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Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Summary


Many thanks to Elegos and Newmark 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).



Dates unknown


???? Championships of Bermuda (Grass)

FI: Mary Gray d Grace Roosevelt (US) 4-6 6-3 6-3

DF: Ellen Roosevelt (US)/Grace Roosevelt (US) d Mrs Erkine/Mary Grey 2 sets to 1

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???? Natal Championships, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

FI: Mabel Grant d. Murray 6-0 6-3

Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Through May

January 7-12, Southern India Championships, Madras, India (Clay)

Singles (Draw=4)

1R: Miss Nicholas d. Mrs Swinton 6-5 6-4
1R: Edith Morgan d. Miss Ainslie default

FI: Miss Nicholas d. Edith Morgan ????

DF: Miss Clarke/Miss Nicholas d. Mrs Smart/Mrs Swinton 6-5 6-3

From "Pastime", February 13, 1889: "This tournament was eminently successful, and out and away the best ever held in India. Entries were numerous, and quality was well represented. Among the competitors were two well-known English cracks, Harry Grove and Claude Farrer, three players of more than average merit, Charles de Fonblanque, F. Hadden and Dobree, from Ceylon; and all the best Madras players.

"The ladies, although few in number, showed some good play, Miss Nicholas doing well in the singles, and Miss Martin making a capital partner in the mixed. The latter is a cousin of the Irish lady player of that name [Louisa Martin], and it was thought that had she entered for the singles she would have won.

"The courts are of dried mud, very hard and smooth, but very different from play to either the grass or ordinary hard courts in England. The hours of play are from 6.30 to 8.30 in the morning, and from 4 until 6 in the afternoon – no one plays between those hours.

"The balls – although Ayre's – were very indifferent, the climate affecting them so greatly that, to use the words of a player, they became 'soft and flabby, and stuck to the racket like a ball of wool.' Even the new ones, dated 1889, were as bad, and it is evident that if the balls to be used in India are to be of the same consistency as in England, they must be made specially for the hot climate."

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May 4-11, New South Wales Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Association Grounds, Moore Park

SF: Ellen Blaxland d. E. Raleigh 6-2 6 3
SF: E.M. Mayne d. Mabel Shaw 6-3 7-9 7-5

FI: E. M. Mayne d. Ellen Blaxland 6-3 5-7 6-4

"A splendid match. Miss Mayne led by one set and 5-2, but Miss Blaxland made a splendid response and hotly contested every inch of ground until the victory was finally wrested from her. Miss Blaxland's strokes were very fast and clean. Miss Mayne on the other hand does not play fast but all her strokes were well placed and she hit well back into her opponent's court, while balls which one would think could not be taken she seemed ot pick up with ease."

Doubles
SF: Mayne/Shaw d. Blaxland/Eliza Fitzgerald 9-7 6-3
SF: Keating/Raleigh d. Bruce/Robinson 6-0 6-0

DF: E.M. Mayne/Mabel Shaw d. Miss Keating/Miss Raleigh 6-3 6-0

Mixed Doubles (Draw=9)

1R: Florence Batt/Harold S Fox d Mabel Shaw/Percy B Colquhoun 7-5 4-6 6-4

QF: Ellen Blaxland/Edward Fitzgerald d Raleigh/Arthur H de Courcy Hamilton
QF: Miss Dransfield/Norman Bayles d Florence C Batt/Harold S Fox 6-2 4-6 6-3
QF: Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Miss Keating/AG Colquhoun 6-0 6-3
QF: Zilla Scott/Charles Cropper d Leslie Mansfield/Isabel Mansfield 1-6 6-2 6-4

SF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Scott/Cropper
SF: Dransfield/Bayles d Blaxland/Fitzgerald

FI: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Dransfield/Bayles 10-8 3-6 6-3

CR: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Mayne/Dudley Webb 2-6 6-2 9-7

The holder L Scott did not defend her title. The Scotts (sisters?) also did not defend their doubles title.

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Circa mid-May? Ceylon Championships, Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon

FI: Mrs Norman d. Miss Watson 5-7 6-2 6-3

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May 20-25, Irish Championships, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)

Draw=10

1R: Bertha Steedman d. Miss "Maude"* 6-1 6-3
1R: Lena Rice d. May Langrishe default

QF: Louisa Martin d. Florence Stanuell 6-2 8-6
QF: Bertha Steedman d. Lilian Watson 6-2 6-1
QF: Lena Rice d. Connie Butler 6-3 6-2
QF: Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GB) d. Mary Steedman 6-3 6-3

SF: Louisa Martin d. Bertha Steedman 7-5 6-1
SF: Blanche Hillyard d. Lena Rice 7-5 7-5

FI: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Hillyard 7-5 6-0

SF: Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GB) d Lena Rice 7-5 7-5

FI: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Hillyard 7-5 6-0

Doubles (Draw=4)

1R: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 6-3 6-0
1R: Blanche Hillyard/Lena Rice d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-4 7-9 6-1

FI: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Blanche Hillyard/Lena Rice 6-4 6-2

Mixed Doubles

1R: Florence Stanuell/Harold Mahony d. Louisa Martin/TS Campion ????

FI: Lena Rice/Willoughby Hamilton d. Blanche Hillyard/Harold Stone 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4


Miss "Maude' appears to have been a pseudonym.

From the “Irish Times”, 27 May 1889 (originally posted by Mark)

“In the ladies’ singles the Irish lady added another trophy to the list already retained by the Irish players. The final match was between Miss Martin and Mrs Hillyard, and was started at 12 o’clock in court 5, and ended, as appears in the annexed details, by two sets to love in favour of Miss Martin. The Irish lady led off by winning the first game to 15, but after this Mrs Hillyard got five consecutive games, when the set seemed at her mercy. However, Miss Martin again woke up, and playing with marvellous strength, she won six games off the reel, and thus took the set to five games. This upset put Mrs Hillyard very much about, and her temper getting the better of her, she simply chucked the second set after the first game; and Miss Martin winning it to love, she won the match amidst great applause.”

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May 27-June 1, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: Louisa Martin d. Lottie Paterson 6-1 6-3
1R: N. Pope d. Beatrice Langrishe default
1R: Miss Agg d. Florence Mardall 6-2 6-4
1R: Florence Stanuell d. N. Everett 6-2 6-3

SF: Martin d. Pope 6-2 6-4
SF: Stanuell d. Agg 4-6 6-0 6-3

FI: Louisa Martin d. Florence Stanuell 4-6 6-1 6-2

DF: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. N Everett/N Pope 6-0 6-3

MX: Louisa Martin/James Baldwin d. N Pope/Harry Grove 6-2 6-3

Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:22 PM
June

June 3-8, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe default
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. Miss Agg 6-4 6-2
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Crossley 6-4 6-4
1R: Florence Stanuell d. N. Pope 7-5 6-2

SF: Martin d. Hillyard 6-2 6-3
SF: Stanuell d. Mardall 6-0 6-3

FI: Louisa Martin d. Florence Stanuell 6-1 4-6 6-2

MX: Florence Stanuell /James Baldwin d. Louisa Martin/Wilfred Milne 7-5 5-7 6-2

The doubles event was handicap only.

