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Charlotte Cooper

Full name: Charlotte Reinagle Cooper (-Sterry)
Nickname(s): Chatty
Gender: Female
Born: September 22, 1870 in Ealing, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: October 10, 1966 in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Great Britain
Affiliations: Chiswick Park Lawn Tennis Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

The distinction of being the first woman ever to become an Olympic champion goes to the 29-year-old Charlotte Cooper of Ealing who won the women’s singles at the 1900 Olympic Games. In Paris, Chattie Cooper defeated the French champion, Hélène Prévost in straight sets and then won a second gold medal in the mixed doubles with Reggie Doherty as her partner. Miss Cooper won the Wimbledon singles five times, the last occasion being in 1908 when, at the age of 37, she became the oldest winner of the title. She also won the All-England mixed doubles seven times and the women’s doubles twice although this was before these events became part of the official championship program. Other major successes included eight Irish championships, including a triple win in 1895, the Scottish singles in 1898 and the British covered court singles in 1895. She was also a three-time winner of the covered court mixed doubles. In 1901, Charlotte married Alfred Sterry, who later became President of the Lawn Tennis Association, and their daughter, Gwen, represented Great Britain in the Wightman Cup. Gwen’s husband, Max Simmers, won 28 rugby union caps for Scotland and their son- Charlotte’s grandson, Brian, also played rugby for Scotland. The world’s first Olympic woman champion died at the age of 96 thus establishing a longevity record for all British Olympic gold medalists.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Women's Singles Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 Cooper (GBR) 2, Prévost (FRA) 0 2
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 1 Cooper (GBR) 2, Jones (USA) 0 2
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Round One Match #1 1 Cooper (GBR) 2, Fourrier (FRA) 0 2

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Reggie Doherty Final Round Match 1/2 1 GBR 2, France/Great Britain-1 0 2
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Reggie Doherty Semi-Finals Match #2 1 GBR 2, United States/Great Britain-3 0 2
1900 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Reggie Doherty Round One Match #4 AC GBR bye