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Former tennis star Sue Barker listed as Australian in French Open blunder

Former tennis star Sue Barker was served an injustice after her nationality was assigned incorrectly on the French Open trophy.

The British sportswoman won her only Grand Slam titled when she defeated Renata Tomanova in Paris in 1976.

But when her named was inscribed on the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy her nationality was written as AUS, for Australia, rather than GBR for Britain.

Barker reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open the following year but never again played a Grand Slam final.

It is not the only error on the trophy as under Barker comes 1977 champion Mima Jausovec, whose name is misspelt Jausevec.

French Open organisers have said the mistakes will be fixed.

a group of people posing for the camera: Sue Barker lifts the French Open trophy in 1976

© Getty Sue Barker lifts the French Open trophy in 1976 Barker, now aged 63 and from Paignton in southwest England, is a sports presenter for the BBC.

The mix-up has emerged after Australian female star Ash Barty won the French Open title on Saturday.

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