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Unknown date, Ealing Lawn Tennis Tournament, GB

FI Charlotte Cooper won

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began June 4, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

CR: Lottie Paterson d. Ann Dod (holder) 6-0 6-1

MX: Ann Dodd/R.M. Watson d. Lottie Dod/A.N.J. Story 6-4 10-8

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June 10-15, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

FI: M Pick d. Miss Pickthall 6-1 6-3

DF: K. Ack/M. Pick d. Miss Gordon/Miss Mardall 3-6 6-3 6-3

MX: Miss Barton/W. Wethered d. Miss Mardall J.G. Brown 6-4 6-2

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June 11-14, London Championships, Stamford Bridge, London, England (Grass)
Venue: London Athletic Club

Singles (Draw=4)

SF: May Jacks d. Miss Canning 6-1 6-3
SF: Maud Shackle d. Miss Tulloch 6-0 6-0

FI: May Jacks d. Maud Shackle 6-2 6-2

Holder Blanche hillyard did not defend.

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June 11-15, US Championships, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US (Grass)
Venue: Wissahicken Club

Singles (Draw=8,plus holder)

Holder Bertha Townsend "sits out" until Challenge Final.

1R: Grace Roosevelt d. Marion Wright default
1R: Helen Day Harris d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-1
1R: D.F. Butterfield d. Anne Cory Smith 6-3 6-1
1R: Lida Voorhees d. Laura Knight 6-0 6-0

SF: Harris d. Butterfield 6-1 6-3
SF: Voorhees d. G. Roosevelt 6-1 4-6 6-5

FI: Lida Voorhees d. Helen Day Harris 6-5 2-6 6-3

CR Bertha Townsend d. Lida Voorhees 7-5 6-2

Doubles (Draw=4)

1R Margaret Ballard/Townsend d. Harris/Voorhees 6-5 6-3
1R Knight/Wright d. Butterfield/Lycett 6-3 6-4

FI Ballard/Townsend d. Knight/Wright 6-0 6-2

This is the first year the ladies doubles is an official championship event.

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June 11-15, Scottish Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

CR: Connie Butler (holder) d. D. Patterson 6-3 6-3

Could D Patterson and Lottie Paterson be one and the same?

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June 11-15, Welsh Championships, Penarth, Wales (Grass)

FI: N Pope d. Mary Sweet-Escott 6-0 6-2

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June 17-22, Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5, plus holder)

1R: Maud Shackle d. Miss [Amy] Tabor 6-3 6-2

SF: Shackle d. Gertrude Mellersh 6-2 6-2
SF: Miss Howes d. Mrs Rhodes 6-3 6-1

FI: Maud Shackle d. Miss Howes 6-2 6-1

CR: Maud Shackle d. May Jacks (holder) 6-3, 7-5

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June 17-22, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=7, plus holder)

1R: Beatrice Wood-bye
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. K. Hill 6-0 6-1
1R: Mary Steedman d. N. Pope 6-4 8-6
1R: Bertha Steedman d. Connie Butler 6-1 7-5

SF: Hillyard d. Wood 6-1 6-2
SF: B Steedman d. M Steedman 6-4 retired

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 6-4 3-0 retired

CR: Lottie Dod (holder) d. Blanche Hillyard 6-8 6-3 6-3

DF: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman d. Ann Dod/Lottie Dod 9-7 6-2

Mixed Doubles

FI: Lottie Dod/J.C. Kay d. Bertha Steedman/Harold Mahony 6-4 6-1

CR: Lottie Dod/J.C. Kay d. Blanche Hillyard/Ernest Renshaw (holders) 4-6 6-3 6-3

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Began June 24, Edgbaston Tournament, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)
Venue: Edgbaston Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Maud Watson (owe 30) d. Mrs GM Elkington 6-1 9-7 [HO]

DF: Miss Bryan/Maud Watson d. Miss Charles/L. Charles 6-1 6-3

MX: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Lilian Watson/H.G. Nadin 7-5 5-7 6-4

Maud's first time not partnering her sister in doubles and her last career event. She won the doubles with Miss Bryan over the Charles sisters.The singles was a handicap event. Miss Bryan probably=C Bryan.

Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:22 PM
July

July 1-13, The Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: Lena Rice (Ire)-bye
1R: May Jacks d. Mary Steedman 6-4 6-2
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. Annie Rice (Ire) 6-3 6-0
1R: Bertha Steedman-bye

SF L Rice d. Jacks 6-2 6-0
SF Hillyard d. B. Steedman 8-6 6-1

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Lena Rice 4-6 8-6 6-4

Dod doesn't defend title.

Hillyard survives two match points before a large Center court crowd. Rice has a strong serve and forehand, but her weak backhand mainly goes crosscourt.


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July 15-20, Middlesex Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Chiswick Park

FI: Mary Steedman d. Bertha Steedman 6-4 7-5

Blanche Hillyard does not defend her title.

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July 31-August 3, Northumberland Championships, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=12)

1R: Alice Pickering d. Ann Dod 2-6 6-3 8-6
1R: Jane Corder d. S. Raines 6-2 6-0
1R: Connie Butler-bye
1R: E Dickenson-bye

1R: Beatrice Wood-bye
1R: Miss Clarke-bye
1R: Gertrude Bracewell d. Lucy Kendal 6-5 6-1
1R: Helen Jackson d. A. Kendal 6-1 6-0

QF: Pickering d. Corder 6-4 6-1
QF: Butler d. Dickenson 6-0 6-1
QF: Wood d. Clark 3-6 6-2 6-1
QF: Jackson d. Bracewell 6-5 6-4

SF: Pickering d. Butler 6-3, 6-4
SF: Jackson d. Wood 6-2, 6-2

FI: Helen Jackson d. Alice Pickering 6-2 6-4

Pickering is the married name of Alice Simpson.

Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:23 PM
August

August 7-8, Colchester, Essex, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Norman d Helen Kersey 6-2 6-2

MX: Miss Norman/G.K. Norman d. Miss Huleatt/R.E. Vaizey 6-1 6-3

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August 7-9, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: [Ivy] Arbuthnot and May Arbuthnot divided the prizes.

MX: May Arbuthnot/William J. Down d. A Covey/Wilberforce V. Eaves (Aus) 6-4 6-4

The two finalists were sisters; another Arbuthnot sister, Ann, also played competitive tennis.

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August 5-10, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=7)

1R: K. Hole d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-4 7-5
1R: R. Wright d. Miss Shadbolt 10-8 6-3
1R: Lilian Pine-Coffin d. [Georgina] Kindersley ????
1R: E. Peck-bye.

SF: Hole d. Wright 6-0 6-1
SF: Pine-Coffin d. Peck 6-0 6-3

FI: K. Hole d. Lilian Pine-Coffin 2-6 7-5 6-4

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August 5-10, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

Mixed Doubles

SF: Lottie Dod/Kenneth R. Marley d. d. Ethel Cheese/Arthur J. Stanley 6-1 6-4
SF: Ann Dod/John Galbraith Horn d. Lady Constance Bowes-Lyon/Hon. Patrick Bowes-Lyon 6-3 6-1

FI: Lottie Dod/Kenneth R. Marley d. Ann Dod/John Galbraith Horn default

NB: Lottie Dod didn't take part in the singles event at this tournament.

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August 8-10, Sheffield and Hallamshire Club Tournament, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Sheffield and Hallamshire Club at Hunter's Bar.

FI: Miss Crossley d. L. Clark 6-5 6-1

From “Pastime”, August 14, 1889: “The second annual tournament, promoted by the Sheffield and Hallamshire Club, commenced on Thursday under favourable conditions. The ground is pleasantly situated at Hunter’s Bar, and the courts, which had undergone favourable preparation, left nothing to be desired.”

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August 15-17, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: Ivy Arbuthnot d. Helen Kersey 6-3 6-4

MX: Ivy Arbuthnot/William N Cobbold d. Helen Kersey/Herbert Kersey 6-4 6-2

The runners-up in the mixed doubles event were brother and sister.

