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Eleanor "Nell" Mary Hall Hopman (née Hall; 9 March 1909 – 10 January 1968) was one of the female tennis players that dominated Australian tennis from 1930 through the early 1960s. She was the first wife of Harry Hopman, the coach and captain of 22 Australian Davis Cup teams.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Grand Slam tournament finals

3.1 Singles: 2 (0 titles, 2 runners-up) 3.2 Doubles: 4 (1 titles, 3 runners-up) 3.3 Mixed doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)

4 Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Hopman was born on 9 March 1909 at Coogee, Sydney and was the only daughter and second of three children of Charles Ernest Hall, clerk, and Mabel Gertrude, née Tipper. She was educated at Claremont College, Randwick and as a student she excelled at tennis and music. She obtaining her licentiate and teaching diploma at the Royal College of Music, London and received a scholarship in 1928 but instead elected to pursue a tennis career.[1] Career[edit] Hopman teamed with her husband to win four mixed doubles titles at the Australian Championships (1930, 1936, 1937, and 1939).[2] They were mixed doubles finalists at Wimbledon in 1935, losing to Fred Perry
Fred Perry
and Dorothy Round Little
Dorothy Round Little
in three sets.[3] Hopman was a singles finalist at the Australian Championships in 1939 and 1947.[2] She partnered with Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
to win the women's doubles title at the 1954 French Championships. She played in 58 Grand Slam singles events during her career, the last one a first round loss at the 1966 French Championships when she was 57 years old. She played in 27 of the 28 singles events that were held at the Australian Championships from 1930 through 1962, including 25 consecutive events from 1933 through 1962.[2] Her last Grand Slam event was the women's doubles tournament at the 1966 US Championships, where she and Mrs. Arklay Richards lost in the first round. Hopman was instrumental in Tennis
Tennis
Australia's decision to invite the reigning Wimbledon champion, Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp, and Doris Hart
Doris Hart
to play tournaments in Australia
Australia
in the summer of 1949–1950. She also arranged for Connolly and the American junior title holder Julie Sampson Haywood to play in Australia
Australia
in the summer of 1952–1953. The end result was Tennis
Tennis
Australia's decision to establish a committee to discuss ways and means of improving the "poor standards of Australian women's tennis". Other tennis writers supported Hopman's efforts, accusing Tennis
Tennis
Australia
Australia
of a "parochial attitude to women players". In 1955, Tennis
Tennis
Australia
Australia
finally sent a women's team abroad, under the management of Adrian Quist. In 1961, Hopman took another women's team abroad, consisting of Margaret Court, Lesley Turner Bowrey, and Mary Carter Reitano. Although the tour was a financial success, Hopman was accused of overworking and underfeeding her players and forcing them to stay in inadequate hotels. As a result, Court refused to participate in the 1962 overseas tour led by Hopman. Hopman was employed by the United States
United States
Lawn Tennis
Tennis
Association and the Southern California Tennis
Tennis
Association from 1952 through 1954 to be the travelling companion and chaperon of Connolly. In 1962, she persuaded the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation to begin sponsoring the Federation Cup, now known as the Fed Cup, an international team event for women similar to the Davis Cup
Davis Cup
for men. She was awarded the CBE in July 1962.[4][5] Hopman became the first life member of Tennis
Tennis
Victoria in 1965 but the following year underwent unsuccessful surgery for a brain tumor and died in January 1968.[6] Grand Slam tournament finals[edit] Singles: 2 (0 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final

Runner-up 1939 Australian Championships Emily Hood Westacott 1–6, 2–6

Runner-up 1947 Australian Championships Nancye Wynne Bolton 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 4 (1 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponent in final Score in final

Runner-up 1935 Australian Championships Louise Bickerton Evelyn Dearman Nancy Lyle 3–6, 4–6

Runner-up 1937 Australian Championships Emily Hood Westacott Thelma Coyne Long Nancye Wynne Bolton 2–6, 2–6

Winner 1954 French Championships Maureen Connolly Maude Galtier Suzanne Schmitt 7–5, 4–6, 6–0

Runner-up 1955 Australian Championships Gwen Thiele Mary Bevis Hawton Beryl Penrose 5–7, 1–6

Mixed doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponent in final Score in final

Winner 1930 Australian Championships Harry Hopman Marjorie Cox Crawford Jack Crawford 11–9, 3–6, 6–3

Runner-up 1935 Wimbledon Championships Harry Hopman Dorothy Round Little Fred Perry 5–7, 6–4, 2–6

Winner 1936 Australian Championships Harry Hopman May Blick Abe Kay 6–2, 6–0

Winner 1937 Australian Championships Harry Hopman Dorothy Stevenson Don Turnbull 3–6, 6–3, 6–2

Winner 1939 Australian Championships Harry Hopman Margaret Wilson John Bromwich 6–8, 6–2, 6–3

Runner-up 1940 Australian Championships Harry Hopman Nancye Wynne Bolton Colin Long 5–7, 6–2, 4–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Key

W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held.

Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941–44 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963–65 1966 Career SR

Australian Championships 1R 1R A QF QF SF QF 2R SF F SF NH NH QF F QF 2R QF QF 2R 2R QF QF 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R A A 0 / 27

French Championships A A A A 1R 2R A A 3R A NH R A A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A A 1R A 1R 2R A 1R 0 / 12

Wimbledon A A A A 3R 2R A A 1R A NH NH NH A 4R A A A A 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R A A 2R A 1R A A A 0 / 11

US Championships A A A A A A A A 3R A A A A A 2R A A A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R A A 2R A A 2R A A 0 / 8

SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 58

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation. SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played. 1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon. See also[edit]

Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam final

References[edit]

^ "Hopman, Eleanor (1909 - 1968)". The Australian Women's Register.  ^ a b c " Australian Open
Australian Open
players archive – Nell Hopman". Tennis Australia.  ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – 1935 Mixed Doubles". AELTC.  ^ "Death of Mrs Nell Hopman". The Canberra Times. 11 January 1968. p. 24 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "News in Brief Australians Honoured". The Canberra Times. 19 July 1962. p. 3 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "Nell Hopman Dies at 57". The Sydney Morning Herald. Jan 11, 1968. p. 6. 

External links[edit]

Australian Dictionary of Biography entry about Hopman National Portrait Gallery – Eleanor Mary ('Nell') Hopman (nee Hall)

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French Championships women's doubles champions

(1907) Adine Masson / Yvonne de Ploffel (1908) Kate Gillou-Fenwick / Cecile Matthey (1909) Jeanne Matthey
Jeanne Matthey
/ Daisy Speranza (1910) Jeanne Matthey
Jeanne Matthey
/ Daisy Speranza (1911) Jeanne Matthey
Jeanne Matthey
/ Daisy Speranza (1912) Jeanne Matthey
Jeanne Matthey
/ Daisy Speranza (1913) Blanche Amblard / Suzanne Amblard (1914) Blanche Amblard / Suzanne Amblard (1915–1919) No competition (due to World War I) (1920) Élisabeth d'Ayen / Suzanne Lenglen (1921) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Geramine Pigueron (1922) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Geramine Pigueron (1923) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Julie Vlasto (1924) Marguerite Broquedis
Marguerite Broquedis
/ Yvonne Bourgeois (1925) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Julie Vlasto (1926) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Julie Vlasto (1927) Irene Bowder Peacock
Irene Bowder Peacock
/ Bobbie Heine (1928) Phoebe Holcroft Watson
Phoebe Holcroft Watson
/ Eileen Bennett (1929) Lilí Álvarez
Lilí Álvarez
/ Kea Bouman (1930) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody / Elizabeth Ryan (1931) Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
/ Betty Nuthall (1932) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody / Elizabeth Ryan (1933) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1934) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1935) Margaret Scriven
Margaret Scriven
/ Kay Stammers (1936) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Billie Yorke (1937) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Billie Yorke (1938) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Billie Yorke (1939) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Jadwiga Jędrzejowska (1940–1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1945) Paulette Fritz / Simone Lafargue (1946) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne (1947) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1948) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Patricia Canning Todd (1949) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1950) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1951) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1952) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1953) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1954) Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
/ Nell Hall Hopman (1955) Beverly Baker Fleitz / Darlene Hard (1956) Angela Buxton / Althea Gibson (1957) Shirley Bloomer / Darlene Hard (1958) Rosie Reyes / Yola Ramírez Ochoa (1959) Sandra Reynolds / Renée Schuurman (1960) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Darlene Hard (1961) Sandra Reynolds / Renée Schuurman (1962) Sandra Reynolds Price / Renée Schuurman (1963) Ann Haydon-Jones / Renée Schuurman (1964) Margaret Smith / Lesley Turner (1965) Margaret Smith / Lesley Turner (1966) Margaret Smith / Judy Tegart (1967) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Gail Chanfreau

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Australasian and Australian Championships mixed doubles champions

(1922) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Jack Hawkes (1923) Sylvia Lance Harper
Sylvia Lance Harper
/ Horace Rice (1924) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Jim Willard (1925) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Jim Willard (1926) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Jack Hawkes (1927) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Jack Hawkes (1928) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Jean Borotra (1929) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Edgar Moon (1930) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1931) Marjorie Cox Crawford
Marjorie Cox Crawford
/ Jack Crawford (1932) Marjorie Cox Crawford
Marjorie Cox Crawford
/ Jack Crawford (1933) Marjorie Cox Crawford
Marjorie Cox Crawford
/ Jack Crawford (1934) Joan Hartigan
Joan Hartigan
Bathurst / Edgar Moon (1935) Louie Bickerton
Louie Bickerton
/ Christian Boussus (1936) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1937) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1938) Margaret Wilson
Margaret Wilson
/ John Bromwich (1939) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1940) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1941 - 1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1947) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1948) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1949) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1950) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1951) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ George Worthington (1952) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ George Worthington (1953) Julia Sampson Hayward / Rex Hartwig (1954) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Rex Hartwig (1955) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ George Worthington (1956) Beryl Penrose / Neale Fraser (1957) Fay Muller / Malcolm Anderson (1958) Mary Hawton / Bob Howe (1959) Sandra Reynolds Price / Bob Mark (1960) Jan Lehane / Trevor Fancutt (1961) Jan Lehane / Bob Hewitt (1962) Lesley Turner Bowrey
Lesley Turner Bowrey
/ Fred Stolle (1963) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Ken Fletcher (1964) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Ken Fletcher (1965) Robyn Ebbern
Robyn Ebbern
/ Owen Davidson
Owen Davidson
& Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ John Newcombe (1966) Judy Tegart Dalton / Tony Roche (1967) Lesley Turner Bowrey
Lesley Turner Bowrey
/ Owen Davidson (1968) Billie Jean

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