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1887 results


January through June

Many thanks to Elegos, Newmark and GeeTee for their contributions to this thread.

CR=Challenge Round. Under the challenge round system the previous year's winner, the holder of the title, "sat out" until the challenger won the final (often called the All-Comers Final).

Notable: Lottie Dod goes undefeated for the season. Her singles titles are the Irish Chmps, Bath 9West of England), Manchester (North of England) and Wimbledon.

Blanche Bingley married George Hillyard on the 13th of July.


May 2-9 18 Intercolonial Tournament (NSW Championship), Sydnet, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Association Grounds, Moore Park

1R: EM Mayne d Eliza Fitzgerald 6-3 6-1
1R: Shaw d Raleigh 6-2 6-4

SF: Mayne d Shaw 6-2 1-6 6-3
SF: Ellen Blaxland d Ada Rodd 7-5 6-2

FI: EM Mayne d Ellen Blaxland 6-1 6-3

CR: EM Mayne d Greene 6-4 6-4


1R? Shaw/Mayne d Ada Rodd/Beatrice Metcalfe 6-1 6-2

SF Greene/Raleigh d Mayne/Shaw 6-2 7-5
SF Lil Scott/Zilla Scott d Eliza Fitzgerald/Ellen Blaxland 7-5 6-4

FI Scott/Scott d Greene/Raleigh 3-6 6-4 6-3

Mixed Doubles

1R Scott/Charles Cropper d Raleigh/Edward A Merewether 6-4 6-4
Rest byes?

QF Greene/Dudley Webb d Beatrice Metcalfe/E.W. Wallington 6-0 6-4
QF Mayne/H.W. Bartram d Scott/Clive Smith 6-2 6-1
QF Rodd/C.T. Metcalfe d Shaw/A.W. Allen 6-1 6-3
QF Fitzgerald/R.D. Fitzgerald d Scott/Charles Cropper 6-2 6-8 8-6

SF Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Rodd/Metcalfe 6-4 6-0
SF Greene/Webb d Mayne/Bartram 3-6 6-4 6-1

FI Greene/Webb d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 6-4 6-2

"Mayne's steady placing and accurate judgement, combined with great determination, proved too much for the brilliant cutting of her rival."


Circa mid-May, Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon

FI: Isa Watson d. Miss Bayley 4-6 6-1 6-2*

* The women’s singles event was handicap only.


May 19-21, Pollokshields, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Julia Mackenzie d. Miss Blackburn 6-0 10-8

MX: Julia Mackenzie/"Robertson" d. Miss Blackburn/Rodger 6-2 6-3


May 23-28, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square


1R: Lottie Dod d. Miss McClintock 6-1 6-3
1R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Exham 6-1 6-2
1R: Maud Watson d. Connie Butler 6-1 6-2
1R: Lilian Watson d. Florence Stanuell 6-2 3-6 6-4

SF: Lottie Dod d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-0
SF: Maud Watson d. Lilian Watson 6-2 6-5

FI: Lottie Dod (GB) d. Maud Watson (GB) 6-4 6-3

DF: Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell d. Lilian Watson (GB)/Maud Watson (GB)4-6 6-4 6-4

Mixed Doubles

QF: Lottie Dod (GB)/Ernest Renshaw (GB) d. Louisa Martin/Willoughby Hamilton 6-3 7-5

FI: Lottie Dod (GB)/Ernest Renshaw (GB) d. Maud Watson (GB) /Harry Grove 8-6 5-7 6-1 6-3

This year this tournament probably marked Lottie Dod’s first appearance in tournament play outside of England.

From the “Irish Times”, 26 May 1887 (originally posted by Mark)

“Judging by the exceptionally brilliant form shown by Miss Martin in all her practice matches this season, those best able to form an opinion looked forward to her, if not winning the ladies’ singles right out, certainly getting into the final round, but her match with Miss Dod ended in an easy win for the English lady, Miss Martin getting but three games in the match. It cannot be denied that Miss Martin does not play up to her true form in public and several of her strokes were much affected by her nervousness, which was a noticeable feature throughout her game. Miss Dod, on the other hand, was as cool as possible, and the sureness and severity of her strokes frequently brought forth rounds of applause. The winner has improved vastly since last year, especially in her backhand stroke, which, though not severe, is nevertheless a very telling one. Miss Martin took the first two games, but from that to the finish she got only one more game. Miss Dod took the third, fourth and fifth games to 15, 30 and 30, her opponent taking the sixth game to deuce, when three games won by Miss Dod to 30, deuce and 15, won her the set. The second set was won to love. The first two games were close enough, being won to deuce; but in the last four games the winner only lost three strokes.”


