Ash Barty Just Noticed A Big Mistake On The French Open Trophy
Australia has been claiming other countries' victories again.
When Ash Barty was handed the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after winning the French Open on Saturday, she scanned the hallowed silverware for the names of her compatriots.
Barty became the third Australian -- behind Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley -- to have her name engraved on the trophy.
Or so we thought.
Expecting to see Margaret Court as the last Aussie to lift the trophy in 1973, Barty noticed a glaringly obvious mistake.
According to the trophy, Australia had a winner in 1976 as well.
Sue Barker was the French Open champion that year, and the letters 'AUST' sit proudly yet incorrectly beside her name.
Incorrectly because 63-year-old Barker is British -- born and raised in Devon and honoured with both an MBE and an OBE. Yet for 43 years she's been listed as a true blue, dinky-di Aussie on one of tennis' most prestigious prizes.
So who is Sue Barker?
Barker was a professional tennis player between 1973 and 1984, winning 15 titles and reaching a career-high of third in the world. The French Open was her only Grand Slam title.
While Barker is as British as a cup of tea, Australia nearly had a claim to her, much like how we claimed Belgian Kim Clijsters as one of our own.
Barker was engaged to Australian tennis player Syd Ball for a short while after her French Open title, and was dating Greg Norman for a period as well.
Barker has also worked as a commentator in Australia for the Australian Open, and currently works with the BBC in the U.K..
But Barker's nationality error is not the only mistake on the trophy.
The champion of 1977, Mima Jausovec, has her name misspelt ‘Jausevec’.
Tournament directors have confirmed they will be fixing the errors as soon as possible.
And with Barty our newest Australian champion, we can give Great Britain back one of theirs.