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New advice please: Wimbledon will drop Mrs and Miss on the women’s honor roll | Wimbledon

New advice please: Wimbledon will drop Mrs and Miss on the women’s honor roll | Wimbledon

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has decided to change Wimbledon’s honor roll for the championships next month, removing the titles before the names of its champions in line with the tournament’s presentation of its male winners.

The change to the honor rolls around the club is part of a push to further modernize the tournament.

Since the tournament began in 1877, the names of women and men on the honor roll have been presented differently. Male champions are only recorded by first initial and last name, meaning last year’s champion Novak Djokovic was always billed as ‘N Djokovic’.

Women’s champions, on the other hand, were always mentioned with their title included. Venus Williams, the five-time winner, was introduced each time as Miss V. Williams. Last year, Ashleigh Barty was identified on the honor roll as Miss A. Barty.

Wimbledon’s decision to replace their honor juries, first reported in the Timeswill notably see a change in the way married women champions are registered, with married women no longer being identified by both the initials and surnames of their husbands, as has also been the case since the tournament’s inception .

After marrying John Lloyd, Chris Evert was identified on the Women’s Singles Honor Rolls for her 1981 triumph as Mrs. JM Lloyd. Prior to her marriage to Lloyd and after their divorce in 1987, her name was engraved as Miss CM Evert while the original 1981 version remained unaltered. She will now be called CM Evert for her three victories.

Novak Djokovic points to his 2021 title win list.
Novak Djokovic points to his 2021 title win list. Photo: Thomas Lovelock/AELTC Pool/PA Wire

Even Billie Jean King, six-time women’s singles champion and legendary equality pioneer, was not spared. She has always been listed on the Wimbledon Honor Rolls as Mrs. LW King despite her divorce from Larry King in 1987. Similarly, Evonne Goolagong Cawley was listed on the All England Club Honor Rolls as Mrs. R. Cawley for her 1980 Championship victory.

The Wimbledon Honor Roll has been frequently discussed and criticized in the past, seen by some as a reflection of Wimbledon being outdated and out of touch. In 2018, the New York Times drew attention to the practice of referees identifying male and female players differently.

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A year later, in 2019, Wimbledon decided to end the policy of referees identifying female players with their titles while only calling male players’ surnames. Previously, Serena Williams was referred to as “Mrs. Williams”, while Roger Federer was simply referred to as “Federer”.

Last year, Barty’s triumph at Wimbledon drew considerable attention among Australian fans and media after images of his newly engraved name unveiled on the Wimbledon Honor Rolls was broadcast after the ceremony, with Australian sports opinion publication The Roar publish an editorial criticize the practice.


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