May 30, Berrylands Lawn Tennis Club, Surbiton, Surrey, England (Grass)

MX: Harry Barlow/Miss Ripley/Harry Barlow (owe 15) d. Lucy Ripley/Herbert Ripley 1-6 6-5 10-8

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "The Bank Holiday Tournament (ladies' and gentlemen's doubles, partners drawn by lot) of this club resulted as under. By arrangement, Harry S. Barlow owed 15, but that did not prevent the success of his pair, though Miss Lucy and Herbert H. Ripley fought hard in the final tie, eighteen games being played in the last set before the latter were defeated."


May 30-31, Rotherby, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (Grass)

DF: Mrs Jacques/Effie Noon d. Florence Noon/Miss Turner 1-6 6-3 6-3

MX: Florence Noon/Alfred E. Thompson d. Effie Noon/Conway John Morgan 6-2 5-7 8-6

The winners of the mixed doubles event later married each other, as did the runners-up. There was no women's singles event at this tournament this year.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888) "This tournament, which was held in the private grounds of Mr Joseph Hames of Rotherby Hall, Leicester, took place on Whit Monday and Tuesday. The entries were mostly those of local players, principal among the visitors being Mr Conway John Morgan [...] The ladies' and gentlemen's doubles was productive of a capital match between Miss Florence Noon and Mr Alfred Thompson against Miss Effie Noon and Mr Morgan. All three sets had to be played, the last two being advantage sets, the match ending in favour of the former pair."


May 30-June 4, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=17)

1R: Mrs Hornby d. Miss Hemingway 6-0 6-5

2R: Lottie Dod d. Lilian Watson 6-1, 6-1
2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Whittaker 6-1 6-2
2R: Hornby d. Miss Langley default
2R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Turner 6-3 6-3

2R: N. Pope d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-2 5-6 6-2
2R: Lottie Paterson d. Miss Bennett 6-1 6-1
2R: AM Wilder d. Miss Davies 6-4 3-6 6-2
2R: Maud Watson d. Miss Hayes 6-0 6-0

QF: Dod d. Bracewell 6-5 6-3
QF: Langrishe d. Hornby 6-3 6-2
QF: Pope d. Paterson 6-1 6-1
QF: M Watson d. Miss Wilder 6-0 6-0

SF: Dod d. Langrishe 6-1 6-3
SF: M Watson d. Pope 6-2 6-2

FI: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson 7-5 6-4

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 10-8 6-3

MX: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw 6-4 4-6 6-1

In the final Maud Watson led 5-4, 40-15 in the first set, and 4-2 in the second set. Again, Lottie Dod proved her downfall in all 3 events.


June 1-4, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Mabel Boulton d. Miss Meikle 6-0 6-1

CR: Mabel Boulton d. Jane Meikle (holder) default

DF: Dorothy Boulton/Mabel Boulton d. A. Forest/Miss Meikle 1-6 6-4 6-3

MX: Dorothy Boutlon/John Galbraith Horn d. Mabel Boulton/Richard M Watson 6-2 3-6 12-10


June 6-11, Cheltenham Tounament, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: Louisa Martin d. Edith Davies 6-2 6-4
1R: Florence Stanuell d. Florence Mardall 6-0 6-0
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Lilian Watson 6-5 6-3
1R: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1 6-0

SF: Martin d. Stanuell 6-4 6-4
SF: M Watson d. Bracewell 6-4 6-0

FI: Louisa Martin d. Maud Watson 6-4 5-7 6-2

DF: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-4 6-1

MX: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) 6-4 6-3

In the final Martin had a match point in the second set. She fails to convert, but goes on to win in 3 sets.


