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1887 results


January through June

Many thanks to Elegos, Newmark and GeeTee for their contributions to this thread.

CR=Challenge Round. Under the challenge round system the previous year's winner, the holder of the title, "sat out" until the challenger won the final (often called the All-Comers Final).

Summary and Notable Events:

Lottie Dod goes undefeated for the season. Her singles titles are the Irish Chmps, Bath (West of England), Manchester (North of England) and Wimbledon.

Blanche Bingley married George Hillyard on the 13th of July.


December 30, 1886-January 2, 1887, Farndon Park Open, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Venue: Farndon Park

MX: Rose Tanner/J.W. Begg d. Hilda Hitchings/R. Smith 6-4 6-0

Note: The only event open to women at this tournament was the mixed doubles.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886):

"A three days' open lawn tennis tournament took place at Farndon Park, Hawkes Bay, on December 30, 31 and January 2. Although this fashionable and healthful game has been played inn Hawkes Bay for several years, this was the first open competition in New Zealand, and there is every reason to hope it may become an annual fixture.

"The committee are to be congratulated on the success of all their arrangements, and a large number visited Farndon Park as spectators of the play. The honorary secretary, Mr J.F. Jardine, was indefatigable all through the tournament, and special thanks are due to him. The weather was magnificent, and the ground in splendid order. The play all round was good, and in some instances exceptionally so."


March 10-14, Cannes Mixed Handicap, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Beau Site Hotel

Mixed Doubles (Draw=10)

SF: Constance Bryan (GB)/Ernest Renshaw (GB) d. Maud Watson (GB)/Charles B. Penlington (GB) 4-6 6-4 7-5
SF: Ethel Gurney (GBR)/Harry Grove (GBR) d. H. Asser (GB)/James Dwight (US) 3-6 6-4 11-9

FI: Constance Bryan (GB)/Ernest Renshaw (GB). owe30 d. Edith Gurney (GB)/Harry Grove (GB).owe 15, 6-4 13-11

Over 300 watch the final in this strictly handicap event.


May 2-9 18 Intercolonial Tournament (NSW Championship), Sydney, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Association Grounds, Moore Park

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: Ellen Mayne d Eliza Fitzgerald 6-3 6-1
1R: Mabel Shaw d Constance Raleigh 6-2 6-4
1R: Ellen Blaxland-bye
1R: Ada Rodd-bye

SF: Mayne d Shaw 6-2 1-6 6-3
SF: Blaxland d Rodd 7-5 6-2

FI: Ellen Mayne d Ellen Blaxland 6-1 6-3

CR: Ellen Mayne d C. Greene 6-4 6-4

Doubles (Draw=5)

1R: Ellen Mayne/Mabel Shawe d Ada Rodd/Beatrice Metcalfe 6-1 6-2

SF: C Greene/Constance Raleigh d Mayne/Shaw 6-2 7-5
SF: Lil Scott/Zilla Scott d Eliza Fitzgerald/Ellen Blaxland 7-5 6-4

FI: Lillian Scott/Zilla Scott d C Greene/Constance Raleigh 3-6 6-4 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Draw=9)

1R: Scott/Charles Cropper d Constance Raleigh/Edward A Merewether 6-4 6-4

QF: C Greene/Dudley Webb d Beatrice Metcalfe/Edward W. Wallington 6-0 6-4
QF: Ellen Mayne/Haworth W. Bartram d Scott/Clive Smith 6-2 6-1
QF: Ada Rodd/Charles T. Metcalfe d Mabel Shaw/A.W. Allen 6-1 6-3
QF: Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert D. Fitzgerald d Scott/Charles Cropper 6-2 6-8 8-6

SF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Rodd/Metcalfe 6-4 6-0
SF: Greene/Webb d Mayne/Bartram 3-6 6-4 6-1

FI: C Greene/Dudley Webb d Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald 6-4 6-2

"Mayne's steady placing and accurate judgement, combined with great determination, proved too much for the brilliant cutting of her rival."


Circa mid-May, Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon

FI: Isa Watson d. Miss Bayley 4-6 6-1 6-2*

* The women’s singles event was handicap only.


