Charlotte Cooper Sterry

September 22, 1870
October 10, 1966
Place of Birth:
Ealing, England
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:

When Charlotte Cooper Sterry took her fifth and last singles championship at Wimbledon in 1908, she became the oldest female champion of all time at the age of 37 years and 282 days. A stalwart British competitor who prided herself on the consistency of her performance, she set another record by reaching eight consecutive Wimbledon finals from 1885-1892. She won the tennis singles title at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France where women were allowed to participate for the first time. She defeated Hélène Prévost in the final in straight sets. Together with Reginald Doherty she also won the mixed doubles title after a straight sets victory in the final against Hélène Prévost and Harold Mahoney Not until Martina Navratilova made it to nine finals in a row (1982-1990) was Cooper Sterry’s remarkable record surpassed. She competed for 18 years in all at Wimbledon, and always made her presence known.

Grand Slam Record


  • Singles Champion - 1895, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1908