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Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:09 PM

US Open Results
 
This will be the thread for the collated US Open results. Do not reply to this thread. Post any results you have in the Grand Slam Project results thread, and I'll copy them in here.

Note that the Philadelphia Social Register (on google books-at least the 1908 edition) may yield up some first names of married women.

* ----Draw is complete and verified
***--Draw is complete and verified with a good summary

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:10 PM

1887
 
Dates: September 27 to September 30.
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=7)

First Round

Ellen Hansell d. Jessie Harding 6-1 6-0
Helen Day Harris d. Louise Allerdice 6-3 6-5
Laura Knight d. Ruth Cott 6-0 6-3
Alice Janney-bye

Semifinals

Hansell d. Harris 2-6 6-4 6-4
Knight d. Janney 6-0 6-1

Final

Ellen Hansell d. Laura Knight 6-1 6-0

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Draw notes:

Bertha Townsend was unable to play due to a death in her family.

*Note on Hansell-Harris semi: a different source has score 1-6 6-4 6-4-check the Philly Inquirer

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Summary
:

Ellen Hansell becomes the first US National female champion. In 1888 the USTA retroactively recognizes her achievement.

*

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:11 PM

1888
 
Dates: June 12 to June 15
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=9, plus holder)



Holder Ellen Hansell "sits out" until the Challenge Round.

First Round

Marion Wright d. Grace Roosevelt 6-2 6-3
Bertha Townsend d. Helen Day Harris 6-4 6-0
Violet Ward-bye
Adeline Robinson d. Augusta Roberts 6-3 6-4
Ellen Roosevelt d. Sybil Johnson 6-3 6-0

Quarterfinals

Wright d. Ward 6-0 6-5
Robinson d. E Roosevelt 6-4 3-6 6-3
Townsend-bye

Semifinals

Townsend d. Robinson 1-6 6-5 6-3
Wright-bye

Final

Bertha Townsend d. Marion Wright 6-2 6-2

Challenge Round

Bertha Townsend d. Ellen Hansell (holder) 6-3 6-5

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Draw notes:

There were doubles and mixed doubles events but they did not yet carry championship status.

Ellen Hansell is also called "Nellie"
Harris=Mrs. Alan Harris
Sbil Johnson=Mrs Johnson.
Ellen Roosevelt is also called "Ellie"

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Sources:

Lawn Tennis in America: Biogrphical Sketches, by Valentine Hall.
p.20-1. Lawn Tennis in America: Biographical Sketches

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Summary:

Called the "third annual" event in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Bertha (the paper also calls her "Bertie") Townsend repels the New York invasion by downing the New Yorker Robinson in an exciting semifinal contest. After winning the first set she hangs on in second at 6-5 as a partisan crowd cheers her on to victory over a tiring opponent.

[Summary from Valentine Hall's book Lawn Tennis in America]
Quote:

The event of the tournament was the victory of Miss Townsend, of the Belmont C. C. over Miss Robinson, of the Staten Island C. C. The first set was easily won by Miss Robinson. Miss Townsend improved in the second set, and the result was splendid tennis followed. Miss Townsend's back-hand strokes being particularly effective. The games reached four all and the excitement was intense, every play being greeted with applause.

Miss Townsend was, however, very cool, and played with great steadiness, which gave her the set, 6-5. The last set was easily won by Miss Townsend, giving her the match, three sets to one. The Misses Roosevelt displayed much good tennis throughout the tournament, and would have made a better showing if they had not been so out of practice
Bertha's straight set win over defending champion Ellen Hansell was close but not as noteworthy, ending 6-4 6-5.

Vale's book calls this event the Chestnut Hill Lawn Tennis Club tournament . Later in 1888 the USTA later retroactively recognized this and the 1887 event as the official united States Championship for Ladies.

There was also a doubles event played in 1888, but the USTA did not make that official until 1889.

Unique features that are odd to our "modern" eyes are the 6-5 set scores and byes after the first round. Standard scoring of winning by 2 games and byes in round 1 only were still a couple of years away.

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Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:13 PM

1889
 
Dates: June 11 to June 15
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=8, plus holder)


Holder Bertha Townsend "sits out" until Challenge Final.
First Round


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

Semifinals


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

All Comers Final


Voorhees d. Harris 6-5 2-6 6-3

Challenge Round

Bertha Townsend (holder) d. Lida Voorhees 7-5 6-2

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Doubles (Draw=4)

First Round


Margaret Ballard/Bertha Townsend d. Helen Day Harris/Lida Voorhees 6-5 6-3
Laura Knight/Marion Wright d. D.F. Butterfield/Rebecca Lycett 6-3 6-4

Final

Margaret Ballard/Bertha Townsend d. Laura Knight/Marion Wright 6-0 6-2

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Draw Notes:

This is the first year the ladies doubles is an official championship event. The woman are aware from the very start that they are playing for the title of "Lady Champion of the United States." The 1888 and 1887 were granted retroactively.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:15 PM

1890
 
Dates: June 10 to 13.
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=8)

1st Round

Ellen Roosevelt d. D. F. Butterfield 6-0 6-0
Mabel Cahill (Ire) d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-1
Lida Voorhees d. Fannie Gregory 6-1 3-6 6-1
Margie Ballard d. S. Day 6-2 6-1

Semifinals

E. Roosevelt d. Cahill 2-6 6-5 3-2 retired
Voorhees d. Ballard 6-4 3-6 6-5

Final

Ellen Roosevelt d. Lida Voorhees 6-3 6-1

Challenge Round Final


Ellen Roosevelt d. Bertha Townsend 6-2 6-2

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Doubles (Draw=4)

1st Round


Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt d. Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Lida Voorhees 6-3 6-4
Margie Ballard/Bertha Townsend d. Winnie Bristol/Miss C. S. Gaskill 6-1 6-0

Final

Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt d. Margie Ballard/Bertha Townsend 6-1 6-2

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Roosevelt represented the Far and Near Club of Poughkeepsie

Rebecca H Lycett was from Merion.

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Sources:

The Philadelphia Record

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Summary


Ellie Roosevelt, a first cousin of the future President Franklin Roosevelt, becomes the first non-Philadelphian winner. For the final "nearly 2 thousand interested spectators" came to "watch the erractic bounding of felt-covered sphere". 'All have been compelled to confess that the late champion [Townsend] has not been playing nearly so well as last year of late".

