Covered January and June in the NYT.
Summary courtesy of AndrewTas
Two major events occurred during this year, the first was the only meeting between the "Queen of the Courts", Lenglen and "Miss Poker Face", Helen Wills in Cannes Carlton in Febraruary. The media were all there for what was dubbed the match of the century and Lenglen just held back her younger opponent.The match has been written about and analysed by many people. After this match Wills who had dominated the Riviera season before continued her domination but after entering the French Championships she fell sick with appendicitis and withdrew from Wimbledon, returning to the USA. She did play three tournaments (winning 1) but lacked energy and decided to not play the USA Championships. Mallory took advantage and just defeated Ryan in the final of the US Championships for seventh and last title. The other major event was the withdrawal of Lenglen from Wimbledon. Lenglen had won the French Championships again and returned to Wimbledon but after one of her matches was re-scheduled but she was not informed and turned up late. As a result she kept royalty waiting and there was such a commotion that she withdrew and declared herself a professional. She went on tour with Mary Browne. As a result Kitty McKane was given another opportunity and won her second title. Also Akhurst won her second Australian title while USA defeated Great Britain at Wimbledon in Wightman Cup play 4-3.
World Rankings by Wallis Myers-of the London Daily Mail
1 Suzanne Lenglen France
2 Kitty McKane Godfree England
3 Lili de Alvarez Spain
4 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory US
5 Elizabeth Ryan US
6 Mary K. Browne England
7 Joan Fry England
8 Phoebe Holcroft Watson England
9 Marion Zinderstein Jessup US
10 Didi Vlasto France
Suzane Lenglen's year
Summary: Entered 12 tournaments in total.
Singles:Won 4 of 5 events entered. Defaults in 1 event (Wimbledon). 21-0 match record, with 1 default.
Doubles:Won of 8 of 12 events entered. Defaults in 3 events. 35-1 match record with 3 defaults.
Mixed:Won 6 of 9 events entered. 3 defaults. 29-0 match record with 3 defaults
From her defeat in 1921 until her last amateur match Suzanne had recorded 171 straight wins, an all-time record.
Kitty McKane Godfree's year
Kitty Mckane Godfree went undefeated in her South African tour early in the year in singles and doubles (partner Evelyn Colyer). Her only loss was 1 mixed doubles with Leslie Godfree, who became her husband on the trip. After a defeat in the qf of the French Chmps to Mary Browne it does not seem she lost the rest of the year, winning both her Wightman Cup matches, Wimbledon, and a series of British events at Southampton, Hythe, Folkestone, and Newcastle.
Big thank yous go out to Andrew Tas for initally providing many results, Ugarte for many detailed results, and to Mark Ryan for his superb work, which may be found in its original state at:
Re: 1926 results
Comings and Goings
Charlotte Hosmer, on January 18, to Alfred H Chapin. Thereafter she is generally known as Charlotte Hosmer Chapin in American sources. The romance between the two tennis players began at last year's Mexican Chmps. Charlotte is ranked #9 in the US.
Kitty McKane, on January 19, in a secret ceremony, to Leslie Godfree. The pair is wed in Kimberley South Africa, where they are both part of a British touring team.
Re: 1926 results
???? Barcelona International, Spain (Clay)
FI: Bella Pons vs Rosa Torras [?]
???? Bordighera, Italy (Clay)
FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Honor Woolrych (GB) default
???? San Remo, Italy (Clay)
FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GBR) d. ??
????, Hunstanton, England
FI: Evelyn Colyer d. Olive Manser 9-7 6-2
????, Finchley, England
FI: Phoebe Holcroft Watson d. Aurea Farrington Edgington 6-4 6-4
????, Bedford, England
FI: Phoebe Holcroft Watson d. Claire Beckingham 6-2 6-1
??, Ojai Valley, California, US
FI: Marion Williams d. Mary B. Taylor ??
Week of December 28-January 3
December 1925, Bengal Championships, Calcutta, Bengal, India
FI: Jenny Sandison d. Mrs Stork default
Did event spill over into 1926?
December 26-January 1 New Zealand Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand (Grass)
FI: May Speirs d. [????]
DF: May Speirs/J. Scott d. May Tracy/Miss Travers 6-4 6-2
Scott is the married name of J Mclaren. Event considered the 1925/26 chmps.
December 26-January 2 Western Australian Championships, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Grass)
FI: Margaret Officer d. Ida Wedin Macbeth 7-5 8-6
January 1-2 Great Britian vs South Arfica Test Match, Pretouria, Soutrh Africa
Kitty Mckane (GB) d Mrs McArthur 6-3 6-0
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty Mckane (GB) d McArthur/Myburgh 6-3 6-0
Evelyn Colyer (GB) d Versfeld 10-8 2-6 6-3
Joan Ridley (GB) d Ockerse 6-3 6-2
Watson (GB) d Myburgh 6-3 6-2
Last week of December 1925, Coupe de Noel, Sporting Club de Paris, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
FI: Suzanne Deve d. Nanette Le Besnerais 6-2 7-5
MX:Germaine Golding/Toto Brugnon d. Nanette Le Besnerais/Leonce Aslangul 6-4 5-7 7-5
Circa December 28, 1925-January 2, 1926, Cumberland County Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
FI: Daphne Akhurst d. Louie Bickerton 6-2, 8-6
DF: Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox d. Louie Bickerton/Mary Elliott 8-6 6-3
MX: Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard d. Marjorie Cox/Leslie Baker 3-6 6-1 8-6
Circa December 28, 1925-January 4, 1926, Beau Site New Year Meeting, Cannes, France (Clay)
QF: Phyllis Satterthwaite d Mme Taunay 6-2 6-0
QF: Lady Domini Elliadi Crosfield (GB) d Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (US) 6-2 9-7
QF: Simone Lafaurie d Olga Haycraft 6-4 8-6
QF: Eileen Bennett (GB) d Mrs Keays (SA) 1-6 6-2 8-6
SF: Satterthwaite d Crosfield ????
SF: Bennett d Laufaurie 6-3 6-2
FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-0
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterwaite d Miss KA Fischer/Mlle A Mallet 6-0 6-0
QF: Lenglen/Satterwaite d Madeline O'Neill/Mme Tauney 6-0 6-0
SF: Simone Lafaurie/Mrs Morris d Lenglen/Satterwaite default
FI: Mrs Coleman (GB)/Emily Petchell (GB) d. Simone Lafaurie/Mrs Morris 6-1 4-6 6-2
MX: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Donald M. Greig (GB) d. Suzanne Lenglen/FMB Fisher (NZ) default
Draw note: F.M. B. (Francis) Fischer was a noted promotor of Riviera events. He preferred to be known as FMB.
