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Winifred McNair

Full name: Winifred Margaret McNair (Slocock-)
Gender: Female
Born: August 9, 1877 in Donnington, West Berkshire, Great Britain
Died: March 28, 1954 in Kensington, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At the 1920 Olympics, Winifred McNair, who had recently celebrated her 43rd birthday, partnered with Kathleen “Kitty” McKane in the doubles and as they were expecting a hard match in their semi-final against the French pair, Suzanne Lenglen and Élisabeth d’Ayen, McKane sportingly withdrew from the semi-finals of the singles in order to giver her partner maximum support in the doubles. After losing the first set, McNair and McKane won their semi-final and then took the final against the British pair, Geraldine Beamish and Dorothy Holman. Although Winifred McNair’s playing record could not match that of her distinguished partner she was not without successes of her own. She reached the finals of the All-Comers singles at Wimbledon in 1913 and won the doubles that year when partnered by Dora Boothby after their opponents, Dorothy Lambert Chambers and Charlotte Cooper, were forced to retire through injury when leading 6-4, 4-2.

Like her Olympic partner, Winifred McNair also had a second string to her sporting bow. Winifred was also an excellent golfer and when her tennis career was coming to an end she embarked on her next sporting career. She regularly played for Middlesex and represented England in the 1921 International Tournament at Turnberry, helping them to victory over Wales, Scotland and Ireland. She also competed in the England Ladies’ Championship several times in the 1920s and in 1925 reached the semi-final before losing to Doris Fowler. In 1908 she married Roderick McNair who later became the first President of the International Lawn Tennis Federation.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Singles Great Britain GBR 9T
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Mixed Doubles Great Britain-4 GBR 14T
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Doubles Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #2 2 Lenglen (FRA) 2, McNair (GBR) 0 0

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-4 GBR Noel Turnbull Round One Match #1 2 GBR-2 2, GBR-4 1 1

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Kitty McKane Final Round Match 1/2 1 GBR-1 2, GBR-2 0 2
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Kitty McKane Semi-Finals Match #1 1 GBR-1 2, FRA 1 2
1920 Summer 42 Antwerpen Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Kitty McKane Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 GBR-1 2, BEL-2 0 2
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