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Re: 1887 results

July through December

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).

July 2-7, The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5, plus holder)

1R: Lottie Dod -bye
1R: B James d. Maud Shackle 8-6 6-2
1R: Edith Cole -bye
1R: Julia Shackle -bye

SF: Dod d. James 6-1 6-1
SF: Cole d. J Shackle 6-4 6-1

FI: Lottie Dod d. Edith Cole 6-2 6-3

CR: Lottie Dod d. Blanche Bingley (holder) 6-2 6-0

Lottie Dod "The Little Winder" is the first real teenage prodigy of tennis. She wins on her debut at Wimbledon. She was 15 years and 10 months old at the time and is still the youngest ever winner of a senior singles title at Wimbledon. Miss Dod is the only woman in tennis history never to lose in grand slam, going unbeaten in her 5 Wimbledons. Some ladies feel the young girl has an unfair advantage over them. Older women must wear more restrictive clothes, while young Lottie can dash about in shorter skirts.


From: "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "Wednesday, July 6. With so few competing in the ladies' singles, it was decided that it was not necessary to allow the winner of the All-Comers' a day's rest before meeting the lady champion, indeed, Miss Lottie Dod had only two ties to play off. Rather a larger company than had been previously seen this year at Wimbledon, were gathered round centre court when Miss Blanche Bingley and Miss Dod commenced their match for the championship. Just at first Miss Dod was not seen at her best, while Miss Bingley played very well, sending her returns down the court in her well-known style, but this, however, only lasted four games, and out of this number the 1886 champion could only win her share.

"Afterwards it was quite palpable that she was overmatched, as game after game in quick succession was won by Miss Dod, whose returns were wonderfully well placed, and at times she volleyed with good effect. The last ten games of the match were all won by Miss Dod, and, though Miss Bingley may gain more games some other time when in better health, we doubt that she would ever again defeat the new holder of the championship. Miss Dod excels all other ladies greatly in the ease with which she gets to the balls, she apparently being able to judge fairly well where the return is coming to. In the match under notice Miss Dod won 12 games to 2 and 60 strokes to 36."

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July 11-14, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

FI: E. Blencowe d. Gertrude Mellersh 6-1 6-1*

MX: Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) d. Mrs Hornby/AD Annesley 6-4 4-6 6-0

This year this tournament featured a women's singles event, although it was only handicap in nature.


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July 14-16, Leicester Tournament, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (Grass)

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Effie Noon 6-4 6-2

MX: Margaret Bracewell/Ernest Lewis d. Miss Noon/CP Brett 6-1 6-1

Unclear if Miss Noon=Effie.

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July 13-18, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

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

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July 18-23, Middlesex Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Chiswick Park

FI: D Patterson d. Edith Gurney 6-0 4-6 7-5

DF: Miss Gray/L Patterson d. May Jacks/B James 6-4 6-1

MX: Blanche Hillyard/George Hillyard d. May Jacks 6-1 6-0

A Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for the first time this year. This meant that there would be a Challenge Round in succeeding years.

* Hillyard is the married name of Blanche Bingley. She had married George Hillyard on 13 July of this year.

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July 25-30, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

1R: Bertha Steedman d. L Hill 6-1 6-2
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Mary Steedman 6-2 6-1
1R: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Wood 6-1 6-2
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. E Steedman 6-3 6-5

SF: Bertha Steedman d. Beatrice (Bee) Langrishe 6-4 6-3
SF: May Langrishe d. Margaret Bracewell 6-5 6-1

FI: May Langrishe d. Bertha Steedman 6-3 6-4


Doubles (The All-England Doubles)

1R: M Crossley/Beatrice Wood-bye
1R: G Bracewell/Margaret Bracewell d. KL Hall/Mrs Rentoul 6-1 6-4
1R: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. E Steedman/Mrs Steedman 6-0 6-1

SF: G Bracewell/Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Crossley/Beatrice Wood 6-3 3-6 6-3
SF: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-5 6-1

FI: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. G Bracewell/Margaret Bracewell 6-1 6-2

