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Élisabeth d'Ayen

Full name: Élisabeth Pauline Sabine Marie de Noailles (-MacReady)
Gender: Female
Born: October 27, 1898 in Maintenon, Eure-et-Loir, France
Died: December 7, 1969 in Paris, Paris, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Tennis

Related Olympians: Daughter of Adrien, Duke de Noailles.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Élisabeth d'Ayen competed in all three events at the 1920 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in women’s doubles alongside [Suzanne Lenglen]. D’Ayen played at Wimbledon in 1923 and the French Championships in 1925, reaching the third round of both events. She was the daughter of [Adrien, Duke de Noailles], who competed in the 1900 Olympic equestrian events.

D’Ayen married Lieutenant-General Sir Gordon Nevil Macready, 2nd Baronet KBE CB CMG DSO MC, a British Army officer who served as Assistant chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War II. Their son was Sir Nevil MacReady, 3rd Baronet, who was a war hero and later became managing director of Mobil Oil.

Her brother was Jean Maurice Paul Jules de Noailles, the Duc d’Ayen, who was a French clay pigeon shooting champion. During World War II, he was a resistance member who was arrested by the Gestapo on 22 January 1942, in Paris, following an anonymous tip. He was tortured and interned at 85 Avenue Foch (the Gestapo headquarters) in Paris, then at Compiègne. The Duc d’Ayen was deported to Buchenwald-Flossenburg, later transferred to Oranienburg and finally to Bergen-Belsen where he died or was killed the day before the camp was liberated. His son also died with him at Bergen-Belsen.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Singles France FRA 5T
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis Mixed Doubles France-1 FRA 8T
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis Women's Doubles France FRA 3 Bronze

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 McKane (GBR) 2, d'Ayen (FRA) 0 0
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Round Two Match #5 1 d'Ayen (FRA) 2, Hansen (DEN) 0 2

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France-1 FRA Pierre Hirsch Round Two Match #4 2 GBR-3 2, FRA-1 0 0
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France-1 FRA Pierre Hirsch Round One Match #2 1 FRA-1 2, SWE-2 0 2

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Suzanne Lenglen Final Round Match 3/4 AC FRA walkover
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Suzanne Lenglen Semi-Finals Match #1 2 GBR-1 2, FRA 1 1
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Tennis France FRA Suzanne Lenglen Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 FRA 2, SWE 0 2
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