LTA Colour Holders

 

Representing your country in any sport is a special achievement, and tennis is no different. As well as being a highlight of a player’s career, Great Britain teams also connect with, enthuse and excite tennis fans in Britain like nothing else in our sport. That is why we have revived what was once a tennis tradition – the LTA Colour Holders programme.

Historically, in the same way a player might receive a ‘cap’ in football or rugby, when a player represented Great Britain in tennis, they received a Colour.  

The reintroduction of Colour Holders marks 125 years since the first players stepped onto court to represent Great Britain at tennis - at the 1896 Olympics. It has been developed to help acknowledge, recognise and celebrate players, past and present, who have represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup and Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup, as well as at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Colour Holder status was also achieved previously for players who competed for Great Britain in the Wightman Cup and Kings Cup, two competitions that have since ceased. Colour Holder status is achieved when a player steps onto court to play for Great Britain for the first time.

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Inclusive of tennis and wheelchair tennis

From the early days of the programme, Colours have been awarded to both females and males who have represented Britain. In addition, following the creation of wheelchair tennis and its subsequent growth to become a professional sport, World Team Cup representatives and Paralympians have been included as Colour Holders for the first time alongside Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic players – all together on one list.

Unique numbers - a select group of elite players

A sequential list has been created depicting when a player gained their Colour Holder status in relation to their peers, meaning each player to represent Great Britain will have their own unique number.  

Since 1896, only 314 tennis players have become Colour Holders. John Boland became the first at the inaugural modern Olympic Games in Athens, while Joe Salisbury, Greg Slade and Abbie Breakwell are the most recent players to achieve this status having been selected to play in the Olympics and World Team Cup competitions respectively in 2021.

Key stats

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A black and white photo of John Boland playing tennis   

John Boland - 1896

John was the first Olympic champion in tennis for Great Britain and Ireland at the first modern Olympics, which took place in Athens in 1896. Boland initially travelled to Athens to watch the Olympic Games as a spectator before a friend entered him into the tennis competition. Despite competing with leather-soled shoes with heels, Boland won the competition and became an Olympic champion in both the men’s double and singles tournament.

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A black and white photo of Charlotte Sterry holding her tennis racket  

Charlotte Cooper (nee Sterry) - 1900 

Charlotte was our first female Colour Holder and won Gold in the women’s singles and mixed doubles at the 1900 Olympics Games in Paris. In winning the women’s tennis singles title in Paris, Charlotte became the first female athlete to win Olympic gold in an individual event. Cooper also won five Grand Slam titles, the last of which coming in 1908 at the age of 37, making her the oldest female champion in history.

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Simon Hatt on court playing wheelchair tennis  

Simon Hatt - 1986

Simon appeared at three Paralympic Games; Barcelona in 1992, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, with the first Wheelchair Tennis Colour Holder just missing out on a medal in the men’s doubles in the bronze medal match in Sydney playing alongside Jayant Mistry. Simon appeared in 19 consecutive World Team Cups for Great Britain, his first being in 1986 in the USA and his final in 2004 in New Zealand.

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Donald McPhail - 1946

Donald made his debut is the 1946 Davis Cup. A Wimbledon quarter finalist in 1938, McPhail, who hailed from Glasgow, played in the years before and after World War II.

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Danny Sapsford on court about to hit a tennis ball  

Danny Sapsford - 1990

Danny made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain in April 1990 and was a mainstay of the team for five years through to 1995. He competed in all four Grand Slams with his best performance coming at Wimbledon '99 where he made the 3rd Round before losing to eventual champion, Pete Sampras.

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Kyle Edmund on court reaching out to hit a tennis ball with his racket  

Kyle Edmund - 2015

Kyle made his Davis Cup debut against Belgium in the final of the 2015 Davis Cup in Ghent, with Great Britain winning the tournament for the first time in 79 years. His debut saw Edmund become only the sixth man in the history of the Davis Cup to make his debut in the final. This Achievement saw the Davis Cup team win the 2015 BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award.

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Abbie Breakwell on court in her wheelchair throwing a ball in the air to hit a serve  

Abbie Breakwell - 2021

Abbie made her ITF World Team Cup debut in Sardinia on 28 September 2021 to become the most recent player to gain Colour Holder status. Breakwell partnered Cornelia Oosthuizen as they powered past their Mexican opponents to secure a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Connecting the past with the present

There are currently 31 Colour Holders who are still playing competitive tennis. Once their playing careers come to an end, they will join the LTA’s Colour Holders programme, a select group of former players to ensure that those that have given so much to British tennis during their playing careers remain connected to our sport.

