Daphne Akhurst

Born:
April 22, 1903
Died:
January 09, 1933
Place of Birth:
Ashfield, New South Wales
Australia
Citizenship:
Australia
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
2013
Born in 1903, Daphne Akhurst was the first female player from her nation to accomplish abundantly in the game of tennis. She managed to record 14 triumphs at her native Australian Championships, taking both the singles and women’s doubles events five times, and recording four victories in mixed doubles. She seldom competed at the other majors, but reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1928 in singles as an unseeded player, knocking out the formidable American Helen Hull Jacobs along the way; she and partner Jack Crawford also reached the Mixed Doubles finals that same year. Yet, above all else, her record “Down Under” was outstanding and emblematic of her stature. Tragically, she passed away during childbirth in 1933 at the age of 29, but her legacy lives on at the Australian Open each year as the women’s singles champion hoists the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in victory.

Grand Slam Record

Australasian Championship

  • Singles Champion - 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
  • Doubles Champion - 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931
  • Mixed Doubles Champion - 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929