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August 12-19, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=11)

1R: G. Crofton d. Helen Jackson 2-6 6-4 6-3
1R: Miss Pickthall d. Blanche Hillyard default
1R: Connie Butler d. Florence Stanuell 6-2 4-6 6-4

QF: Bertha Steedman d. Crofton 6-4 6-1
QF: Mary Steedman d. Edith Gurney 1-6 6-2 7-5
QF: Butler d. Pickthall 6-2 6-3
QF: Louisa Martin d. M. Goodman 6-2 6-3

SF: B Steedman d. M Steedman 6-4 2-2 retired
SF: Martin d. Butler 6-0 6-4

FI: Bertha Steedman d. Louisa Martin 5-7 6-4 6-3

DF: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-4 6-1

MX: Florence Stanuell/A.J. de C. Wilson d. Louisa Martin/P.B. Brown 8-10 6-1 6-3


*Doubles was the All-England Ladies Doubles Chmps. Mixed doubles final result comes from "Pastime".

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August 13-17, South of Scotland Championships, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)

CR: E. Malcolm (holder) d. Miss Scowcroft 6-4 8-6

DF: Miss Hill/Miss Rooke d. E. Malcolm/Miss Scowcroft 6-2 6-1

MX: E. Malcolm/R.M. Watson d. Miss Scowcroft/A.A. Thomson 6-2 2-6 6-2

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August 18-20, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5)

1R: Jane Snook d. Miss Sturgess 6-3 6-2
1R: Beatrice Wood-bye
1R: Miss evans-bye
1R: Frances Snook-bye

SF: Wood d. J Snook 6-0 6-1
SF: F Snook d. Evans 6-1 6-3

FI: Beatrice Wood d. Frances Snook 1-6 6-3 6-1

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August 19-24, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=13, plus holder)

1R: Miss Bryan d. A. Everett 6-0 6-0
1R: A. Arbuthnot d. May Langrishe default (entered by mistake)
1R: L. Elphinston d. Miss Geare 6-1 6-4
1R: Elsie Pinckney-bye

1R: K Stretton-bye
1R: M Hext-bye
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. A. Powell default
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Ivy Arbuthnot 6-4 2-6 6-4

QF: Bryan d. A. Arbuthnot 6-2 6-1
QF: E Pinckney d. Elphinston 6-4 6-4
QF: Stretton d. M. Hext default
QF: M Arbuthnot d. B Langrishe 7-5 6-2

SF: Bryan d. E Pinckney 6-3 6-4
SF: M Arbuthnot d. Stretton 7-5 4-6 6-0

FI: Miss Bryan d. May Arbuthnot 6-1 5-7 6-2

CR: May Langrishe (holder) d. Miss Bryan* 6-4 6-4

DF: Miss Bryan/May Langrishe d. [Ivy] Arbuthnot/Miss Everett 6-2 6-1

MX: May Langrishe/Harry S Barlow d. May Arbuthnot/EB Fuller 6-3 6-1

Miss Bryan is probably Miss C Bryan.

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August 19-28, North of England Championships, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=16)

1R: Edith Gurney d. M. Goodman 10-8 6-4
1R: Miss Hall d. L. Anderson default
1R: C. Crosby d. M. Crosby 6-2 6-4
1R: Helen Jackson d. B. Anderson 6-1 6-0

1R: Connie Butler d. Miss Stevens default
1R: M. Crossley d. B. Hopkinson default
1R: Mabel Boulton d. Miss Clarke ????
1R: Beatrice Wood d. Miss Caldecott 6-1 5-7 6-0

QF: Gurney d. Hall 6-2 6-4
QF: Jackson d. Crosby 6-2 6-2
QF: Butler d. Crossley 2-6 6-1 6-4
QF: Wood d. Boulton 6-0 6-1

SF: Gurney d. Jackson 6-4 6-4
SF: Wood d. Butler 6-1 6-2

FI: Edith Gurney d. Beatrice Wood 6-4 8-6

DF: Miss Clark/Beatrice Wood d. Mabel Boulton/Miss Hodgson 6-0 7-5

MX: Beatrice Wood/Arthur W Hallward d. Helen Jackson/George E Brown 6-2 6-3

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August 21-24, East of Scotland Championships, Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Miss Moir d. Miss Malcolm 7-9 9-7 6-2

DF: Miss Bruce Johnston/Miss Moir d. Miss Malcolm/Miss Purvis 6-2 6-1

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August 26-28 , Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5)

1R: Winifred Kersey-bye
1R: L Stains-bye
1R: Edith Austin-bye
1R: Helen Kersey d. Mrs C.H. Gore

SF: W Kersey d. Stains 6-2 6-1
SF: H Kersey d. Austin 6-3 3-6 6-5

FI: Winifred Kersey d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-5

DF: Edith Austin/R. Darling d. Miss Heweston/J. Heweston 6-0 6-3

MX: Mary Wallich/John Wallich d. K French/FC. French 6-4 2-6 6-2

Notes from Newmark:
The Kersey sisters, Helen (b. 1864) and Winifred (b. 1869), were born in Cosford, Suffolk. Their brother Herbert also played lawn tennis.
The siblings John and Mary Wallich were from Henstead in Norfolk.
Later becomes the Sussex Championships

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August 28-30, Trefriw, Wales (Grass)

FI: S. Allen d. Miss Cheetham 6-1 4-6 7-5*

The women's singles event at this, the first edition of the Trefriw tournament, was handicap only.

Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:23 PM
September

September 2-7, Sussex Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=12)

1R: May Langrishe d. Harriet Mellersh 6-1 6-0
1R: Gertrude Mellersh d. Miss Stretton 9-7 6-2
1R: Mrs Hill-bye
1R: Lilian Watson-bye

1R: Emily Mocatta-bye
1R: Despina Petrocochino-bye
1R: Miss Bryan d. Maud Watson default
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Maria Petrocochino 6-0 6-1

QF: M Langrishe d. G Mellersh default
QF: Hill d. L Watson default
QF: Mocatta d. D Petrocochino 6-3 6-1
QF: B Langrishe d. Bryan 2-6 6-4 6-4

SF: M Langrishe d. Hill 6-1 6-1
SF: B Langrishe d. Mocatta 6-1 6-1

FI: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3 6-2

Doubles

SF: Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Miss Gates/Miss Wilson 6-2 6-3
SF: Elizabeth Mocatta/Harriet Mellersh d. Gertrude Mellersh/Emily Mocatta 6-4 6-2

FI: Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Elizabeth Mocatta/Harriet Mellersh 6-4 3-6 6-0

Mixed doubles

SF: May Langrishe/Harold Stone d. Miss Bryan/Charles Eames 4-6 6-2 6-2
SF: Emily Mocatta/Horace Chapman d. Beatrice Langrishe/Walter Castle 6-4 6-4

FI: May Langrishe/Harold Stone d. Emily Mocatta/Horace Chapman 6-1 6-2

The first real Sussex Championships tournament was held in September 1889; real in the sense that it attracted a good entry and would have a fixed place in the calendar, growing in popularity in the following years when it began to rival the South of England Championships tournament, held down the coast in Eastbourne. A Challenge Cup was offered at the 1889 Sussex Championships. A Challenge Round would thus be in force in the two main singles events until the early 1900s.

