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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.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:10 PM

1887 started September 27

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


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


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

Townsend 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

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:11 PM

June 11 to June 15
In Philadelphia, at Wissahicken. Holder Nellie Hansell "sits out" until the Challenge Round final. Draw of 9.
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. Roberts* 6-3 6-4
Ellie Roosevelt d. Miss Johnson 6-3 6-0

Second Round
Wright d. Ward 6-0 6-5
Robinson d. Ellen Roosevelt 6-4 3-6 6-3
Townsend bye

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

Townsend d. Wright 6-2 6-2

Challenge Round Final
Townsend d. Hansell 6-3 6-5

Draw notes:

Harris=Mrs. Alan Harris
Roberts is very liekly to be Augusta Roberts, a player mentioned by Ellen Hansell as active at this time.

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 contest. After barely winning the second set at 6-5 a partisan crowd cheers her on to victory over a tiring opponent.

Sources indicate this was the first USTA santioned national women's title. The USTA later retroactively recognized the 1887 event.

There was also a doubles event played in 1888, but the USTA must not have made that official until 1889, for that year is listed as the first.

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.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:13 PM

June 11 to June 15 at the Wissahicken Club in Philadelphia.

Draw of 8. 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

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 Final
Bertha Townsend d. Voorhees 7-5 6-2

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:15 PM

June 10 to June 14.
In Philadelphia at Wissahickon Heights. Draw of 8.
First Round
Ellie Roosevelt d. D. Butterfield 6-0 6-0
Mabel Cahill(Ireland)d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-1
Lida Voorhees d. F. Gregory 6-1 3-6 6-1
Margaret Ballard d. S. Day 6-2 6-1

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

E. Roosevelt d. Voorhees 6-3 6-1

Challenge Round Final
E. Roosevelt d. Bertha Townsend 6-2 6-2
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." Roosevelt "generously allowed her rival to rest several times, but it was all of no avail."

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:16 PM

June 23 to 26. Draw of 9

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

Preliminary Round
Helen Day Harris d. F. K. Gregory 5-6 6-5 6-1

First Round
Adelaide Clarkson d. Emma Leavitt Morgan 6-2 6-5
Grace Roosevelt d. Harris 3-6 6-3 6-4
Mabel Cahill(Ireland) d. Annabella Wistar 6-5 6-4
Lidia Voorhees d. Amy Williams 4-6 6-3 6-3

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

Cahill d. G. Roosevelt 6-3 7-5

Challenge Round
Cahill d. E. Roosevelt 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3
Morgan=Mrs. Fellows Morgan.

Standards were still not in place for lawn tennis.

The crazy quilt draw featured a "preliminary round", with Grace Roosevelt getting a bye, then in the next round Cahill got a bye straight into the final. The idea of putting all byes in the first round to even out the draw wasn't yet in use. 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).

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:19 PM

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

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

First Round (Quarterfinals)

Bessie Moore d. Lily Slevin 6-0 6-0
Wistar d. Butler 6-4 2-6 8-6
Helen Day Harris d. Hattie Beaumont 6-2 4-6 6-2
Schultz d. Josephine White 6-1 6-1


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

Doubles (Draw=6)

First Round

Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Adeline McKinley d. Lily Slevin/Jospehine White 6-1 6-3
Helen Day Harris/Amy Williams d. Ethel Bankson/Hattie Beaumont 6-4 6-2


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


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


Mixed Doubles (Draw=6)

First Round

Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Clarence Hobart d Miss FK Gregory/Joseph Clark 6-2 6-3
Helen Day Harris/J Parke Hood d Adeline McKinley/JB McKinley 6-2 6-3


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


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


Draw note:

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



Bud Collins Ultimate Tennis Book
New York Times
Philadelphia Inquirer


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

Dates: June 20-23 (The consolation event ended the next day)
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket club, wissahickon Heights, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Preliminary Round:

Miss Kemble d. Amy R. Williams 4-6 14-12 8-6**
Bessie Moore d. Emily Neff 6-0 6-1
Miss Stone d. Mrs. Clement Beecroft 6-0 6-2 **

