Louie Bickerton

Louie Bickerton (b. 1902 – 1998) was a prominent early Australian women’s tennis player. She won the Singles Championship at Sydney University and in 1927 won the Australian Tennis Women’s Doubles Championship with Meryl O’Hara Wood. In 1928, Bickerton toured South Africa and Europe as a member of the Australian Team and won 13 international titles. She often partnered Daphne Akhurst, winning the Australian Tennis Women’s Doubles in 1929 and 1930. Bickerton won the 1935 Australian Mixed Doubles with Christian Boussus as her partner. She was runner-up in the 1935 Women’s Doubles with Nell Hall Hopman as her partner.

Louie Bickerton married Royston Cozens in 1935. Cozens was the widower of Daphne Akhurst, who tragically died in 1933 of an ectopic pregnancy.

In 1935, Cozens commissioned architects D T Morrow & Gordon to design a new house in Newton Road Strathfield. This house was built in 1936, featuring a lawn tennis court at rear, and was the home of Royston and Louie Cozens for many years. After the house was completed, it was featured in a 1937 magazine ‘Decoration and Glass’. Both Royston and Louie Cozens died in 1998.

Louie Bickerton [later Louie Bickerton Cozens] Tennis Titles

Year Title Position Titles
1927 Australian Open Winner Women’s doubles with Meryl O’Hara Wood
1929 Australian Open Runner-up Women’s singles
1929 Australian Open Winner Women’s doubles with Daphne Akhurst
1931 Australian Open Winner Women’s doubles with Daphne Akhurst Cozens
1935 Australian Open Winner Mixed doubles with Christian Boussus
1935 Australian Open Runner Up Women’s doubles with Nell Hall Hopman

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This article was written by Cathy Jones, 2005

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  1. Hello,

    I’m doing some research on the life and career of Daphne Akhurst Cozens. I was wondering whether anyone might know the name of the son she had with Royston Cozens.

    Thanks in advance for any help.



  2. Ex-Students of newcastle Girls” high School are seeking a photo of Louie Bickerton (Couzens) for inclusion in some memorabelia of Ex- stgudents from our school Any help please to Robin Gordon at Belmont .
    Email: tolgaptyltd@internode.on.net. Thank you


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