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Women's doubles champions at the ITF Masters World Championships

Great Britain take home six gold medals at the ITF Masters World Team & Individual Championships (65-90+)


Great Britain won a combined 24 medals at this year’s ITF Masters World Championships (65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90) – including seven gold medals across the team and individual events.

Taking place from 10-23 March at the Ali Bey Club, Manavgat, Turkey, the Championships brought together the world’s top seniors tennis stars for the coveted team and individual titles across six age groups.

Seniors GB gold medal winners:

  • GB Women’s 75+ team
  • Marjory Love – Women’s singles 75+
  • Pam McGrath – Women’s singles 90+
  • Frances MacLennan (& Carolann Castell) – Women’s doubles 80+
  • Paul French (& Susan Wright) – Mixed doubles 65+
  • Jasper Cooper & Pauline Fisher – Mixed doubles 70+
  • Marjory Love & Wilf Jessop – Mixed doubles 75+

The GB women’s seniors teams shone at this year’s World Championships, bringing home four medals from five events.

The best result came from the GB women’s 75+ team – led by Marjory Love, Christine Windmill, Rosemary Wilson and Christine Lockhart – who won the Queens Cup.

Having breezed past Canada and Sweden in the round-robin group, the Brits defeated USA in the semi-finals 2-1 to set up a final against France.

Despite losing the opening rubber, Team Captain Love helped push the British side on to victory. Love won her singles rubber 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, before teaming up with Windmill to clinch the doubles decider 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.


After the tournament, Love said: "It was a wonderful experience to win first gold medal in Team event after taking part in World Team Championships for over 25 years. It was particularly pleasing because it was a great team effort - each member of the team playing their part."

Windmill added: "My first GB cap, and in my 75th year, was a long-held dream come true; then to be in a team with Christine and Rosemary captained by Marjory - with whom I have been lucky enough to play national competitions since our university days, 56 years ago made it perfect, not to mention crucially calming when playing match tie-break doubles in the semis and finals!"

The GB women’s 65+ team won silver in the Kitty Godfree Cup – losing out to USA 3-0 in the final.

It was also silver for the women’s 80+ side in the Doris Hart Cup after the Brits were defeated in the final by France.

Six British titles in Individual events

Great Britain had two singles champions in the Masters World Individual Championships – Marjory Love in the women’s 75+ and Pam McGrath in the women’s 90+.

Coming off the back of a team gold medal the week before, Love completed her stellar campaign in the singles. Love knocked out fourth seed Gail Benedetti 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-finals, before going on to defeat Australian third seed Kerry Ballard 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Love also won gold in the 75+ mixed doubles alongside fellow Brit Wilf Jessop and clinched silver in the women’s doubles alongside fellow teammate Rosemary Wilson.

McGrath finished the week as the women’s 90+ champion after finishing top of her round-robin group in Turkey. Her standout win came against France’s Odile Niox Chateau, clinching the match in a close deciding tie-break 6-2, 4-6, 12-10.


Elsewhere, top seed Frances MacLennan and American partner Carolann Castell won the women’s 80+ doubles title.

The duo lost just five games in the tournament, closing out with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over British partnership Dorothy Bamber and Margaret Helen French in the final.

On to the 65+ mixed doubles, where GB’s Paul French and USA’s Susan Wright made good on their No.1 seed status to lift the title without dropping a set.

French and Wright beat Britain’s Martin Cornish and his partner Sabine Schmitz in the final 7-5, 6-3.

Closing out the British champions from last week were Jasper Cooper and Pauline Fisher in the 70+ mixed doubles.

The third seeds won four of four tie-breaks they played all week, including a match tie-break in the final against Jan Worthington Vick and Ross Orford – beating the Australian’s 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Great Britain also saw six silver and nine bronze medals across all the individual main draws.

Team event standings

Women’s 65+ Kitty Godfree Cup

2nd Silver

Men’s 65+ Britannia Cup 


Women’s 70+ Althea Gibson Cup 


Men’s 70+ Jack Crawford Cup 


Women’s 75+ Queen’s Cup 

1st Gold

Men’s 75+ Bitsy Grant Cup 


Women’s 80+ Doris Hart Cup 

2nd Silver

Men’s 80+ Gardnar Mulloy Cup 


Women’s 85+ Angela Mortimer Cup 

3rd Bronze

Men’s 85+ Lorne Main Cup 


Individual events:




Mixed doubles 65+

Gold - Paul French & Susan Wright

Silver - Martin Cornish & Sabine Schmitz

Women’s singles 70+

Silver - Pauline Fisher

Women’s doubles 70+

Bronze - Ann Brown & Diana Smith


Men’s doubles 70+ 

Bronze - Boyd Brackstone & Jasper Cooper


Mixed doubles 70+ 

Gold - Pauline Fisher & Jasper Cooper

Women’s singles 75+

Gold - Marjory Love

Women’s doubles 75+

Silver - Marjory Love & Rosemary Wilson

Bronze - Christine Baron & Judith Rodins

Bronze - Phyllis Bentham & Heiderose Toth


Mixed doubles 75+

Gold - Marjory Love & Wilf Jessop

Women’s singles 80+

Silver - Frances MacLennan

Women’s Doubles 80+

Gold - Frances MacLennan & Carolann Castell

Silver - Dorothy Bamber & Margaret Helen French


Mixed doubles 80+

Bronze - Dorothy Bamber & Mogens Drehn


Men’s doubles 85+

Bronze – Roy Henderson & Terry Stevens


Mixed doubles 85+

Bronze - Liselotte Mueller & Terry Stevens

Women’s singles 90+

Gold – Pam McGrath

Men’s doubles 90+

Bronze - Gordon Oates & Eduard Irgens


Mixed doubles 90+

Silver – Pam McGrath & Henry Young

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