Suzanne was indisposed for the mixed final. She had a nervous breakdown after two strenuous semis and had to be escorted back to the hotel by doctors, who declare she may be unfit to play for two months. Later that evening Suzanne is transported to Nice in an ambulance. This happens the same week that it is announced that Helen Wills is sailing for the Riviera. The press storm over a possible Lenglen-Wills meeting dominates the first two months of 1926, making world headlines.
Re: 1926 results
Week of January 4-10
January 4-10 Imperial Club Tennis Tournament, Nice, France
Venue: the Parc Imperial
SF Suzanne Lenglen d Mrs Bramley Moore 6-0 6-0
FI Suzanne Lenlgen d Mlle J Franke ?????
Doubles won bt Mlle Pat de Cros/Suzanne Lenglen
1R Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d Mrs Olga Haycroft/Rogers 6-0 6-0
2R Lenglen/Brugnon d Miss Hulbert/Christie 6-0 6-0
FI Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d ????
*This event was limited to club members only. Lenglen denies reports of a nervous breakdown and insists she is ready to meet all comers. The Times does not provide results past those given above.
January, Royal South Yarra Championships, Melbourne, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Royal South Yarra Lawn TC
FI: Esna Boyd d. Youtha Anthony 6-4 6-2
January, Metropolitan Championships of Adelaide, Australia
FI: Kath Le Messurier d. Anna Menz 6-1 6-2
Re: 1926 results
Week of January 11-17
January 11-18, New Courts Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
1R: Mrs Jones d Sandilands 6-2 6-0
1R: Mrs Bramley Moore d E De Anchorena 6-0 6-1
1R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d MA Dallett 6-4 6-1
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d A De Anchorena 6-1 6-2
1R: Madeline O Neill (GB) d Bishop 6-1 6-1
1R: Cosette St Omer Roy d J Clarke 6-2 6-1
1R: Mrs Keays (SA) d D Butler 6-0 6-1
1R: Calder d Elsa Haylock (GB) 2-6 6-0 6-1
1R: M Ashby d K Scott 10-8 7-5
1R: Leslie Cadle (GB) d M Marriage 6-0 6-0
2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d Jones 6-0 6-1
2R: Mrs Morris d Mrs Sinclair Westcott 6-2 6-2
2R: M Tripp d Bramley Moore 6-1 6-0
2R: Roundway d ????
2R: Bennett d O'Neill ????
2R: St Omer Roy d Peggy Saunders 6-4 6-4
2R: Cadle d Ashby ????
2R: Mrs EH Keays d Calder 6-1 2-6 6-1
QF: Satterthwaite d Morris 6-0 6-2
QF: Tripp d Roundway default
QF: Bennett d St Omer Roy 6-3 6-2
QF: Cadle d Keays 6-1 6-3
SF: Satterthwaite d Tripp default
SF: Bennett d Cadle 6-0 6-1
FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-1
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterwaite-bye
2R: Lenglen/Satterwaite d Mrs Bramley Moore/Mrs EM Haylock 6-0 6-0
QF: Lenglen/Satterwaite d Mrs M Morris/Lady Blanche Roundway default
SF: Lenglen/Satterwaite d Lesley Cadle/Mrs EH Keays (SA) 6-0 6-0
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d. Mrs Coleman (GB)/E. Petchell (GB) 6-1 6-1
MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Henri Cochet d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Toto Brugnon 6-0 6-4
This was the inaugural tournament at this particular club. Suzanne Lenglen did not play in the singles event. Sattterwaite wins the singles and Suzanne impressively takes the doubles, but all the attention of the public is focused on paris, where on Feb 15 American Helen Wills is met at the train station by an excited throng of over 1,000. Wills arrives in Nice, meeting Suzanne in passing. A day later the Americna watched Lenlgen and Brugnon win the mixed title.
* Toto was the preferred nickname of Jacques Brugnon, the doubles specialist among the four "French Muskateers."
* Mrs Jones is not the same person as Evelyn Jones.
* Lady Blanche Gladys Roundway (1879-1969) was married to Edward Colston, Lord (Or Baron) Roundway on 28 April 1904. Lord Roundway was a member of Parliament and died 29, March, 1944.
Their only child, a daughter, died tragically from a fall at their manor house. Lady Roundway was the daughter of George Duddell of Queen's Park, Brighton, and Hong Kong.
Circa January 15-February 20, Northern Suburbs Tournament, Killara, New South Wales, Australia
FI: Ula Valkenburg d. M. Harrington 5-7 6-0 6-1
DF: Miss Butcherine/Miss Lester d. Miss Schulze/Miss Watson 6-1 6-2
MX: M. Harrington/A. Walkom d. Miss Lester/H. Loes 6-4 6-4
Circa mid-January, All-India Championships, Allahabad, India (Grass?)
FI: Mrs L. McKenna d. Miss Holden 6-3 1-6 6-1
DF: E. Sandison/Jenny Sandison d. Miss Gibson/Miss Holden [score?]
MX: Mrs L. McKenna/Sri Krishna Prasada d. Mrs Stork/Cox 8-6 6-4
Re: 1926 results
Week of January 18-24
January 18-24, Metropole Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Metropole Hotel
1R: Phyllis Satterwaite (GB)-bye
1R: M Ashby d Madeline O'Neill (GB) 7-5 4-6 6-2
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d Young 6-2 6-2
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d Rendall 6-2 6-0
1R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre)-bye
1R: M Tripp (GB)-bye
1R: Mrs Coleman (SA) d Mrs Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-1
1R: Lady Domini Elliadi Crosfield d Miss MA Dallett 6-3 6-3
1R: Diddie Vlasto d W Saunders 6-0 6-0
1R: Calder d Hutton Coats 6-2 11-9
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Miss EM Green (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB) d Cosette St Omer Roy 6-0 6-2
1R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d Elsa Haylock (GB) 6-3 6-1
1R: Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (Swt) d Mrs EH Keays (SA) 8-6 6-0
2R: Satterthwaite d Best 6-0 6-1
2R: Cadle d Ashby 6-3 6-2
2R: Contostavlos d Bennett 6-4 2-6 6-1
2R: Tripp d Cazelet 6-0 6-0
2R: Coleman d Crosfield 6-3 6-1
2R: Vlasto d Calder 6-2 6-0
2R: Wills d Saunders 6-2 6-1
2R: Aesclimann d Roundway 6-3 6-3
QF: Cadle d Satterwaite default
QF: Contostavlos d Tripp 6-1 6-2
QF: Vlasto d Coleman 6-2 3-6 6-1
QF: Wills d Aeschlimann 6-2 6-2
SF: Vlasto d Cadle 6-2 6-2
SF: Wills d Contostavlos 6-4 6-4
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Diddie Vlasto 6-3 7-5
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d Miss MB Brown/Miss KM Scott 6-0 6-1
QF: Lenglen/Vlasto d Lady Crosfield/Mrs M Morris 6-2 6-0
SF: Lenglen/Vlasot d Lesley Cadle/M. Tripp 6-3 6-0
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-0 6-1
MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/FMB Fisher (NZ)/ 6-0 6-1
Draw notes: Lilie de Alvarez and Satterwaite were in the top half-with Wills in the bottom half of the draw.
