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Re: 1887 results


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


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

Singles (Draw=7)

1R: Blanche Hillyard d. [Georgina] Kindersley 6-3,\ 6-2
1R: Miss Bryan d. Miss Noon 6-1 2-6 7-5
1R: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-0 6-4
1R: Lilian Watson-bye

SF: Hillyard d. Bryan 6-3 6-3
SF: M Watson d. L Watson 6-3 6-3

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


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.


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.”


August 6 and 8, Ilkley, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Wood d. L. Chatterton-Clarke 3-6 7-5 6-1

The women's events at this tournament were still handicap only.


August 10-13, Hull, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Constance Hodgson d. Angel Smith 3-6 6-4 6-3

This event was still handicap only.


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

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


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.”


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.


August 15-20, Yorkshire County Tournament, Whitby, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Open events

CR: Margaret Bracewell (holder) d. E. Atkinson 4-6 6-2 6-0

DF: Margraet Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Ethel Atkinson/Ella Rawlinson 6-2 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/F.J. Hirst d. G. Walters/M. Pole 8-6 6-3

Yorkshire County singles

CR: Beatrice Wood d. Mabel Boulton (holder) 7-5 5-7 6-0

This event was restricted to players from Yorkshire.


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


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


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

FI: Kate Barkley d. Edith 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 Kate Barkley/TK 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.”


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


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

Mixed Doubles

CR: 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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