The first edition of the Sussex Championships had entries from no less than four sets of sisters as well one pair of cousins. All of these relations initially entered the singles event. They were the Irishwomen May and Beatrice Langrishe, and four pairs of Englishwomen: Maud and Lilian Watson; Elizabeth and Emily Mocatta; Despina and Maria Petrocochino; and Gertrude and Harriet Mellersh, who were the cousins in question.

The Mocattas were natives of the county of Cheshire, Elizabeth (1853-1945) being eight years older than Emily (1861-1959). The Petrocochinos had Greek ancestors, but were born in London, Despina (1865-1900) being slightly older than Maria (1866-1950). Harriet Mellersh (1851-1908) appears to have been the orphan cousin of Gertrude Mellersh (1861-1943), Gertrude's parents becoming Harriet's legal guardian after Harriet became orphaned.

Although Maud Watson had sent in her name for the 1889 Sussex Championships tournament, she was ultimately unable to take part. The women's events were dominated by the Langrishe sisters, with May winning the women's singles, the doubles with her sister Beatrice and the mixed doubles with the Englishman Harold Stone.
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The following are excerpts from a report on the tournament in question featured in "Pastime" on September 11, 1889:

“The first open tournament held on the grass at Brighton has been an unqualified success. The entries were extraordinarily large for a new meeting, the attendance of spectators was satisfactory, the arrangements were good, and, to crown all, the weather was simply delightful. The play, too, was of a very high class, and the matches, especially those in the first-class handicap, close and interesting. The courts, seven in number, were fairly good, those in the centre being excellent. […]

“The Ladies’ Challenge Cup was shorn of much of the interest that would have centred in it by the withdrawal of Miss Maud Watson owing to ill health. As Miss Watson has recently been playing in very good form, a meeting between her and Miss May Langrishe would have caused great excitement, and her inability to play was generally regretted. As it was, the Irish lady had an easy victory, for Miss Bryan, who was expected to prove her most formidable antagonist, was unexpectedly defeated by Miss Beatrice Langrishe, who is this year playing better than ever. […]

“The Ladies’ Doubles was not productive of any very good matches. Miss Lilian Watson and Miss Bryan, who were thought good enough to make a good fight with the Misses Langrishe, met the sisters in the first round, but, contrary to expectations, the latter won easily. It must, however, in fairness to the losers, be stated that neither were playing up to their proper form. In the final the sisters had their hardest match, Miss Emily Mocatta and Miss Gertrude Mellersh, both of whom played very steadily, gaining a set against them. […]”

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September 9-14, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Draw of 12

1R = First round

1R: May Langrishe d. Amy Wilson 6-1 retired
1R: E. Malcolm d. Blanche Pedley 6-2 6-2
1R: Winifred Kersey-bye
1R: D Hickson-bye

1R: Elsie Pinckney-bye
1R: Gertrude Mellersh-bye
1R: Violet Pinckney d. Harriet Mellersh 6-1 8-6
1R: May Jacks d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-0

QF: M Langrishe d. Malcolm 6-1 6-3
QF: W Kersey d. Hickson 6-4 6-3
QF: E Pinckney d. Mellersh 6-1 6-2
QF: acks d. Violet Pinckney 6-2 6-1

SF: M Langrishe d. W Kersey 6-3 6-1
SF: Jacks d. E Pinckney 6-2 6-2

FI: May Langrishe d. May Jacks 5-7 6-2 6-2

Holder Blanche Hillyard did not defend.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1890): "This year it was arranged to hold this most popular of south county tournaments a week later than has usually been the case, the second week in September being chosen instead of the first. [...] It was indeed a treat, when inside Devonshire Park, to see the splendid courts that had been set out for the tournament - eight in number. An alteration that immediately caught the eye was the handsome pavilion that had been erected where the tent used to be fixed. In this, dressing rooms for both ladies and gentlemen had been arranged, in addition to the usual accommodation in the cricket pavilion. Two small stands had also been erected, one on each of the row of courts; so those who chose could retain reserved seats throughout the day. [...]

"The play was good from start to finish. The weather was beautifully fine throughout, and those who attended the matches day by day were all satisfied with the splendid entertainment, if so it may be called. Rarely, indeed, have such a succession of fine matches been seen day after day. Devonshire Park looked at its very best, and a prettier sight than was seen from the upper portion of the Swiss chalet, when the matches were in full swing, and the stands and space outside the ropes crowded with spectators, can hardly be imagined."


FI: May Langrishe d. May Jacks 5-7 6-2 6-1

Rollo
Jul 30th, 2010, 02:23 PM
October to end of year

circa September 28-October 12, Queensland Champs, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Grass)

FI: Mrs Quinnell d. Miss Earle 6-1 6-0

MX: Miss Lee/Haughton d. Miss Earle/R.J. Cottell 6-3 6-1

This tournament was played over at least a fortnight. The mixed doubles event was probably "handicap" only.

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circa November 11-18, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)

SF: Nellie A'Beckett d. E. Raleigh 6-5 5-3
SF: Miss Raleigh d. Mabel Shaw 6-5 6-1

FI: Nellie A’Beckett d. Miss Raleigh 6-3 6-4

Doubles

SF: Mayne/Mackenzie d. A'Beckett/Scott 4-6 6-1 6-1
SF: Raleigh/Raleigh d. Brunton/C. Peach 6-1 6-2

FI: Miss Raleigh/E. Raleigh d. Mayne/Mackenzie 6-4 6-5

Mixed Doubles

R1 Nellie A'Beckett/H De Little d Phenie Shaw/Gregory 6-2 6-4
R1 Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Scott/Charles Cropper 7-5 6-2

R2 A'Beckett/De Little d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 7-5 6-4

SF A'Beckett/De Little d E Raleigh/Mann 8-6 7-5
SF Mayne/Richard E Shuter d Mabel Shaw/Norman Bayles 6-0 4-6 6-3

FI: A'Beckett/De Little d Mayne/Shuter 6-3 7-5

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ends December 16 Linwood Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, ????, New Zealand (Grass)
Venue: Linwood Lawn Tennis Club

FI: E Gordon (owes 15) d. M Simpson 4-6 6-3 6-3*

This was a handicap event.



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December 25-30 New Zealand Championship, Dunedin, New Zealand (Grass)
Venue: Carisbrooke Cricket Ground

1R: Miss Douslin d Miss Harman

QF: Miss Campbell d. Mrs Ollivier
QF: E Gordon d. Miss Douslin
QF: Mrs George Wray d. Miss Mackerras
QF: Miss Orbell d. Miss Hutchins

SF: Gordon d. Campbell 6-5 6-3
SF: Orbell d. Wray 6-3 6-4

FI: E. Gordon d. Miss Orbell 7-5 7-5

Doubles

1R: E Gordon/Harman d. Mrs Ollivier/Mrs Way

SF: E. Gordon/Harman d. Miss Grant/Miss McKerras 6-2 5-6 6-3
SF: Miss Orbell/Miss Rattray d. ????

FI: E. Gordon/Harman d. Miss Orbell/Miss Rattray 6-1 6-2

MX: I (perhaps J) Rattray/Gibbs d. Miss Smith/McKerras 9-7 6-4

Miss Douslin was from Blenheim
Miss Campbell was from Wellington
Miss Gordon , MrsOllivier, and Mrs George Way were from Christchurch.
Miss Mackerras and Miss Orbell hailed from Denedin.
Misses F Rattray, I (or J) and S Rattray played. Which was the doubles finalist?

The papers called Mixed doubles "Combined doubles". Frustratingly they also neglect to provide scores in most cases.

