*Most of this information comes from original research by Newmark
began April 29, Sussex County Lawn Tennis Club Tournament
, Brighton, Sussex, England
Venue: Sussex Lawn Tennis Club
Mixed Doubles (Draw=7)
1R: Edith Coleridge/Robert W Braddell d. E. Parkinson/F.G. Turnbull 6-2 6-3
1R: Mary Maltby/Captain Kellie d. Miss K. Pym/F. Pym 6-0 6-3
1R: Ellen Maltby/William Maltby d. Mrs Baker/Captain Baker 2-6 6-3 6-2
1R: Florence Kemmis/Arthur Skirrow-bye
SF: Coleridge/Braddell d. M. Maltby/Kellie 6-1 6-2
SF: Kemmis/Skirrow d. E. Maltby/W. Maltby 6-3 6-2
FI: Edith Coleridge/Robert W Bradell d. Florence Kemmis/Arthur Skirrow 6-2 6-4
This year there was a spring and a summer tournament in Brighton. Due to bad weather, the spring edition was held partly outdoors, on grass, and partly indoors, on asphalt courts. There was no women’s singles event at this tournament.
Arthur Skirrow=Arthur Walker Skirrow.
Circa mid-May, Brighton Lawn Tennis Club Spring Tournament
, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Brighton Lawn Tennis Club
1R: Eva Adshead d. L. Baber 6-1 6-1
1R: Miss Hillman d. Miss Roe 6-1 6-2
1R: Miss Adshead d. Miss Stuckey 6-1 6-0
1R: Miss Hebden-bye
SF: Eva Adshead d. Hillman 6-3 6-2
SF: Miss Adshead d. Miss Hebden 6-1 6-1
FI: Eva Adshead d. Miss Adshead 6-5 6-5
CR: Edith Coleridge (holder) d. Eva Adshead 6-1 6-3 6-0
Note: The women's singles final was a best-of-five-sets match at what was probably just a local club tournament.
May 22-27, Irish Championships
, Dublin, Ireland (Grass and asphalt)
Venues: Fitzwilliam Square and Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Wilton Place
1R: Mary Abercrombie d. Connie Butler 6-2 3-6 6-3
1R: Ellen Ramsay d. Miss Perry default
1R: Gertrude Perry d. Mary Aungier 6-2 6-4
1R: Marion Bradley d. Maud Scovell 6-4 6-1
SF: Abercrombie d. Ramsay 6-2 6-1
SF: Bradley d. G. Perry 6-2 6-1
FI: Mary Abercrombie d. Marion Bradley 6-4 6-1
Mixed Doubles (Draw=7)
1R: Miss Perry/Ernest Browne d. "Miss Blank"/Sir Charles Knox default
1R: [Mary] Aungier/Peter Aungier d. Mary Abercrombie/Orlando R. Coote 6-3 6-2
1R: Marian Bradley/William Renshaw d. Mrs Tennyson/E. Perry default
1R: Ellen Ramsay/Ernest Renshaw-bye
SF: Perry/Browne d. [Mary] Aungier/Peter Aungier 6-4, 6-5
SF: Bradley/William Renshaw d. Ramsay/Ernest Renshaw 6-3, 6-2
FI: Miss Perry/Ernest Browne d. Marion Bradley/William Renshaw 6-1 6-0 4-6 1-6 6-3
The mixed doubles final at this tournament was played over the best of five sets for a number of years.
There was no ladies doubles in 1883.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1883): "[...] a ladies' singles competition was arranged to take place in the private grounds of the Fitzwilliam Club, and also a gentlemen's handicap, both of these to be played on asphalt." [...]
"The competition for the Ladies' Championship promised to be of unusual interest, but lost much of its international character by the presence on the ground, as spectators only, of three of the best players in Ireland. The weather was all that could be desired, though the radiation from the asphalt proved trying to those engaged in active play. [...]
"Thursday, June 1. A more delightful day could scarcely be conceived, and, consequently, the pretty little ground in Wilton Place was crowded with a large and fashionable attendance, the ladies' dresses forming a costume exhibition, which could scarcely be eclipsed for either beauty or taste..."
