French Open trophy error lists Britain’s Sue Barker as Australian

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Pinterest Facebook Tennis She may have been born and raised in Devon and be the face of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage but, according to the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen – the trophy awarded to the women’s singles champion at the French Open – Britain’s Sue Barker is actually Australia’s Sue Barker. Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Topics French Open 2019 news Twitter Pinterest Sue Barker poses with her Order of the British Empire medal in 2016. Photograph: Pool/Reuters Share on LinkedIn When Ashleigh Barty won the title on Saturday she thought she was the first Australian woman to lift the cup since Margaret Court in 1973. However, she was bemused to discover Barker’s name with the letters ‘AUST’ next to them, rather than ‘GB’.Barker’s 1976 victory over the Czech Renata Tomanova at Roland Garros was the only grand slam final of her career and, though she reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 1977, she may have been disappointed not to have her one major tennis triumph accurately recorded on the French Open trophy itself.It is not the only error on the trophy as under Barker comes 1977 champion Mima Jausovec, whose name is mis-spelt ‘Jausevec’. French Open Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian The name of the women’s doubles trophy, the Coupe Simonne Mathieu, created in 1990, has also been mis-spelt with ‘Simone Mathieu’ on the plaque and on the cup itself.French Open organisers said on Sunday that the mistakes would be fixed. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img

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