From the Evening Post, Volume XXXIX, Issue 155, 31 December 1889, Page 3--reporting on the final.

Both were on their best mettle. The play was very even throughout, and the sets well contested. Miss Orbell's backhand was much admired, as also her volleying. Miss Gordon hits under and plays more judiciously than her opponent, while Miss Orbell is the better server. Deuce and vantage were called three times, and in the second set Miss Orbell was twice on the point of winning the set. Eventually Miss Gordon won two sets by 7 games to 5.

newmark401
Aug 13th, 2010, 10:02 AM
I notice that the "Lawn Tennis Calendar" published by "The Field" in 1890 (for 1889) has Blanche Hillyard/Lena Rice winnng the women's doubles, not Blanche Hillyard/D. Meldon.

Here is the complete draw for the 1889 women's doubles at the Irish Championships (only four pairs took part):

FR: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 6-3, 6-0
FR: Blanche Hillyard/Lena Rice d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-4, 7-9, 6-1
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FI: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Blanche Hillyard/Lena Rice 6-4, 6-2
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This is the complete draw for the women's singles at the 1889 Irish Championships:

FR: Bertha Steedman d. Miss "Maude"* 6-1, 6-3
FR: Lena Rice d. May Langrishe, walkover

* Miss "Maude" appears to have been a pseudonym. The rest of the players had byes.
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QF: Louisa Martin d. Florence Stanuell 6-2, 8-6
QF: Bertha Steedman d. Lilian Watson 6-2, 6-1
QF: Lena Rice d. Connie Butler 6-3, 6-2
QF: Blanche Hillyard d. Mary Steedman 6-3, 6-3
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SF: Louisa Martin d. Bertha Steedman 7-5, 6-1
SF: Blanche Hillyard d. Lena Rice 7-5, 7-5
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FI: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Hillyard 7-5, 6-0
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Rollo
Aug 13th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Added-thanks Mark:) I also put in the note and standardized the dotted lines.

newmark401
Jan 10th, 2011, 03:20 PM
1889 Derbyshire Championships (August 12-19) mixed doubles final result, from "Pastime":

XDF: A.J. de C. Wilson/Florence Stanuell d. P.B. Brown/Louisa Martin 8-10, 6-1, 6-3
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Rollo
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:41 PM
Tis added-thanks.

GeeTee
Nov 3rd, 2011, 05:30 AM
Few more bits:

4-11 May 1889 - NSW Championships
Association Grounds, Moore Park, Sydney (Grass)

SF Ellen Blaxland d E Raleigh 62 63
SF E M Mayne d Mabel Shaw 63 79 75

FI Mayne d Blaxland 63 57 64

"A splendid match. Miss Mayne led by one set and 5-2, but Miss Blaxland made a splendid response and hotly contested every inch of ground until the victory was finally wrested from her. Miss Blaxland's strokes were very fast and clean. Miss Mayne on the other hand does not play fast but all her strokes were well placed and she hit well back into her opponent's court, while balls which one would think could not be taken she seemed ot pick up with ease."

R1
Florence Batt/Harold S Fox d Mabel Shaw/Percy B Colquhoun 75 46 64
Rest - byes

DOUBLES
M Mayne/Mabel Shaw d Ellen Blaxland/Eliza Fitzgerald 97 63
Keating/E Raleigh d Bruce/Robinson 60 60

FI Mayne/Shaw d Keating/Raleigh 63 60

MIXED
Ellen Blaxland/Edward Fitzgerald d Raleigh/Arthur H de Courcy Hamilton
Miss Dransfield/Norman Bayles d Florence C Batt/Harold S Fox 62 46 63
Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Miss Keating/AG Colquhoun 60 63
Zilla Scott/Charles Cropper d Leslie Mansfield/Isabel Mansfield 16 62 64

Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Scott/Cropper
Dransfield/Bayles d Blaxland/Fitzgerald

FI Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Dransfield/Bayles 108 36 63

CR Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Mayne/Dudley Webb 26 62 97

11-18 November 1889 - Victorian Championships

SF Nellie A'Beckett d E Raleigh 65 63
SF Raleigh d Mabel Shaw 65 61

FI A'Beckett d Raleigh 63 64

DOUBLES
SF Mayne/Mackenzie d A'Beckett/Scott 46 61 61
SF Raleigh/E Raleigh d Brunton/C Peach 61 62

FI Raleigh/Raleigh d Mayne/Mackenzie 64 65

MIXED
R1 Nellie A'Beckett/H De Little d Phenie Shaw/Gregory 62 64
R1 Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Scott/Charles Cropper 75 62

R2 A'Beckett/De Little d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 75 64
Others?

SF A'Beckett/De Little d E Raleigh/Mann 86 75
SF Mayne/Richard E Shuter d Mabel Shaw/Norman Bayles 60 46 63

FI A'Beckett/De Little d Mayne/Shuter 63 75

DavidK
Dec 10th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Unearthed and edited in

Jimbo109
Nov 19th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Info provided by Newmark401

August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: Ivy Arbuthnot d. Helen Kersey 6-3 6-4

DavidK
Nov 24th, 2012, 12:59 PM
East of England edited in

newmark401
Nov 28th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Here are the complete singles draw and the results of the doubles finals from the seventh edition of the Saxmundham tournament, later the Suffolk Championships:

Circa 26-28 August, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FR: Helen Kersey d. Mrs C.H. Gore

Three players had a bye.
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SF: Winifred Kersey d. L. Stains 6-2, 6-1
SF: Helen Kersey d. Edith Austin 6-3, 3-6, 6-5
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FI: Winifred Kersey d. Helen Kersey 6-1, 6-5
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DF: Edith Austin/R. Darling d. Miss Heweston/J. Heweston 6-0, 6-3
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XDF: John Wallich/Mary Wallich d. F.C. French/K. French 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
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The Kersey sisters, Helen (b. 1864) and Winifred (b. 1869), were born in Cosford, Suffolk. Their brother Herbert also played lawn tennis.
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The siblings John and Mary Wallich were from Henstead in Norfolk.
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DavidK
Dec 1st, 2012, 01:31 PM
Great Mark, this tournament is edited in

newmark401
Mar 26th, 2013, 12:08 PM
The first real Sussex Championships tournament was held in September 1889; real in the sense that it attracted a good entry and would have a fixed place in the calendar, growing in popularity in the following years when it began to rival the South of England Championships tournament, held down the coast in Eastbourne. A Challenge Cup was offered at the 1889 Sussex Championships. A Challenge Round would thus be in force in the two main singles events until the early 1900s.

The first edition of the Sussex Championships had entries from no less than four sets of sisters as well one pair of cousins. All of these relations initially entered the singles event. They were the Irishwomen May and Beatrice Langrishe, and four pairs of Englishwomen: Maud and Lilian Watson; Elizabeth and Emily Mocatta; Despina and Maria Petrocochino; and Gertrude and Harriet Mellersh, who were the cousins in question.

The Mocattas were natives of the county of Cheshire, Elizabeth (1853-1945) being eight years older than Emily (1861-1959). The Petrocochinos had Greek ancestors, but were born in London, Despina (1865-1900) being slightly older than Maria (1866-1950). Harriet Mellersh (1851-1908) appears to have been the orphan cousin of Gertrude Mellersh (1861-1943), Gertrude's parents becoming Harriet's legal guardian after Harriet became orphaned.