Roosevelt kept up a steady reply while Bertha attempted "brilliant shots" that just missed their mark. Ellie raced out to a 5-0 lead in set two before the champ recoverd to win 2 games. "With 40 to love in her [Bertha's] favor it seemed that Dame Fortune would yet deign to smile on her, but, alas! in trying to return a hot one, put two balls in the net in quick succession. Miss Roosevelt then took a brace and finally won the set and the championship."

Early interest focused on Miss Cahill, who was visiting the US from Ireland. All admired "this plucky daughter of Erin" for playing despite doctor's orders not to because of an injured wrist. She came near to defeating Roosevelt in the semis but had to retire in the third set. Cahill's "manly play" was " a revelation to some spectators". Mabel got loads of applause for hitting spectacular volleys. After winning the first set Cahill tired. As the paper put it, "she gave unmistakable evidence of overtraining in the second set." Leg cramps had set in. Other accounts suggest she pulled a leg muscle running for a short ball. Roosevelt "generously allowed her rival to rest several times, but it was all of no avail." At 2-3 Cahill "fell prone on the grass and could play no more, her leg drawn up with cramp." In fact Ellen was willing to delay the match further, but the committee refused and forced Cahill to retire. Mabel resented it, and her adherents built up a "tempest in a teapot" with Roosevelt.

Cahill was less impressive in doubles with Voorhees, trying to hog all the shots for herself.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:16 PM

1891
 
Dates: June 23 to 27.
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=9, plus holder)


*Holder E. Roosevelt "sits out" until the Challenge Round final.

Preliminary Round

Helen Day Harris d. Fannie Gregory 5-6 6-5 6-1

First Round

Adelaide Clarkson d. Emma Morgan 6-2 6-5
Grace Roosevelt d. Harris 3-6 6-3 6-4
Mabel Cahill (Ire) d. Annabella Wistar 6-5 6-4
Lida Voorhees d. Amy Williams 4-6 6-3 6-3

Semifinals

G. Roosevelt d. Clarkson 6-0 6-1
Cahill d. Voorhees 6-1 6-0

Final

Mabel Cahill d. Grace Roosevelt 6-3 7-5

Challenge Round

Mabel Cahill d. Ellen Roosevelt (holder) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3

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Doubles (Draw=4)

First Round

Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt d. Helen Day Harris/Lida Voorhees 6-1 6-1
Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Emma Morgan d. Annie Burdette/Sarah Homans 5-6 6-3 6-4

Final

Mabel Cahill/Emma Morgan d. Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt 2-6 8-6 6-4

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Draw notes:

Helen Day Harris=Mrs A. H. Harris
Miss S Homans is from the Englewood Field Club. Is this Helen Homans or a relative?
Emma Morgan=Mrs. Fellows Morgan of the Short Hills Tennis Club.
Grace Roosevelt was from the Newburg Lawn Tennis Club
Lida Voorhees represented the Bergen POint LTC.
Annabella Wistar=Miss B. C. Wistar of the Philadelphia Country Club

There was a mised doubles event, but this was not given championship status until 1892. It was won by Mabel Cahill/Wright over Grace Roosevelt/Lee 6-4 6-0 7-5 on June 27. The singles final took place on the 26th.

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Summary

Standards were still not in place for lawn tennis.

If contestants were tied at 5 games all the next game decided the set. Yet in the ladies doubles final the middle set was decided by an 8-6 score.

"A great crowd" watched the final match, "which was splendidly fought from start to finish, and every stroke was liberally applauded". Cahill attacked on her forehand with a "Lawford"-like stroke. (Lawford was a male champ who used a big topspin forehand). Generally hitting harder, she "passed" (hit winners) against her opponent 50 times to 26. Grace fought back from a 1-4 deficit to win 5 consecutive games for the third set.

In the doubles final the winners "were within a single point of losing the match." (NYT)

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:19 PM

1892
 
Dates: June 21-25
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=11) Holder Mabel Cahill sits out until the Challenge Round

Preliminary Round

Bessie Moore-bye
Elizabeth Slevin-bye
Harriet Butler d. Amy Williams 6-2 6-1
Annabella Wistar d. Ethel Bankson 6-2 5-7 6-2

Augusta Schultz d. Elsie Donaldson 6-1 3-6 6-3
Josephine White-bye
Helen Day Harris-bye
Hattie Beaumont-bye

First Round (Quarterfinals)

Moore d. Slevin 6-0 6-0
Wistar d. Butler 6-4 2-6 8-6
Schultz d. White 6-1 6-1
Harris d. Beaumont 6-2 4-6 6-2

Semifinals

Moore d. Wistar default
Harris d. Schultz 6-2 8-6

All Comers Final

Bessie Moore d. Helen Harris 5-7 6-1 6-1

Challenge Final

Mabel Cahill d. Bessie Moore 5-7 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-2

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Doubles (Draw=6)

First Round

Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Adeline McKinley d. Elizabeth Slevin/Jospehine White 6-1 6-3
Bessie Moore/Augusta Schultz-bye
Mamie Calahan/Emily Neff- bye
Helen Day Harris/Amy Williams d. Ethel Bankson/Hattie Beaumont 6-4 6-2

Semifinals

Cahill/ McKinley d. Moore/Schultz 6-2 6-3
Harris/Williams d. Calahan/Neff 6-4 6-2

Final

Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Adeline McKinley d. Helen Harris/Amy Williams 6-1 6-3

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=6)

First Round

Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Clarence Hobart d Fannie Gregory/Joseph Clark 6-2 6-3
Hattie Butler/Joseph Janney-bye
Bessie Moore/Rodmond Beach-bye
Helen Day Harris/J Parke Hood d Adeline McKinley/JB McKinley 6-2 6-3

Semifinals

Cahill/Hobart d Butler/Janney 6-3 6-3
Moore/Beach d Harris/Hood 6-2 6-4

Final

Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Clarence Hobart d. Bessie Moore/Rodmond Beach 6-1 6-3

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Draw note:

Elizabeth Slevin was nicknamed Lily (NYT spelling) or Lillie (Philadelphia).

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Sources:

Bud Collins Ultimate Tennis Book
New York Times
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Summary:

This was the inaugural mixed doubles event at the US Championships. This year Mabel Cahill became the first player to win the "triple crown" at this, or any, major tournament. 16 year old Bessie Moore of New York is the main challenge to Cahill. Her main weakness, according the New York Times, is "she does not hit the ball hard enough." The Times reports an increase in volleying over the previous year by the ladies, noting that the lob is often employed as a tactic to combat it.