First Round

Augusta Schultz d. Hattie Butler 2-6 6-2 6-2
Annabella Wistar d. Colahan 6-1 6-2
Miss Bent d. Miss Hannis 6-2 7-5
Underhill d. Bertha Townsend default*

Aline Terry d. Miss White 6-2 6-2
Hattie Beaumont d. Helen Day Harris 6-3 6-2
Bessie Moore d. Ethel Bankson 3-6 6-3 8-6
*Helen Hellwig d. Elizabeth Slevin 6-2 6-0

Quarterfinals (listed in paper as "2nd Round")

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

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



Preliminary RoundHelena Hellwig/Bessie Moore d Calahan/Hannis 6-0 6-0
Hattie Butler/Aline Terry d Ethel Bankson/Hattie Beaumont 6-3 6-0
Mrs Harris/Hood d Miss Kimble/Miss Neff 7-5 6-3


Hellwig/Moore d. Slevin/White 6-1 6-2
Butler/Terry-bye (??)
Augusta Schultz/Miss Stone d. Amy R. Williams/A.C. Wistar 6-1 4-6 8-6
Harris/Hood-bye (??)

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


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


Mixed Doubles

Preliminary Round

Hattie Butler/Lieut Lansdale d Mrs Beecroft/Rev Michael 6-4 6-2
Ethel Bankson/Robert Wllson d Miss Stone/Mr Prosser 3-6 6-1 6-2
Ellen Roosevelt/Clarence Hobart d Amy Williams/Mr Clark 6-3 6-4
Augusta Schultz/Mr Talmadge d Mrs Harris/Mr Hood 6-4 6-4
Wistar/Mr Brown d Moore/Mr Johnston 6-8 7-5 6-3
Aline Terry/Mr Colby d Mabel Cahill and partner by default

First Round

Butler/Lansdale-bye (??)
1R: Miss Bankson/Mr Wilson -bye (??)
1R: Schultz/Talmadge d Harris/Hood 6-4 6-4
1R: Rosevelt/Hobart-bye (??)
1R: Terry/Colby d Wistar/Brown 7-5 6-3

QF: Bankson/Wilson d Butler/Lansdale 6-2 6-3
QF: Schultz/Talmadge-bye (??)
QF: Roosevelt/Hobart d Terry/Colby 6-1 6-3

SF: Bankson/Wilson d Schultz/Talmadge 6-4 5-7 6-4
SF: Rossevelt/Hobart-bye (??)

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


Hattie Butler is from Augusta, Georgia according to the NYT.

*The New York Tribune, source for these results, spells Wilson's name as "Willson"

The draw is reconstructed from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Some oddities: Miss Stone and Miss Kemble (see **) are shown winning in the Prelim round, but not mentioned after. This is probably an error on the paper's part.

Also, first round matches marked * were actually listed in the paper as First round matches. If this was the case, then those women won a Prelim match and got byes in the next round. This is possible, as standards in draws, courts, and even balls were still being debated at the time.

Early doubles action is incomplete.

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.

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!

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.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:22 PM

June 12 to June 16 at
Philadelphia. Draw of 11.
*defending champ Aline Terry "sits out" until the
challenge round.

Preliminary Round
Helen Hellwig bye
Amy Williams d. 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
Mrs. Clement Beecroft bye
Elizabeth Slevin bye
Juliette Atkinson bye
First Round
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

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

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

Challenge Round
Hellwig d. Terry 7-5 3-6 6-0 3-6 6-3

There are some oddities. What we would call the first round is called the "preliminary round".

The other strange thing are the 6-5 sets. Those are not typos. Yet the final indicates a score of 7-5.

Toulmin=Bertha Townsend.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:23 PM

Philadelphia-June 25 to 29.
Draw of 12.
Holder Helen Hellwig sits out until Challenge Round final.

