Re: Official Tournament Winners by Event
There was, in fact, a Yorkshire tournament in 1899:
August 17-22, Yorkshire Association Tournament, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
FI: Alice Pickering d. Bertha Holder 6-1, 6-4
Yorkshire Association Tournament
1907 Gladys Eastlake-Smith d. Bertha Holder 6-0, 6-2
1948 Gem Hoahing d. Natalia Zinovieff 6-2, 7-5
Generally held around mid-August, the North of England Championships was for many decades one of the most popular summer tournaments in the British lawn tennis calendar. The venue for the tournament was almost invariably Scarborough, a town located in the county of North Yorkshire, by the North Sea Coast. (Due to its location, Scarborough has always been popular with holidaymakers.) The only other place to host the North of England Championships was Harrogate, a spa town also situated in North Yorkshire; the tournament was held there once, in 1904.
For a number of years in the late 1880s/early 1890s the women's singles event featured a Challenge Round, meaning that the holder, if taking part, did not have to play through what was known as the All-Comers' event. An asterisk (*) indicates that the holder did not defend her title, so there was no Challenge Round in that year, the winner of the All-Comers' Final becoming the new champion.
In 1888, the Challenge Round match between Margaret Bracewell, the holder, and Bertha Steedman, was replayed from the start after rain had prevented it from being completed on finals day with the score at one set-all.
Sometimes, in the early years, the tournament probably had just the status of the Yorkshire Open, or Yorkshire Association Tournament (YO). Thereafter, the North of England Championships was revived and continued on well into the 1960s. Open tennis no doubt continued to its eventual demise.
Last edited by newmark401; Jan 8th, 2014 at 02:52 PM.