Mixed Doubles

QF: Mary Steedman/FA Clarke d. G Bracewell/A Thompson 6-0 6-4
QF: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. E Samuel/W Crewden 6-0 6-0
QF: Margaret Bracewell/Tom Campion d. Miss Exham/A Betham 6-3 6-1
QF: May Langrishe/William D Hamilton d. Bertha Steedman/TR Grey 6-1 6-4

SF: Dod/Dwight d. M Bracewell/Campion 3-6 6-3 7-5
SF: Langrishe/Hamilton d. M Steedman/Clarke 6-3 6-4

FI: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. May Langrishe/William D. Hamilton 6-4 4-6 6-2

The doubles at Buxton was also the All-England Ladies Doubles

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July 27-30, Newcastle Tournament, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=7)

1R: Connie Butler d. Mrs R. Clayton, default
1R: Miss Cheese d. Helen Jackson 6-2 6-2
1R: A. Reay d. L. Wilson 6-3 6-4
1R: Ann Dod-bye

SF: Butler d. Cheese 6-2 6-1
SF: A Dod d. Reay 6-1 6-3

FI: Connie Butler d. Ann Dod 4-6 6-2 8-6

MX: Helen Jackson/JC Kay d. Miss Bradshaw/William H. Wilberforce 6-1 5-7 7-5

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "The final was very exciting; the first set fell to Miss Dod, who was playing out of the best court, at six to four. Miss Butler won the next at six to two, and the third was an advantage, over fourteen games having to be played before the same lady could win it. Miss Dod began this set remarkably well, taking five of the first six games played, but after that she rather fell off in her play, whilst Miss Butler got back some wondeful strokes, and, after five all and six all had been called, secured the match.

"Both ladies have never played better, the winner all through placed well, and played a plucky uphill game. Miss Dod hit hard, and, except in the middle of the last set, served well."





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August 1-5, Darlington, Durham, England

FI: Helen Jackson d. M. Cheese default

DF: Ann Dod/Helen Jackson d. Connie Butler/Miss Marley 6-1 6-3

Mixed Doubles

SF: Connie Butler/Herbert W. Wilberforce d. Ethel Cheese/Arthur Peese 6-0 7-5
SF: Ann Dod/John Galbraith Horn d. Lady Constance Bowes-Lyon/Hon. Patrick Bowes-Lyon 6-3 3-6 6-4

FI: Connie Butler/Herbert W. Wilberforce d. Ann Dod/John Galbraith Horn 6-4 6-4

The Bowes-Lyons, brother and sister, were uncle and aunt of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth, and mother of Queen Elizabeth II

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August 1-6, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Maud Watson 6-4 6-4

MX: Miss Noon/James Baldwin d. Blanche Hillyard/George Hillyard 6-4 2-6 6-4

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August 3-6, East Grinstead, Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Cobbold d. May Arbuthnot 6-3 6-3

MX: Miss Cobbold/William N. Cobbold d. May Arbuthnot/William J. Down 6-1 4-6 6-4

William Nevill Cobbold had at least two sisters: Georgiana and Matilda.

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August 5-6, 1st Annual Nottingham Tournament, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Trentbridge Ground

FI: Frances Snook d. G. Johnson 6-3 6-1

MX: (Mabel) Louise Snook/Herbert D. Snook d. Miss Wadsworth/J. Douglas 4-6 6-2 retired

From “Pastime”, August 10, 1887: “The first annual tournament of the Nottinghamshire Lawn Tennis Association was held at the Trentbridge Ground on Friday and Saturday last. This being the first attempt to hold a county meeting, considerable interest was felt in the proceedings. The entries were fairly numerous and included several well-known players. Ten courts were provided, half of them being in front of the new pavilion, thus giving a capital vantage ground for sightseers.”

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August 8-13, Teignmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

MX: Maud Watson/Ernest Lewis d. Beatrice Langrishe/Wilfred Milne 6-2 6-0

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August 15-20, Torquay Tournament, Torquay, Devon, England (Grass)
Venue: Torquay Tennis Club


Singles (Draw=7 [Handicap only])

1R: Maud Watson, owes 30 d. Miss Challenor, half 30, default
1R: Mrs Last-Smith, half 15 d. Miss Newland, half 15 and one bisque, 6-4 4-6 10-8
1R: Blanche Hillyard, owes 30 d. Miss Tickell, half 15 and one bisque, 6-1 6-4
1R: E. Parson-bye

SF: Watson d. Last-Smith 6-3 6-2
SF: Hillyard d. E Parson 6-4 6-0

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Maud Watson 4-6 6-2 6-3

MX: Maud Watson/Ernest Lewis d. Miss Tickell/Wilfred Milne 6-0 6-3

Draw note: Both players owed 30 in the final. The women's singles event as a whole was handicap only.