Charlotte Sterry, the first female Colour Holder, playing tennis

Colour Holder List

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1

BOLAND, John

Male

2

ROBERTSON, George

Male

3

DOHERTY, Laurence

Male

4

DOHERTY, Reggie

Male

5

MAHONY, Harold

Male

6

NORRIS, Arthur

Male

7

STERRY, Charlotte

Female

8

WARDEN, Archibald

Male

9

BLACK, Ernest

Male

10

GORE, Arthur

Male

11

ROPER-BARRETT, Herbert

Male

12

PIM, Joshua

Male

13

RISELEY, Frank

Male

14

SMITH, Sydney

Male

15

CARIDIA, George

Male

16

COLES, Mildred

Female

17

EASTLAKE-SMITH, Gladys

Female

18

EAVES, Wilberforce

Male

19

ESCOMBE, Lionel

Male

20

GREENE, Alice

Female

21

LAMBERT CHAMBERS, Dorothea

Female

22

PINCKNEY, Violet

Female

23

SIMOND, George

Male

24

WINCH, Ruth

Female

25

BOOTHBY, Dora

Female

26

CAZALET, Clement

Male

27

CRAWLEY, Walter

Male

28

DIXON, Charles

Male

29

HILLYARD, George

Male

30

MORTON, Agatha

Female

31

PARKE, James

Male

32

POWELL, Kenneth

Male

33

RITCHIE, Josiah

Male

34

BEAMISH, Alfred

Male

35

LOWE, Arthur

Male

36

AITCHISON, Helen

Female

37

HANNAM, Edith

Female

38

LOWE, Gordon

Male

39

MAVROGORDATO, Theodore

Male

40

PARTON, Mabel

Female

41

KINGSCOTE, Algernon

Male

42

DAVSON, Percival

Male

43

TURNBULL, Noel

Male

44

BEAMISH, Geraldine

Female

45

HOLMAN, Dorothy

Female

46

MCNAIR, Winifred

Female

47

WOOSNAM, Max

Male

48

LYCETT, Randolph

Male

49

GILBERT, Brian

Male

50

GODFREE, Leslie

Male

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51

WHEATLEY, Patrick

Male

52

MCKANE, Kitty

Female

53

CLAYTON, Mabel

Female

54

COVELL, Phyllis

Female

55

SHEPHERD-BARRON, Dorothy

Female

56

COLYER, Evelyn

Female

57

IRELAND, Walter

Male

58

MCCREA, D'Arcy

Male

59

SATTERTHWAITE, Phyllis

Female

60

KINGSLEY, Charles

Male

61

CROLE-REES, Gordon

Male

62

FRY, Joan

Female

63

HARVEY, Ermyntrude 

Female

64

GREGORY, Colin

Male

65

LESTER, Keats

Male

66

HIGGS, Edward

Male

67

NUTHALL, Betty

Female

68

STERRY, Gwendolyn

Female

69

EAMES, Cyril

Male

70

BENNETT WHITTINGSTALL, Eileen

Female

71

HOLCROFT WATSON, Phoebe

Female

72

SAUNDERS MICHELL, Peggy

Female

73

AUSTIN, Bunny

Male

74

HUGHES, Patrick

Male

75

COLLINS, Ian

Male

76

LEE, Harry

Male

77

SHARPE, Nigel

Male

78

MUDFORD, Phyllis

Female

79

PERRY, Fred

Male

80

ROUND, Dorothy

Female

81

DAVID, Herman

Male

82

SCRIVEN, Margaret

Female

83

HEELEY, Mary

Female

84

JAMES, Freda

Female

85

DEARMAN, Evelyn

Female

86

LYLE, Nancy

Female

87

TUCKEY, Raymond

Male

88

STAMMERS, Kay

Female

89

HARDWICK, Mary

Female

90

HARE, Charles

Male

91

WILDE, Frank

Male

92

LUMB, Margot

Female

93

INGRAM, Joan

Female

94

JONES, Jimmy

Male

95

SHAYES, Ronald

Male

96

BUTLER, Donald

Male

97

SHAFFI, Lawrence

Male

98

SCOTT, Valerie

Female

99

BROWN, Nina

Female

100

MACPHAIL, Donald

Male

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101

BARTON, Derrick

Male

102

BILLINGTON, Henry

Male

103

OLLIFF, John

Male

104

BOSTOCK, Jean

Female

105

CURRY, Joan

Female

106

HALFORD, Mary

Female

107

LINCOLN BLAIR, Molly

Female

108

PASSINGHAM, Betty

Female

109

MOTTRAM, Tony

Male

110

PAISH, Geoffrey

Male

111

GANNON, Joy

Female

112

HILTON, Betty

Female

113

QUERTIER, Jean

Female

114

WALTON, Howard

Male

115

LEWIS, Norman

Male

116

WALKER-SMITH, Jean

Female

117

TUCKEY, Kay

Female

118

ROBERTS, Arthur G.

