Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
|Full name||Eileen Viviyen Bennett Fearnley-Whittingstall|
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Born||16 July 1907|
Paddington, London, England
|Died||18 August 1979(aged 72)|
|Highest ranking||No.3 (1931)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||F (1928)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1928, 1932)|
|US Open||F (1931)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1928, 1931)|
|US Open||W (1931)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1928, 1929)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1930, 1932)|
|US Open||W (1927)|
Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (née Bennett; 16 July 1907 – c. 18 August 1979, full name Eileen Viviyen Bennett Fearnley-Whittingstall) was a female tennis player from the United Kingdom who won six Grand Slam doubles titles from 1927 to 1931.
Although most of her success was in women's doubles or mixed doubles, Whittingstall reached the singles final of the 1928 French Championships and the 1931 US Championships. She lost both of these finals in straight sets to Helen Wills Moody. She twice won the women's doubles title at the French Championships: in 1928 with Phoebe Holcroft Watson and in 1931 with Betty Nuthall. Whittingstall and Nuthall lost the 1932 final to the team of Moody and Elizabeth Ryan.
Whittingstall teamed with Ermyntrude Harvey to reach the 1928 women's doubles final at Wimbledon, losing to the team of Watson and Peggy Saunders 2–6, 3–6. She also teamed with Shoemaker to win the 1931 women's doubles title at the U.S. Championships, defeating Helen Jacobs and Dorothy Round Little in the final in two sets. Whittingstall twice partnered with Henri Cochet to win the mixed doubles title at the French Championships. In both 1928 and 1929, they defeated the team of Moody and Frank Hunter in the final. Whittingstall and Cochet lost the 1930 French final to the team of Bill Tilden and Cilly Aussem.
According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph] and the Daily Mail, Whittingstall was ranked in the world top 10 in 1928, 1929, 1931, and 1932, reaching a career high of World No. 3 in those rankings in 1931.
She was married on 19 November 1929 to Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall, a painter, and divorced in 1936. She married Marcus Marsh, a racehorse trainer, on 28 September 1936 and gave birth to a daughter on 7 March 1937. She was divorced from Mr Marsh in early 1947 and married Mr Geoffrey Ackroyd in June 1947. She married for a fourth and final time in June 1957 to Mr Carl Vyvyan Forslind who outlived her.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1928||French Championships||Clay||Helen Wills||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1931||U.S. National Championships||Grass||Helen Wills||4–6, 1–6|
Doubles (3 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Winner||1928||French Championships||Clay||Phoebe Holcroft|| Suzanne Deve
|Runner-up||1928||Wimbledon||Grass||Ermyntrude Harvey|| Peggy Saunders
|Winner||1931||French Championships||Clay||Betty Nuthall|| Cilly Aussem
|Winner||1931||U.S. National Championships||Grass||Betty Nuthall|| Helen Jacobs
|Runner-up||1932||French Championships||Clay||Betty Nuthall|| Elizabeth Ryan
Mixed doubles (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Winner||1927||U.S. National Championships||Grass||Henri Cochet|| Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
|6–2, 6–0, 6–3|
|Winner||1928||French Championships||Clay||Henri Cochet|| Helen Wills
|Winner||1929||French Championships||Clay||Henri Cochet|| Helen Wills
|Runner-up||1930||French Championships||Clay||Henri Cochet|| Cilly Aussem
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Australian Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0|
|French Championships||A||A||SF||F||SF||2R||2R||QF||QF||A||A||0 / 7|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||3R||QF||4R||2R||4R||QF||4R||2R||4R||0 / 11|
|US Championships||A||A||3R||A||A||A||F||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 20|
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
- "Decree Nisi Against Mrs. Eileen Fearnley Whittingstall: Whittingstall v. Whittingstall And Marsh". The Times. 17 March 1936. p. 4.
- "Wonderful Tennis 1931". British Pathé. 3 September 1931.
- Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701–2. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
- Sarah Kirkham (30 October 2014). "Throwback Thursday: Daring fashionistas of 1930s Wimbledon". AELTC.
- Christopher Breward; Becky Conekin; Caroline Cox, eds. (2002). The Englishness of English Dress. Berg Publishers. ISBN 978-1-85973-528-2.
- "What Do You Think?". British Pathé. 20 July 1933.
- "At Forest Hills". Time. 31 August 1931.
- "Tennis Star To Marry". Dundee Evening Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 24 September 1936. p. 4.
- "Noted Tennis Player Wed". Aberdeen Journal. British Newspaper Archive. 29 September 1936. p. 6.
- "Untitled". The Glasgow Herald. 9 March 1937. p. 7.
- England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
- "Eileen Vivian Bennett (later Mrs Fearnley-Whittingstall) (1907–1979), Tennis player; former wife of Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall". National Portrait Gallery. Set of eight portraits by Bassano's studio