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Plaque honours tennis great Kitty
Kathleen 'Kitty' Godfree
Godfree's Olympic achievement is still unsurpassed in the tennis world
Wimbledon and Olympic tennis champion Kathleen 'Kitty' Godfree is to be commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at her former London home.

Godfree, who died in 1992 aged 96, won the Wimbledon singles and mixed doubles twice in the 1920s and scooped five Olympic medals, including a gold.

The plaque will be unveiled on Monday at York Avenue in East Sheen, where she lived with her husband for 56 years.

Her youngest son and his family still live at the property.

Born Kathleen McKane, Godfree was known as Biddy to family and friends and Kitty to the press.

She won Wimbledon honours in 1924 and 1926.

At the 1926 tournament she won the mixed doubles with her husband Leslie - the only married couple to take the title.

Blue plaque
Godfree lived at the property with her husband for 56 years

And her achievement of five medals at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics remains unsurpassed.

Alongside France's Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills Moody and Elizabeth Ryan from the US, Godfree is credited with helping to give tennis a widespread appeal.

An all-round athlete, she was also four times All England Badminton Champion.

In 1986 she presented the winner's trophy to Martina Navratilova to mark the centenary year of women's tennis at Wimbledon.

And she continued to play into her nineties, taking part in an International Club match between the UK and France in 1988.


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