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Tennis at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Women's Doubles

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Royal Beerschot Tennis & Hockey Club, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 17, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

In women’s doubles, Winifred McNair and Kitty McKane won, defeating Suzanne Lenglen and her partner, Elisabeth d’Ayen, in the semi-finals, and their countrywomen, Geraldine Beamish and Dorothy Holman in the finals.

McNair and McKane were a formidable doubles team. McNair reached the finals of the All-Comers singles at Wimbledon in 1913, and won the doubles plate that year, partnered by Dora Boothby. She later turned to golf and was runner-up in the 1921 English Ladies Championship, and played internationally for England that year at Turnberry.

But Kitty McKane had one of the best records of any British female tennis player ever. Not least of this was her performance at the 1920 Olympics, at which she won medals in all three events, capped by her doubles gold. She won the Wimbledon singles title in 1924 and 1926, giving Helen Wills a rare defeat in the 1924 singles final. She was U.S. doubles champion in 1923 and 1927 and U.S. mixed doubles champion in 1925. She was equally adept at badminton, winning eight All-England titles – four singles, two doubles, and two mixed doubles.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Belgium BEL
5T Sweden SWE
5T Belgium BEL
5T Belgium BEL
5T Denmark DEN
9 Belgium BEL