Thelma (Coyne) Long

Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.

Thelma Long was the winner of 19 majors over a 22-year period. She was especially successful in doubles, capturing 12 Australian doubles titles. Long still holds the record as the oldest Australian singles champion, she was 35 years and 8 months old in 1954 when she won her second Australian singles championship. She also holds the record for winning the most Australian doubles titles (12). And she makes up one half of the team that holds the record for winning the most Australian doubles titles (10) with Nancye Wynne Bolton. In 1960, Long became a coach and was mentor to many junior players in her home state of New South Wales. In 1985 Tennis NSW awarded Long with life membership of the state association. In 2000, she was awarded the Australian Sports medal and in 2002 she was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.