‘How has no one noticed?’ Tennis star Ash Barty spots a glaring error on her French Open trophy


The trophy awarded to Aussie tennis champion Ash Barty after she won the French Open has a not-so-subtle blunder on it that dates back more than 40 years.

Australia’s new golden girl was handed the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after winning at Roland Garros on Saturday against Czech Marketa Vondrousova. 

Barty is the first Australian to win the French Open in 46 years, with legend Margaret Court being the last Aussie to win the singles title back in 1973. 

But a keen-eyed photographer picked up on an error etched into the silver trophy, that said there had been an Australian winner in 1976 too. 

British tennis star Sue Barker won the French Open that year, but her name appeared next to the letters ‘AUST,’ implying she’s Australian. 

Barker, 63, was born and raised in the English countryside of Devon, but for the last four decades has appeared as an Aussie on the trophy of one of tennis’ most coveted tournaments. 

During her successful tennis career, Barker won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, and reached a career-high ranking of number three in the world.

She now works at the BBC as a well-respected sports presenter.   

Photographer Ella Ling Tweeted a photo of the blunder along with the caption: ‘Last time I checked, Sue Barker was British – are my eyes deceiving me? @rolandgarros #britishtennis #australiantennis #confused #trophy’. 

‘I mean seriously… how has no one noticed!,’ she went on to write. 

But surprisingly, getting Barker’s nationality incorrect isn’t the only mistake that was made on the trophy.  

A year later, the 1977 champion Mima Jausovec, from Slovenia, has her last name misspelled as ‘Jausevec’. 

Barty, 23, defeated 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in the final in Paris on Saturday. 

Barty’s win is her first singles Grand Slam title, although she won the doubles at the US Open last year.

The Queenslander has now jumped from world number eight to become the second highest ranked female tennis player in the world after Naomi Osaka. 


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