Male

119

WARD, Patricia

Female

120

BECKER, Roger

Male

121

PARTRIDGE, Susan

Female

122

FLETCHER, Helen

Female

123

OAKLEY, Gerald

Male

124

MORTIMER, Angela

Female

125

SHILCOCK, Anne

Female

126

BUXTON, Angela

Female

127

KNIGHT, Billy

Male

128

DAVIES, Mike

Male

129

WILSON, Bobby

Male

130

BLOOMER, Shirley

Female

131

BARRETT, John

Male

132

JANES, Christine

Female

133

HAYDON-JONES, Ann

Female

134

ARMSTRONG, Sheila

Female

135

MILLS, Alan

Male

136

SANGSTER, Mike

Male

137

PICKARD, Tony

Male

138

CATT, Deidre

Female

139

HANN, Mike

Male

140

STARKIE, Elizabeth

Female

141

COX, Mark

Male

142

MATHESON, Harry

Male

143

TAYLOR, Roger

Male

144

WADE, Virginia

Female

145

TRUMAN, Nell

Female

146

STILWELL, Graham

Male

147

WOOLDRIDGE, Winnie

Female

148

BENTLEY, Rita

Female

149

WILLIAMS, Joyce

Female

150

HUTCHINS, Paul

Male

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151

CURTIS, Peter

Male

152

BATTRICK, Gerald

Male

153

CLIFTON, John

Male

154

MATTHEWS, Stanley

Male

155

PAISH, John

Male

156

WARBOYS, Stephen

Male

157

LLOYD, David

Male

158

MOLESWORTH, Corinne

Female

159

LLOYD, John

Male

160

BEAVEN, Lindsey

Female

161

BURTON, Veronica

Female

162

CHARLES, Lesley

Female

163

COLES, Glynis

Female

164

MOTTRAM, Christopher

Male

165

BARKER, Sue

Female

166

FARRELL, Mark

Male

167

MAPPIN, Sue

Female

168

TYLER, Michelle

Female

169

DOWDESWELL, Colin

Male

170

FEAVER, John

Male

171

LEWIS, Richard

Male

172

HOBBS, Anne

Female

173

BRADNAM, Chris

Male

174

DRYSDALE, Robin

Male

175

DURIE, Jo

Female

176

JEVANS, Debbie

Female

177

BEVEN, Rohun

Male

178

JARRETT, Andrew

Male

179

BATES, Jeremy

Male

180

SMITH, Jonathan

Male

181

DIER, Jeremy

Male

182

WHITEFORD, John

Male

183

CROFT, Annabel

Female

184

SHAW, Stephen

Male

185

BROWN, Amanda

Female

186

CASTLE, Andrew

Male

187

HATT, Simon

Male

188

ILLINGWORTH, Chris

Male

189

KLEINGELD, Mark

Male

190

GOMER, Sara

Female

191

LOUIS, Jo

Female

192

MISTRY, Jayant

Male

193

WOOD, Clare

Female

194

WHICHELLO, Richard

Male

195

SALMON, Julie

Female

196

JAVER, Monique

Female

197

BAILEY, Chris

Male

198

BROWN, Nick

Male

199

DOCKERILL, Bob

Male

200

SAPSFORD, Danny

Male

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201

LOOSEMORE, Sarah

Female

202

WILKINSON, Chris

Male

203

PETCHEY, Mark

Male

204

BROAD, Neil

Male

205

SMITH, Samantha

Female

206

BLACKMORE, Christine

Female

207

MCMORRAN, Janet

Female

208

CURRAN, Claire

Female

209

ROSENFIELD, Amanda

Female

210

CROSS, Karen

Female

211

HOBBS, Julie

Female

212

HENMAN, Tim

Male

213

BLAKE, Kimberly

Female

214

BROADWAY, Andrea

Female

215

SIDDALL, Shirli-Ann

Female

216

MACLAGAN, Miles

Male

217

RUSEDSKI, Greg

Male

