peggy Saunders
  Phoebe Holcroft
4–6, 6–8
Loss 1929 U.S. Championships Grass   Dorothy Shepherd   Peggy Saunders
  Phoebe Holcroft
6–2, 3–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (0 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1921 Wimbledon Grass   Max Woosnam   Elizabeth Ryan
  Randolph Lycett
3–6, 1–6
Loss 1929 U.S. Championships Grass   Bunny Austin   Betty Nuthall
  George Lott
3–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 479. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ "Sport: A Licking". Time. June 30, 1924. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 529. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  4. ^ "Marriages: Covell : Howkins". The Times (42836). 27 September 1921. p. 1. Retrieved 9 October 2018 – via GALE Group.

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