The singles final is hotly contested. When Moore wins the 4th set to tie it the crowd erupts in prolonged applause. "But in the fifth set Miss Cahill was too much for her plucky antagonist...".

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:21 PM

1893
 
Dates: June 20 to June 24
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=21)

Preliminary Round:

Gertrude Kimball d. Amy Williams 4-6 14-12 8-6**
Hilda Stone d. Elizabeth Beecroft 6-0 6-2 **
Miss Underhill d. Bertha Toulmin default
Bessie Moore d. Emily Neff 6-0 6-1
Helen Hellwig d. Elizabeth Slevin 6-2 6-0**

First Round

Augusta Schultz d. Hattie Butler 2-6 6-2 6-2
Annabella Wistar d. Mary Calahan 6-1 6-2
Miss Bent d. Miss Hannis 6-2 7-5
Underhill d. [Kimble or Stone] ????

Aline Terry d. Josephine White 6-2 6-2
Hattie Beaumont d. Helen Day Harris 6-3 6-2
Moore d. Ethel Bankson 3-6 6-3 8-6
Hellwig d. [Kimball or Stone] ????

Quarterfinals

Schultz d. Wistar 6-3 6-1
Underhill d. Bent 4-6 6-4 9-7
Terry d. Beaumont 6-2 6-0
Moore d. Hellwig 7-5 1-6 6-4

Semifinals

Schultz d. Underhill 6-2 3-6 6-0
Terry d. Moore 6-3 4-6 6-4

Final

Aline Terry d. Augusta Schultz 6-1 6-3

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Doubles (Draw=9)

Preliminary Round

Helena Hellwig/Bessie Moore d Mary Calahan/Miss Hannis 6-0 6-0

Quarterfinals

Hattie Butler/Aline Terry d Ethel Bankson/Hattie Beaumont 6-3 6-0
Hellwig/Moore d. Elizabeth Slevin/Josephine White 6-1 6-2
Helen Day Harris/Miss Hood d Gertrude Kimble/Emily Neff 7-5 6-3
Augusta Schultz/Hilda Stone d. Amy Williams/Annabella Wistar 6-1 4-6 8-6

Semifinals

Butler/Terry d. Hellwig/Moore 8-6 6-3 9-7
Schultz/Stone d. Harris/Hood 1-6 6-0 6-3

Final

Hattie Butler/Aline Terry d. Augusta Schultz/Hilda Stone 6-4 6-3


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Mixed Doubles (Draw=11)

Preliminary Round

Augusta Schultz/John Talmadge-bye
Helen Day Harris/J Park Hood-bye
Hattie Butler/Philip Lansdale d. Elizabeth Beecroft/Rev [M] Michael 6-4 6-2
Ethel Bankson/Bobby Wilson d. Hilda Stone/Mr Prosser 3-6 6-1 6-2

Annabella Wistar/R. D. Brown d. Bessie Moore/Mr Johnston 6-8 7-5 6-3
Aline Terry/Howard Colby-bye
Amy Williams/Joseph Clark-bye
Ellen Roosevelt/Clarence Hobart-bye

Quarterfinals

Schultz/Talmadge d. Harris/Hood 6-4 6-4
Bankson/Wilson d Butler/Lansdale 6-2 6-3
Terry/Colby d. Wistar/Brown 7-5 6-3
Roosevelt/Hobart d. Williams/Clark 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Bankson/Wilson d Schultz/Talmadge 6-4 5-7 6-4
Roosevelt/Hobart d. Terry/Colby 6-1 6-3

Final

Ellen Roosevelt/Clarence Hobart d. Ethel Bankson/Robert N. Wilson 6-1 4-6 10-8


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Draw Notes:

The finals are all on June 23. June 24 was given over to consolation events.

A mystery with the draw: Comments on 4 matches marked with an ** symbol in the draw

We know two women won preliminary matches but are never mentioned again! The two are

1. Gertrude Kimball--who won a 52 game marathon and is heard from no more. Did she default the next round due to exhaustion?
2. Hilda Stone--who is heard from no more in singles, but reaches the doubles final. Did she default in singles?
3. Hellwig d. Slevin is usually thought of as a first round match, but if it was a preliminary match it opens up two spaces for Kimble and Stone.
4. The two ** matches in the first round could then be defaults or, less likely, missing scores.

This is not a prefect solution to this draw mystery. At present it is an educated guess.

Mrs Elizabeth Beecroft played for the Steelton Club
Miss Bent came from the Steelton Club.
Hattie Butler is from Augusta, Georgia.
Gertrude Kimball played for Belmont CC. her name is variously given as Kimble or Kemble. Kimball is correct.
Emily Neff is also called Emma Neff by the Philadelphia Inquierer
Ruth Underhill attends Bryn Mawr College.

Missing Names

Miss Calahan
Miss Hannis
Miss Hood of the Philadelphia CC

R. D. Brown was from Germantown
Mr Clark
J Park Hood
Mr Johnston (possibly Dr R Johnson or Dr William Johnson)
Rev M Michael
Mr Prosser of the New York TC

Philip Lansdale was well known in the US Navy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Lansdale

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Sources:

The New York Times
The New York Tribune
Philadelphia Inquirer.

http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%...20-%201752.pdf

[report on Cahill's illness]
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...e=range&page=2

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Notes:


A hot week and the absence of Mabel Cahill tamper down enthusiasm.

The Prelim match between Kemble-Williams set an early record for most games(in a 3 set match) at 50. The match lasted for over 4 hours.

The first shock of the tournament was delivered off the courts on the second day. The short notice in the New York Times reads, "It was said on the grounds yesterday that Miss Cahill would not be on hand to defend her title owing to the fact that she was not pleased with the manner in which she was treated last year." A differing account said she was ill. In either case this left the door to the title wide open.

Terry surprised Bessie Moore in the semifinals-towards the end of the third she had more stamina in reserve. By comparison the final was a breeze, as Terry clearly outclassed Schultz.

Miss Terry won the cup for 1 year and an enamel laurel wreath pin. Miss Schultz won a pair of opera glasses made of gold and pearl! In the doubles final Schultz's fine backhand elicited bouts of applause.

The ladies doubles winners got French traveling clocks, handy when playing away from home.