218

LAKE, Valda

Female

219

GOULD, Nick

Male

220

MILLIGAN, Luke

Male

221

DELGADO, Jamie

Male

222

RICHARDSON, Andrew

Male

223

WOODROFFE, Lorna

Female

224

LAMBERT, John

Male

225

LATIMER, Louise

Female

226

ECCLESTON, Mark

Male

227

FORSHAW, Kay

Female

228

HUMPHREYS, Roy

Male

229

GREER, Christine

Female

230

JOHNSON, Chris

Male

231

WARD, Jason

Male

232

WARD, Joanne

Female

233

COLLIN, Hannah

Female

234

PARMAR, Arvind

Male

235

MCERLEAN, Andy

Male

236

COWAN, Barry

Male

237

SPENCER, Kyle

Male

238

LEE, Martin

Male

239

CHILDS, Lee

Male

240

KEOTHAVONG, Anne

Female

241

GARDNER, David

Male

242

NORFOLK, Peter

Male

243

PLOWMAN, Kevin

Male

244

VIOLLET, Rachel

Female

245

AHL, Lucie

Female

246

BALTACHA, Elena

Female

247

BOWLES, Diana

Female

248

DAGLEISH, Jenny

Female

249

THOMAS, Debbie

Female

250

BOGDANOVIC, Alex

Male

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251

MACKIN, Alan

Male

252

O'DONOGHUE, Jane

Female

253

BURDEKIN, Jamie

Male

254

KEEN, Amanda

Female

255

O'BRIEN, Katie

Female

256

MURRAY, Andy

Male

257

SHERWOOD, David

Male

258

SHUKER, Lucy

Female

259

PAISLEY, Susan

Female

260

REGAN, Shaun

Male

261

ROBINSON, Jamie

Male

262

SIMMONS, Paul

Male

263

TARKOWSKI, Anna

Female

264

WEBBORN, Nick

Male

265

JEWITT, Alex

Male

266

COTTERILL, Antony

Male

267

FIELD, Adam

Male

268

KNAPPETT, Tony

Male

269

BAKER, Jamie

Male

270

MURRAY, Jamie

Male

271

CAVADAY, Naomi

Female

272

SIMPSON, Kevin

Male

273

HUNT, Louise

Female

274

SOUTH, Melanie

Female

275

HUTCHINS, Ross

Male

276

PHILLIPSON, David

Male

277

REID, Gordon

Male

278

WHILEY, Jordanne

Female

279

BORWELL, Sarah

Female

280

GOODALL, Josh

Male

281

EATON, Chris

Male

282

FLEMING, Colin

Male

283

LAPTHORNE, Andy

Male

284

MCCARROLL, Marc

Male

285

EVANS, Daniel

Male

286

WARD, James

Male

287

SKUPSKI, Ken

Male

288

PARFITT, John

Male

289

WATSON, Heather

Female

290

RAE, Jocelyn

Female

291

ROBSON, Laura

Female

292

KONTA, Johanna

Female

293

MARRAY, Jonathan

Male

294

INGLOT, Dominic

Male

295

MOORE, Tara

Female

296

HOLT, Ed

Male

297

SMITH, Anna

Female

298

HEWETT, Alfie

Male

299

SHAW, James

Male

300

EDMUND, Kyle

Male

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301

SWAN, Katie

Female

302

BAILEY, Dermot

Male

303

STEWART, Paul

Male

304

MERRY, Esperanza

Female

305

JONES, Lauren

Female

306

BROADY, Liam

Male

307

NORRIE, Cameron

Male

308

BOULTER, Katie

Female

309

DART, Harriet

Female

310

OOSTHUIZEN, Cornelia

Female

311

SKUPSKI, Neal

Male

312

SALISBURY, Joe

Male

313

SLADE, Greg

Male

314

BREAKWELL, Abbie

Female

Honorary Colour Holders

James Auckland and Frances MacLennan have been granted Honorary Colour Holder status by the LTA.