Gail Chanfreau

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Gail Chanfreau
ITF nameGail Benedetti
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1945-04-03) 3 April 1945 (age 74)
Bondi, NSW, Australia
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1967, 1972)
French OpenQF (1968, 1971)
Wimbledon3R (1966, 1970)
US Open3R (1971)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1968, 1972)
French OpenW (1967, 1970, 1971, 1976)
WimbledonSF (1971, 1975)
US OpenF (1971)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1965, 1966)
French OpenSF (1971)
Wimbledon3R (1969, 1974, 1975)
US OpenQF (1970)

Gail Chanfreau (née Sherriff; born 3 April 1945), also known as Gail Lovera and Gail Benedetti, is a French former amateur and professional tennis player.

Tennis career[edit]

Chanfreau was born in Australia, but moved to France in 1968.[1] Chanfreau made her first appearance in the Federation Cup for Australia in 1966, she played for France from 1969 to 1980.

When Gail beat her sister Carol Sherriff, who reached the third round of the Australian Open on five occasions,[2] 8–10, 6–3, 6–3 in the 1966 Wimbledon Championships second round,[3] that was the second match between sisters at Wimbledon, the first being in the 1884 Wimbledon Championships when Maud Watson beat Lillian;[4] the next Wimbledon match between sisters was in 2000 between Serena and Venus Williams.[3]

Chanfreau reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open in 1967 and 1972, and the quarter-final of the French Open in 1968 and 1971, she won the French Open doubles in 1967, 1970 and 1971 with Françoise Dürr and 1976 with Fiorella Bonicelli.[1]

At the Cincinnati Masters, she reached the singles final in 1969, only to fall to future International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Lesley Turner Bowrey, 1–6, 7–5, 10–10 (retired).

She was international veterans mixed doubles champion in 1968 and 1975 with Pierre Darmon.

Personal life[edit]

She married French tennis player Jean-Baptiste Chanfreau in 1968 and moved to France, her second marriage was to another French tennis player Jean Lovera.[5][6]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 7 finals (4 titles – 3 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1967 French Championships Clay France Françoise Dürr South Africa Annette Van Zyl
South Africa Pat Walkden
6–2, 6–2
Win 1970 French Open Clay France Françoise Dürr United States Rosemary Casals
United States Billie Jean King
6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Win 1971 French Open Clay France Françoise Dürr Australia Helen Gourlay
Australia Kerry Harris
6–4, 6–1
Loss 1971 US Open Grass France Françoise Dürr United States Rosemary Casals
Australia Judy Tegart
3–6, 3–6
Loss 1974 French Open Clay West Germany Katja Burgemeister United States Chris Evert
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
4–6, 6–2, 1–6
Win 1976 French Open Clay Uruguay Fiorella Bonicelli United States Kathleen Harter
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Loss 1978 French Open Clay Australia Lesley Turner Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Romania Virginia Ruzici
7–5, 4–6, 6–8


  1. ^ a b "Françoise DURR et Gail LOVERA (1) LA PASSION ENCORE ET TOUJOURS". L'Express. Retrieved 13 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Carol Zeeman at the International Tennis Federation Retrieved 2009-01-13
  3. ^ a b Roberts, John (5 July 2000). "Venus eclipses Hingis to set up historic meeting". The Independent. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  4. ^ Finn, Robin (29 June 1998). "Tennis; Serena Williams Plays Catch-Up, With Sister in Path". New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Sherriffs call shots in 20th century SW19 history". International Tennis Federation (ITF). 29 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Tribute to Ross Sheriff". Tennis Australia. 2007.

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