After the final, dinner was served at the club. In the evening "The grounds were illuminated by electric lights and Chinese lanterns ..."

The orchestra was stationed on the clubhouse porch and furnished the music. Dancing was indulged in all the evening and it was quite late when it was all over.

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Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:22 PM

1894
 
Dates: June 12 to June 16
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=11, plus holder)

The holder (defending champ) Aline Terry "sits out" until the challenge round.

Preliminary Round

Helen Hellwig-bye
Amy Williams d. Josephine White 6-2 6-2
Ethel Bankson d. Annabella Wistar 5-6 6-3 7-5
Hattie Beaumont d. Gertrude Kimball 2-6 6-3 6-2

Bertha Toulmin-bye
Elizabeth Beecroft-bye
Elizabeth Slevin-bye
Juliette Atkinson-bye

Quarterfinals

Hellwig d. Williams 6-2 6-2
Bankson d. Beaumont 6-1 6-0
Toulmin d. Beecroft 6-1 6-0
Atkinson d. Slevin 6-1 6-1

Semifinals

Hellwig d. Bankson 6-2 6-1
Toulmin d. Atkinson 4-6 7-5 6-4

All-Comer's Final


Helen Hellwig d. Bertha Toulmin 6-2 6-5 6-4

Challenge Round

Helen Hellwig d. Aline Terry (holder) 7-5 3-6 6-0 3-6 6-3

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Doubles (Draw=4)

1st Round

Juliette Atkinson/Helen Hellwig d. Elizabeth Slevin/Josephine White 6-2 6-2
Amy Williams/Annabel Wistar d. Ethel Bankson/Hattie Beaumont 6-4 6-2

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Helen Hellwig d. Amy Williams/Annabel Wistar 6-4 8-6 6-2

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=7)

Preliminary Round

Juliette Atkinson/Edwin P. Fischer d. Amy Williams/Mantle Fielding 6-2 6-4
Ethel Bankson/C. T. Cowperthwaite d. Helen Hellwig/M. Miller 2-6 6-4 6-2
Catherine McFadden/Gustav Remak Jr. d. Annabel Wistar/John Parke Hood 6-3 5-6 6-5
Bertha Toulmin/M. D. Smith-bye

Semifinals

Atkinson/Fischer d. Bertha Toulmin/Smith 6-3 6-2
McFadden/Remak d. Bankson/Cowperthwaite 2-6 6-2 6-2

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Edwin P. Fischer d. Catherine McFadden/Gustav Remak Jr. 6-3 6-2 6-1

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Draw notes:

There are some oddities. What we would call the first round is called the "preliminary round". What I have listed as the quarterfinals were termed the "first round", the semifinals "the second round".

The other strange thing are the 6-5 sets. Those are not typos. Yet the final indicates a score of 7-5. This suggests it was thought important in the final to secure a two game advantage for the set.

Mrs McFadden=Catherine
Mrs Toulmin=Bertha Townsend.
Mrs Clement Beecroft=Elizabeth, nee McKinlay.

Missing Male names (all female names known)

C. T. Cowperthwaite
J Park Hood
M. Miller
M. D. Smith

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Sources:

1895 Wright & Ditson Officially Adopted Lawn Tennis Guide, pages 76 to 79.
The New York Times

Grand Slam Tennis Book, volume 2.

Thanks to Newmark for help with the mixed doubles draw.

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Summary:

The courts were in splendid shape despite weeks of rain. The weather gods relented and gave the ladies a week of splendid conditions.

The event started with 11 ladies in combat to decide who would face holder Aline Terry in the challenge round. Misses Atkinson and Hellwig, both from Brooklyn, were the only two non-local contestants.

In the semifinals Mrs Toulmin hit hard down the sidelines to clip Juliette Atkinson, who "often ran up to the net and volleyed, showing great ability in smashing." (p 77 of Wright and Ditson) Toulmin escaped a match point against her at 4-5 in the second with a "plucky rally" according to the New York Times. A short rest break gave Atkinson her wind back, but after recovering from a 3-1 deficit she tired as the set slipped out of her grasp at 6-4.

In the final Hellwig won with steadiness and accuracy despite the pace of Mrs Toulmin's probing. Bertha was also undone by nerves in the first set, which quickly went by 6-2. The next two sets were tighter, but Mrs Toulmin served numerous double faults.

The championship match brought out the largest ever crowd for a ladies match in US history. Aline Terry was favored by most to defend, based on how strong she looked in practice. Once the match commenced it became a splendid contrast between attack and parry. "Miss Terry came up to the net and drove the ball hard, while Miss Hellwig stayed in the back of the court and returned everything." (p 78 Wright an Ditson).

The New York Times remarked on how different Terry's play was from a year earlier. Trying to come to net for a volley or smash was her method of attempting to end the point.

After splitting sets Hellwig won the third 6-0-lobs doing much of the damage. Terry won the fourth set 6-3, as Hellwig saved her energy for the deciding set. In the end Helena Hellwig won the decider 6-3 and became the new US ladies champion. Despite playing more enterprising and superior tennis for much of the match Miss Terry was undone by her wildness on many shots.

There is still some stigma attached in some quarters to women in America entered serious tournaments. Helen Hellwig wrote, "Very many good players of this country are deterred from entering open tournaments due to fear of too great publicity. It is true that the accounts of these tournaments are reported in most newspaers, but are not other social events likewise reported, such as dances, fairs, musicales, and receptions? Are not tournaments social affairs as well?" (p 135 Wright and Ditson)


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Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:23 PM

1895
 
Dates: June 25 to 29.
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=12, plus holder)

Holder Helen Hellwig. sits out until Challenge Round final

1st Round


Juliette Atkinson d. Emily Neff default
Amy Williams-bye
Kathleen Atkinson d. Gertrude Clarke 6-3 6-2
Mary Warren d. Aline Taylor 6-1 6-1

Bertha Toulmin-bye
Elizabeth Taylor-bye
Bessie Moore d. Ethel Bankson 6-2 6-1
Grace Booth d. Elizabeth Slevin 6-4 5-6 8-6

Quarterfinals


J. Atkinson d. Williams 6-0 6-4
K. Atkinson d. Warren 6-3 6-2
Toulmin d. Taylor 6-1 6-2
Moore d. Booth 6-0 6-2

Semifinals

J. Atkinson d. K. Atkinson 6-1 6-4
Moore d. Toulmin 6-4 6-4

Final


Juliette Atkinson d. Bessie Moore 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-0