First Round
Juliette Atkinson d. Emily Neff default
Amy Williams bye
Kathleen Atkinson d. Gertrude Clarke 6-3 6-2
Mary Warren d. Alice 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
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

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

J.Atkinson d. Moore 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-0

Challenge Round
J. Atkinson d. Hellwig 6-4 6-3 6-2
Two singles rounds were contested on opening day.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:27 PM

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

Singles (Draw=13, plus holder)

First Round

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

Annabella Wistar d. Margarite 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


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


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

All Comer's 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

Doubles (Draw=4)

First Round

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


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

Mixed Doubles


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

Moore is the champ in a year when bicycle tennis was the latest (and short lived) fad and double faults were called "double baulks".

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:29 PM

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


SINGLES (Draw=12)

Preliminary Round

Maude Banks d. Miss 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 beat Miss Rachel Harlan 6-3 7-5
Ellen Kitchen d. Elizabeth Rastall 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Carrie Neely-bye
Mrs. Frank Edwards-bye


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


J.Atkinson d. K.Atkinson 6-1 6-3
Kenderine d. Neely 7-5 2-6 6-0


J.Atkinson d. Kendedine 6-2 4-6 6-0

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


DOUBLES (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round

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


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


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



Preliminary Round

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


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


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



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".

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.


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.
I use "Kenderdine" here (following the NYT and Spalding), but note Bud Collins in his book Total Tennis (2003) uses "Kenderline" on 579.
Jahial Parmly Paret went by the nickname "John".

Missing Names

Miss Arnold (Mixed only)
Miss Coombs (Mixed only)
Mrs Frank Edwards
Miss Slevin (Doubles only)*probably Elzabeth Slevin.

Missing Male Names

C. B. Griffith (BC Griffiths or BC Griffith according to the NYT-BLC Griffiths per Bud Collins--for now using Spalding)
D. L. Magruder
CC Sichel
F. Thompson



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

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:30 PM

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


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


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


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


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


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


Mixed Doubles

Preliminary Round

Maud Banks/BLC Griffith d. H. F. Steele/Rowlands* 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/FS Hovey default
Kathleen Atkinson/W Jordan d. Elizabeth Rastall/W Hoskins 5-7 6-0 6-2
Helen Chapman/JB. Hill d. H. F. Steele/Rowland 8-6 3-6 6-1*


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


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


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
Helen Wriggins was "Wriggles" per ALT. For now we are going with Wriggins. She was from Philadelphia and is listed as plying for Bellield.


BLC Griffith reprsented Belmont
JB Hill. This makes it tough to identify him with James A Hill. He was from Beverly
FS 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?



The final was a thriller. Atkinson saves at least 4 match points (5 according to the NYT)-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.



New York Times
Philadelphia Inquier
Philadelphia Times
Americam Lawn Tennis, V1 (1898), n 8, pages 120-122.

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:31 PM

June 21 to 24.

*Atkinson does not defend her title.

Singles (Draw=15)

First Round

Maud Banks d. Bessie Rastall 6-2 6-3
Myrtle McAteer d. DH 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
Edith Parker d. Helen Chaplin 6-0 10-8
Jane Craven-bye


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. E. Parker 7-5 3-6 6-1


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


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

Brian Stewart Mar 20th, 2002 04:32 PM

June 19-23 at Philadelphia.

Draw of 16.

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

First Round
Huldah J. Steel d. Crowinshield default
Dorothy Morris d. Bessie Rastall 2-6 6-3 6-2
Hallie Champlin d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-4
Edith Parker d. Helen Huey 6-1 6-4

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

Morris d. H. 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

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

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


First Round

M. Banks/Rastall bye
McAteer/Wimer d. B. Banks/H. Steel 6-2 6-1
Champlin/Parker d. Lycett/Morris ????
Champlain/Hunnewell bye

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

Champlin/Parker d. McAteer/Wimer 9-7 6-2 6-2.


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 specatators barely outnumbered the players.

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.

All 16 contestants were single.

Bessie Rastall also listed as "Elizabeth".

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