Winnie Shaw

Winifred "Winnie" Mason Shaw (later Mrs. Wooldridge) (18 January 1947 – 30 March 1992) was a professional tennis player from Scotland whose career ran from the mid-1960s until the early 70s. In 2002, she posthumously was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

Winnie Shaw
Full nameWinifred Mason Shaw
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1947-01-18)18 January 1947
Glasgow, Scotland
Died30 March 1992(1992-03-30) (aged 45)
Woking, England
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1970, 1971)
French Open3R (1971)
WimbledonQF (1970, 1971)
US Open3R (1969)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1971, 1972)
French OpenF (1972)
WimbledonSF (1972)
US OpenSF (1966, 1967)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1971)
Wimbledon4R (1969, 1971, 1973, 1974)
US OpenQF (1967)
Team competitions
Wightman CupW (1968)

Personal lifeEdit

Winnie Shaw was born in Glasgow on 18 January 1947, the second and youngest child of Winifred Mason, also a tennis player who was Scottish national champion in 1930 and 1933, and journalist Angus Shaw.[1][2]


Shaw was a three-time winner of the Scottish Grass Court Championships in 1965, 1966 and 1970, three-time runner-up in the Scottish Hard Court Championships and twice runner-up in the British Hard Court Championships. In Grand Slam events, her best progress was reaching the Australian Open semifinals in 1970 and 1971, and the Wimbledon quarterfinals in the same seasons.

In doubles events, Shaw reached the finals of both the mixed doubles (1971) and the ladies doubles (1972) at the French Open. She also made it to the ladies doubles semifinals at the US Open and Australian Open on two occasions each, and to the semifinal at Wimbledon in 1972, playing with another player from Scotland, Joyce Williams.[3][4]

She represented Great Britain in the Wightman Cup and the Federation Cup teams between 1966 and 1972.


She married English tennis player Keith Wooldridge in October 1972 and retired as a tennis player after the 1978 edition of Wimbledon.[5] After her marriage she became a keen golf player and played internationally for Scotland. Shaw reached the semifinal of the Scottish Amateur Championship in 1981.[6][7] She died on 30 March 1992 from a brain tumour.[7]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1972 French Open Clay   Nell Truman   Billie Jean King
  Betty Stöve
1–6, 2–6

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1971 French Open Clay   Toomas Leius   Françoise Dürr
  Jean-Claude Barclay
2–6, 4–6


  1. ^ Bill Edwards (16 February 1994). "Obituary: Winnie Shaw". The Independent.
  2. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1973). World of Tennis '73 : a BP and Commercial Union yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 269. ISBN 9780671216238.
  3. ^ "Players archive – Winnie Wooldridge (Shaw)". Wimbledon. AELTC.
  4. ^ "Winnie Shaw reaches Wimbledon semis 1972". BBC.
  5. ^ Rob Robertson (25 June 2001). "Coach links three Wimbledon Scots Keith Wooldridge, who married Winnie Shaw, has played a part in the development of two of her successors". The Herald. Glasgow.
  6. ^ Russell Leadbetter (30 June 2018). "Winnie Shaw, Scottish tennis great". The Herald.
  7. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1993). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1993. London: Collins Willow. p. 359. ISBN 9780002185080.

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