Challenge Round

Juliette Atkinson d. Helen Hellwig (holder) 6-4 6-2 6-1

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Doubles (Draw=7)


1st Round

Juliette Atkinson/Helen Hellwig-bye
Elizabeth Beecrof/May Redfield d. Mary Warren/Elizabeth Sayen 6-3 6-5
Ethel Bankson/Bertha Toulmin d. Kathleen Atkinson/Grace Booth 6-3 5-6 6-4
Bessie Moore/Amy Williams d. Jane Morice/Mrs Morris Stroud 6-1 6-2

Semifinals

J. Atkinson/Hellwig d. Beecroft/Refield 6-0 6-0
Moore/Williams d. Bankson/Toulmin 2-6 6-1 6-4

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Helen Hellwig d. Bessie Moore/Amy Williams 6-2 6-3 12-10

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=7)

d. Bertha Toulmin/R. N. Wilson ????
d. Bessie Moore/M. D. Smith ????
d. Jane Morice/William N. Morice ????

Semifinals

Juliette Atkinson/Edwin Fischer d. Helen Hellwig/William Pouch 6-1 6-3
Amy Williams/Mantle Fielding d. Kathleen Atkinson/John Parmly Paret 6-4 6-2

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Edwin Fischer d. Amy Williams/Mantle Fielding 4-6 8-6 6-2

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Draw notes:

Grace E Booth is from New Haven, Connecticut.
Miss Jane R. Morice is from Philadelphia
Mrs Morris Stroud is from Philadelphia

Note: Bertha Toumlin/R.N. Wilson, Bessie Moore/M.D. Smith and Jane Morice/William Morice also sent in their names for the mixed doubles event. We are missing scores if these matches were played.

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Summary:

Two singles rounds were contested on opening day.

Brooklyn player Juliette Atkinson sweeps all before her, winning the triple crown.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:27 PM

1896
 
Dates: June 17-20
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club on Wissahickon Heights, Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=13, plus holder)

Preliminary Round

Bessie Moore d. Helen Field 6-0 6-1
Amy Williams d. Elizabeth Beecroft 6-2 6-4
Gertrude Kimball-bye
Kathleen Atkinson-bye

Annabella Wistar d. Marguerite Sayen 6-1 6-1
Grace Booth d. Laura Henson 5-6 6-3 6-0
Edith Rotch d. Maud Banks 6-5 6-1
Helen Booth-bye

1st Round

Moore d. Williams 6-4 6-5
Kimball d. K Atkinson 6-5 6-1
Wistar d. G Booth 6-2 6-1
Rotch d. H Booth 6-3 6-2

Semifinals

Moore d. Kimball 6-3 6-1
Wistar d. Rotch 6-4 6-2

All-Comers Final

Bessie Moore d. Annabella Wistar 6-3 7-5 6-0

Challenge Round


Bessie Moore d. Juliette Atkinson (holder) 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-2

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Doubles (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round

Juliette Atkinson/Bessie Moore d. Grace Booth/Helen Booth default*

1st Round

Amy Williams/Annabella Wistar d. Kathleen Atkinson/Grace Booth 6-2 6-1
Juliette Atkinson/Bessie Moore d. Laura Henson/Gertrude Kimball 6-1 6-2

Final

Bessie Moore/Juliette Atkinson d. Amy Williams/Annabella Wistar 6-4 7-5

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=7)

1st Round


Juliette Atkinson/Edwin P. Fischer d. Helen Booth/partner default
Bessie Moore/Jahial Parmley Paret d. Maud Banks/B.L. Griffiths 6-1 6-0
Amy Williams/Mantle Fielding d. Grace Booth/Charles Voight 6-2 6-1
Kathleen Atkinson/F.M. Thompson-bye

Semifinals

Juliette Atkinson/Fischer d. Moore/Parmley Paret 4-6 6-1 7-5
Williams/Fielding d. Kathleen Atkinson/F.M. Thompson 6-3 6-1

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Edwin Fischer d. Amy Williams/Mantle Fielding 6-2 6-3 6-3

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Draw Notes:

The opening round is called the Preliminary Round. As a result the 1st round is what we would today call the quarterfinals.

The 6-5 scores in the openig couple of rounds are not errors.

Helen Booth and Grace Booth default as a team in the ladies doubles, but then Grace Booth appears with Kathleen Atkinson.


Missing full male names for:

BL Griffith
FM Thompson


Miss Kathleen Atkinson, Kings County Club, Brooklyn
Miss Grace Booth, New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven
Clement Beecroft, Philadelphia.
Helen Booth, Vassar College
Helen Field, Philadelphia.
Laura Henson, Philadelphia.
Miss Bessie Moore, Hohokus Valley Tennis Club, Rldgewood, N. J.
Miss Edith Eliot Rotch, New Cambridge Casino, Boston
Marguerite Savern, Philadelphia.
Miss Amy Williams, Philadelphia Cricket Club
Miss Annabella C. Wistar, Philadelphia Cricket Club.

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Sources:

1897 Wright and Ditson Officially Adopted Lawn Tennis Guide, pages 75-77.

The New York Sun.

Thanks to Newmark for doubles and mixed doubles scores.

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Summary:

In 1896 bicycle tennis was the latest (and short lived) fad and double faults were called "double baulks".


Originally slated to start on June 16, rain washed out the entire first day. The big news on the 16th was the arrival of Juliette Atkinson, the defending champion. Juliette's injured foot was in a plaster of Paris cast since Saturday the 13th, but she was game to defend her title. Entourages apparently were not unknown then, for the New York Sun reported she came 'with a party friends and other New York players'.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:29 PM

1897
 
Dates: June 15-19
Venue: Philadelphia Lawn Tennis Club, Wissahickon Heights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Surface: Grass

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SINGLES (Draw=12)

Preliminary Round

Maude Banks d. Edith Rotch 6-2 2-6 6-2
Juliette Atkinson d. Marie Wimer 8-6 6-3
Kate Atkinson-bye
Hattie Beaumont-bye

Edith Kenderdine d. Rachel Harlan 6-3 7-5
Ellen Kitchen d. Elizabeth Rastall 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Carrie Neely-bye
Mrs. Frank Edwards-bye

Quarterfinals

J.Atkinson d. Banks 6-1 4-6 6-1
K.Atkinson d. Beaumont 6-4 6-0
Kenderdine d. Kitchen 6-2 4-6 8-6
Neely d. Edwards 6-2 6-1

Semifinals


J.Atkinson d. K.Atkinson 6-1 6-3
Kenderdine d. Neely 7-5 2-6 6-1

Final

Juliette Atkinson d. Edith Kenderdine 6-2 6-4 6-0

Challenger Round

Juliette Atkinson d. Bessie Moore (holder) 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-3

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DOUBLES (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round

Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Hattie Beaumont/Edith Slevin 6-0 6-3.
Maud Banks/Edith Rotch-bye
Mrs Frank Edwards/Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Laura Henson/Edith Kenderdine-bye

Semifinals

Atkinson/Atkinson d. Banks/Rotch 3-6 6-4 6-4
Edwards/Rastall d. Henson/Kenderdine 6-4 6-2

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Mrs Frank Edwards/Elizabeth Rastall 6-2 6-1 6-1.