From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "The chief interest in this tournament centred round Miss Helen Wills, who, recently arrived from California, entered for the singles. Although the American champion won the event without the loss of a set, her form revealed no sign of dominance or material advance. Against Mlle [Helene] Contostavlos in the semi-final she lost four games in each set, her opponent playing a baseline game with vigour and judgment. The final against Mlle [Diddie] Vlasto resolved itself into a somewhat monotonous sequence of backhand exchanges, Miss Wills preferring to neglect her opponent's powerful forehand. The score in favour of California does not do justice to Mlle Vlasto. In the first set she missed an easy smash to lead 4-3; in the second had she obtained the 3-1 lead, which was her due, she must have gone to 5-2 instead of 5-3..."
The stands are packed to overflowing, and the club must turn away spectators. The event has a record profit. In the quarters Helen gained revenge upon Aeslimann, nee Bancroft, who had beaten Helen when they last played in 1923 and 4 times in 1922. The lefty got ill in 1923 and her game stagnated. In 1925 she md Swiss player Charles Aeschlimann. Fans leave the other courts deserted when Wills plays. Even Lenglen sees nothing but empty seats when her doubles match is played at the same time as as a Wills match.
Helen's conservative style prompts both comment and copy. She is the only 1 of the 32 lady competitos not to have her hair bobbed, declaring. "I am old-fashioned." her green shade quickly becomes a fashion rage though, being copied by other women in droves.
Suzanne Lenglen did not play in the singles event at this tournament. In fact, the only Riviera tournament in which she and Helen Wills both entered the singles event was the Carlton Club tournament in late February 1926.
In the first round Wills dropped only 8 points against a nervous Miss Green.
Re: 1926 results
Week of January 25-31
January 25-31, Gallia Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Gallia Club
Draw= at least 45.
1R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre) d P Fahnestock 6-0 6-0
1R: Mrs Sinclair Westcott d M Clarke 6-3 4-6 6-2
1R: Lady Fremantle d Rhodes 6-1 6-1
1R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d Cazelet 6-0 6-1
1R: Cosette St Omer Roy d Mrs Brame Hillyard (GB) 6-2 6-3
1R: Pierce d G Thomas 6-2 8-6
1R: Young d Miss MA Dallett 10-8 0-6 6-1
1R: Regina Vlasto d Radcliffe Platt 6-3 6-0
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Miss E Bendit 6-1 6-0
1R: Madeline O'Neill d Creasy 6-3 6-3
1R: E Petchell d Hall 6-1 8-6
1R: Elsa Haylock d Mrs Bramley Moore 6-2 6-2
1R: Evelyn Jones d G Travers 6-4 6-2
2R: M Ashby d Lady Fremantle 6-4 4-6 6-0
2R: Lady Domini Elliadi Crosfield d Day 6-2 6-4
2R: EM Green d ????
2R: Mrs Morris d Grey 9-7 6-3
2R: Helene Contostavlos d Thynne 6-0 6-0
2R: Roundway d Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-1
2R: St Omer Roy d Pierce 6-2 6-1
2R: Mrs Keays (SA) d Young 6-2 6-2
2R: Wills d Vlasto 6-0 6-2
2R: Lesley Cadle d Madeleine O'Neill 6-3 6-2
2R: Elsa Haylock d Petchell ????
2R: E Jones d Mrs Jones 6-2 6-2
2R: Peggy Saunders d P Radcliffe 0-6 10-8 6-0
2R: KM Scott d ????
2R: Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (Swt) d Coats Hutton 6-0 6-1
2R: Coleman (SA) d Sandilands 6-0 6-0
3R: Crosfield d M Ashby 6-3 6-2
3R: Morris d E Green 9-7 6-0
3R: Contostavlos d Roundway 6-3 6-4
3R: St Omer Roy d Keays 6-3 5-7 6-2
3R: Wills d Cadle 6-0 6-3
3R: Haylock d Evelyn Jones 6-4 12-10
3R: Saunders d K Scott 6-1 6-2
3R: Coleman d Aeschliman 6-4 2-6 6-2
QF: Morris d Crosfield 0-2 retired
QF: Contostavlos d St Omer Roy 6-0 7-5
QF: Wills d Haylock 9-7 6-2
QF: Saunders d Coleman 3-6 6-3 6-2
SF: Contostavlos d Morris 6-1 11-9
SF: Wills d Saunders 6-0 6-0
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre) 6-3 6-2
FI: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Regina Vlasto 6-2 6-3
SF: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB)/Charles Aeschlimann (Swt) 7-5 6-4
SF: E. Petchell (GB)/A.H. McCormick (GB) d. Helen Wills (US)/Jack Hillyard (GB) 1-6 6-4 7-5
FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. E. Petchell (GB)/A.H. McCormick 6-2 6-2
Draw note: the NYT calls Wills 2R victim "Rosine". Based on Mark's research I am listing her as Regina. She is a cousin of Diddie Vlasto.
Bill Tilden is quoted on the possible result of a Wills-Lenlen Encounter. "Helen may have a poker face but Suzanne has a chess brain". He predicts Lenglen will win on her home turf, but adds that "Helen won't be afraid of her [Lenglen's] reputation. His advice to Wills is to "hit the cover off the ball."
Meanwhile Wills faces controversy over allegations that hwer riting jeapardizes her amateur standig. Questions are also raised ober how she can afford the expensive French gowns she is now wearing. French designers are naturally eager to dress her gratis in their creations as advertisement.
Will the match everyone wants to see even occur? Lenglen hedges,saying she might enter Nice or the Carlton event. Helen declares she is entered for both in singles. but later in the week hints she might skip the Carlton if they use "English' balls. The English balls are heavier and slow play down-conditions not suited to Helen's fast game.
