Christine Truman Janes

Born Jan 16, 1941
Nationality England England
Playing Style Right Handed

Christine Truman Janes, born in February 16, 1941, was the British Junior champion in 1956 and 1957. She started playing from the late 1950’s under her maiden name Truman and began her formal appearance in the tennis society at the age of 16. She played and reached the semifinals during that time but lost to Althea Gibson. She ranked as one of the world’s top ten from 1957 to 1961 and became the world’s no.2 in the rankings in 1959, reaching the highest peak of her career.

However, she claimed the title in 1958, defeating Althea Gibson who is the Wimbledon Champion at the time, gaining the cup back to Great Britain. However, in the same year, she was defeated by an American tennis player, Mimi Arnold, in the fourth round. Though she became the youngest French Championships women’s singles champion at the age of 18 in 1959.

In 1960, she lost at her third seed with Maria Bueno in the semifinals but teamed with her in the women’s doubles, gaining the cup of the Australian Championship against Smith-Coghlan Robinson pair. In 1961, she defeated second seed Margaret Court in the quarterfinal then beating Renee Schuurman Haygarth of South Africa in a semifinal before being defeated by Angela Mortimer, which is also from Britain.

She married the former rugby player of Wasps which is Gerry Janes and and retired from Wimbledon in 1975, becoming a commentator for BBC radio. She had four children, Nigel, Caroline, Richard and Amanda. Then in 2001, she received a medal from Britain for her dedication to the sport.

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  • Profile image 46x46 Christine haynes - about 10 years ago

    who did christine truman used to think was a hunk as a tennis player in her days a comentator on bbc. she used to druel cant think of his name its driving me mad. i think he was australian not sure I used to listen on the radio