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DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:40 PM

Most of these results were compiled by Mark Ryan with additions by Rollo and Andrew Tas and slam results from Brian Stewart plus extensive Australian results from GeeTee


Date Unknown, New Zealand Championship

FI: Kate Nunnelly


Date Unknown, Natal Championship, Durban, SA

FI: N. Hickman d. U. Turnbull 6-4 6-2

March 7-14, South Australian Championships, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Jubilee Exhibition Oval

1R: Maisie Parr d. Miss Brown 6-1 6-5

CR: Lilian Payne (holder) d. Maisie Parr 6-3 6-3

1R: Payne/Wyatt d. Hunter/Patterson 6-3 6-1
1R: Brown/Hone d. Chapple/Daniels 6-0 6-3

SF: Payne/Wyatt d. Ayers/Parr 6-3 6-1
SF: Brown/Hone d. Dale/Goldsmith 6-2 6-2

DF: Payne/Wyatt d. Hone/Brown
6-3 5-6 6-4

Mixed Doulbes
1R: Payne/Bob Bowen d. Wyatt/Dr. David Thomas Harbison 6-1 6-4
1R: Parr/W.A.W. Lang d. Kingsborouhg/W.Angel 6-1 6-0

FI: Payne/Bowen d. Parr/Lang 6-3 2-6 6-3

Noted: In the opening doubles match Miss Patterson started a very good game from the beginning, but her partner's (Miss Hunter) first attempts proved an utter failure. This was no doubt accounted for by a combination of nervousness and excitedment, in addition to the novelty of playing on grass

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:40 PM

Re: 1896

Circa April 10-14, Tasmanian Championships, Tasmania, Australia (Grass)

1R: E. Howe d. Miss Bernard 6-3 6-4
1R: Nina Rock bye

FI: Nina Rock d. E. Howe 0-6 6-4 6-2

Note: The championships were played at a variety of private courts including 'Lenna" (women's singles) and 'Pressland House' (doubles). The surfaces are unknown.


April 13-18, British Covered Courts Championships, London, England (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Queen’s Club,

CR: Edith Austin d. Charlotte Cooper (holder) 6-2 3-6 6-3

Date unknown, Nice, Fr

FI: Mrs. Booth

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:40 PM

Re: 1896

May 2-9, New South Wales Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)

1R: Kate Nunneley (NZ) d. Miss Dransfield 6-2 6-1

FI: Kate Nunneley (NZ) d. Phoebe Howitt 6-4 6-0

CR: Kate Nunneley (NZ) d. Mabel Shaw (holder) 6-2 6-0


1R Nunneley/Woolnough d Ada Keele/Mackenzie 6-3 6-1
1R Howitt/Shaw d M Freeman/Freeman 7-5 6-3

FI: Phoebe Howitt/F. Waters d. Kate Nunneley (NZ)/Miss Woolnough 6-3 7-5

Mixed Doubles

1R: Miss Mackenzie/Mackenzie d Miss Bignold/Bignold 6-2 6-1
1R: M Dransfield/Archibald? Windeyer d Ada Keele/Gaden 8-10 6-1 6-0
1R: Dransfield/Edward? Dewhurst d M Freeman/Blaxland 6-4 6-3
1R: Nunneley/Harold Parker (NZ) d Phoebe Howitt/Alf Dunlop 6-2 8-6

SF: Dransfield/Dewhurst d M Dransfield/Windeyer 6-4 6-3
SF: Nunneley/Parker d Mackenzie/Mackenzie 6-2 6-3

FI: Nunneley/Parker d Dransfield/Dewhurst 9-7 6-2

CR: Mabel Shaw/Percy Colqhoun d Kate Nunneley (NZL)/Harold Parker (NZL) 6-4 3-6 7-5

The London ' Sketch' of the 11th March, states that she began winning matches at 15, and, though an absence of two years at a German school interrupted her tennis career, it was resumed on her return to England , and just before coming to New South Wales she defeated Miss Jackson and Mrs. Hilliard, the present English lady champion, the lafter giving a small start. After the last NeW Zealand championships, Miss Nunnely chŕllenged and defeated some of the best men players at the tournament

In the mixed event, Dewhurst and Miss Dransfield played as much as possible to Miss Nunneley, avoiding Parker, but that lady proved equal to the call, and, as one excited spectator cried during a rally in which she returned ten balls in succession from Dewhurst and his partner, and then beat
Dewhurst by a scorching drive past him out at the corner of the court, "Keep at it, Miss Nunneley, you can beat them both."