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MIXED DOUBLES (Draw=6)

Preliminary Round

Maud Banks/C. B. Griffith d. Carrie Neely/John Parmly Paret 6-1 7-5
Miss Arnold/CC Sichel-bye
Edith Coombs/Fordham Morgan-bye
Laura Henson/D. L. Magruder d. Kathleen Atkinson/F. Thompson default.

Semifinals

Banks/Griffith d. Arnold/Sichel 6-1 6-0
Henson/Magruder d. Coombs/Morgan 9-7 5-7 6-3

Final

Laura Henson/DL Magruder d. Maud Banks/CB Griffith 6-4 6-3 7-5.

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Summary:

Still a local affair, with the women listed with the clubs they represent! Carrie Neely is the one non-local, coming form Chicago. In 1998 the eastern women will face the first "Western" invasion, when Marion Jones comes east to vie for the title.

All the participants had a sit down dinner after the ladies final. Fresh lemonade inside the clubhouse kept spectators cool.

The local paper noted on day 3 that "all day carriages and buggies were coming to and fro the tennis festivities". One local Philly paper noted that "The Belmont ladies were somewhat at a disadvantage this year, being out of practice, owing to golf, which has almost replaced the tennis play at Belmont" (Philadelphia Times).

Here is the summary as written in Spalding's

The tournament for the women's championships was held last spring as usual at Wissahickon Heights, under the management of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, on June 15 and the following days. It scored the usual success, thanks to the efficient management of the home club. The
matches throughout were well contested, but it was conceded that Miss Juliette Atkinson, of the Staten Island Club, was the most promising candidate for final honors, and the experts were right. Miss Atkinson's hardest match was against Miss Maude Banks, of the Philadelphia
Cricket Club. Their contest was that of two thoroughly skilled players, and although Miss Atkinson proved to be the winner. Miss Banks pressed her hard and compelled New York's representative to play the best game she was capable of. The score of the three sets was: 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

There was added interest when it transpired that Miss Atkinson and Miss Moore would again meet in the championship round.

During the last few years these players have met six times, and as each had three victories to her credit, last year's match was to all purposes a deciding one. In '96 Miss Moore and Miss Atkinson, between them, won every ladies' tournament in this country, besides two in Canada, including the New Jersey, the Middle States, the New England, and other championships.

The standard of play in last year's championship match was not only a fine exhibition of grit and endurance, but
completely surpassed its predecessors. Miss Atkinson won the first two sets by the excellence of her placing, and her general steadiness, only to lose the next two sets after some masterly tennis. With an even score, the impression prevailed that the champion would successfully defend the
title, but Miss Atkinson rallied for a supreme effort and won the decisive set.

In the mixed doubles Miss Henson and D. L. Magruder won, and their hardest struggle was made against Miss Coombs and F. Morgan in the semi-final round.

The Misses Atkinson succeeded in capturing the ladies' doubles after a close match against Miss Rotch and Miss Banks in the semi-finals.

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Draw notes:

What we would today call the first round was termed the "Preliminary Round" in this era. The next round was called the "first round".

Hattie Beaumont listed as Mrs E.B. Beaumont
The NYT uses "Miss Ray Harlan" for Rachel Harlan. Perhaps she used "Ray" as a nickname.
Edith Kenderdine listed incorrectly as Kenderline" by many papers.

Jahial Parmly Paret went by the nickname "John".

Missing Names

Miss Arnold (Mixed only)
Edith Coombs also listed as "Alice"
Mrs Frank Edwards was from Philadelphia and played for Belmont CC

Missing Male Names

BLC Griffith (or Griffiths)
D. L. Magruder was from Philadelphia. (a doctor?)
CC Sichel
F. M. Thompson

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Source:

The New York Times.
1898 Spaldings Lawn Tennis Annual (page 35-36)

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:30 PM

1898
 
Dates: June 14-18
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon Heights, Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia, US
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=11)

Preliminary Round

Helen Crump d. Elsie Malone 6-0 6-0
Maud Banks d. Rebecca Lycett default
Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Marie Wimer-bye

Carrie Neely-bye
Helen Chapman-bye
Marion Jones d. Helen Wriggins* 6-1 6-3
Kathleen Atkinson-bye

First Round (=Quarterfinals)

Crump d. Banks 6-1 6-3
Wimer d. Rastall 6-1 6-0
Neely d. Chapman 6-3 6-2
M. Jones d. K. Atkinson 6-4 6-3

Semifinals


Crump d. Wimer 6-3 2-6 10-8
M. Jones d. Neely 6-0 6-0

All Comers Final

Marion Jones d. Helen Crump 6-4 7-5 6-4

Challenge Round

Juliette Atkinson (holder) d. Marion Jones 6-3 5-7 6-4 2-6 7-5

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Doubles (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round


Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson-bye
Hattie Beaumont/Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Maud Banks/Steele d. Helen Chapman/Elsie Malone 6-2 8-6
Carrie Neely/Marie Wimer-bye

Semifinals

Atkinson/Atkinson d. Beaumont/Rastall 6-1 6-0
Neely/Wimer d. Banks/Steele 6-4 6-4

Final


Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Carrie Neely/Marie Wimer 6-1 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2

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Mixed Doubles
(Draw=10)

Preliminary Round

Maud Banks/BLC Griffith d. H. F. Steele/William Rowland* 6-1 4-6 6-1
Carrie Neely/Edwin P. Fischer d. Laura Henson/DL Magruder 6-4 6-4

First Round (=Quarterfinals)

Juliette Atkinson/Thurber d. Banks/Griffith 6-2 6-0
Neely/Fischer d. Miss Arnold/Frederick Hovey default
Kathleen Atkinson/W Jordan d. Elizabeth Rastall/Albert Hoskins 5-7 6-0 6-2
Helen Chapman/JB. Hill d. H. F. Steele/William Rowland 8-6 3-6 6-1*

Semifinals

Neely/Fischer d. J Atkinson/Thurber 4-6 6-4 6-3
Chapman/Hill d. K Atkinson/Jones 7-9 6-4 7-5

Final

Carrie Neely/Edwin P. Fischer d. Helen Chapman/JB Hill 6-2 6-4 8-6

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Draw Notes

In exact draw order fron American Lawn Tennis.

