Jenny Staley Hoad

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Jenny Staley Hoad tennis player
Jenny Staley Hoad
Jenny Staley (1953)
Nation: AustraliaAustralia Australia
Birthday: March 3, 1934
playing hand: Left
Grand Slam record
Grand Slam record
Grand Slam record
Sources: official player profiles at the ATP/WTA (see web links )

Jenny Staley Hoad (born Jennifer Staley 3 March 1934 ) is an Australian former tennis player .


In her youth, Jenny Staley was already successful. She won the 1951 Australian Championships junior doubles alongside Margaret Wallis . In 1953, in her hometown, she won the junior women 's individual competition at the Australian Championships , later renamed the Australian Open .

Jenny Staley (1954)

The following year she reached the final of the Australian Championships , which she lost to Thelma Coyne Long in straight sets . In November, Staley was in the final of the New South Wales Championships , losing in three sets to Beryl Penrose .

At the 1955 Australian Championships , she and then-boyfriend and later husband Lew Hoad played in the final against Thelma Coyne Long and George Worthington , who they lost in straight sets. In the individual competition she reached the semi-finals, in which she lost to Beryl Penrose. At the French Open , she lost the final of the mixed competition alongside Chilean Luis Ayala . At the Wimbledon Championships in 1955 , where she competed for the first time as Jenny Staley Hoad after her marriage, she was able to reach the round of 16, which Angela Buxton won against her.

After she did not play at her home tournament in 1956, she was able to record her best results at the three other Grand Slam tournaments. At Wimbledon, she lost to eventual tournament winner Shirley Fry in the round of 16 . At the French Open , she failed in the quarterfinals to Angela Mortimer . In her only participation in the US Open , she only made it to the second round.

After her quarter-finals at the Australian Championships in 1957 , Staley Hoad played only occasionally in tennis tournaments.


Jenny Staley and Lew Hoad

At her 21st birthday party in March 1955, she became engaged to Lew Hoad. They planned to announce their engagement in June 1955 during their tournament tour in London . Upon arriving in London, Staley noticed her pregnancy, so the couple decided to marry on the spur of the moment. The marriage was celebrated on June 18, 1955 at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon , London , just before they started the Wimbledon tournament. The marriage produced two daughters and a son.

After Lew Hoad retired from professional tennis, the two moved to Fuengirola , Spain , near Málaga . They ran a tennis resort there, Lew Hoad's Campo de Tenis , for more than 30 years . Guests included actors Stewart Granger , Sean Connery , Richard Burton , Deborah Kerr and her husband Peter Quarter , Kirk Douglas , singer Frank Sinatra and saxophonist Stan Getz , among others . In January 1994, Lew Hoad was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of leukemia , from which he died in July of that year at the age of 59.

Five years after her husband's death, Jenny Staley Hoad sold the resort in 1999 but continued to live on the premises. In 2002, she co -authored the biography My Life With Lew with Australian sportswriter Jack Pollard .

Participation in the finals of Grand Slam tournaments


No. date competition topping final opponent Result
1. February 1, 1954 AustraliaAustralia Australian Championships lawn AustraliaAustralia Thelma Coyne Long 3:6, 4:6


No. date competition topping doubles partner final opponent Result
1. January 31, 1955 AustraliaAustralia Australian Championships lawn AustraliaAustralia Lev Hoad AustraliaAustralia Thelma Coyne Long George Worthington
2:6, 1:6
2. June 5, 1955 FranceFrance French Open sand ChileChile Luis Ayala United StatesUnited States Darlene Hard Gordon Forbes
South Africa 1928South African Union 
7:5, 1:6, 2:6

Performance in singles Grand Slam tournaments

The lap achieved is always indicated

competition 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1968 1972 Career
Australian Open 2 2 f HF vf f
French Open 2 vf 2 vf
Wimbledon 4 4 1 2 Q1 4
US Open 2 2


  • Jenny Hoad & Jack Pollard: My Life With Lew . HarperCollins Publishers, Sydney 2002, ISBN 978-0-7322-7067-4 .

web links

Commons : Jenny Staley Hoad  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Girls' Doubles - Honor Roll. Retrieved December 4, 2021 .
  2. Girls' Singles - Honor Roll. Retrieved December 4, 2021 .
  3. Alan Trengove: Rose aims at Wimbledon crown next . In: National Library of Australia (ed.): The Argus . Melbourne February 2, 1954 p. 16 ( ).
  4. Form Poor In Tennis Title Final . In: National Library of Australia (ed.): Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate . Newcastle 22 November 1954 p. 7 ( ).
  5. Jenny Hoad & Jack Pollard: My Life With Lew . HarperCollins Publishers, Sydney 2002, ISBN 978-0-7322-7067-4 , pp. 28-32 .
  6. 2-day honeymoon-then tennis . In: National Library of Australia (ed.): The Argus . Melbourne June 20, 1955 p. 5 ( ).
  7. ^ " Tennis Star Takes Bride In London" . In: Reading Eagle . Reading 19 June 1955 p. 28 ( ).
  8. Susan Pollard: Luxury "Campo de Tennis" . In: National Library of Australia (ed.): The Australian Women's Weekly . June 11, 1969 p. 2 ( ).
  9. After seven years in Spain Lew Hoad now feels...half-spanish, half-australian . In: National Library of Australia (ed.): The Australian Women's Weekly . April 10, 1974 p. 17 ( ).
  10. Jenny Hoad & Jack Pollard: My Life With Lew . HarperCollins Publishers, Sydney 2002, ISBN 978-0-7322-7067-4 , pp. 120-126 .
  11. Peter McFarline: Tennis legend Lew Hoad dies . In: National Library of Australia (ed.): The Canberra Times . Canberra 5 July 1994 p. 1 ( ).
  12. Lew Hoad, 59, Tennis Champion of the 1950's . In: The New York Times . New York July 5, 1994 ( ).
  13. Jenny Hoad & Jack Pollard: My Life With Lew . HarperCollins Publishers, Sydney 2002, ISBN 978-0-7322-7067-4 , pp. 208 .