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Ann Jones

King’s Heath born Ann Jones, enjoyed a glittering tennis career, winning Wimbledon in 1969, two French Open singles titles, and reaching six other Grand Slam singles finals.

Born in 1938 and educated at Colmore School, her father Adrian Haydon worked for motorbike and paint companies and her mother helped out in the family printing business of Haydon Printing on Institute Road.

Both her parents represented England at table tennis and she initially followed in their footsteps taking part in 5 World Table Tennis Champinships in the 1950's.

After switching to tennis she won the Wimbledon Junior Girls Single Title in 1956. Thirteen years later in 1969 she won the senior Women's Title beating Billie Jean King in the final.

According to The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, on 4 July 1969, The Beatles paused the dubbing session for their song "Golden Slumbers" to listen to Jones beat King for the Wimbledon title, live on radio.

She went on to be voted BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.

After becoming a BBC TV commentator, she then became chair of the Women's International Tennis Council and worked for both the Women's Tennis Association and the Lawn Tennis Association.

A life long member of the Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club she had the new centre court at the club named after her in 2013.

 
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