Jenny Staley Hoad


January 19, 2022

Jenny Staley Hoad (born Jennifer Staley on March 3, 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. The following year she reached the final of the Australian Championships, which she lost in straight sets to Thelma Coyne Long. 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 they had to admit defeat in two 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 after her marriage as Jenny Staley Hoad, 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 in the round of 16 to eventual tournament winner Shirley Fry. 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.


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. They were married 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. 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 remained on the premises reside. In 2002 she co-authored the biography My Life With Lew with Australian sportswriter Jack Pollard.

Participation in the finals of Grand Slam tournaments



Performance in singles Grand Slam tournaments

The lap achieved is always indicated


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

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