Lolette Payot

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Lolette Payot
Full name Lolette Payot-Dodille
Country (sports)   Switzerland
 France (since 1937)
Born (1910-04-17)17 April 1910
Lausanne, Switzerland
Died February 1988 (aged 77)
Highest ranking No. 4 (1932, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1932, 1934, 1935)
Wimbledon QF (1931, 1933, 1934)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open SF (1933)
Wimbledon SF (1932, 1934)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1935)
Wimbledon 3R (1930, 1933)

Lolette Payot-Dodille (French pronunciation: ​[lɔlɛt pajo]; 17 April 1910 – February 1988) was a Swiss-French tennis player.


Payot was born on 17 April 1910 at Lausanne.[2] She learned to play tennis at an age of 8 on the courts of the Montchoisi tennis club.[3] At the age of 13, she won the Swiss national championships for the first time.[2]

Payot competed at the Wimbledon Championships from 1929 to 1935, reaching the singles quarterfinals in 1931, 1933 and 1934. At the French Championships, she reached the quarterfinals in 1932, 1934 and 1935. In 1935, she won the mixed doubles title partnering Marcel Bernard at Paris. She was ranked world number 4 by A. Wallis Myers in 1932.[1]

In August 1932 she won the singles title at the German Championships in Hamburg after a three-sets victory in the final against Hilde Krahwinkel.[4]

Payot won the Swiss national championships seven times in a row from 1929 to 1935.[5] During the Swiss championships in July 1935, Payot fell seriously ill. It took her one-year to recover, and she decided to retire from the amateur tennis circus.[3] She then opened a tennis school and worked as a coach at Montchoisi. In January 1937, she married French Robert Dodille at Lausanne and took the French citizenship.[6][7]

By 1943, Payot had begun to play tournaments again.[6] In August 1945, she won the singles title at the French championships.[7] The title, however, isn't recognized by the Fédération Française de Tennis and the International Tennis Federation.

Payot continued to work as a coach and as a secretary at Montchoisi tennis club until 1982.[2] She died at an age of 77 in February 1988.[8]

Tournament titles


Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1932 Italian Championships France Colette Rosambert United States Dorothy Andrus
Italy Lucia Valerio
7–5, 6–3

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1935 French Open, Paris France Marcel Bernard France Sylvie Jung Henrotin
France Martin Legeay
4–6, 6–2, 6–4


  1. ^ a b Collins, Bud (2010). History of Tennis (2nd ed.). New York City: New Chapter press. p. 722. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  2. ^ a b c "La championette de tennis Lolette Payot toujours dynamique". Retrieved 3 February 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Lolette Payot". Gazette de Lausanne. Lausanne. 11 May 1935. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Abschluss der Deutschen Tennis-Meisterschaften". Hamburger Nachrichten (in German). 15 August 1932 – via European Library. 
  5. ^ "Historique". Montchoisi TC. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Courtes Nouvelles" (PDF). Le Rhôhne. 15 January 1937. Retrieved 3 February 2014.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "gl1943" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  7. ^ a b "Lolette Payot championette de France". Gazette de Lausanne. Lausanne. 7 August 1945. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lolette Payot n'est plus". Gazette de Lausanne. Lausanne. 27 February 1988. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
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