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ADDISON, Marion Lillian "lily"

Born: December 21,1885

Died: November 27, 1982

Special Achievements:

1919 - First Australian woman to play at Wimbledon.  At the time, Lily was the singles champion of Australia.  As a tennis player she had significant success in Australia and often played doubles with her brother J. J. Addison. She was the South Australian Ladies Tennis Champion in 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910 and 1911. She was holder of the Victorian Ladies' singles championship and mixed doubles title in 1909. In 1910 she won all three events in the New South Wales Tennis Championships - the ladies' singles, ladies' doubles and challenge pairs. In 1911 she was both Victorian and New South Wales State Ladies Tennis Champion. 

Lily trained as a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from late 1913-early 1917. After training, she served in France during the First World War and was sent to London due to illness. While convalescing she played at Wimbledon in 1919, where she reached the third round, being beaten by Suzanne Lenglen who went on to be a five times Wimbledon champion. After the tournament, Addison returned to Australia. She was selected into the Victorian tennis team to play against New South Wales in November 1919. In 1921, she worked at Melbourne Hospital again, but was able to win the Victorian championships for a last time.