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Chris Whiteside and Preacherfan have been asking about pre-computer rankings. If anyone finds them we'll add them in here-and we can add the year-end computer rankings as well.

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Pre-1919 ratings are particularly scarce. Many thanks to Elegos 7 for the following:
I have found some women's rankings (classifications) between 1898 and 1904 in LAWN TENNIS FOR LADIES by MRS. LAMBERT CHAMBERS (this book can be found on-line on the internet). These include only British and Irish players but in my opinion can be regarded as world rankings for these years. It was only in 1905 that May Sutton came to England and surprised everybody with her strong tennis, winning Wimbledon. Until that time, British and Irish ladies dominated every event that they entered. The only US Ladies Champion who played Wimbledon before Sutton was Marion Jones in 1900, but she lost early.

It is great to have rankings before 1921 when Wallys Myers began his world rankings.
Have any of you encountered similar classifications for the pre-1914 period? I would also be interested in men's classifications. Please send me a personal message if you have such rankings.


Here are the Top8 players for each year. There are several ties as you can see below.
1898
1. Charlotte Cooper (GBR)
2-5. Edith Austin (GBR)
Ruth Dyas (IRL)
Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)
Louise Martin (IRL)
6. Bertha Steedman (GBR)
7-8. Alice Simpson Pickering (GBR)
Muriel Robb (GBR)

1899
1-2. Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)
Louise Martin (IRL)
3-4. Charlotte Cooper (GBR)
Edith Austin (GBR)
5. Ruth Dyas Durlacher (IRL)
6. Alice Simpson Pickering (GBR)
7. Muriel Robb (GBR)
8. Bertha Steedman (GBR)

1900
1. Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)
2. Charlotte Cooper (GBR)
3-4. Louise Martin (IRL)
Edith Austin Greville (GBR)
5. Alice Simpson Pickering (GBR)
6. Muriel Robb (GBR)
7-11. E. Bromfield (GBR)
Mrs. G. Evered (GBR)
C. Hill (GBR)
Winifred Longhurst (GBR)
Mrs. Ruth Winch (GBR)

1901
1. Charlotte Cooper Sterry (GBR)
2-3. Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)
Louise Martin (IRL)
4. Dorothea Douglass (GBR)
5-8. Ruth Dyas Durlacher (IRL)
Edith Austin Greville (GBR)
Alice Simpson Pickering (GBR)
Muriel Robb (GBR)

1902
1-2. Muriel Robb (GBR)
Charlotte Cooper Sterry (GBR)
3-5. Dorothea Douglass (GBR)
Louise Martin (IRL)
Winifred Longhurst (GBR)
6-7. Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)
H. Lane (GBR)
8-14. Agnes Morton (GBR)
Edith Austin Greville (GBR)
Bertha Steedman (GBR)
Ruth Dyas Durlacher (IRL)
Constance Wilson (GBR)
Towpie Lowther (GBR)
E. Bromfield (GBR)

1903
1-2. Dorothea Douglass (GBR)
Louise Martin (IRL)
3-4. Ethel Thomson (GBR)
Towpie Lowther (GBR)
5. Constance Wilson (GBR)
6-8. Angela Greene (GBR)
Agnes Morton (GBR)
Winifred Longhurst (GBR)

1904
1. Dorothea Douglass (GBR)
2-4. Charlotte Cooper Sterry (GBR)
Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GBR)
Constance Wilson (GBR)
5-6. Ethel Thomson (GBR)
Agnes Morton (GBR)
7-10. Winifred Longhurst (GBR)
Violet Pinckney (GBR)
Angela Greene (GBR)
H. Lane (GBR)

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Wallis Myers-London Daily Telegraph
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Mola Mallory US
3 Mary Browne US
4 Elizabeth Ryan US
5 Kitty McKane England
6 May Sutton Bundy US
7 Irene Peacock South Africa.
8 Geraldine Beamish England
9 Eleanor Goss US
10 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US

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Wallis Myers-London Daily Telegraph
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Molla Mallory US
3 Helen Wills US
4 Kitty McKane England
5 Geraldine Beamish England
6 Irene Peacock South Africa
7 Elizabeth Ryan US
8 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
9 May Sutton Bundy US
10 Margaret Molesworth Australia

