Phyllis Mudford King

Phyllis Mudford King (née Mudford; 23 August 1905 – 27 January 2006) was an English female tennis player and the oldest living Wimbledon champion when she died at age 100.

Phyllis Mudford King
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1905-08-23)23 August 1905
Wallington, Greater London
Died27 January 2006(2006-01-27) (aged 100)
Horley, Surrey
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1930)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1930)
WimbledonQF (1930)
US OpenSF (1935)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1931)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonSF (1930)

Mudford was born in 1905 in Wallington, Surrey.[1] She was educated at Sutton High School, where she was Captain of Tennis,[2] and one of the school's four houses is named in her honour.[3] She won the Wimbledon Ladies' Doubles Championship in 1931 with partner Dorothy Shepherd-Barron,[4] and last took part in the tournament in 1953.[2]

In 1931, she won the singles title at the Kent Championships after defeating Dorothy Round in the final in straight sets. In 1934, she again won the title beating Joan Hartigan in the final.[5]

She played for Britain in the Wightman Cup in 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1935.[6]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1931 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Dorothy Shepherd-Barron   Doris Metaxa
  Josane Sigart
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1937 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Elsie Pittman   Simonne Mathieu
  Billie Yorke
3–6, 3–6


  1. ^ "Phyllis King". The Times. London. 2 February 2006.
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Jon (27 June 2004). "'It was a sport in my day'". The Observer.
  3. ^ "Our House System". Sutton High School. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  4. ^ Gilbert, Helen (2006). "100 year old Former Champion Dies". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2008-04-30.
  5. ^ "Kent Championships – Ladies' Singles Roll of Honour" (PDF). Beckenham Tennis Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-22.
  6. ^ Lowe, Gordon (1936). Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. pp. 157–158.