May Sutton
MAY SUTTON

U. S. A.
Born 25/9/1886 Died 4/10/1975
Wimbledon 1905,1907
US Open 1904

May Sutton was born in Plymouth, Great Britain. She and her family emigrated to California, U. S. A. when May was six. May and her sisters (Florence, Violet and Ethel) were the dominant players in Southern California for years. May's best stroke was a powerful forehand. In 1904 Sutton took her first Grand Slam title at the US, beating Helen Homans and Elisabeth Moore. In 1905 Sutton shocked the Wimbledon crowd by wearing a shorter skirt than normal and even having the impudence to roll up her sleeves! Sutton beat home favourite Dorothea Douglass in the final to become the first overseas champion. The following year she lost in the Challenge Round to Douglass. The two met again in the Challenge Round in 1907 and it was Sutton who won to take her third and last Grand Slam title. Then Sutton retired. She married Tom Bundy. They had a child, Dorothy Bundy, who later won the Australian Open. May's nephew John Doeg won the US Open. In the 1920s Sutton-Bundy made a comeback. At the 1921 US, Sutton-Bundy lost in the semis to Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory. In 1922 she lost in the semis to Helen Wills. She reached the Wimbledon quarters as late as 1929 aged 42.

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