January 25-31, Closed French Covered Court Championships, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue:Sporting Club de Paris
FI: Germaine Golding d. Marie Conquet 6-2 6-4
DF: Genevieve Cousin/Mlle Grasset d. Mlle Desclercs/Nanette Le Besnerais 6-3 11-9
MX: Rene Lacoste/Yvonne Bourgeois d. Jean Borotra/Marguerite Bordes 6-2 5-7 7-5
January 24-26 Test Match, Great Britain vs South Africa, Capetown, South Africa
Phoebe Watson (GB) d Nash 6-1 6-0
Irene Peacock d Joan Ridley (GB) 6-1 6-4
Phoebe Watson (GB) d Audrey de Smit 6-4 7-5
Evelyn Colyer/Phoebe Watson (GB) d Edward/Sanders 6-2 6-1
Hall/Audrey de Smit d Joan Ridley/Phoebe Watson (GB) 6-3 6-2
Joan Ridley (GB) d Greenhalgh 6-3 7-5
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty Mckane Godfree (GB) d Frater/Newton Thompson 6-3 6-3
Evelyn Colyer/Phoebe Watson (GB) d Frater/ED McDonald 6-2 6-2
Evelyn Colyer/Kitty McKane Godfree (GB) d Parker/Irene Peacock 6-2 8-6
Re: 1926 results
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dates: January 24-30
Site: Adelaide, Australia
Vera Mathias d. Margaret Officer 6-3 6-4
Minnie Richardson d. Joyce Lillecrapp 6-2 6-3
Daphne Akhurst  d. Dorothy Weston 6-4 6-3
Kath Le Messurier  d. Margaret Taylor 6-1 6-4
Marjorie Cox  d. Alison Hooper 6-1 6-1
Richardson  d. Mathias 6-3 6-2
Esna Boyd  d. Nell Hamilton 6-0 6-2
Meryl O'Hara Wood  d. Edna Lawrence 6-0 7-5
Sylvia Harper  d. Lorna Bollen 6-1 6-2
Beryl Turner * d. Anna Menz 6-3 6-4
Akhurst  d. Le Messurier  7-5 6-2
Cox  d. Richardson  6-2 6-2
Boyd  d. O' Hara Wood  6-1 7-5
Harper  d. Turner  6-1 6-4
Akhurst  d. Cox  6-1 6-3
Boyd  d. Harper  6-4 4-6 6-3
Daphne Akhurst  d. Esna Boyd  6-1 6-3
Draw of 13.
Esna Boyd/Meryl O'Hara Wood -bye
Nell Hamilton/Edna Lawrence d Jean Laughton/Lois Laughton 6-3 6-2
Sylvia Harper/Miranda Richardson  d. Mrs Menzies/Agnes Ridgway 6-1 6-1
Alison Hooper/Beryl Turner d. Vera Mathias/Flora Rowe 4-6 6-2 6-0
Kath Le Messurier/Dorothy Weston -bye
Molly Finlayson/Mary Laidlaw-bye
Margaret Officer/Margaret Taylor d. Jocelyn Bowman/Joyce Lillecrapp 8-6 9-7
Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox  d. Lorna Bollen/Anna Menz 6-1 6-3
Boyd/O'Hara Wood  d. Hamilton/Lawrence 0-6 6-2 6-0
Harper/Richardson  d. Hooper/Turner 6-4 6-3
Messurier/Weston  d. Finlayson/Landlaw 6-1 6-4
Akhurst/Cox  d. Officer/Taylor 6-4 6-3
Boyd/O'Hara Wood  d. Harper/Richardson  4-6 8-6 6-2
Akhurst/Cox  d. Le Messurier/Weston  7-5 6-1
Esna Boyd/Meryl O'Hara Wood  d. Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox  6-3 6-8 8-6
Mixed Doubles (Draw=19)
Margaret Officer/Rice Gemmell d. Dorothy Weston/Ernest Rowe  6-2 8-6
Lorna Bollen/Jack Crawford d. Anna Menz/Don Mellish 6-4 3-6 6-2
Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard  d. Nell Hamilton/Ray Hone 7-5 7-5
Esna Boyd/Jack Hawkes  d Edna Lawrence/Alan Treloar 6-3 6-0
Kath Le Messurier/Bob Schlesinger  d Margaret Taylor/Ken Berriman 6-4 6-4
Sylvia Harper/Gar Hone  d Jocelyn Bowman/John Sherwood 6-3 6-0
Bollen/Crawford d Officer/Gemmell 6-4 3-6 6-2
Akhurst/Willard  d Minnie Richardson/Colin Newton 6-3 6-1
Marjorie Cox/Rupert Wertheim d Contance Halloran/Bob Fotheringham 6-2 6-2
Meryl O'Hara Wood/Pat O'Hara Wood  d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Harry Hopman 6-1 6-3
Alison Hooper/Gar Moon d. Vera Mathias/Norman Peach  6-4 6-4
Boyd/Hawkes  d Le Messurier/Schlesinger  7-5 6-2
Harper/Hone  d Bollen/Crawford 6-4 6-4
Akhurst/Willard  d Cox/Wertheim  7-9 6-3 6-3
O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood  d Hooper/Moon 6-0 6-0
Boyd/Hawkes  d Harper/Hone  6-2 5-7 6-4
Akhurst/Willard  d O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood  7-5 6-4
Esna Boyd /Jack Hawkes  d. Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard  6-1 6-4
Mrs W. T. Rowe=Flora Rowe (nee Dailey)
Margaret Taylor listed as ML Taylor.
Beryl Turner (nee Spower)=Mrs H Turner of Queensland
Akhurst dominated the Australasian titles in Adelaide. Shaking off a persistent knee injury suffered during this overseas tour, Akhurst won the title without dropping a set. There was an air of finality about the whole championships, with Akhurst thumping Boyd 6-1 6-3. The last game of the final epitomised the women's singles as a whole. Akhurst won it to love and served a centre-line ace on the final point.
Most summary notes courtesy of Louloubelle
Re: 1926 results
Week of February 1-7
February 1-6, Brooklyn Heights Casino, Brooklyn, New York, US (Indoors on Wood )
Venue: Brooklym Heights Casino
2R: Molla Mallory d Louise Raymond 6-2 6-1
2R: Mrs William Shedden d Mrs De Forest Candee 7-5 3-6 6-3
2R: Martha Bayard d Mrs Green 6-3 6-0
2R: Mrs Letson d Mrs Thomas Sturgis 6-1 6-1
2R: Mary Browne d Rosamond Newton 6-1 6-2
2R: Mrs Kaltenborn d Adele Cragin 6-1 6-2
2R: Elizabeth Corbiere d Dorothy Briggs 6-3 7-5
2R: Caroma Winn d Miss Blodgett 6-0 6-2
QF: Mallory d Shedden 6-4 6-3
QF: Bayard d Letson 4-6 6-4 6-1
QF: Browne d Kaltenborn 6-2 6-0
QF: Corbierre d Winn 6-2 6-0
SF: Mary K. Browne d. Mrs Elizabeth Corbiere 6-3 6-4
SF: Martha Bayard d. Molla Mallory 6-2 3-6 8-6
FI: Mary K. Browne d. Martha Bayard 6-3 2-6 6-4
DF: Mary K. Browne/Molla Mallory d. Martha Bayard/Mrs Elizabeth Corbiere 6-4 6-1
MX: Martha Bayard/Vincent Richards d. Mary K. Browne/Frank Hunter 9-7 9-7
Louise Raymond=Mrs Edward Raymond
February 1-7, Nice Second Meeting, Nice, France (Clay)
Venue: Parc Imperial
1R: Mrs Bramley Moore d De Bourdineau 6-1 6-2
1R: Suzanne Lenglen d Mlle S Haefferty 6-0 6-0
1R: Guinet d Emmet 6-0 6-0
1R: Elsa Haylock (GB) d S Dormoy 6-2 6-2
2R: Mardagant d ???
