July 30-August 6, Derbyshire Championships
, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 6-2 6-5
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Mary Steedman 6-3 5-6 6-3
1R: M. Goodman d. Lottie Paterson 6-1 5-6 6-3
QF: Hillyard d. M Bracewell 6-4 6-4
QF: Gertrude Bracewell d. K. Hill 4-6 6-4 6-4
QF: Goodman d. Miss Pickthall 6-3 6-1
QF: May Langrishe d. M. Crossley 6-2 6-1
SF: Hillyard d. G Bracewell 6-3 6-0
SF: Langrishe d. Goodman 6-0,6-2
FI: Blanche Hillyard d. May Langrishe (Ire) 7-5 6-1
DF: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe Iire) d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-3 6-3
MX: Lottie Dod/William D Hamilton d. Margaret Bracewell/Tom Campion 6-0 6-1
August 1-4, Northumberland Championships
, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)
Venue: Constabulary Cricket Ground
1R: Connie Butler d
. Miss Swarbreck 6-5 6-4
1R: Helen Jackson d. Miss Tarver 6-1 6-0
1R: Beatrice Wood d. Mrs Raggett 3-6 6-1 6-3
1R: Ann Dod d. A. Turner 6-1 6-4
SF: Butler d. Jackson d. 2-6 6-3 6-1
SF: A Dod d. Wood 6-3 6-1
FI: Connie Butler d
. Ann Dod 3-6 6-4 6-4
MX: Ann Dod/John Galbraith d. Helen Jackson/C Liddell default
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1889): "The fourth annual tournament of the above county association was held at Newcastle-on-Tyne, on the new Constabulary Cricket Ground, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. The first three days the weather was of the most enjoyable description, but on the fourth was disastrous to a successful termination of the meeting, a steady downpour of rain falling from ten o'clock in the morning until seven o'clock. After a consultation between the stewards and the players it was decided, in order to meet the convenience of the latter, to play off the finals of the single championships in the covered court in Saint George's Drill Hall, the use of which was kindly granted by Colonel Dowling.
"The finals of the gentlemen's doubles, the handicaps and the county events were played in Portland Park on Wednesday. Reverting to the first three days' play, it must be noted that the courts, nine in number, were, considering the heavy rains of the previous three weeks, in good order and seemed to improve as the week wore on. A capital entry for the different events had been received..."
August 8-10, Keswick
, Cumbria, England (Grass)
FI: L. Cheetham d. F. Haines 5-7 6-3 6-2
MX: Miss Allen/J.E.R. Allen d. E. Haines/Edgar J. Chippendale 1-6 6-1 6-4
August 4-10, East Grinstead
, Sussex, England (Grass)
FI: Ivy Arbuthnot and May Arbuthnot divided the prizes
DF: Ivy Arbuthnot/May Arbuthnot d. Miss Birch/Miss Thompson 6-1 6-0
MX: A. Covey/Harold Stone d. J. Saint Clair/P.E. Wallis 7-5 6-3
August 6-9, Darlington
, Durham, England (Grass)
FI: Beatrice Wood d. Ann Dod 3-6 6-0 6-3
DF: Ann Dod/Miss Lucas d. Ethel Cheese/Mary Cheese 5-7 6-4 6-2
MX: Ann Dod/John Galbraith Horn d. Lady Constance Bowes-Lyon/Hon. Patrick Bowes-Lyon 7-5 13-11
The women’s singles event was handicap only.
