Saturday, October 17, 2009
World tennis legend – Margaret Court of Australia was in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia today, Saturday, 17 October 2009 to conduct motivational and tennis clinic session.
The historic event was held at the Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu from 2 pm to 4 pm, attended by almost 200 tennis enthusiast as well as budding tennis prodigy from around Kota Kinabalu.
The presence of Court – the living legend is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for Sabahans and Malaysians.
It was Court 2nd visit to Sabah, but it was the 1st time that she conducted a tennis clinic.
Margaret Court ruled the women tennis world between 1960 till her retirement in 1977.
She won 92 titles in singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
She is the winner of most Grand Slam titles – 62 overall in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
2nd was Martina Navratilova with 59 Grand Slam titles overall.
Court won 24 singles Grand Slam titles – 3 more than her closest rival – Steffi Graf and 9 more than The Great Roger Federer - the current world no.1 who has only 15 Grand Slam singles titles todate.
Court further won 19 Grand Slam doubles titles and 19 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
The 24 singles titles include 11 Australian Open, 5 US Open, 5 French Open and 3 Wimbledon.
Margaret Court is one of only 3 women to ever win the calendar Grand Slam, that is winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year.
She achieved that in 1970.
She also completed 2 mixed doubles Grand Slam in 1963 and 1965 with 4 different tennis partners.
Court retired from the sport in 1977 as the most successful tennis player to ever live in this planet.
One strange thing is - Margaret Court is a right handed tennis player, but notice the pictures when she is signing autographs - she is left handed!!!
Well, Margaret Court presence was indeed a historic one for Sabah as well as Malaysia.
We love you Margaret….