2R: Bramley Moore d Von Meerten 6-1 6-1
2R: Neven d Phyllis Satterthwaite default
2R: M Wright d J Francke 6-4 6-3
2R: Lenglen d Mlle Marjollet 6-0 6-0
2R: Leslie Bancoft Aeschliman (Swt) d Guinet 6-0 6-1
2R: Haylock d M Smailes 3-6 6-0 6-2
2R: M Tripp (GB) d ????
QF: Bramley Moore d Margadant 6-3 7-5
QF: Wright d Neven 6-1 6-4
QF: Lenglen d Aeschliman 6-0 6-0
QF: Haylock d Tripp 6-4 3-6 6-3
SF: Wright d Bramley Moore ?????
SF: Lenglen d Mrs Elsa Haylock (GB) 6-0 6-0
FI: Suzanne Lenglen d. Miss M Wright (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterwaite d Mlle Bourdineau/Mlle P Joyeux 6-0 6-0
2R: Mrs Bramley Moore/Mlle Crimon d Lenglen/Satterwaite default
FI: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Helen Wills (US) d. Elsa Haylock (GB)/M. Wright (GB) 6-3 6-2
MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ity) d. Helen Wills (US)/Charles Aeschlimann (Swt) 6-1 6-2
Suzanne Lenglen won five matches for the loss of no games. Helen Wills did not play in the singles event at this tournament, but she and Suzanne Lenglen met across the net for the first time in the mixed doubles final.
From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "Uncertain off the ground and carrying their lobbing tactics to excess, Aeschlimann and Miss Wills could only win three games against the infallible precision of Mlle Lenglen and the severe driving power of her opponent."
Re: 1926 results
Week of February 8-14
February 8-16, Carlton Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
1R: Suzanne Lenglen-bye
1R: Lesley Cadle d Cory 6-4 6-3
1R: M Tripp (GB) d Redmayne 6-1 6-1
1R: Heather Woolrych d Mrs Grey 6-3 6-3
1R: Madeline O'Neill (GB) d Mrs Thomas 6-0 6-0
1R: Diddie Vlasto d Weil 6-0 6-0
1R: Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (Swt) d Wilson 6-3 6-3
1R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d Jackson 6-0 6-0
1R: Helen Wills (US) d KA Frisher 6-0 6-0
2R: Lenglen d Miss M. C. Bower 6-0 6-0
3R: Lenglen d. Mary Cambridge (GB) 6-0 6-0
3R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d Cadle 7-5 2-6 6-4
3R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre) d Evelyn Jones 6-3 6-3
3R: M Tripp (GB) d Mme Taunay 6-3 6-0
3R: Diddie Vlasto d Aeschliman 6-0 6-4
3R: Harvey d P Radcliffe 6-1 6-1
3R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d Elsa Haylock (GB) 3-6 6-4 6-4
3R: Wills d Cosette St Omer Roy 6-0 6-0
QF: Lenglen d. Roundway 6-0 6-0
QF: Contostavlos (d. Tripp 4-6 6-1 6-2
QF: Diddie Vlasto d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 6-1 6-2
QF: Helen Wills (US) d. Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-2 6-0
SF: Suzanne Lenglen d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre) 6-0 6-2
SF: Helen Wills (US) d. Diddie Vlasto 6-1 6-4
FI: Suzanne Lenglen d. Helen Wills (USA) 6-3 8-6
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d Miss B Gould/Mrs L Hall 6-0 6-1
QF: Lenglen/Vlasto d Miss MA Dallett/Mrs Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-0
SF: Lenglen/Vlasto d Lady Crosfield/Mme Papalex default
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Helen Wills (US) 6-4 8-6
MX: Umberto de Morpurgo (Ity)/Diddie Vlasto d. Charles Kingsley (GB)/Eileen Bennett (GB) 6-3 3-6 6-4
* The women's doubles final, played a few hours after the women's single final, would be the last time Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills would face each other across the net.
Circa mid-February, Championships of Southern India, Madras, India (Grass?)
FI: Mrs Hasler d. Mrs Judd 6-2 6-3
MX: H. Venkatramanjelu/Mrs Gompertz d. C. Johnstone/Mrs Hasler 12-10 6-3
Re: 1926 results
Week of February 15-21
February 15-21, Beaulieu, France (Clay)
Venue: The Bristol Hotel
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Lily Hamerton (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d M Hamilton 6-0 6-1
2R: Wills d Emily Wright (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Joan Austin Lycett (GB) d Lesley Cadle (GB) 6-2 6-4
2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d De Andria 6-1 6-0
2R: Mrs Bower d P Bainbridge 6-3 6-2
2R: Heather Woolrych (GB) d Cecily Marriott 4-6 6-3 6-4
QF: Wills d Lycett 6-0 6-0
QF: Harvey (GB) d Mrs Bramley Moore 6-0 6-3
QF: Satterthwaite d Bower 6-2 6-1
QF: Woolrych d ????
SF: Wills d Harvey 6-0 6-1
SF: Satterwaite d Woolrych 6-1 6-1
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-1 6-1
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Phyllis Satterwaite-bye
QF: Lenglen/Sattwerwaite d Mrs E Noble/Mrs C Pittman 6-0 6-0
SF: Mrs Creasy/Heather Woolrych d Lenglen/Satterwaite default
FI: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. Mrs Creasy/Heather Woolrych (GB) 6-2 6-3
MX: Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/ F. M. B Fisher (NZ) 6-4 6-3
Rumors abound that Lenglen will face Wills again at Nice, which plans to put up stands for 10,000. This is put into much doubt when Lenglen collapses while horseback riding. Lenlgen plays a doubles match despite the collpase, being led into the stadium on the arms of her mother and friend Lady Wavertree before a crowd of thousands. suzanne wins easily with her partner Satterwaite, but withdraws the next day, citing exhuastion. By the end of the week she vows a return, saying "There are a few years of tennis left in the old women yet." Speaking of older women, Lambert Chambers wins the doubles at age 46.