August 6-11, Exmouth
, Devon, England (Grass)
Venue: Exmouth Ground
1R: Edith Gurney d. Lilian Watson 6-3 6-1
QF: Blanche Hillyard d. Gurney 6-4 6-2
QF: Georgina [?] Kindersley d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3 6-2
QF: Lilian Pine-Coffin d. May Langrishe default
QF: Miss Bryan d. Florence Mardall 6-1 6-4
SF: Hillyard d. Kindersley 6-2 6-3
SF: Bryan d. Pine-Coffin 2-6 7-5 6-3
FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Miss Bryan 6-3, 6-1
Exhibition handicap singles match played at Exmouth:
Ernest Renshaw (owes 30) d. Lottie Dod 2-6 7-5 7-5
Two exhibition matches were played on Monday, August 13, 1888 on the Exmouth Ground, just after the end of the tournament.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "During the progress of the open tournament during the present week several attempts were made to arrange two matches, one beween Mr Ernest Renshaw and Miss Lottie Dod, the champion giving 30 to the lady champion, and the other a ladies' and gentlemen's double - Mr Ernest Renshaw and Miss Lottie Dod against Mr Ernest Lewis and Mrs Blanche Hillayrd. The players all being at liberty on the Monday following the tournament Major Bridge and the committee kindly allowed the matches to played off on their ground.
"Although it was impossible to give much notice, it soon got bruited about that the 'crack' players were going to contest some matches, and the attendance at the Exmouth Ground was an extremely good one. Indeed, over £15.00 was taken at the gate, and this amount was handed over to the Exmouth Dispensary, a local charity.
"Miss Dod commenced playing a very strong game against Mr Renshaw, and won the opening set, only losing two games. The champion did better in the second set, and the score was called five games to two in his favour, but Miss Dod, by some fine play, took the next three games, and so caused an advantage set to be played. She also stood at 40 to 15 in the eleventh game, but Mr Renshaw won that and also the twelfth without losing an ace, and so won the set by seven games to five.
"The third set was well contested all through, two, three, four and five games all being called. In the eleventh game the score was called 40 to love, Miss Dod wins, but then Mr Renshaw made five aces consecutively, and also won the next game after it had been twice at deuce, this giving him the set and match. [Final score 2-6, 7-5, 7-5]
"In the double match Mr Renshaw and Miss Dod secured five games out of the first six, but the next three in succession were all taken by Mrs Hillyard, who, however, lost the tenth and so the set by six games to four. Deuce was called in six games out of the ten, showing that the set was well contested.
"After one and two games all had been called in the second set, Mr Renshaw and Miss Dod took three in succession, this bringing the score to five games to two in their favour. A love game - the only one of the match - followed to Mr Lewis and Mrs Hillyard, and that pair also won the next three games, all at deuce, the score then standing at advantage game to them. The twelfth, after being once at deuce, was gained by Mr Renshaw and Miss Dod, and they followed this up by also taking the next two, thus winning the set by eight games to six, and the match by two sets to love." [Final score: 6-4, 8-6]
August 14-20 Narragansett Pier Tournament
Narragansett. Rhode Island, US (Grass)
FI: Adeline Robinson d. Miss Ellen Roosevelt ????
The NYT reports that Roosevelt took second place "playing with" [against?]- a Miss Colby 6-2 6-1 6-0.
Was this a sort of comsolation singles match, or even a ladies doubles? Robinson, whom the NYT calls the "lady champion of America", took home a solid silver toilet set as her prize, estimated value $100.
August 15-18, Saint Andrews
, Fife, Scotland (Grass)
FI: Jane Meikle d. A Corbett 6-3 6-4
August 16-18, Felixstowe
, Suffolk, England (Grass)
Venue: Felixstowe Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club
FI: Nellie Turner d. F Green 4-6 6-2 10-8
MX: Helen Kersey/Herbert Kersey d. Mrs K.E. Hawkins/Arthur B. Longe 6-3 6-0
At this point in time, the women's singles event at this tournament was open only to members of the club. The mixed winners were a sister and brother pair.
August 21-24, Torquay
, Devon, England (Grass)
FI: Miss Mockler d. A. Foley ????