Helen Crump was a member of the Belmont Club
Rebecca Lycett=Miss R. H. Lycett. She represented Merlon (could this be Merion?).
Elsie Malone represented Bellield.
Elizabeth Rastall was a member of the Belmont Club. "Bessie" was her nickname. Sources often butcher her family name (Rostall, Tostall,etc).
Miss HF Steele was from Philadelphia. Is she a relative of player R(obert) W. Steele?
Helen Wriggins was "Wriggles" per ALT. For now we are going with Wriggins. She was from Philadelphia and is listed as plying for Bellield.

Men

BLC Griffith represented Belmont
JB Hill was fron Beverly. This makes it tough to identify him with James A Hill, who was from the Belmont CC.
Frederick S Hovey was from Beverly.
W Jordan was from Germantown.

Miss Steele and Mr Rowland lost in both the Preliminary Round and the 1R of the Mixed. Were they an early form of lucky losers-or is this an error by American Lawn Tennis?

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Summary

The final was a thriller. Atkinson saves at least 4 match points (5 according to the NYT and Outing)-one when her her shot hits a stray ball laying on Jones side of the court.

A Tennis Battle That Was Royal

Championship play breaks a record for stubborness and quality Miss Atkinson Wins--Successfully defends her cup against Miss Jones--Latter meets with misfortunes.

Miss Juliet Atkinson is again lawn tennis champion of the women players of the United States. Good luck, superior physical condition and hard, nervy play enabled her to win yesterday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club grounds. Miss Marion Jones is the daughter of Senator Jones of Nevada.

This is a total of 26 games for Miss Atkinson and 25 games for Miss Jones. The point total was 185 points for Miss Jones to 177 for Miss Atkinson.

It can be safely said that none of the previous 11 women's contests (from 1887) was there such an exciting finish. To show the grand excitement of the contest and to tell why the crowded grand stand remained nearly filled until long after the dinner hour, it is but necessary to explain the score in the deciding moments.

Each of the plucky girls had won two sets,and in the 5th and deciding set the score stood :Miss Jones 5, Miss Atkinson 3. All Miss Jones had to do was win the set on hand. In it the score was 40 to 30 in her favor. All she needed was one point to win the game, set, match, and united States championship. Just one little point, and here is where Miss Jones' misfortunes commenced.

In the rally Miss Atkinson returned and the ball struck a ball not in play, lying in Miss Jones' court owing to the negligence of the umpires. The ball in play glanced off and shot along the ground, so that Miss Jones could not return it. This made the game "deuce" and Miss Atkinson won out.

This brought the score in games to 5 to 4 in Miss Jones' favor. Still she had the better chance. Four times in this set she needed but a point to win,and yet she never got it, Miss Atkinson "deucing" it and eventually scoring the two consecutive points. Once Miss Jones had "vantage" and needed but a point. Miss Atkinson's return went outside of the court and and the match then and there belonged to Miss Jones, but the umpire on that line failed to do his duty and decided, contrary to the fact, that the ball was in. This decision alone cost Miss Jones the match. This little Westerner deserves unlimited praise for her splendid showing in this, her first appearance in a US championship match without the age and experience of her opponent, lacking her physical condition and having been unwell for several days, she all but defeated a champion twice.

As to the quality of play, it was the best that has ever been put up at these tournaments. The rallies were often long and spirited and both played well and made some splendid strokes. Miss Atkinson went up to the net oftener and was very effective, but the game was distinctly a back court struggle. Both used a well-judged, hard, low fore-hand stroke with good effect,and did some remarkably clever back hand work as well. As the club's poet, Mr. "Cliff" Patterson, put it:

Good shots on both sides followed fast
But some one had to yield at last.

One thing that told very material in Miss Atkinson's favor was physique. To use a masculine athletic term of condition, "She was hard as nails". She is light and very active and this enabled her to cover more ground than Miss Jones, whose stocky stature and weight were no inconsiderable handicap.

The point breakdown from American Lawn Tennis shows that Jones earned 185 points to 177 for Atkinson. ALT called the doubles events "comparatively uninteresting."

As the first 3 time winner Atkinson gets permanent possession of the Wissahickon Challenge Cup.

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Sources
:

New York Times
Outing [ https://books.google.com/books?id=Tc...tennis&f=false ]
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Times
Americam Lawn Tennis, V1 (1898), n 8, pages 120-122.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:31 PM

1899
 
Dates: June 21 to 24.
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon Heights, Philadelphia, US
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=15)

Holder Juliette Atkinson does not defend her title.

1st Round

Maud Banks d. Elizabeth Rastall 6-2 6-3
Myrtle McAteer d. Dorothy Rastall 6-0 6-4
Carrie Neely d. Ethel Steel 6-0 6-0
Georgina Jones d. Rachel Harlan default

Marion Jones d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-4
Hallie Champlin d. Helen Huey 7-5 6-2
Edythe Parker d. Helen Chaplin 6-0 10-8
Jane Craven-bye

Quarterfinals

Banks d. McAteer 7-5 7-5
Neely d. G Jones 6-2 6-2
M Jones d. Champlin 6-1 6-2
Craven d. Parker 7-5 3-6 6-1

Semifinals

Banks d. Neely 6-3 4-6 6-1
M Jones d. Craven 6-1 6-0

Final

Marion Jones d. Maud Banks 6-1 6-1 7-5

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Doubles (Draw=6)

Preliminary Round


Georgina Jones/Miss Shoemaker-bye
Maud Banks/Elizabeth Rastall d. Marion Jones/Carrie Neely 6-3 6-1
Hallie Champlin/Edythe Parker d. Rebecca Lycett/Margaret Stroud 6-2 7-5
Jane Craven/Myrtle McAteer-bye