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1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Kitty McKane England
3 Helen Wills US
4 Geraldine Beamish England
5 Molla Malory US
6 Eleanor Goss US
7 Elizabeth Ryan US
8 Didi Vlasto France
9 Leslie Bancroft US
10 Margaret Molesworth Australia

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Wallis Myers London Daily Telegraph

1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Kitty McKane England
3 Helen Wills US
4 Mola Mallory US
5 Mary K. Browne US
6 Eleanor Goss US
7 Elizabeth Ryan US
8 Phylis Satherthwaite England
9 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
10 Sylvia Lance Australia

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Wallis Myers of the Daily Mail

1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Helen Wills US
3 Kitty McKane England
4 Elizabeth Ryan US
5 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory US
6 Eleanor Goss US
7 Dorothea Douglass Chambers England
8 Joan Fry England
9 Marguerite Billout France
10 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US

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Wallis Myers-of the Daily Mail

01 Suzanne Lenglen France
02 Kitty McKane Godfree England
03 Lili de Alvarez Spain
04 Molla Bjurstedt MalloryUS
05 Elizabeth Ryan US
06 Mary K. Browne England
07 Joan Fry England
08 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
09 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
10 Didi Vlasto France

Suzanne Lenglen,
World #1 and recently turned pro

01. Helen Wills (US)
02. Kitty McKane (GB)
03. Molla Mallory (US)
04. Elizabeth Rya (US)
05. Mary Browne (US)
06. Lili de Alvarez (Spain)
07. Kea Bouman (Neth)
08. Joan Fry (GB)
09 Didi Vlasto (France)
10. Eleanor Goss (US)


Lenglen's recent pro status could only partially explain her not putting herself in the ranking list, as she ranks fellow pro Mary Browne at #5.

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Wallis Myers -of the Daily Mail

1 Helen Wills US
2 Lili de Alvarez Spain
3 Elizabeth Ryan US
4 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory US
5 Kitty Godfree England
6 Betty Nuthall England
7 Bobbie Heine South Africa
8 Joan Fry England
9 Kea Bouman Netherlands
10 Charlotte Hosmer Chapin US

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Wallis Myers-of the Daily Mail

1 Helen Wills US
2 Lili de Alvarez Spain
3 Daphne Akhurst Australia
4 Eileen Bennett England
5 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
6 Elizabeth Ryan US
7 Cilly Aussem Germany
8 Kea Bouman Netherlands
9 Helen Jacobs US
10 Esna Boyd Australia

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1 Helen Wills Moody US
2 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
3 Helen Jacobs US
4 Betty Nuthall England
5 Bobbie Heine South Africa
6 Simone Mathieu France
7 Eileen Bennett England
8 Paula von Reznicek Germany
9 Peggy Saunders Michel England
10 Elsie Goldsack England

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Wallis Myers- of the Daily Mail

1 Helen Wills Moody US
2 Cilly Aussem Germany
3 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
4 Elizabeth Ryan US
5 Simone Mathieu France
6 Helen Jacobs US
7 Phylis Mudford England
8 Lili de Alvarez Spain
9 Betty Nuthall England
10 Hilde Krahwinkel Germany

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Bill Tilden (published Augut 31 in the New York Times)

1 Helen Wills Moody US
2 Cilly Aussem Germany
3 Eileen Whittingstall (England)
3 Helen Jacobs US
3 Betty Nuthall England
3 Hilde Krahwinkel Germany
7 Anna Harper (US)
8 Simone Mathieu France
9 Dorothy Round (US)
10 Phyllis Mudford England


Wallis Myer's
1 Helen Wills Moody US
2 Cilly Aussem Germany
3 Eileen Whittingstall (England)
4 Helen Jacobs US
5 Betty Nuthall England
6 Hilde Krahwinkel Germany
7 Simone Mathieu France
8 Lili de Alvarez Spain
9 Phyllis Mudford England
10 Elsie Pittman England

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Wallis Myers
1 Helen Wills Moody US
2 Helen Jacobs US
3 Simone Mathieu France
4 Lolette Payot Switzerland
5 Hilde Krahwinkel Germany
6 Mary Heeley England
7 Eileen Whittingstall (England)
8 Frl Horn Germany
9 Kay Stammers England
10 Josanne Sigart France

Note: Sigart usually listed as Belgian.

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