Doubles holders M. Dransfield/P. Dransfield did not defend their title.


May 22-30, German Championships, Hamburg, Germany (Clay)


1R: Maren Thomsen d. Countess Clara von der Schulenburg 4-6 6-4 6-1
1R: M. Holtz d. B. Senga 4-6 6-2 6-3
1R: E. Lantzius d. A. Holtz 6-2 6-2
1R: M. Woelcken-bye

SF: Maren Thomsen d. M Woelcken 6-4 6-2
SF: E. Lantzius d. M Holtz 6-3 7-5

FI: Maren Thomsen d. E. Lantzius 6-3 6-2 7-5

The first open women's singles event at the German Championships was actually held in May 1896 (as per "Lawn Tennis"). It appears to have been an all-German affair, with the modest Maren Thomsen emerging as the winner.


May 25-30, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

SF: Louisa Martin d. Miss Snook 6-1 6-3
SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Alice Pickering 1-6 6-3 6-4

FI: Louisa Martin d. Charlotte Cooper 6-0 3-6 6-2

DF: Ruth Dyas/Alice Pickering d. Miss Patterson/Miss Snook 5-7 6-3 6-4

MX: Charlotte Cooper/Harold Mahony d. Alice Pickering/Manliffe Goodbody 6-4 6-2 6-1

May 26-29, Championships of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (Clay)

FI: Countess Clara von der Schulenburg d. T. Steinmann 6-3 6-1 6-2

This was the inaugural main Berlin tournament, where the women initially played a best-of-five-sets final for the Championships of Berlin.

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:40 PM

Re: 1896
Early June

June 1-6, Middlesex Championships, Chiswick Park, London, England (Grass)

CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. Edith Austin 6-4 6-2

June 3-6, Championships of New Jersey, Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA (Grass)

SF: Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore d. Miss Booth 6-2 6-1
SF: Lulu Mowry d. Helen Homans 6-2 4-6 retired

FI: Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore d. Lulu Mowry 6-4 6-8 6-1


began June 10, Middle States Championships, Montrose, New Jersey, USA (Grass)
Venue: Orange LTC

FI: Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore d. Juliette Atkinson 6-4 4-6 2-1 retired

June 3-7, Prague, Bohemia (Clay)

1R: R. Birgin d. Milada Cifka 6-3 7-5
1R: Hedwig Rosenbaum d. E. Berchold 6-4 6-2
1R: M. Bowden d. "Mary" 6-1 6-3
1R: Countess Karolina von Nostitz d. Baroness Albina Spens-Boden 4-6 6-3 6-4

SF: R. Birgin d. Hedwig Rosenbaum 6-1 6-3
SF: Countess Karolina von Nostitz d. M. Bowden 6-4 3-6 6-3

FI: R. Birgin d. Countess Karolina von Nostitz 6-3 7-5

This open women's singles event was held during the third edition of the Austrian Championships. There were no Austrian Championships or Bohemian Championships events for women at this stage in this tournament's history.

Date Unknown, Ealing Lawn Tennis Championship, GB

FI: A. Brown

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
June 17-20, US Championships, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Grass)

1R Bessie Moore d. Helen Field 6-0 6-1
1R Amy Willaims d. Clement Beecroft 6-2 6-4
1R Annabella Wistar d. Margarite Sayen 6-1 6-1
1R Grace Booth d. Laura Henson 5-6 6-3 6-0
1R Edith Rotch d. Maud Banks 6-5 6-1

QF Moore d. Williams 6-4 6-5
QF Gertrude Kimball d. Kathleen Atkinson 6-5 6-1
QF Wistar d. G.Booth 6-2 6-1
QF Rotch d. Helen Booth 6-3 6-2

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

FI: Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore d. Annabella Wistar 6-3 7-5 6-0

CR: Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore d. Juliette Atkinson 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-2


SF Wistar/Williams d. K. Atkinson/G. Booth 6-2 6-1
SF J./Moore d. Henson/Kimball 6-1 6-2