Wills romps through the singles, winning her second round and quarterfinal matches back to back without even leaving the court for a break. She is often attacking the net, perhaps a response to critics who say she is weak at the net.
Re: 1926 results
Week of February 22-28
February 22-28, Bermuda Championships, Hamilton, Bermuda (Grass?)
SF: Gladys Hutchings (US) d. Marion Jessup (US) 6-4 6-3
SF: Martha Bayard (US) d Edith Sigourney (US) 6-0 6-0
FI: Martha Bayard (US) d. Gladys Hutchings (US) 6-2 6-2
DF: Martha Bayard (US)/Edith Sigourney (US) d. Marion Jessup (US)/M. Robinson 6-2 7-5
MX: Martha Bayard (US)/Alexander Thayer (US) d. Marion Jessup (US)/Willard Crocker (Can) 5-7 6- 6-3
February 22-March 1, Monte Carlo Championships, Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)
Venue: La Festa
1R: Helen Wills (US)  d Molla Westselaar (Den) default
1R: Lili de Alvarez (Sp)  d Lucy Phillip (GB) 6-3 6-1
2R: Wills d ????
2R: Cecily Marriott (GB) d Evelyn Dearman (GB) 6-1 6-4
2R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d ????
2R: PM Ratcliffe d ????
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d Mrs A Ritchie 6-0 9-7
2R: MA Dallett d Wallis Myers 6-2 6-2
2R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre) d E Connell 6-1 6-4
2R: Emily Wright (GB) d P Bainbridge 6-1 6-0
2R: Nelly Neppach (Ger) d Mary Cambridge (GB) 6-2 2-6 6-2
2R: Heather Woolrych (GB) d De Andria 6-3 6-3
2R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d Rendall 5-7 6-2 6-2
2R: P French d Nancy Q Radcliffe Platt 3-6 5-4 6-4
2R: Alvarez d Mrs Pitman 6-2 6-0
2R: Mrs Bramley Moore d V Humphrey 6-0 6-0
2R: G Thomas d ????
2R: Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) d ????
3R: Wills d Mrs Marriott 6-0 6-0
3R: Lesley Cadle d Phylis Radcliffe 6-4 6-0
3R: Harvey d Dallett 6-1 9-7
3R: Contostavlos d Wright 6-2 6-2
3R: Neppach d Woolrych 6-1 4-6 6-3
3R: Bennett d French 6-3 6-3
3R: Alvarez d Bramley Moore 6-2 6-0
3R: Satterthwaite d Thompson 6-0 6-0
QF: Wills d Cadle 6-0 6-1
QF: Benett d Neppach 6-2 2-6 6-2
QF: Alvarez d Harvey 7-5 6-1
QF: Contostavlos d Satterwaite default
SF: Wills d Bennett 6-3 6-2
SF: Alvarez d Contostavlos 6-3 4-6 6-3
FI: Helen Wills (US)  d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp)  6-2 6-3
1R: Contostavlos (Gre)/Wills (US) d. Miss Green/Mrs Young 6-1 6-0
QF: Contostavlos (Gre)/Wills (US) d. Lesley Cadle/Emily Wright 6-3 6-4
SF: Contostavlos/Wills d. Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB)/Phyllis Satterwaite (GB) 6-2 5-7 7-5
FI: Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Diddie Vlasto (Frn) 6-3 8-6
Beaumont International Trophy teams must be from same nation
February 22-28 Monte Carlo Chmps (La Festa) Monaco
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d Mme Taunay/Miss Molla Westselaar (Den) default
1R: Leslie Aeschliman/Helen Wills (US) d Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Ermyntrude Harvey 2-6 6-4 6-3
SF: Lenglen/Vlasto d Miss PM Radcliffe/Miss NQ Radcliffe Platt 6-3 6-0
SF: Bennett/Satterwaite d Aeschliman/Wills 6-3 6-1
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto (FRA) d. Eileen Bennett/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-4 8-6
MX: Nelly Neppach (Ger)/Bela von Kehrling (Hun) d. Diddie Vlasto (Frn)/Umberto de Morpurgo (Ity) 5-7 6-0 6-4
Draw note: The NYT calls Cadle "Lily". In earlier results they call her "Lesley". Which is it? I am going with Lesley, though she may have used Lily as a nickname.
Record crowds come out to see Wills. Spanish player Lili Alvarez is playing her first event in alsmost 1 year, so she is not in top form despite her second seeding. Players complain that the shiny silk dress worn by Eileen Bennett has the same sort of blinding reflection that a mirror does when hit by strong sunlight.
Lenglen, tears coming down her face, announces with certainty that she will not compete in the singles in Nice, nixing any possible rematch vs Helen Wills until late May or June in Paris. Over 100 workers who were busily putting up temporary stands at Nice were ordering to tear them down. Suzanne barely survives in a tense doubles fonal for the Beaumnont Cup. Suzanne's mother twice hands over a flask full of brandy to give Lenglen energy. Shockingly the British pair hit most shots to her, rather thasn Diddie.
The French pair barely win. French officials were in a panic in the second set, as they had already engraved the names of Lenglen and Vlasto on the trophies.
Date? Danish Covered Court Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark (Indoors on Wood)
FI: Ebba Meyer d. [????]
DF: Elsebeth Brehm/Tove Morville d. [????]
MX: Tove Morville/Donald M. Greig (GB) d. [????]
Re: 1926 results
Week of March 1-7
March 1-6, Women's Championships of Florida, Palm Beach, Florida, USA (Clay)
Venue: Poinciana Hotel
1R: Elizabeth Ryan d Lucia Chase 6-0 6-0
1R: Phyllis Walsh d Lady Surdale (GB) 6-3 6-0
1R: Clare Cassel d Lady Cholmondeley (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Cassel d Walsh 6-2 6-4
2R: Ryan d Lady Dorren Hely-Hutchinson (GB) 6-0 6-1
QF: Mary Browne d Mrs Bernard Stenz 6-4 8-6
QF: Mrs J Saunders Taylor d Elizabeth Choate 8-6 6-1
QF: Ryan d Cassel 6-1 6-2
QF: Mrs Edward Raymond d Mrs WH Pritchard 6-3 6-2
SF: Browne d Saunders Taylor 6-3 6-0
SF: Ryan d Raymond 6-2 6-2
FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Mary K. Browne 6-4 6-0
DF: Mary K. Browne/Phyllis Walsh d. Julia Brokaw/Elizabeth Ryan 6-3 7-5
MX: Elizabeth Ryan/A. Drexel-Biddle d. Mrs W. Pritchard/Jerry Lang 4-6 6-3 6-1
The influx of English nobility is due to the weather-this being "the season" the warm Flordia in winter. "Bunny" won the final despite serving 10 double faults. She often serves up a lot of doubles, but when her serve goes it is difficult to handle.