Although Maud Watson had sent in her name for the 1889 Sussex Championships tournament, she was ultimately unable to take part. The women's events were dominated by the Langrishe sisters, with May winning the women's singles, the doubles with her sister Beatrice and the mixed doubles with the Englishman Harold Stone.
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The following are excerpts from a report on the tournament in question featured in "Pastime" on September 11, 1889:

“The first open tournament held on the grass at Brighton has been an unqualified success. The entries were extraordinarily large for a new meeting, the attendance of spectators was satisfactory, the arrangements were good, and, to crown all, the weather was simply delightful. The play, too, was of a very high class, and the matches, especially those in the first-class handicap, close and interesting. The courts, seven in number, were fairly good, those in the centre being excellent. […]

“The Ladies’ Challenge Cup was shorn of much of the interest that would have centred in it by the withdrawal of Miss Maud Watson owing to ill health. As Miss Watson has recently been playing in very good form, a meeting between her and Miss May Langrishe would have caused great excitement, and her inability to play was generally regretted. As it was, the Irish lady had an easy victory, for Miss Bryan, who was expected to prove her most formidable antagonist, was unexpectedly defeated by Miss Beatrice Langrishe, who is this year playing better than ever. […]

“The Ladies’ Doubles was not productive of any very good matches. Miss Lilian Watson and Miss Bryan, who were thought good enough to make a good fight with the Misses Langrishe, met the sisters in the first round, but, contrary to expectations, the latter won easily. It must, however, in fairness to the losers, be stated that neither were playing up to their proper form. In the final the sisters had their hardest match, Miss Emily Mocatta and Miss Gertrude Mellersh, both of whom played very steadily, gaining a set against them. […]”
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September 2-7, Sussex Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)

Women’s singles

Draw of 12

First round

FR: May Langrishe d. Harriet Mellersh 6-1, 6-0
FR: Gertrude Mellersh d. Miss Stretton 9-7, 6-2
FR: Miss Bryan d. Maud Watson, walkover
FR: Beatrice Langrishe d. Maria Petrocochino 6-0, 6-1

Four players had a bye.
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Quarter-finals

QF: May Langrishe d. Gertrude Mellersh, walkover
QF: Mrs Hill d. Lilian Watson, walkover
QF: Emily Mocatta d. Despina Petrocochino 6-3, 6-1
QF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Bryan 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
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Semi-finals

SF: May Langrishe d. Mrs Hill 6-1, 6-1
SF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Emily Mocatta 6-1, 6-1
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Final

FI: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3, 6-2
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Women’s doubles

SF: Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Miss Gates/Miss Wilson 6-2, 6-3
SF: Elizabeth Mocatta/Harriet Mellersh d. Gertrude Mellersh/Emily Mocatta 6-4, 6-2
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FI: Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Elizabeth Mocatta/Harriet Mellersh 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
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Mixed doubles

SF: Harold Stone/May Langrishe d. Charles Eames/Miss Bryan 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
SF: Horace Chapman/Emily Mocatta d. Walter Castle/Beatrice Langrishe 6-4, 6-4
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FI: Harold Stone/May Langrishe d. Horace Chapman/Emily Mocatta 6-1, 6-2
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Jimbo109
Apr 7th, 2013, 07:31 AM
Began June 24, Edgbaston Tournament*, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)
Venue: Edgbaston Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club

DF: Miss Bryan/Maud Watson d. Miss Charles/L. Charles 6-1 6-3

MX: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Lilian Watson/H.G. Nadin 7-5 5-7 6-4

* There was probably no top-class open women’s singles event at this tournament this year. Maud's first time not partnering her sister in doubles and her last career event. She won the doubles with Miss Bryan over the Charles sisters.

Info provided by Newmark401:

FI: Maud Watson d. Mrs G. Elkington 6-3 9-7 [HO]

DavidK
Apr 21st, 2013, 02:28 PM
This great coverage of Sussex and Edgbaston singles have been added in.

newmark401
May 3rd, 2013, 02:03 PM
July 15-17, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

FI: Alice Pickering d. Harriet Mellersh 8-6, 6-1*

* This event was still handicap only at this point in time.
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newmark401
May 4th, 2013, 02:59 PM
Would it be possible to delete "Later becomes the Sussex Championships" from Section #5 above? The tournament in question later became the Suffolk Championships, but I mentioned this in the 1888 thread.
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newmark401
Aug 18th, 2013, 12:59 PM
Circa mid-May? Ceylon Championships, Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon

FI: Mrs Norman d. Miss Watson 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
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newmark401
Aug 18th, 2013, 01:05 PM
August 5-10, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

XDSF: Kenneth R. Marley/Lottie Dod d. Arthur J. Stanley/Ethel Cheese 6-1, 6-4
XDSF: John Galbraith Horn/Ann Dod d. Hon. Patrick Bowes-Lyon/Lady Constance Bowes-Lyon 6-3, 6-1
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XDF: Kenneth R. Marley/Lottie Dod d. John Galbraith Horn/Ann Dod, walkover

NB: Lottie Dod didn't take part in the singles event at this tournament.
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newmark401
Aug 18th, 2013, 01:07 PM
August 7-9, East Grinstead, Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Ivy Arbuthnot and May Arbuthnot divided the prizes
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XDF: William J. Down/May Arbuthnot d. Wilberforce V. Eaves (AUS)/A. Covey 6-4, 6-4
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newmark401
Aug 18th, 2013, 01:09 PM
August 8-10, Sheffield and Hallamshire, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Crossley d. L. Clark 6-5, 6-1
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From “Pastime”, August 14, 1889: “The second annual tournament, promoted by the Sheffield and Hallamshire Club, commenced on Thursday under favourable conditions. The ground is pleasantly situated at Hunter’s Bar, and the courts, which had undergone favourable preparation, left nothing to be desired.”
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Jimbo109
Aug 19th, 2013, 09:34 AM
August 7-9, East Grinstead, Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Ivy Arbuthnot d. May Arbuthnot divided the prizes



It's a contradiction: Ivy d. May or they divided the prizes? :confused:

newmark401
Aug 31st, 2013, 11:56 AM
May 27-June 1, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Draw of 8

QF: Louisa Martin d. Lottie Paterson 6-1, 6-3
QF: N. Pope d. Beatrice Langrishe, walkover
QF: Miss Agg d. Florence Mardall 6-2, 6-4
QF: Florence Stanuell d. N. Everett 6-2, 6-3
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SF: Louisa Martin d. N. Pope 6-2, 6-4
SF: Florence Stanuell d. Miss Agg 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
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FI: Louisa Martin d. Florence Stanuell 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
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newmark401
Aug 31st, 2013, 12:02 PM
June 11-14, London Championships, Stamford Bridge, London, England (Grass)
Venue: London Athletic Club

Draw of 4

SF: May Jacks d. Miss Canning 6-1, 6-3
SF: Maud Shackle d. Miss Tulloch 6-0, 6-0
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ACF: May Jacks d. Maud Shackle 6-2, 6-2
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CR: May Jacks d. Blanche Hillyard (holder), walkover
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newmark401
Aug 31st, 2013, 12:05 PM
June 3-8, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Draw of 8

QF: Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe, walkover
QF: Blanche Hillyard d. Miss Agg 6-4, 6-2
QF: Florence Mardall d. Miss Crossley 6-4, 6-4
QF: Florence Stanuell d. N. Pope 7-5, 6-2
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SF: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Hillyard 6-2, 6-3
SF: Florence Stanuell d. Florence Mardall 6-0, 6-3
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FI: Louisa Martin d. Florence Stanuell 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
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newmark401
Aug 31st, 2013, 12:11 PM
June 17-22, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Draw of 8

