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Wimbledon champion Ann Jones appointed CBE

Ann Jones
Image caption Ann Jones won the 1969 Wimbledon final

Tennis champion Ann Jones, who won Wimbledon in 1969, has been appointed a CBE in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Ms Jones, born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, was a founder member of the original women's-only tennis circuit and beat Billie Jean King in the final at the All England Club.

Last year, Birmingham's Edgbaston Priory club named its new centre court after Ms Jones.

She picked up her award from the Queen for her work in tennis administration.

Ms Jones helped set up the European branch of the Women's Tennis Association, acting as its European director in the 70s and 80s.

She then became the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) director of women's tennis and later a member of the committee that runs the Wimbledon championship itself.

Former LTA president Peter Bretherton has previously described her as "one of the all-time greats of women's tennis".

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