June 6-11, Scottish Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5, plus holder).

1R: Dorothy Boulton d. Miss Moreton 6-3 7-5

SF: Connie Butler d. Lottie Paterson 8-6 6-3
SF: Dorothy Boulton d. Miss Meikle 6-3 6-2

FI: Connie Butler d. Dorothy Boulton 6-1 6-0 6-3

CR: Connie Butler d. Mabel Boulton (holder) 6-2 6-2 3-6 8-6

Note the All comers Final and Challenge Rounds were best of 5 sets.


June 13-18, London Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Stamford Bridge

Singles (Draw=8, plus holder)

1R: B. James d. L. Renwick 6-2 6-2
1R: A. Tulloch d. Mrs Anderson 6-4 6-5
1R: L. Murray d. E. Bushell default
1R: May Jacks d. Miss Renwick 3-6 6-0 6-1

SF: James d. Tulloch 6-0 6-1
SF: Jacks d. Murray retired (most likely a default; though "retired" suggests she started the match)

FI: B. James d. May Jacks 7-5 6-3

CR: Blanche Bingley (holder) d. B. James 6-4 6-3


June 13-18 Waterloo Tournament, Liverpool, England, GB (Grass)

FI: Miss Pickthall d. M. Pick 7-5 6-1

MX: K. Pick/JG Brown d. F. Bromfield/JD Harris 6-2 9-7


June 13-17, Welsh Championships, Penarth, Wales (Grass)

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: Maud Watson, owes 15 d. Mrs Hilldefault
1R: Miss Cockshott d. E. Stephen 6-3 6-4
1R: Beatrice Langrishe-bye
1R: Lilian Watson-bye

SF: M Watson d. L Watson 4-6 6-4 6-3
SF: Langrishe d. Cockshott 6-0 6-1

FI: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3 6-3

MX: Lilian Waston/James Baldwin d. Maud Watson/Ernest Renshaw 3-6 6-2 6-1

This year a Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for the first time. Maud "agreed to owe 15"-meaning she started every game at 0-15. Beatrice was popularly known as "Bee", and is sometimes listed in sources under that name.


June 18 and 20, Headingley Lawn Tennis Club, Headingley, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Headingley Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Beatrice Wood d. G. Harrison 6-3, 6-2

This modest two-day tournament was the first ever tournament held by the Headingley Lawn Tennis Club.


June 20-25, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8, plus holder)

1R: Lottie Dod d. Louisa Martin 6-0 6-2
1R: May Langrishe d. Florence Mardall 6-1 4-6 6-1
1R: Florence Stanuell d. Edith Davies 6-2 6-0
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Connie Butler 6-4 6-3

SF: Dod d Langrishe 6-1 6-2
SF: Bracewell d Stanuell 6-1 6-8 6-3

FI: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 6-2 6-2

CR: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson (holder) 6-2 6-1*

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-4 2-6 6-3

MX: Louisa Martin/Tom S. Campion d. Lottie Dod/Harry Grove 8-6 6-3

Check final score. Also have alternate score of 6-1 6-2.*

"Ladies' singles, best of three advantages sets throughout; first prize value 10 guineas, second prize values 5 guineas (presented by the Vice-President of the Northern Lawn Tennis Association); the winner of the first prize will also hold the Association's ladies' challenge prize, value 20 guineas; presented in 1887, this prize to become the property of any lady who may win it two years in succession, or three times in all; entrance fee, 5s."


June 20-25, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

MX: Miss Barlow/Harry Barlow d. May Jacks/HC Yockney 7-5 4-6 6-1


June 28-July 2, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Mardall 6-0 4-6 7-5

DF: Margaret Bracewell/F. Mardall d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-4 7-5

MX: Margaret Bracewell/John Deykin d. Bertha Steedman/PB Brown 6-4 11-9

This year the women’s singles event at this tournament was "handicap" only.


Unknown Date, Ealing Lawn Tennis Tournament

FI Charlotte Cooper won


Unknown date, Natal Championships

FI: Mabel Grant d. B. Grant 6-4 6-3

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