QF: Blanche Hillyard d. K. Hill 6-0, 6-1
QF: Mary Steedman d. N. Pope 6-4, 8-6
QF: Bertha Steedman d. Connie Butler 6-1, 7-5

Beatrice Wood had a bye.
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SF: Blanche Hillyard d. Beatrice Wood 6-1, 6-2
SF: Bertha Steedman d. Mary Steedman 6-4, retired
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ACF: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 6-4, 3-0, retired
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CR: Lottie Dod (holder) d. Blanche Hillyard 6-8, 6-3, 6-3
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newmark401
Aug 31st, 2013, 12:20 PM
September 9-14, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Draw of 12

1R = First round

1R: May Langrishe d. Amy Wilson 6-1, retired
1R: E. Malcolm d. Blanche Pedley 6-2, 6-2
1R: Violet Pinckney d. Harriet Mellersh 6-1, 8-6
1R: May Jacks d. Helen Kersey 6-1, 6-0

The remaining players had a bye.
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QF: May Langrishe d. E. Malcolm 6-1, 6-3
QF: Winifred Kersey d. D. Hickson 6-4, 6-3
QF: Elsie Pinckney d. Gertrude Mellersh 6-1, 6-2
QF: May Jacks d. Violet Pinckney 6-2, 6-1
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SF: May Langrishe d. Winifred Kersey 6-3, 6-1
SF: May Jacks d. Elsie Pinckney 6-2, 6-2
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ACF: May Langrishe d. May Jacks 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
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CR: May Langrishe d. Blanche Hillyard (holder), walkover

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1890): "This year it was arranged to hold this most popular of south county tournaments a week later than has usually been the case, the second week in September being chosen instead of the first. [...] It was indeed a treat, when inside Devonshire Park, to see the splendid courts that had been set out for the tournament - eight in number. An alteration that immediately caught the eye was the handsome pavilion that had been erected where the tent used to be fixed. In this, dressing rooms for both ladies and gentlemen had been arranged, in addition to the usual accommodation in the cricket pavilion. Two small stands had also been erected, one on each of the row of courts; so those who chose could retain reserved seats throughout the day. [...]

"The play was good from start to finish. The weather was beautifully fine throughout, and those who attended the matches day by day were all satisfied with the splendid entertainment, if so it may be called. Rarely, indeed, have such a succession of fine matches been seen day after day. Devonshire Park looked at its very best, and a prettier sight than was seen from the upper portion of the Swiss chalet, when the matches were in full swing, and the stands and space outside the ropes crowded with spectators, can hardly be imagined."
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newmark401
Aug 31st, 2013, 12:32 PM
August 5-10, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Draw of 7

QF: K. Hole d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-4, 7-5
QF: R. Wright d. Miss Shadbolt 10-8, 6-3
QF: Lilian Pine-Coffin d. Georgina (?) Kindersley

E. Peck had a bye.
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SF: K. Hole d. R. Wright 6-0, 6-1
SF: Lilian Pine-Coffin d. E. Peck 6-0, 6-3
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FI: K. Hole d. Lilian Pine-Coffin 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
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newmark401
Sep 3rd, 2013, 03:26 PM
August 12-19, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 11

1R = First round

1R: G. Crofton d. Helen Jackson 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
1R: Miss Pickthall d. Blanche Hillyard, walkover
1R: Connie Butler d. Florence Stanuell 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Five players had a bye.
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QF: Bertha Steedman d. G. Crofton 6-4, 6-1
QF: Mary Steedman d. Edith Gurney 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
QF: Connie Butler d. Miss Pickthall 6-2, 6-3
QF: Louisa Martin d. M. Goodman 6-2, 6-3
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SF: Bertha Steedman d. Mary Steedman 6-4, 2-2, retired
SF: Louisa Martin d. Connie Butler 6-0, 6-4
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FI: Bertha Steedman d. Louisa Martin 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
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newmark401
Sep 3rd, 2013, 03:53 PM
June 17-22, Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

Draw of 6

1R = First round

1R: Maud Shackle d. Miss Tabor 6-3, 6-2

Three players had a bye.
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SF: Maud Shackle d. Gertrude Mellersh 6-2, 6-2
SF: Miss Howes d. Mrs Rhodes 6-3, 6-1
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ACF: Maud Shackle d. Miss Howes 6-2, 6-1
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CR: Maud Shackle d. May Jacks (holder) 6-3, 7-5
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newmark401
Sep 3rd, 2013, 04:00 PM
July 31-August 3, Northumberland Championships, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

Draw of 12

1R = First round

1R: Alice Pickering d. Ann Dod 2-6, 6-3, 8-6
1R: Jane Corder d. S. Raines 6-2, 6-0
1R: Gertrude Bracewell d. Lucy Kendal 6-5, 6-1
1R: Helen Jackson d. A. Kendal 6-1, 6-0

Four players had a bye.
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QF: Alice Pickering d. Jane Corder 6-4, 6-1
QF: Connie Butler d. E. Dickenson 6-0, 6-1
QF: Beatrice Wood d. Miss Clark 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
QF: Helen Jackson d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-5, 6-4
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SF: Alice Pickering d. Connie Butler 6-3, 6-4
SF: Helen Jackson d. Beatrice Wood 6-2, 6-2
--

FI: Helen Jackson d. Alice Pickering 6-2, 6-4
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newmark401
Sep 4th, 2013, 02:13 PM
August 19-28, North of England Championships, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 16

1R = First round

1R: Edith Gurney d. M. Goodman 10-8, 6-4
1R: Miss Hall d. L. Anderson, walkover
1R: C. Crosby d. M. Crosby 6-2, 6-4
1R: Helen Jackson d. B. Anderson 6-1, 6-0
1R: Connie Butler d. Miss Stevens, walkover
1R: M. Crossley d. B. Hopkinson, walkover
1R: Mabel Boulton d. Miss Clarke [score?]
1R: Beatrice Wood d. Miss Caldecott 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
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QF: Edith Gurney d. Miss Hall 6-2, 6-4
QF: Helen Jackson d. C. Crosby 6-2, 6-2
QF: Connie Butler d. M. Crossley 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
QF: Beatrice Wood d. Mabel Boulton 6-0, 6-1
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SF: Edith Gurney d. Helen Jackson 6-4, 6-4
SF: Beatrice Wood d. Connie Butler 6-1, 6-2
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FI: Edith Gurney d. Beatrice Wood 6-4, 8-6
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DF: Miss Clark/Beatrice Wood d. Mabel Boulton/Miss Hodgson 6-0, 7-5
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XDF: Arthur W. Hallward/Beatrice Wood d. George E. Brown/Helen Jackson 6-2, 6-3
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newmark401
Sep 4th, 2013, 02:30 PM
August 18-20, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 5

1R = First round

1R: Jane Snook d. Miss Sturgess 6-3, 6-2

Three players had a bye.
--

SF: Beatrice Wood d. Jane Snook 6-0, 6-1
SF: Frances Snook d. Miss Evans 6-1, 6-3
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FI: Beatrice Wood d. Frances Snook 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
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newmark401
Sep 4th, 2013, 02:39 PM
August 19-24, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 14