Draw notes: Mixed finalists Mrs Pritchard and Jerry Lang are brother and sister. Fuller results are in the NYT, which confusingly calls the opening round the Preliminary round AND the first round. I have settled on calling it the first round.
March 1-7, Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Daisy Hamerton* 6-0 6-0
1R: Nelly Neppach (Ger) d Norris 6-1 6-1
1R: Evelyn Dearman (GB) d Mrs Marriott 5-7 retired
1R: Diddie Vlasto d Campbell 6-1 6-0
1R: Ilona Peteri (Hun) d Dashwood 6-0 6-1
1R: E Connell d M Ley 6-3 6-2
1R: Heather Woolrych (GB) d Mrs [Winifred] Bower 6-0 11-9
1R: Mrs Hunt d V Humphrey 4-6 6-0 6-1
1R: G Maynard d Nore 6-1 6-1
1R: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d ???? 6-1 6-0
2R: Wills d Neppach 6-0 6-1
2R: Dearman d Mary Cambridge 1-6 1-5 retired
2R: Mrs Pitman d N Hunt 3-6 6-3 6-2
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d M Harland 6-0 6-2
2R: Vlasto d V Shaw 6-0 6-2
2R: Peteri d Bainbridge 6-0 retired
2R: Woolrych d Connell 6-2 3-6 6-3
2R: Alvarez d Maynard 6-2 4-6 6-1
QF: Wills d Dearman 6-1 6-1
QF: Harvey d Pitman 6-4 6-3
QF: Vlasto d Peteri 6-0 6-0
QF: Alvarez d Woolrych 6-0 6-0
SF: Helen Wills (US) d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 6-0 6-1
SF: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d. Diddie Vlasto 7-5 8-6
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) 6-4 6-4
DF: Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Diddie Vlasto d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) 4-6 7-5 7-5
MX: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Allen (US) 7-5 3-6 6-3
Coupe des Nations/Nations Cup (players must be from same nation)
FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Allen 6-2 6-2
Daisy Hamerton (1R loser to Helen Wills) is likely to be a nickname for Lily Hamerton or a close relation.
From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "The mixed doubles final between Cochet and Mlle Vlasto and van Alen and Miss Wills provided a spectacular match. Cochet's overhead work was amazingly good, but van Alen failed to take advantage of his openings at the net which his partner's fine baseline play provided. These four met again in the final of the Coupe des Nations, but the French pair scored an easy win." Van Allen later famously brings sudden-death and the sudden-death tiebreak to tennis in the early 1970s.
Wills has wisely avoided questions about Lenglen for the most part, but she does provide one juicy quote this week. "I am sorry Miss Lenglen has gone off to Italy. But she stillknows gher own business best. ....Don't you feel she should have given me ar eturn match here?"
Hawkers are making money off of Helen Wills by falsely selling eyeshade with her fake signature. The Eyeshade is selling for anywhere from 5 to 10 US dollars.
Nelly Neppach is having problems with her own federation, which has very publicaly made it clear that she is not officially representing Germany. Nelly has ignored their demands not to play on the Riviera. Germans are still barred from many events due to the Great War. Neppach remarked, "Do they want to keep this war going forever? I have never received a better welcome anywhere than from the French on the Riviera. This is my own people firing upon me from the rear."
Re: 1926 results
Week of March 8-14
March 4-13, MCC Autumn Tournament, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
FI: Gladys Toyne d. Sylvia Harper 8-6 6-4
DF: Esna Boyd/Sylvia Harper d. M. Melver/R. Stephenson 6-3 8-6
MX: Esna Boyd/H. Schlesingerd. Sylvia Harper/Ian McInnes 9-7 1-6 6-3
March 7-11, Dixie Championships, Tampa, Florida, USA (Clay)
Venue: Davis Island Courts
1R: Elizabeth Ryan-bye
1R: Lady Doreen Hely-Hutchinson (GB) d Mrs George B Stanwix 6-2 6-3
1R: Louise Raymond d Miss Thompson 6-1 6-1
1R: Mrs J Saunders Taylor d Miss Miller 6-0 6-0
1R: Mary Browne-bye
QF: Ryan d Helen McMillan 6-1 6-0
QF: Raymond d Hely-Hutchinson 4-6 6-0 6-1
QF: Saunders Taylor d Josina Vanderende 6-2 6-2
QF: Browne d ???? 6-0 6-0
SF: Ryan d Raymond 6-3 6-1
SF: Browne d Sanders Taylor 6-3 6-2
FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Mary Browne 6-3 8-6
DF: Elizabeth Ryan/Mrs J. Saunders-Taylor d. Mary K. Browne/Mrs E. Raymond 6-3 6-4
March 8-14, Munich, Germany (Indoor)
FI: Ilse Weihermann Friedleben d. Mrs Dyrenfurth 6-1 6-0
MX: Weihermann Friedleben/George Demasius d. Mrs Lemp/Knaw 6-1 6-1
March 8-14, South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)
*Draw is not in exact draw order.
1R: J Francke d Mrs Young 7-5 6-3
1R: De Jacquier d Landru 6-2 6-2
1R: Baroness Riegerova d Feret Dutard 6-1 6-2
1R: De Bourdineau d Hulbert 6-4 6-3
1R: Ilona Peteri (Hun) d E Connell 6-3 6-4
1R: Mrs Mayne d Nelly Neppach (Ger) default
1R: Yvonne Bourgeois d Mrs Bramley Moore 6-4 5-7 7-5
1R: Jean Radcliffe d Brownlow 6-0 6-3
1R: Mrs Pitman d Hood 6-0 6-0
1R: M Smailes d Wightman 6-0 6-1
1R: P Ducros d De Bruyn Kops 6-2 8-6
1R: ??? d Lili de Alvarez default
2R: Helen Wills (US) d Helen Shirley (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Mrs Sallie Maynard (GB) d K Frischer 7-5 6-3
2R: Joan Ridley (GB) d Neven 6-1 6-3
2R: J Martin d Marjollet 7-5 6-2
2R: Mme Bourgeois d J Francke 7-5 6-0
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d De Jacquier 6-2 6-2
2R: Baroness Riegerova d ????