MX: Edith Gurney/Ernest W. Lewis d. Miss Wolfe/William Inchbald 6-1 6-2
August 20-28, North of England Championships
, Scarborough, Yorkshire England (Grass)
1R: Dorothy Boulton d. Miss Hall 6-4 5-7 6-3
1R: Miss Clark d. Miss Brown 6-0 6-2
2R: Bertha Steedman d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-3 6-4
2R: Mrs Hill d. Miss Milner 6-1 6-3
2R: Miss Crossley d. Mabel Boulton 6-4 6-3
2R: Mary Steedman d. Clark 6-1 6-3
2R: Beatrice Wood d. E. Crosby 6-0 6-3
2R: A. Turner d. A. Holroyd 6-0 6-1
2R: Ann Dod d. Boulton 6-3 6-2
2R: Connie Butler d
. G. Holroyd default
QF: B Steedman d. Hill 6-4 6-0
QF: M Steedman d. Crossley 6-1 6-1
QF: Wood d. Turner 6-1 6-4
QF: Butler d. A Dod 7-5 2-6 7-5
SF: B Steedman d. M Steedman default
SF: Butler d
. Wood 6-3 3-6 7-5
FI: Bertha Steedman d. Connie Butler 6-4 7-5
CR: Margaret Bracewell (holder) d. Bertha Steedman 1-6 6-4 9-7 6-4
CR: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman (holders) 6-3 6-4
CR: Margaret Bracewell/Harry Grove (holders) d. Gertrude Bracewell/PB Brown 6-3 6-1
* From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1889): "This match was commenced on Monday afternoon, and when the light put a stop to the play, the score stood at one set all and seven games all. It was then arranged to make the match the best of five sets. On Tuesday morning Miss Bracewell won the first two games, and so the third set, by nine games to seven, and then after one, two and three games all had been called in the fourth set, she took three out of the next four, and so won the set and the match. This being the third year Miss Bracewell has won the diamond bracelet
given by Lord Londesborough, it now becomes her property. [...]
"Given fine weather, the Scarborough meeting under notice would have been a most remarkable and wonderful one; even as it was, everything passed off most successfully. Almost every day some rain fell, so it was not until the following Tuesday that the matches were all brought to a conclusion. [...] The honorary secretary, Mr Hope, worked hard all and every day to keep things moving, and it was certainly most lucky that the North of England Club had such a number of good courts to make use of, or the bad weather might have caused the tournament to have extended over the fortnight.
"Colonel and Mrs Steeble held an 'at home' every afternoon during the week in the pavilion on the ground, and these were greatly appreciated. The prizes - a very fine collection - were presented to the winners by Mrs Steeble."
An all-sisters doubles final.
August 21-23, Saxmundham Lawn Tennis Club Tournament
Suffolk, England (Grass)
Venue: Hurts Hall Park
FI: Miss Norman d. Edith Austin 6-1 6-2
DF: E. Hawkins/G. Rant d. K. Gilbert/E. Rawlinson 6-2 6-3
MX: Miss Norman/G. Norman d. E. Rawlinson/Rodwell 6-0 6-2
From the "Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1889): "The sixth annual tournament of the Saxmundham Lawn Tennis Club was held in the beautiful grounds of Hurts Hall Park, kindly lent by Colonel W.B. Long. The courts were in capital order, and the weather on the first two days was all that could be desired, but the final ties on Thursday were greatly affected by the rain."
This tournament would become the Suffolk Championships from circa 1900.
August 24 and 25, Hitchin
, Hertfordshire, England (Grass)
FI: May Jacks d. H. Caldecott 6-0 6-3 [handicap]
DF: Ivy Arbuthnot/May Arbuthnot d. Geraldine Buttanshaw/Rosamond Buttanshaw 6-3 3-6 9-7
MX: May Jacks/Herbert C. Yockney d. Geraldine Buttanshaw/Charles G. Allen 6-3 6-3
The women's singles event at this, the inaugural Hitchin tournament, was handicap only. The runner-up might have been Florence Hilda Caldecott.
August 21-25, South of Scotland Championships,
Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)
FI: E Malcolm d. Lottie Paterson 6-4 3-6 6-3
DF: E Malcolm/L Paterson d. Miss Pierce/A Pierce 6-2 6-2
MX: E Malcolm/FRB Pinhorn d. Lottie Paterson/B McCulloch 6-1 4-6 6-2