1R = First round

1R: Miss Bryan d. A. Everett 6-0, 6-0
1R: A. Arbuthnot d. May Langrishe (entered by mistake), walkover
1R: L. Elphinston d. Miss Geare 6-1, 6-4
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. A. Powell, walkover
1R: May Langrishe d. Ivy Arbuthnot 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
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QF: Miss Bryan d. A. Arbuthnot 6-2, 6-1
QF: Elsie Pinckney d. L. Elphinston 6-4, 6-4
QF: K. Stretton d. M. Hext walkover
QF: May Arbuthnot d. Beatrice Langrishe 7-5, 6-2
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SF: Miss Bryan d. Elsie Pinckney 6-3, 6-4
SF: May Arbuthnot d. K. Stretton 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
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ACF: Miss Bryan d. May Arbuthnot 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
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CR: May Langrishe (holder) d. Miss Bryan 6-4, 6-4
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newmark401
Sep 4th, 2013, 02:50 PM
August 7-8, Colchester, Essex, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Norman d Helen Kersey 6-2 6-2
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newmark401
May 7th, 2014, 03:01 PM
August 15-17, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: Ivy Arbuthnot d. Helen Kersey 6-3, 6-4
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XDF: William N. Cobbold/Ivy Arbuthnot d. Herbert Kersey/Helen Kersey 6-4, 6-2*

* The runners-up in the mixed doubles event were brother and sister.
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newmark401
May 7th, 2014, 03:06 PM
August 28-30, Trefriw, Wales (Grass)

FI: S. Allen d. Miss Cheetham 6-1, 4-6, 7-5

The women's singles event at this, the first edition of the Trefriw tournament, was handicap only.
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Rollo
Jul 13th, 2014, 01:01 AM
Note I added results from the New Zealand Chmps in December today. This will be updated tomorrow (Sunday).

the computer
Jul 17th, 2014, 02:51 PM
1880-1889 – A few titbits

1881 Saint Leonards – Miss Langley = Augusta Langley?
Exmouth – M Smith = Marian Smith as per Chichester 1881?
1882 Liverpool – Ross-Collier = Rose Collier as per Manchester 1883?
Liverpool – Miss Cheetham = L Cheetham as per Manchester 1883?
Bath – Mrs Kirkby = Georgina Kirkby as per Bath 1881?
Cheltenham – Davies = Edith or F??
1883 Eastbourne – Congreve – G or M as per 1883 and 1881 respectively?
Norwich – G Rent = G Rant as per Saxmundham 1883?
Cheltenham – not added as per Mark (Newmark401)??
1884 Buxton – Miss Surtees = Ethel Surtees as per Darlington 1881?
Buxton – Miss Walker = Ethel Walker as per Edgbaston 1884 or M Walker as per 1881?
Buxton – Miss Richardson = E Richardson as per Edgbaston 1884?
Chiswick – Miss Wing = S Wing as per Stamford Bridge 1885?
Edith Cole – Was she nee Davis then as well as nee Coleridge as per Stamford Bridge notes??
1885 Bournemouth – Hodgson = C Hodgson as per Scarborough 1884?
Eastbourne – Mrs Cooper = Mrs G J Cooper as per Wimbledon 1884?
Eastbourne – Miss Hudson = E F Hudson as per Leicester 1886?
Cheltenham – Miss Cornford = K Cornford as per Cheltenham 1884?
Bath – Mrs Hornby = Mrs H Hornby as per Buxton 1885?
Buxton – Miss McPherson d Mrs C Ross 6-0 6-3 (typo)
1886 Eastbourne – A Jones = Amy Jones as per Eastbourne 1885?
Eastbourne – Miss Hudson = E F Hudson as per Leicester 1886?
Bath – F Burton = Frances Burton as per Eastbourne 1884
1887 Chiswick – not added as per Mark
Bath – Lottie Paterson d Miss Bennett 6-1 6-1 (typo)
Bath – Miss Wilder = A M Wilder as per Bath 1884
Exmouth and Leicester – not added as per Mark
1888 Irish/Cheltenham/Exmouth – Miss Bryan = C Bryan?
Eastbourne – Edith Gurne (y typo)
1889 Mark (Newmark401) Omissions – Bath, Cheltenham, Scarborough, Exmouth, Stamford

Rollo
Jul 17th, 2014, 03:50 PM
I'll take a look at those one by one over the weekend Computer-thanks for your sharp eye!

Note I reposted your post in the "Update" thread to make sure I address each one.

Rollo
Jul 17th, 2014, 09:52 PM
August 19-24, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 14

1R = First round

1R: Miss Bryan d. A. Everett 6-0, 6-0
1R: A. Arbuthnot d. May Langrishe (entered by mistake), walkover
1R: L. Elphinston d. Miss Geare 6-1, 6-4
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. A. Powell, walkover
1R: May Langrishe d. Ivy Arbuthnot 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
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QF: Miss Bryan d. A. Arbuthnot 6-2, 6-1
QF: Elsie Pinckney d. L. Elphinston 6-4, 6-4
QF: K. Stretton d. M. Hext walkover
QF: May Arbuthnot d. Beatrice Langrishe 7-5, 6-2
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SF: Miss Bryan d. Elsie Pinckney 6-3, 6-4
SF: May Arbuthnot d. K. Stretton 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
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ACF: Miss Bryan d. May Arbuthnot 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
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CR: May Langrishe (holder) d. Miss Bryan 6-4, 6-4Hi Mark.

With May not entering (see results in bold) I assumed it was actually Bee who defeated Ivy Arbuthnot (and not May)---am I correct?

Thanks

Rollo
Jul 17th, 2014, 10:56 PM
Updated

Still a slight question re Bournemouth.

the computer
Aug 6th, 2014, 04:07 PM
EDGBASTON - Handicap Tournament

F Maud Watson (owe 30) d. Mrs G M Elkington 6-1 9-7

Rollo
Aug 9th, 2014, 12:29 AM
EDGBASTON - Handicap Tournament

F Maud Watson (owe 30) d. Mrs G M Elkington 6-1 9-7

Changed and thus updated -thanks Computer:)

newmark401
Aug 19th, 2014, 12:45 PM
January 7-12, Southern India Championships, Madras, India (Hard)

Draw of 4

SF: Miss Nicholas d. Mrs Swinton 6-5, 6-4
SF: Edith Morgan d. Miss Ainslie, walkover
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FI: Miss Nicholas d. Edith Morgan [score?]
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DF: Miss Clarke/Miss Nicholas d. Mrs Smart/Mrs Swinton 6-5, 6-3

From "Pastime", February 13, 1889: "This tournament was eminently successful, and out and away the best ever held in India. Entries were numerous, and quality was well represented. Among the competitors were two well-known English cracks, Harry Grove and Claude Farrer, three players of more than average merit, Charles de Fonblanque, F. Hadden and Dobree, from Ceylon; and all the best Madras players.

"The ladies, although few in number, showed some good play, Miss Nicholas doing well in the singles, and Miss Martin making a capital partner in the mixed. The latter is a cousin of the Irish lady player of that name [Louisa Martin], and it was thought that had she entered for the singles she would have won.

"The courts are of dried mud, very hard and smooth, but very different from play to either the grass or ordinary hard courts in England. The hours of play are from 6.30 to 8.30 in the morning, and from 4 until 6 in the afternoon – no one plays between those hours.

"The balls – although Ayre's – were very indifferent, the climate affecting them so greatly that, to use the words of a player, they became 'soft and flabby, and stuck to the racket like a ball of wool.' Even the new ones, dated 1889, were as bad, and it is evident that if the balls to be used in India are to be of the same consistency as in England, they must be made specially for the hot climate."
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Rollo
Aug 20th, 2014, 03:06 AM
Updated-thanks Mark.

Sounds like the surfaces in places like India and South Africa were unique. Dried mud in this case; I've also read where dried Cow dung was used-and in South Africa dirt from anthills!