2R: Ilona Peteri (Hun) d De Bourdineau 6-0 6-1
2R: Dashwood d Mrs Mayne ????
2R: M Ritchie d Marsden 6-2 6-3
2R: Yvonne Bourgeois d Radcliffe 7-5 6-4
2R: Isabella Lee Mumford (US) d D Deen 6-0 6-0
2R: M Smailes d Mrs Pitman 6-4 0-6 6-3
2R: NQ Radcliffe Platt d P Ducros 6-0 6-0
2R: De Andria d E Green (GB) 7-5 6-3
2R: Eileen Bennett d L Boothe 6-1 6-0
3R: Wills d Maynard 6-0 6-1
3R: Ridley d J Martin 6-2 6-0
3R: Harvey d Bourgeois 6-3 6-1
3R: Peteri d Riegerova 6-0 6-1
3R: Dashwood d M Ritchie 7-5 6-4
3R: Mumford d Y Bourgeois ????
3R: M Smailes d NQ Radcliffe Platt 6-3 0-6 6-4
3R: Eileen Bennett d De Andria 6-4-6-2
QF: Wills d Ridley 6-0 6-2
QF: Peteri d Harvey ???
QF: Mumford d Dashwood ????
QF: Bennett d Smailes ????
SF: Wills d Petery 6-2 6-2
SF: Mumford d Bennett 4-6 6-4 6-0
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Isabella Mumford (US) 6-0 6-1
DF: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) d. Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Ridley (GB) 6-4 7-5
MX: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d Helen Wills (US)/Charles Kingsley (GB) 4-6 7-5 13-11
Interest in the Riviera season is starting to wane. Lenglen is gone, with no possibility now of a rematch with Wills. No one is left to challenge Wills now that she has proven she can beat everyone else. The event suffers another other blow when German Nelly Neppach finally caves in to pressure from her federation and returns back to Berlin. The German federation threatened to bar her from all German events,ignoring her contention that she was Austrian. The coup de grace is the withdrawal of Lili de Alvarez due to fatigue. Lili's father ordered her to rest one week.
Mumford's slow and defensive game leads to an upset over Bennett in the semis, but Helen kills ball after ball for an easy victory. Organizers complain about financial ruin due to low attendance.
Re: 1926 results
Week of March 15-21
March 15-20, US Covered Court Championships, Boston, Massachussetts, USA (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Longwood (Chesnut Hill Covered Courts)
1R: Elizabeth Ryan d Mrs John L Bremer 10-8 6-3
1R: Julia Chapin d Mrs Robert Walcott 6-2 4-6 6-4
1R: Anna Fuller Hubbard d Mrs ST Crawford 6-3 6-3
1R: Edith Sigourney d Dorothy Briggs 6-1 6-0
1R: Martha Bayard d Margaret Blake 6-4 6-3
1R: Rosamund Newton-bye
1R: Mrs W. M Shedden-bye
1R: Mrs Paul Sanborn-bye
1R: Marion Zinderstein Jessup-bye
1R: Dorothy Blodgett-bye
1R: Katherine Gardner d Mrs AC Butler 6-1 6-1
1R: Mrs AL Robinson d Mrs HR Hardwick 6-3 6-3
1R: Elizabeth Corbiere d Mrs lester Watson 6-0 6-1
1R: Mrs Franklin Reese d Mrs WH Trumball default
1R: Mrs ER Mitton d Mrs Ralph Hornblower 6-0 6-0
1R: Mary Browne d Mrs Delmar Leighton 6-1 6-3
2R Ryan d Chapin 6-0 6-1
2R: Hubbard d Sigourney 6-4 6-1
2R: Bayard d Newton 6-1 6-1
2R: Shedden d Sanborn 6-1 6-0
2R: Jessup d Blodgett 6-0 6-1
2R: Gardner d Robinson 6-1 6-1
2R: Corbiere d Reese 6-0 6-1
2R: Browne d Mitton 6-4 6-1
QF: Ryan d Hubbard 6-2 6-4
QF: Bayard d Shedden 6-2 6-3
QF: Jessup d Gardner 6-0 6-0
QF: Browne d Corbiere 6-2 6-0
SF: Ryan d Bayard 6-2 6-1
SF: Jessup d Browne 6-2 6-3
FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Marion Jessup 1-6 6-2 6-3
SF: Jessup/Wightman d Bayard/Gardner 6-1 6-3
SF: Browne/Ryan d Corbierre/Endicott 6-2 6-2
FI: Mary Browne/Elizabeth Ryan d. Marion Jessup/Hazel Wightman 6-1 6-3
MX: Hazel Wightman/George Gardiner d Anna Hubbard/Arnold Jones 6-3 6-4
Anna Fuller Hubbard is married to Charles J Hubbard. She was RU in the 1925 US Indoors.
Elizabeth Corbierre =Mrs J Dallas Corbierre
March 15-21, Cote d'Azur Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Cannes Lawn Tennis Club
1R: Helen Wills (US) d LC Cuppage 6-1 6-0
2R: Wills d Mrs JR Hall (US) 6-0 6-0
3R: Wills d Mrs J Keays (SA) 6-1 6-0
3R: Mrs JM Padwick d Hamilton Fleming 5-7 6-2 6-2
3R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d NQ Radcliffe Platt 8-6 6-0
3R: E Petchell (GB) d G Bourgeois 6-0 6-3
3R: Dorothy Shepherd Barron (GB) d Madeline O'Neill 6-1 6-2
3R: Yvonne Bourgeois d Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (Swt) 9-7 6-3
3R: Grasset d Isabella Lee Mumford (US) 6-1 6-1
3R: Joan Ridley (GB) d S Travers 6-4 6-3
QF: Wills d Mrs JM Padwick (GB) 6-0 6-0
QF: Bennett d Petchell ????
QF: Y Bourgeois d Shepherd-Barron ????
QF: Ridley d Grassett ????
SF: Wills d. Bennett 6-2 6-4
SF: Ridley d. Bourgeois 7-5 4-6 8-6
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Joan Ridley (GB) default
DF: Eileen Bennett (GB)/Joan Ridley (GB) d. Mrs Coleman (GB)/E. Petchell (GB) 6-4 5-7 4-4 retired
MX: Helen Wills (US)/Henri Cochet d Jean Radcliffe (GB)*/Captain Bernard Meyer (GB) 7-5 6-1
Mrs Keays is the former champion of India
PM Radcliffe and NQ Radcliffe Platt are two separate indviduals. There is also a William Radcliffe plating about this time. Are they all related? The Miss Jean Radcliffe is probably Miss PM Radcliffe, but until this is verified for certain I am retaining the PM or P Radcliffe for these Riviera draws.
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