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

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

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
Late June

June 15-20, Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

CR: Edith Austin (holder) d. Ruth Pennington-Legh 6-4 2-6 6-4

June 15-20, Northern Tournament, Liverpool, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Charlotte Cooper 6-0 4-6 6-1

CR: Louisa Martin (holder) d. Blanche Hillyard 6-2 7-5

DF: Blanche Hillyard/Bertha Steedman d. Charlotte Cooper/Louisa Martin 4-6 6-4 7-5

Mixed Doubles

FI: Louisa Martin/Charles Henry Martin d. Bertha Steedman/Neville Durlacher 6-1 6-3

CR: Charlotte Cooper/Harold Mahony (holders) d. Louisa Martin/Charles Henry Martin 6-1 6-3


June 22-27, London Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Grass)

FI: Charlotte Cooper d. A. Templeman 6-3 6-2

Holder Maud Shackle did not defend title.

Date Unknown, Czechoslovakian Championship

FI: M. Cifkova

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
Early July

June 29-July 4, West of England Championships*, Bristol, Avon, England (Grass)

FI: Charlotte Cooper d. Ruth Dyas 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

XDF: Wilfred Baddeley/Helen Jackson d. G.M. Butterworth/A. Parr 6-1, 6-3

* According to "The Field", this tournament was held in Bristol this year.

July 6-8, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

CR: Alice Pickering d. Ruth Dyas (holder) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

July 13 + fd, Canadian Championships, Niagrara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (Grass)

ACF: Juliette Atkinson (USA) d. Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore (USA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

CR: Juliette Atkinson (USA) d. Mrs Sydney Smith (holder) 6-1, 6-2*

* The Challenge Round match appears to have been played over the best of three sets.
date uknown, British Columbia Championships, Victoria, Canada (Grass)

FI: Miss Goward d. Mrs Burton ??

DF: Burton/Miss Dunsmuir d. ??

MX: Goward/A.Goward d. Miss Twigge/L.Escombe ??

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
July 13-21, The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

1R: Henrietta Horncastle bye
1R: Edith Austin d. L. H. Patterson 6-4 6-1
1R: Alice Pickering d. 'Hungerford' 6-1 6-0
1R: Beatrice Wood Draffen bye

SF: E. Austin d. Horncastle default
SF: Pickering d. Draffen 6-3 7-5

FI: Alice Pickering d. Edith Austin 4-6 6-3 6-3

CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. Alice Pickering 6-2 6-3

Notes: 'Hungerford' was an anonymous name. Ladies of this era often avoided publicity by giving aliases and not revealing birthdays or first names. Sporting ladies were still pioneers in the Victorian age, when some believed in the motto that a woman's name should appear in the newspaper only 3 times in her life:When she was born, when she was married, and when she died. - Brian Stewart

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
Late July

July 20-25, Midland Counties Championships, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

FI: Bertha Steedman d. K. Grey 6-4 6-2

July 27-August 1, Northumberland Championships, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 7-5 6-0

DF: Blanche Hillyard/Bertha Steedman d. Mrs J. Gibon/Miss Kendal 6-0 6-2

MX: G.L. Orme/Charlotte Cooper d. W.J. Nimmo/Mrs P. Merton 6-1 8-6

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
Early August

August 5-8, West of Scotland Championships, Castle Wemyss, Fife, Scotland (Grass)

CR: Lottie Paterson (holder) d. B. Jackson 6-1 6-1

DF: B. Jackson/F. Jackson d. K. Jamieson/M. Jamieson 2-6 6-3 6-4

MX: Miss Gillon/T.L. Brown d. B. Jackson/Mr. Jackson 13-11 14-12

August 10-15, Scottish Championships, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)

CR: Lottie Paterson (holder) d. Ida Cressy 6-3 8-6

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:41 PM

Re: 1896
Late August

August 11-17, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 6-4 3-6 7-5

DF: Blanche Hillyard/Bertha Steedman d. E. Morgan/Miss Wadsworth 6-2 6-1

MX: Blanche Hillyard/D. Davy d.Mrs O’Neill/ Harold Weston Carlton 6-1 5-7 6-3

began August 12, Pacific Northwest Championships, Tacoma, Washington, USA (Hard?)