May 19-21, Pollokshields, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Julia Mackenzie d. Miss Blackburn 6-0 10-8

MX: Julia Mackenzie/"Robertson" d. Miss Blackburn/Rodger 6-2 6-3


May 23-28, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: Lottie Dod d. Miss McClintock 6-1 6-3
1R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Exham 6-1 6-2
1R: Maud Watson d. Connie Butler 6-1 6-2
1R: Lilian Watson d. Florence Stanuell 6-2 3-6 6-4

SF: Lottie Dod d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-0
SF: Maud Watson d. Lilian Watson 6-2 6-5

FI: Lottie Dod (GB) d. Maud Watson (GB) 6-4 6-3

Doubles (Draw=4)

1R: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Connie Butler/Lottie Dod 6-3 1-6 6-3
1R: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. "C. Ruse"/Miss McClintock 6-3 6-2

FI: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Lilian Watson (GB)/Maud Watson (GB) 4-6 6-4 6-4

Mixed Doubles (Draw=8)

1R: Lottie Dod (GB)/Ernest Renshaw (GB) d. Louisa Martin/Willoughby Hamilton 6-3 7-5
1R: Miss McClintock/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Miss Exham/Alfred Betham 10-8 9-7
1R: Lilian Watson/Herbert W. Wilberforce d. Florence Stanuell/Tom Campion 5-6 6-3 6-3
1R: Maud Watson/Harry Grove d. Connie Butler/ James Baldwin 6-0 6-0

SF: Dod/Renshaw d. McClintock/Lyon 6-2 6-4
SF: M Watson/Grove d. L Watson/Wilberforce 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

FI: Lottie Dod (GB)/Ernest Renshaw (GB) d. Maud Watson (GB) /Harry Grove 8-6 5-7 6-1 6-3

This year this tournament probably marked Lottie Dod’s first appearance in tournament play outside of England.

From the “Irish Times”, 26 May 1887 (originally posted by Mark)

“Judging by the exceptionally brilliant form shown by Miss Martin in all her practice matches this season, those best able to form an opinion looked forward to her, if not winning the ladies’ singles right out, certainly getting into the final round, but her match with Miss Dod ended in an easy win for the English lady, Miss Martin getting but three games in the match. It cannot be denied that Miss Martin does not play up to her true form in public and several of her strokes were much affected by her nervousness, which was a noticeable feature throughout her game. Miss Dod, on the other hand, was as cool as possible, and the sureness and severity of her strokes frequently brought forth rounds of applause. The winner has improved vastly since last year, especially in her backhand stroke, which, though not severe, is nevertheless a very telling one. Miss Martin took the first two games, but from that to the finish she got only one more game. Miss Dod took the third, fourth and fifth games to 15, 30 and 30, her opponent taking the sixth game to deuce, when three games won by Miss Dod to 30, deuce and 15, won her the set. The second set was won to love. The first two games were close enough, being won to deuce; but in the last four games the winner only lost three strokes.”


May 30, Berrylands Lawn Tennis Club, Surbiton, Surrey, England (Grass)

MX: Harry Barlow/Miss Ripley (owe 15) d. Lucy Ripley/Herbert Ripley 1-6 6-5 10-8

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "The Bank Holiday Tournament (ladies' and gentlemen's doubles, partners drawn by lot) of this club resulted as under. By arrangement, Harry S. Barlow owed 15, but that did not prevent the success of his pair, though Miss Lucy and Herbert H. Ripley fought hard in the final tie, eighteen games being played in the last set before the latter were defeated."


May 30-31, Rotherby, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (Grass)

DF: Mrs Jacques/Effie Noon d. Florence Noon/Miss Turner 1-6 6-3 6-3

MX: Florence Noon/Alfred E. Thompson d. Effie Noon/Conway John Morgan 6-2 5-7 8-6

The winners of the mixed doubles event later married each other, as did the runners-up. There was no women's singles event at this tournament this year.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888) "This tournament, which was held in the private grounds of Mr Joseph Hames of Rotherby Hall, Leicester, took place on Whit Monday and Tuesday. The entries were mostly those of local players, principal among the visitors being Mr Conway John Morgan [...] The ladies' and gentlemen's doubles was productive of a capital match between Miss Florence Noon and Mr Alfred Thompson against Miss Effie Noon and Mr Morgan. All three sets had to be played, the last two being advantage sets, the match ending in favour of the former pair."


