May 24-28, Irish Championships
, Dublin, Ireland (Grass and Hard [Asphalt])
Venue: Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club at Wilton Place
SF: D. Meldon d. May Langrishe 6-2 6-5
SF: Connie Butler d. Miss Lynch 6-4 6-3
FI: D. Meldon d. Connie Butler 6-1 6-1
DF: Connie Butler/May Langrishe d. Miss Anderson/Miss Costello default
MX: Miss Costello/S.D. Maul d. D Meldon/R Hassard 6-4 7-5
It appears that at least the women’s singles event at the Irish Championships in 1880 was held at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Wilton Place, Dublin, and not in Fitzwilliam Square. A member’s voucher was required for entrance to the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club to see the women’s matches which were probably played on asphalt courts. At the time many felt the more "private" locale was more appropriate for ladies than a public square.
Thankfully this attitude did not prevail in later years.
circa June 14-22, Kemptown
, East Sussex, England (Grass)
FI: Miss Adshead d. E. Adshead 6-1 4-6 3-6 6-2 6-3
This was a best-of-five-sets final.
????, South of Ireland Championships
, Limerick, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Limerick Lawn Tennis Club
FI: Miss Smith d. ????
In 1881 in the final of Saint-Leonards-On-Sea, Constance Smith d. Marian Smith - could this Miss Smith be one of them? Possible of course, but Smith is a very common name.
August 16-19, Waterford Tournament
, Waterford, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Waterford Cricket Club
SF: May Langrishe d. Miss Connellan 6-3 6-1
SF: D. Meldon-bye
FI: May Langrishe d. D. Meldon 6-5 6-0
September 15, Saint Leonards-on-Sea
, Hastings, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Saint Leonards Lawn Tennis Club
SF: Augusta Langley d. Marion Langley 6-3 6-2
SF: Flora Langley d. Mrs Knapp 6-0 6-1
FI: Augusta Langley d. Flora Langley 6-4 6-4
The Langleys were siblings and daughters of Henry Langley, of Portarlington in Ireland, and his wife Harriet, who had been born in Naples, Italy. There were at least seven Langley children, four girls and three boys.
Results at the time refer to the winner as "Miss Langley". Whom might she be?
In addition to Flora (b. 1860) and Marion (b. 1866), the other daughters were Augusta (b. 1858) and Constance (b. 1862). Constance was easily the best player of the four. She later married fellow player Charles J. Smith and thereafter was known as “Mrs C.J. Smith”. It was traditional to refer to the eldest sibling as “Miss” and to give only the first initial of younger siblings.
In 1881 Constance was defeated by "holder" Miss Langley in the challenge round.That narrows it down to Augusta as the 1880 champion.
Circa early October, Sussex County Championships
, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Hove Rink
FI: E. Maltby d. M. Maltby 6-3 6-3
MX: Miss Davidson/William Renshaw d. Miss Weeks/Ravenshill 6-0 6-2