FI: Miss Kershaw d. Miss Riggs 4-6 6-3 6-4

DF: Miss Kershaw/Miss Riggs d. Mrs Burton/Miss Goward 3-6 6-1 6-3

MX: Miss Goward/Mr Coombe d. Mrs Howell/George A. Hurd 6-3 4-6 6-2

August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: Emma Ridding and Henrica Ridding divided the prizes [Handicap only]

August 17-22, Yorkshire Open, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: L. Kendal d. Mrs Beatrice Draffen 6-0 8-6

DF: K. Grey/L. Kendal d. Minnie Hunter/Muriel Robb 6-0 6-4

MX: Ann Wilson Kirby/A. Kirby d. L. Kendal/E.A.O’ Neill 6-4 6-4

began Circa August 20, The Hague, Holland (Clay)

FI: Anthonie van Aken d. C. van Lennep 6-0 6-2

August 22-29, Queensland Championships, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Auchenflower Courts

R1 Ethel Mant d E Persse 6-2 6-0 (?? - is this a handicap score?)
R1 Miss Lee (NSW) d G Harding 6-4 6-2

R2 Eileen Persse d Miss McGregor 6-3 6-4
R2 E Mant d Miss Brookes 6-2 6-2
R2 Miss Lee (NSW) d Miss Newton 7-5 -62
R2 Miss Roehricht d Miss Holland 6-1 6-0

SF Mant d Persse 6-5 6-1
SF Lee (NSW) d Roehricht 7-5 3-6 6-2

FI Ethel Mant d Miss Lee (NSW) 2-6 6-2 6-1

CR Ethel Mant d Amy Pratten 6-2 6-1

Doubles and Mixed were handicap events

August 24-29, Southern California Championships, Santa Monica, California, US (Hard)

FI: Marion Jones d. Miss Hendricks 6-1 6-0

MX: Marion Jones/Robert Rowan d. Miss Hendricks/Archie Way 6-2 7-5

began August 26, Niagara-on-the-Lake International, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (Grass)

FI: Juliette Atkinson (US) d. Kathleen Atkinson (US) 6-2 7-5

The two finalists were sisters. This does not appear to have been an All-Comers’ Final or Challenge Round.

began August 31, Ladies’ Western Championships, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Grass?)
Venue: Kenwood Country Club

FI: Jennie Craven d. Carrie Neely [score?]

This event was played separately from the men’s Western Championships tournament, held earlier in the season.


????, Saint-Servan-sur-Mer, France (Clay)

FI: Ivy Arbuthnot (GB) d. Miss Richardson (GB) 6-3 9-7

Dates uncertain. I am placing the event here as coastal events often took place in the late summer.

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:42 PM

Re: 1896

August 31-September 4, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (Grass)

CR: Violet Pinckney (holder) d. Amy Ransome 6-3 6-1

began September 1, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Boulogne, France (Clay)

CR: Lottie Paterson (GB) (holder) d. F. Gould (GB) 6-0 6-0

began September 7 Dinard, Dinard, Brittany, France (Clay)

CR: Ivy Arbuthnot (GB) (holder) d. May Arbuthnot (GB) default

Cicrca September 8-9 ?? Pacific Coast Championships, Del Monte, CA, US (Hard)
Venue: Hotel Del Monte

No known winner.

(Note from Mark Newman)
A note on the Pacific Coast Championships: According to the 1897 Wright and Ditson "Official Lawn Tennis Guide", the women's singles event at the 1896 Pacific Coast Championships was due to be played alongside the men's doubles event on September 8 and 9, at the Hotel Del Monte in California, but there were no entries for women's singles event, so, according to Wright and Ditson, Bee Hooper retained her title by default. However, one of the Californian newspapers had Marion Jones beating Bee Hooper (the holder) in the Challenge Round of the 1895 Pacific Coast Championships. There seems to be some confusion around this result.

(Note from Rollo)

According to the San Francisco Call of August 29 the entry fee for the event was 50 cents. All matches were to be 2 out of 3, except for the all-comers and Challenge rounds, which were to be best 3 of 5. The Call noted that the 1895 event was at San Rafael, where Hooper nearly lost to Marion Jones.

Interestingly the Call notes only the men's doubles final in its September 9th and 10th editions, solidifying Mark's information from Wright and Ditson.

