Lilí Álvarez

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameElia María "Lilí"•González-Álvarez y López-Chicheri (-de la Valdene)
Used nameLilí•Álvarez
Born9 May 1905 in Roma, Roma (ITA)
Died8 July 1998 in Madrid, Madrid (ESP)
Title(s)Condesa (Countess) de la Valdene
NOC Spain


Lili Álvarez was the greatest Spanish female tennis player until the advent of Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. Álvarez was known for her attire, even appearing in culottes in the 1920s. She twice made the ladies’ singles final at Wimbledon, losing in 1926 to Kitty McKane and in 1928 to Helen Wills. She was ranked #2 in the world, behind Wills, in 1927-28 and was #3 in 1926. She and Kea Bouman (NED) won the French doubles title in 1929. In 1930, Álvarez won the triple at the Italian Championship, triumphing in singles, ladies’ and mixed doubles. She later became the Countessa de la Valdene.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis ESP Lilí Álvarez
Singles, Women (Olympic) =5
Doubles, Mixed (Olympic) Eduardo Flaquer =5
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Rosa Torras =8

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