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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 06:27 PM   #31
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Re: FIRST NAMES - Help Needed

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Originally Posted by Charles Friesen View Post
I suspect the Therese Villard de Kermel connection is correct but have no proof (yet!)

In the meantime I've found a picture of Mlle de Kermel
http://www.chansons-net.com/tennis/a.../france-2.html

the text says:
-there are 3 entries in 1897
-only 1 entry in 1898
-in 1900 Prevost wins the final by w/o - [presumably this means Masson did not defend but does not necessarily mean that that Prevost played no matches to get to the final]
-in 1901 there are only 3 entries [Girod, Leroux, and Prevost] but only one match is played since Prevost defaults the [challenge round] final
-in 1907 there are only 3 entries [presumably de Kermel, d'Elva, and GillouFenwick] but only one set is played when d'Elva retires after losing the first set 6-1, and then the finalist [presumably GillouFenwick] does not show for the [challenge round] final
-to drum up interest, the magazine Femina does a feature on K GillouFenwick
Interesting. I wonder what sources were used by Bruno, the guy who runs/ran that site? It was clear anyway that very few players took part in the Closed French Championships in the early years.
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