Thelma Coyne Long

October 14, 1918
April 14, 2015
Place of Birth:
Sydney, Australia
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
Singles - No. 7

Australian tennis player, Thelma Coyne Long, captured her first major title in 1936 and her last, an impressive 22 years later, in 1958. Over the course of those two decades, Long won a total of 19 Grand Slam tournament titles, including championships in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

Long was a dominant doubles player, winning 12 of her major titles in doubles, but she also came through to win two majors in singles, as well as five major titles in mixed doubles. In 1952, she completed the Australian Championships triple, winning singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in her home event. Eighteen of Long’s 19 titles were achieved at the Australian Championships. She remains the oldest Australian women’s singles champion (35 years and eight months in 1954) and the oldest Australian women’s doubles champion (37 years and 7 months in 1956). With 12 Australian doubles titles to her name, she is the record holder for most Australian doubles titles won by a man or woman.
In May 1941, during World War II, Coyne Long joined the Red Cross as a transport driver, and in 1942, she joined the Australian Women's Army Service. Had the war not intervened, and had so many potentially great years not been taken away from her, it is highly likely that Long would have added substantially to her record with more triumphs at the three other majors outside of Australia. 

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Singles Champion - 1952, 1954
  • Doubles Champion - 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958
  • Mixed Doubles Champion - 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955

French Open

  • Mixed Doubles Title Champion - 1956

Career Achievements

  • 19 Grand Slam tournament titles
  • Most Australian doubles titles won by a man or woman