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Rev. Margaret Court AO MBE

b. 1942

The Rev. Margaret Court MBE (b. 1942) has won more major tennis championships than any other player, having acquired 62 Grand Slam titles between 1960 and 1975. Born in Albury, NSW, she was originally left-handed, but after she was taught to play right-handed her superb fitness and strength gained her the nickname 'The Arm'. Seven times ranked number 1 in the world, Court is the only player to have won the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles for a single year in both mixed doubles (in 1963, with Ken Fletcher) and singles (in 1970). She married in 1967, but continued to win major titles after the birth of her first three children, retiring only for the birth of her fourth in 1977. She won the Australian Open eleven times and Wimbledon three times, though she lost the final in 1971 to Evonne Goolagong. Court became a Minister of the Victory Life Church in 1991 and established Margaret Court Ministries Inc. the same year.

Updated 2018