May 30-June 4, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=17)

1R: Mrs Hornby d. Miss Hemingway 6-0 6-5

2R: Lottie Dod d. Lilian Watson 6-1, 6-1
2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Whittaker 6-1 6-2
2R: Hornby d. Miss Langley default
2R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Turner 6-3 6-3

2R: N. Pope d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-2 5-6 6-2
2R: Lottie Paterson d. Miss Bennett 6-1 6-1
2R: AM Wilder d. Miss Davies 6-4 3-6 6-2
2R: Maud Watson d. Miss Hayes 6-0 6-0

QF: Dod d. Bracewell 6-5 6-3
QF: Langrishe d. Hornby 6-3 6-2
QF: Pope d. Paterson 6-1 6-1
QF: M Watson d. Miss Wilder 6-0 6-0

SF: Dod d. Langrishe 6-1 6-3
SF: M Watson d. Pope 6-2 6-2

FI: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson 7-5 6-4

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 10-8 6-3

Mixed Doubles

QF: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. Alice Bagnall-Wild/Charles Lacy Sweet 6-0 6-2
QF: Maud Watson/Harry Grove d. Miss Fowle/Cecil O. Gillbanks 6-0 6-0
QF: N. Pope/William C. Taylor d. Mrs Hornby/"P. Artner" default
QF: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Miss Davies/Mark A. Hartnell 6-4 6-4

SF: Dod/Dwight d. Watson/Grove 6-5 6-4
SF: Bracewell/Renshaw d. Pope/Taylor 6-2 6-3

FI: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw 6-4 4-6 6-1

In the final Maud Watson led 5-4, 40-15 in the first set, and 4-2 in the second set. Again, Lottie Dod proved her downfall in all 3 events.


June 1-4, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Mabel Boulton d. Miss Meikle 6-0 6-1

CR: Mabel Boulton d. Jane Meikle (holder) default

DF: Dorothy Boulton/Mabel Boulton d. A. Forest/Miss Meikle 1-6 6-4 6-3

MX: Dorothy Boutlon/John Galbraith Horn d. Mabel Boulton/Richard M Watson 6-2 3-6 12-10


June 6-11, Cheltenham Tounament, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: Louisa Martin d. Edith Davies 6-2 6-4
1R: Florence Stanuell d. Florence Mardall 6-0 6-0
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Lilian Watson 6-5 6-3
1R: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1 6-0

SF: Martin d. Stanuell 6-4 6-4
SF: M Watson d. Bracewell 6-4 6-0

FI: Louisa Martin d. Maud Watson 6-4 5-7 6-2

Doubles (Draw=6)

1R: Edith Davies/Beatrice Langrishe-bye
1R: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. Ellen Browne/Clara Hill 6-0, 6-3
1R: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Margaret Bracewell/N. Pope 2-6, 6-5, 6-2
1R: Miss Agg/Florence Mardall-bye

SF: Watson/Watson d. Davis/Langrishe 6-3 6-3
SF: Martin/Stanuell d. Agg/Mardall 6-2 6-3

DF: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-4 6-1

Mixed doubles (Draw=8)

1R: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Edith Davies/Mark A. Hartnell 6-3 6-5
1R: Lilian Watson/Alfred P. Gaskell d. M. Agg/James Baldwin 6-5 6-4
1R: Ellen Browne/Ernest Browne d. F. Davies /G.L. Bruce 8-6 7-5
1R: Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) d. Florence Mardall/F.W. Knox 6-3 5-6 6-2

SF: M. Waton/Deykin d L. Watson/Gaskell 6-2 4-6 6-3
SF: Bracewell/ Dwight d. Browne/Browne default

FI: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) 6-4 6-3

In the final Martin had a match point in the second set. She fails to convert, but goes on to win in 3 sets.


June 6-11, Scottish Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5, plus holder).

1R: Dorothy Boulton d. Miss Moreton 6-3 7-5

SF: Connie Butler d. Lottie Paterson 8-6 6-3
SF: Dorothy Boulton d. Miss Meikle 6-3 6-2

FI: Connie Butler d. Dorothy Boulton 6-1 6-0 6-3

CR: Connie Butler d. Mabel Boulton (holder) 6-2 6-2 3-6 8-6

Note the All comers Final and Challenge Rounds were best of 5 sets.