Semifinals

Banks/E. Rastall d. G. Jones/Shoemaker 6-3 6-0
Craven/McAteer d. Champlin/Parker 6-2 6-2

Final

Jane Craven/Myrtle Ateer d. Maud Banks/Elizabeth Rastall 6-1 6-1 7-5

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=4)

1st Round

Elizabeth Rastall/Albert Hoskins d. Miss H. C. Cookson/A. C. Ferguson 6-1 6-1
Jane Craven/James Gardner d. Ethel Steel/John Parke Hood 6-1 6-1

Final

Elizabeth Rastall/Albert Hoskins d. Jane Craven/James Gardner 6-4 6-0

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Draw notes
:

Miss H. C. Cookson/A. C. Ferguson are from the Tulpohocken Filed Club
Jane Craven is called "Jennie" by Bud Collins in his Encyclopedia of Tennis.
John Parke Hood was from the Philadelphia Cricket Club
Elizabeth Rastall is also listed as "Bessie"
Miss Shoemaker was from Pasadena.
Ethel Steele is listed as Ethel Stol in the New York Times. Wright and Ditson uses Steele.
Mrs Morris Wistar Stroud=nee Margaret Perkins Rutter, born in 1861.

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Sources:

The New York Times
1900 Wright and Ditson Guide, pages 91 to 93 http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...ew=1up;seq=114

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Summary:

At the onset it was known that holder Juliette Atkinson would not attempt to retain her title. There was great regret that Atkinson did not defend her title, especially in light of the great final of 1898 with Westerner Marion Jones . Jones went through the draw with ease-her biggest challenges coming in her opening round, when Miss Lycett extended her to 6-4 in the second set, and then in the last set of the final vs Ethel Banks. Miss Banks was a local from the Belmont Club. For the first two sets of the final Jones exploited the Banks backhand. Only the last set provided any thrills, deuce being called repeatedly. Both ladies performed almost exclusively from the back-court.

Strangely enough the doubles final score mirrored the singles, with Jane Craven and Myrtle McAteer romping to victory. Locals Elizabeth Rastall and Albert Hoskins won over a tiny field of four in the mixed.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:32 PM

1900
 
Dates: June 19-23
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon Heights, Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=16)

*Defender Marion Jones does not defend as she is overseas competing in the Olympics and Wimbledon.

1st Round

Huldah Steel d. Kate Crowinshield default
Dorothy Morris d. Elizabeth Rastall 2-6 6-3 6-2
Hallie Champlin d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-4
Edythe Parker d. Helen Huey 6-1 6-4

Marie Wimer d. Isabelle Shaw 7-5 6-3
Myrtle McAteer d. Rachel Harland 6-2 6-1
Maud Banks d. Dorothy Rastall 6-1 6-0
Margaret Hunnewell d. Ethel Steel 6-1 6-0

Quarterfinal

Morris d. Steel 6-2 4-6 7-5
Parker d. Champlin 8-6 6-2
McAteer d. Wimer 6-3 6-3
Banks d. Hunnewell 6-3 3-6 6-3

Semifinals

Parker d. Morris 6-0 6-2
McAteer d. Banks 6-4 7-5

Final

Edith McAteer d. Edythe Parker 6-2 6-0 6-0

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Doubles (Draw=6)

1st Round

Maud Banks/Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Myrtle McAteer/Marie Wimer d. Bessie Banks/Huldah Steel 6-2 6-1
Hallie Champlin/Edythe Parker d. Rebecca Lycett/Dorothy Morris 7-5 6-2
Nettie Champlin/Margaret Hunnewell-bye

Semifinals


McAteer/Wimer d. Banks/Rastall 6-3 4-6 6-4
Champlin/Parker d. Champlain/Hunnewell 6-4 3-6 6-2

Final

Hallie Champlin/Edythe Parker d. Myrtle McAteer/Marie Wimer 9-7 6-2 6-2.

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=7)

1st Round


Miss Samuels/William Rowland-bye
Margaret Hunnewell/Alfred Codman d. Huldah Steel/W.W. Roper 6-0 6-3
Elizabeth Rastall/Albert Hoskins d. Ethel Steel/partner default
Isobel Shaw/George Atkinson d. Maud Banks/Guy Heaton 6-4 8-6

Semifinals


Hunnewell/Codman d. Samuels/Rowland 6-3 6-3
Shaw/Atkinson d. Rastall/Hoskins 6-4 6-3

Final

Margaret Hunnewell/Alfred Codman d. Isobel Shaw/George Atkinson 11-9 6-3 6-1

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Draw notes
:

Helen Huey played for Belmont CC.
Dorothy Morris played for the Merion Cricket Club. Her full name was Dorothea H Morris (page 151 of Wright and Ditson)
Elizabeth Rastall also listed as "Bessie".
Isabelle (or Isobel) Shaw came from Longwood. Several of her sisters played tennis.
Ethel A Steel represented the Phildelphia CC.
Huldah J Steel represented the Phildelphia CC.
Marie E Wimer was from Washington DC.

The semifinals of the doubles is termed the First Round by Wright and Ditson.

Missing full names for:

Miss Samuels

WW Roper was from Mt Airy and played for the Philadelphia CC.

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Sources:

The Philadelphia Record

https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...rontpage&hl=en[provides draw and clubs represented. The draw was altered for more entries though.] https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...rontpage&hl=en


Wright & Ditson officially adopted lawn tennis Guide for 1901
. [Pages 91-93 ]
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?...view=1up;seq=7

Thanks to Newmark for the Mixed draw.

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Summary:

Interest was not at a peak owing to the absence of Jones and Atkinson. The local paper maintains that the recent popularity of golf as a women's sport is partly to blame.

On day one the spectators barely outnumbered the players as 'the Philadelphia entries met with a regular Waterloo.' All hopes for a local win rested on the shoulders of Maud Banks.

A capacity crowd shows for the final where Parker won the first two games only to drop 18 straight! Parker won 32 points in the whole match to 81 for McAteer. According to Wright and Ditson the new champion wasn't pushed at all. 'Completely outclassed' was the verdict of the Philadelphia Record rendered of the 6-2 6-0 6-0 beatdown by McAteer. Myrtle was very effective on the serve.

All 16 contestants were single.


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