May 29-June 3, West of England Championships
, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)
1R: Frances Morris d. M. Colt 1-6 6-5 6-5
1R: Mrs Kirkby d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 4-6 6-2 6-2
1R: Clara Hill d. Mrs Williams 6-3 6-1
1R: N. Pope d. Miss Langley 3-6 6-2 6-3
1R: Florence Mardall d. Mrs Carey 2-6 6-5 6-5
1R: Gertrude Gibbs d. K. Ward 6-1 6-2
QF: Morris d. Kirkby 6-2 0-6 6-3
QF: Hill d. Pope 3-6 6-2 6-3
QF: Gibbs d. Mardall 6-2 6-1
SF: Morris d. Hill 6-4 6-3
FI: Frances Morris d. Grace Gibbs 6-4 6-4
DF: Miss Constable/Gertrude Gibbs d. Beatrice Kay/Florence Mardall 6-1 5-7 6-4
MX: Clara Hill/Donald Stewart d. Gertrude Gibbs/Charles Lacy-Sweet 6-4 6-3
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1883): "Saturday, June 3. [...] There was great excitement over the final match, but unfortunately heavy rain commenced at 2p.m., and it had to be played in the wet. Miss Gibbs appeared to forget her 'tennis arm', but Mr Donald Stewart played splendidly, his service was particulalry good, and the result was that Mr Donald Stewart and Mrs Hill beat Mr Sweet and Miss Gibbs by two sets to love. [...]
"The prizes were given away at 4.30 by Lady Freeling in drenching rain, but, as Admiral Pelham van Donop remarked, "Who cares twopence for the rain? We have had a successful week."
Mrs Kirkby possibly=Georgina Kirkby as per Bath 1881.
Beatrice Kay=Mrs Kay
June 12-17, Northern Tournament
, Liverpool, England (Grass)
QF: May Langrishe d. A. McLaren 6-0 6-0
QF: Adela Langrishe d. Rose Collier 6-0 6-3
QF: Miss Cheetham d. Miss Eckersley 5-6 6-5 6-3
QF: Miss Langley-bye
SF: May Langrishe d. Adela Langrishe 1-6 6-0 6-2
SF: Miss Langley d. Miss Cheetham 6-2 6-3
FI: May Langrishe d. Miss Langley 6-3 8-6
1R: Adela Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Miss Davies/Miss Hunt 6-1 6-2
1R: L. Cheetham/Miss Eckersley d. E. Turnbull/M. Turnbull 6-1 6-3
1R: Rose Collier/M. Gardner d. A. Miles/S. Miles 6-1 6-1
1R: Miss Black/Mrs H.E. Nixon d. Miss Solly/Ruth Sparrow 6-5 4-6 6-5
1R: Mrs F.W. Carver/A McLaren d. Mrs Colin Ross/A. Sharp 6-4 6-4
QF: Langrishe/Langrishe d. Cheetham/Eckersley 6-3 6-3
QF: Brand/Langley d. Collier/Gardner 6-4 5-6 6-4
QF: Carver/McLaren d. Black/Nixon 6-5 6-2
SF: Langrishe/Langrishe d. Brand/Langley 6-2 6-4
FI: Adela Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Mrs F. W. Carver/A. McLaren 6-0 6-1
Mixed Doubles (Draw=11)
1R: May Langrishe/William Renshaw d. Miss Maitland/Jacob G. Brown 6-1 6-0
1R: Edith Coleridge/Robert W. Braddell d. Miss Hunt/Champion B. Russell 6-3 6-2
1R: Miss Eckersley/Peter Aungier d. Miss Langley/J.W. Fowler 6-2 6-3
1R: Adela Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Rose Collier/Sir Charles Knox 6-3 6-1
1R: Edith Davies/Richard T. Richardson d. Miss Brand/John Galbraith Horn 6-2 6-3
1R: L. Cheetham/Minden Fenwick-bye
QF: May Langrishe/Renshaw d. Coleridge/Braddell 4-6 6-5 6-1
QF: Adela Langrishe/Browne d. Eckersley/Aungier 6-3 6-4
QF: Davies/Richardson d. Cheetham/Fenwick 6-1 6-0
SF: M Langrishe/Renshaw d. A Langrishe/Browne 6-0 6-1
FI: May Langrishe/William Renshaw d. Edith Davies/Richard T. Richardson 10-8 6-4
This tournament was first held in 1880, but did not have open events featuring women until 1882. The full draw is given here for the first women's singles event at this tournament, which in the future would be held alternately in Manchester and Liverpool.
As common in many events of this era the byes are not distributed evenly.
Collier = Rose Collier as per Manchester 1883.
Miss Cheetham = L Cheetham as per Manchester 1883?
June 24-July 1, Waterloo
, Liverpool, England (Grass)
FI: Edith Davies d. Miss Eckersley [score?]
DF: Miss Cheetham/Edith Davies d. Margaret Bracewell/Miss Snow ????
??, South of Ireland Championships
, Limerick, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Limerick Lawn Tennis Club
FI: Miss Smith d. ??