June 13-18, London Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Stamford Bridge

Singles (Draw=8, plus holder)

1R: B. James d. Lois Renwick 6-2 6-2
1R: A. Tulloch d. Mrs Anderson 6-4 6-5
1R: L. Murray d. E. Bushell default
1R: May Jacks d. Florence Renwick 3-6 6-0 6-1

SF: James d. Tulloch 6-0 6-1
SF: Jacks d. Murray retired (most likely a default; though "retired" suggests she started the match)

FI: B. James d. May Jacks 7-5 6-3

CR: Blanche Bingley (holder) d. B. James 6-4 6-3


June 13-18 Waterloo Tournament, Liverpool, England, GB (Grass)

FI: Miss Pickthall d. Mary Pick 7-5 6-1

MX: Katherine Pick/Jacob G Brown d. B. Bromfield/JD Harris 6-2 9-7


June 13-17, Welsh Championships, Penarth, Wales (Grass)

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: Maud Watson, owes 15 d. Clara Hill default
1R: Miss Cockshott d. E. Stephen 6-3 6-4
1R: Beatrice Langrishe-bye
1R: Lilian Watson-bye

SF: M Watson d. L Watson 4-6 6-4 6-3
SF: Langrishe d. Cockshott 6-0 6-1

FI: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3 6-3

MX: Lilian Waston/James Baldwin d. Maud Watson/Ernest Renshaw 3-6 6-2 6-1

This year a Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for the first time. Maud "agreed to owe 15"-meaning she started every game at 0-15. Beatrice was popularly known as "Bee", and is sometimes listed in sources under that name.


June 18 and 20, Headingley Lawn Tennis Club, Headingley, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Headingley Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Beatrice Wood d. G. Harrison 6-3, 6-2

This modest two-day tournament was the first ever tournament held by the Headingley Lawn Tennis Club.


June 20-25, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8, plus holder)

1R: Lottie Dod d. Louisa Martin 6-0 6-2
1R: May Langrishe d. Florence Mardall 6-1 4-6 6-1
1R: Florence Stanuell d. Edith Davies 6-2 6-0
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Connie Butler 6-4 6-3

SF: Dod d Langrishe 6-1 6-2
SF: Bracewell d Stanuell 6-1 6-8 6-3

FI: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 6-2 6-2

CR: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson (holder) 6-2 6-1*

Doubles (Draw=6)

1R: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod-bye
1R: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. A.F. Cummings/M. Porter 6-1 6-0
1R: Margaret Bracewell/May Langrishe d. Edith Davies/Florence Mardall 6-3 6-2
1R: Gertrude Bracewell/Connie Butler-bye

SF: Dod/Dod d. M Bracewell/Langrishe 6-4 4-6 6-1
SF: Martin/Stanuell d. G Bracewell/Butler 6-3 6-2

FI: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-4 2-6 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Draw=9)

1R: Florence Stanuell/Arthur J. Wilson d. May Langrishe/William Wethered 6-3 6-4

QF: Louisa Martin/Tom S. Campion d. Connie Butler/Theodore Coventry 6-2 6-3
QF: Edith Davies/Robert W. Braddell d. Stanuell/Wilson 6-2 7-5
QF: Ann Dod/Jacob G. Brown d. Florence Mardall/Percy B. Brown 6-4 6-5
QF: Lottie Dod/Harry Grove d. Margaret Bracewell/John Deykin 2-6 6-3 7-5

SF: Martin/Campion d. Davies/Braddell 6-5 6-5
SF: L. Dod/Grove d. A. Dod/Deykin 6-4 6-3

FI: Louisa Martin/Tom S. Campion d. Lottie Dod/Harry Grove 8-6 6-3

Check final score. Also have alternate score of 6-1 6-2.*

"Ladies' singles, best of three advantages sets throughout; first prize value 10 guineas, second prize values 5 guineas (presented by the Vice-President of the Northern Lawn Tennis Association); the winner of the first prize will also hold the Association's ladies' challenge prize, value 20 guineas; presented in 1887, this prize to become the property of any lady who may win it two years in succession, or three times in all; entrance fee, 5s."


June 20-25, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

MX: Miss Barlow/Harry Barlow d. May Jacks/HC Yockney 7-5 4-6 6-1


June 28-July 2, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

SF: Margaret Bracewell d. Mary Steedman 5-6 6-1 6-4
SF: Florence Mardall d. Eva Steedman 6-5 6-2

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Florence Mardall 6-0 4-6 7-5

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-4 7-5

MX: Margaret Bracewell/John Deykin d. Bertha Steedman/Percy B Brown 6-4 11-9

This year the women’s singles event at this tournament was "handicap" only.


Unknown Date, Ealing Lawn Tennis Tournament

FI Charlotte Cooper won


Unknown date, Natal Championships

FI: Mabel Grant d. B. Grant 6-4 6-3

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