From “Pastime”, August 17, 1887: “Torquay, although a town where a tournament should flourish excellently well, has until this year been without this latest sign of civilisation. Thanks to the enterprise of a few players belonging to the Torquay Club, this want has at last been supplied and with a success that the most sanguine of the promoters could hardly have anticipated. [...] The general arrangements are excellent. The ground, a very pretty one, is ornamented with tents and bunting. All the courts are roped and staked, and ample seating is provided for the accommodation of the spectators.”

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From “Pastime”, August 24, 1887: “The ladies’ handicap produced the match of the week, when Mrs Hillyard and Miss Maud Watson met in the final. Both were handicapped to owe 30, besides giving starts beyond scratch, but neither lost a set in the preliminary rounds. This was the tenth match between these ladies, seven of the previous encounters having resulted in favour of Miss Maud Watson.

“Considerable interest attached to this meeting, and quite a large party journeyed from Teignmouth and Exmouth to see the play. On this occasion Miss Watson showed to much better advantage than at Exmouth and in the first set outplayed her opponent. In the next set Mrs Hillyard’s dogged perseverance and her tremendously hard hitting asserted themselves, and ‘one set all’ was called.

“The deciding set was obstinately contested, but it was evident to all observers that Miss Watson’s strength was inferior to that of her opponent; and although she struggled on most pluckily, Mrs Hillyard won an exciting and a capital match in which both players had shown their best form.”

This was the last time Watson met Hillyard, the series ending at 7-3 in Watson's favor.

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August 17-20, South Saxons Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Hastings and Saint Leonard, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: South Saxons Lawn Tennis Club

FI: C. Smith d. E. King 6-5 6-2

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August 16-24, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)

CR: Ann Dod (holder) d. Lottie Paterson 6-2 6-4

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Paterson d. Miss Meikle/L. Murray 6-3, 6-2

MX: Ann Dod/RM Watson d. Lottie Paterson/BH Smith 6-2 6-1

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August 23-25, Saxmundham Tournament, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)
Venue: Hurt's Hall Park

FI: K BarkleyEdith Austin 6-2 6-4

DF: J. Bond/L. Davy d. E. Henderson/G. Henderson 3-6 6-2 6-3

MX: Edith Austin/Benjamin A. Cohen d K. Barkley/T Norman 6-5 6-2

From “Pastime”, August 31, 1887: “This annual meeting, which, as on previous occasions, was open only to residents in the Eastern Counties, was held in the beautiful grounds in Hurt’s Hall Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week.”

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August 22-27, Scarborough, Yorkshire England (Grass)


Singles (Draw=18, plus holder)


1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Munro default
1R: Beatrice Wood d. Bertha Steedman 6-4 6-4

2R: Ann Dod d. Mrs Hill 6-0 6-4
2R: B. Hopkinson d. H. Robinson 6-3 6-2
2R: Mabel Boulton d. Miss Metcalfe 6-0 6-4
2R: Mardall d. Miss Crossley 7-5 3-6 6-3

2R: Mary Steedman d. Miss Atkinson 6-0 2-6 6-3
2R: Connie Butler d. Miss Sharman 6-2 6-1
2R: Miss Clark d. Miss Freeman 6-2 6-1
2R: Wood d. E. Robinson 6-0 6-1

QF: Dod d. Hopkinson 6-1 6-3
QF: Mardall d. Boulton 7-5 0-6 6-4
QF: M Steedman d. Butler 7-5 7-5
QF: Wood d. Clark 6-2 2-6 6-0

SF: Dod d. Florence Mardall 6-3 5-7 6-3
SF: Wood d. M Steedman 6-4 3-6 6-4

FI: Ann Dod d. Beatrice Wood 6-2 6-1

CR: Margaret Bracewell (holder) d. Ann Dod 6-0 6-1

Doubles

CR: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman d. Margaret Bracewell/F. Mardall (holders) 5-7 6-1 6-2

MXCR: Margaret Bracewell/Harry Grove (holders) d. Mary Steedman/F Bradbury 6-2 4-6 6-2

* This year there was a Challenge Round in all of the main events at this tournament. Perhaps Scarborough already carries the title North of England Chmps.

