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Geraldine Beamish

Full name: Winifred Geraldine Beamish (Ramsey-)
Gender: Female
Born: June 23, 1883 in Forest Gate, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: May 10, 1972 in St. Pancras, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Queen's Club, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Related Olympians: Wife of Alfred Beamish.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Winifred Geraldine Ramsey was the eldest daughter, and one of six children of London Stock Exchange dealer Arthur Ramsey and his wife Fanny. Arthur was himself a good tennis player and in 1889 reached the final of the singles handicap at his club, Forest Gate LTC, but lost to a 15-year-old – [Herbert Roper Barrett]

Geraldine, as she preferred to be called, played at Wimbledon every year from 1910 to 1933, with the exception of the War years. From 1912 she played under the name Geraldine Beamish after marrying fellow player [Alfred Ernest Beamish] towards the end of the previous season. She reached the ladies singles final three times but lost to Briton [Phyllis Satterthwaite] in 1919, to [Molla Mallory] (USA) in 1922 and in 1923 she was whitewashed 6-0, 6-0 by the French star [Suazanne Lenglen]. And it was Lenglen and partner Elizabeth Ryan of the United States, who ended Beamish’s only chance of Wimbledon glory in 1921 by beating her and Irene Peacock of South Africa in the ladies doubles instraight sets.

Geraldne entered all three events at the 1920 Olympics and won a silver medal in the doubles with [Dorothy Holman], but they lost the final to fellow Britons [Kitty McKane] and [Winifred McNair]. However, Beamish won the world covered court singles title that same year by beating McKane in three sets. She was also three times the world covered court doubles champion, with Kitty McKane each time, and in 1919 she won the mixed doubles title with Frenchman [Max Décugis].

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Singles Great Britain GBR 9T
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Mixed Doubles Great Britain-2 GBR 8T
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Doubles Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #6 2 Holman (GBR) 2, Beamish (GBR) 0 0

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Alfred Beamish Round Two Match #3 2 FRA-3 2, GBR-2 0 0
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Alfred Beamish Round One Match #1 1 GBR-2 2, GBR-4 1 2

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Dorothy Holman Final Round Match 1/2 2 GBR-1 2, GBR-2 0 0
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Dorothy Holman Semi-Finals Match #2 1 GBR-2 2, BEL-1 0 2
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR Dorothy Holman Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 GBR-2 2, BEL-3 0 2
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