The Call in its Sept 9, 1895 edition, states that Marion Jones d Miss B Hooper in the finals of the Pacific Slope championships at San Rafael. This seemingly contradicts their own information from a year later. Confusion indeed! (This result is listed in the 1895 thread).

Finally, Max Robertson, in his authoritative Encyclopedia of Tennis, give Bee Hooper as the winner for the Pac Coast in 1894, then lists no winners from 1895-97. In 1898 the Pacific Coast was won by Marion Jones.


September 7-12, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

FI: Edith Austin d. Charlotte Cooper 6-2 7-5

CR: Blanche Hillyard (holder) d. Edith Austin 6-3 4-6 6-1

MX: Maud Shackle/Wilfred Baddeley d. Edith Austin/George Greville 6-1 3-6 6-3

September 14-21, Sussex Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)

SF: Blanche Hillyard d. Henrica Ridding 6-1 7-5
SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Edith Austin 6-2 8-6

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Charlotte Cooper 3-6 6-4 6-1

DF: Charlotte Cooper/Blanche Hillyard d. Lottie Paterson/Maud Shackle 6-3 6-0

MX: Maud Shackle/Wilfred Baddeley d. Charlotte Cooper/George Hillyard 7-9 6-1 6-1

There was no Challenge Round in the women’s singles event at this tournament this year. Blanche Hillyard was the holder.

September 21-26, Welsh Covered Courts Championships, Llandudno, Wales (Wood)

CR: Alice Pickering (holder) d. Henrica Ridding 6-1 7-5

began September 22, Bad Homburg, Germany, (Clay)

FI: Elsie Lane (GB) d. Toupie Lowther (GB) 6-0 6-2

began September 29, Championships of Bohemia, Prague, Bohemia (Clay)

FI: M. Cifka d. G. Rössler 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-3

There was a best-of-five-sets final in the women’s singles events at this tournament this year. It was usually held in late spring.

began September 30, Baden-Baden, Germany (Clay)

FI: Elsie Lane (GB) d. Frl Zographo 6-1 6-0

DavidK Oct 9th, 2010 01:42 PM

Re: 1896
October - December

November 9-14, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Club

R1 Miss Raleigh d Miss Howitt 6-5 6-2
R1 Mabel Shaw d E Raleigh 6-5 1-6 6-2

SF Phoebe Howitt d Mabel Shaw 6-2 6-2
SF Raleigh d C Peach 4-6 6-2 7-6

FI Phoebe Howitt d Raleigh 6-2 6-2

SF Phoebe Howitt/Howitt d E Raleigh/Raleigh 6-4 6-4

FI Phoebe Howitt/Miss Howitt d C Peach/Mabel Shaw 6-4 4-6 6-3

Mixed Doubles
FI F Waters/T Irving d Mabel Shaw/Percy Colquhoun 3-6 7-5 6-4

CR Phoebe Howitt/Alf Dunlop d F Waters/T Irving 6-3 10-8


Circa mid-November, Western Australian Championships, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Grass)

FI: Miss Stewart d Mabel Lee-Steer 6-0 6-4 (handicap event)

No standard events for women were contested

December 26-30, 1896 New Zealand Championships, Nelson

R1 Miss Mabin d Miss Moore 6-1 6-4
R1 Miss Kennedy d Miss Leggatt 6-2 6-0

FI Miss Kennedy d Miss Mabin 6-5 6-3

CR Kate Nunneley d Miss Kennedy 6-1 6-0

Miss Kennedy was troubled by a blistered hand and her racquet was repeatedly knocked from her hand in attempting to return the fast strokes of her formidable opponent. Due to an absence of entries, Nunneley and Miss Trimnell retained the doubles title by walkover.

The lighter ball used (Slazenger's) proved somewhat puzzling to (most of the) Wellington competitors.

newmark401 Nov 25th, 2010 11:31 AM

Re: 1896
August 24-29, Southern California Championships, Santa Monica, California, USA (Hard)

FI: Marion Jones d. Miss Hendricks 6-1, 6-0

XDF: Robert Rowan/Marion Jones d. Archie Way/Miss Hendricks 6-2, 7-5

DavidK Nov 25th, 2010 02:41 PM

Re: 1896
Southern Cal edited in - thank you. Now I have to figure out how to rename the thread.

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