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Aug 29-Sept 6, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

August 29-September 6, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Singles (Draw=16, plus holder)

1R: Blanche Hillyard d. Harriet Mellersh 6-0 6-2
1R: Gertrude Mellersh d. Miss Goodman 6-2 7-5
1R: Catherine Triscott d. Miss Gregson 6-0 6-1
1R: Edith Gurney d. Mrs Anderson 6-2 6-1

1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Malcolm 7-5 6-1
1R: Blanche Pedley d. Mrs Mercer 6-4 6-1
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Mrs White 7-5 6-4
1R: Constance Smith d. May Jacks 3-6 6-1 6-4

QF: Hillyard d. Mellersh 6-4 6-1
QF: Gurney d. Triscott 6-0 6-1
QF: Mardall d. Pedley 8-10 6-4 6-1
QF: Smith d. Langrishe 6-3 6-4

SF: Hillyard d. Gurney 6-3 1-6 6-3
SF: Smith d. Mardall 6-2 6-3

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Constance Smith 6-2 6-1

CR: Margaret Bracewell (holder) d. Blanche Hillyard 6-4 6-2

DF: Edith Gurney/Blanche Hillyard d. Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall 6-2 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/Ernest Lewis d. Miss Mocatta/Harry Stone 6-0 6-2

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September 27-30, US National Championships , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Grass)
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club

Draw=7


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

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

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

Bertha Townsend was unable to play due to a death in her family.
*Note on Hansell-Harris semi: a different source has score 1-6 6-4 6-4-check the Philly Inquirer

* This was the inaugural women’s singles event at the US Championships. The men’s and women’s singles event were played at different venues in the early years. This is the complete draw for the women’s singles.

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Circa October 5-10, Ladies’ Outdoor Tournament, Livingston, [?], USA (Grass?)

FI: Adeline Robinson d. Mrs A Harris 6-0 6-1

DF: Adeline Robinson/Kitty Smith d. Mrs F Morgan/Miss Ward 6-2 6-2

According to the New York Times "A large and enthuisiastic throng was present."

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October 13-15, Far and Near Lawn Tennis Club, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA (Grass)

FI: Adeline Robinson d. Ellen Roosevelt 6-0 6-4

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October 21-26, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)
Melbourne Cricket Club

SF: Eliza Fitzgerald d Miss Gincham 6-5 6-4
SF: Mabel Shaw d Nellie A' Beckett 6-5 6-1

FI: Mabel Shaw d. Eliza Fitzgerald 6-2 6-3

DF: Mabel Shaw/Phenie Shaw d. Nellie A’Beckett/Miss Fitzgerald ????

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December 22-24 New Zealand Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand (Grass)
Venue: Lancaster Park

Draw=8

1R: Eveleen Harman d Miss Temple 6-3 6-2
1R: E Gordon d Mrs George 6-3 5-6 6-0
1R: Hilda Hitchings d Miss Campbell 4-6 6-3 6-3
1R: Ruth Orbell d Miss Orbell default

SF: Harman d Gordon 4-6 6-5 6-4
SF: Hitchings d R Orbell 6-4 6-5

FI: Eveleen Harman d. Ruth Orbell 6-4 7-9 6-1

Doubles (Draw=3)

1R: Miss Orbell/Ruth Orbell d Miss Campbell/Mrs George 4-6 6-4 6-1
1R: E Gordon/Eveleen Harman-bye

FI: E Gordon/Eveleen Harman d. Miss Orbell/Ruth Orbell 6-3 6-1

Note the newspapers confusingly also called the event "the Interprovincial" matches or tournament. According to the Otago Witness the format was for sets to end once someone obtained 6 games except for the final, where a player had to win a set by two games. Though contested in 1887, this event is often listed as 1887/88 or 1888.

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