January through June
Many thanks to Elegos and Newmark for their contributions to this thread.
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).
May 6-15, New South Wales Championships
, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)
R1: Annie Lamb d. Miss Andrews 6-0 6-2
R1: Eva Rodd d. Beatrice Metcalfe 6-4 6-4
R2: Lamb d Rodd 7-5 6-3
R2: Zilla Scott d Beaumont 6-1 6-0
R2: Eliza Fitzgerald d McLean 6-4 6-3
R2: C Green d H Beaumont 6-0 6-0
SF: Lamb d Scott 6-4 6-3
SF: Green d Fitzgerald 6-3 6-1
FI: Greene d Lamb 63 62
CR: C. Greene d. Annie Lamb (holder) 6-2
Only one set appears to have been required to win in the ladies singles final.
The match, which took an hour, was thoroughly well contested and watched with great interest by a large concourse of onlookers. Miss Green played a clever game in which her superior powers of 'cutting' and 'serving' stood her in good stead. Miss Lamb was as able an exponent of volleying for a lady as one could wish to see, while Miss Green's cutting from the base lines was very fast and accurate.
An analysis of games and strokes gives Miss Greene 6 games and 37 strokes to Miss Lamb's 3 games and 28 strokes in the first set, and 6 games and 34 strokes to Lamb's 2 games and 21 strokes in the second set."
R1: Eliza Fitzgerald/Edith F Fox d Paterson/Mrs Andrew 6-1 6-1
R1: Annie Lamb/Green d Zilla Scott/Lillian Scott 6-4 8-6
R1: E/H Beaumont bye
R1: Eva Rodd/Beatrice Metcalfe bye
SF: Metcalfe/Rodd d Beaumont/Beaumont 6-1 6-0
SF: Lamb/Green d Fitzgerald/Fox 6-3 6-4
FI: Lamb/Green d Metcalfe/Rodd 6-1 6-4
1R: C Smith/Beatrice Metcalfe d Bartram/Beaumont 6-2 6-0
1R: LA Whyte/Scott d HA Merewether/Busby 6-1 6-4
1R: Edith F Fox/Harold S Fox d Everett/L Beaumont 6-3 6-2
1R: Wallington (GB)/Cox d Salmon GBR/Mrs Andrew 6-1 6-1
1R: Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Major Pearson/Miss Manning 6-2 6-4
1R: Riddell/Greene d Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson/Scott 6-2 6-3
1R: Eva Rodd/Charles Metcalfe bye
1R: Charles W Cropper/Maclean bye
QF: Whyte/Scott d Clive Smith/Metcalfe 6-2 6-2
QF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Riddell/Greene 6-0 5-7 6-2
QF: EW Wallington GBR/Cox d Fox/Fox 6-2 5-7 6-2
QF: Metcalfe/Rodd d Cropper/McLean 7-5 9-11 6-3
SF: Whyte/Scott d Wallington GBR/Cox 6-3 6-3
SF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Metcalfe/Rodd 6-4 4-6 9-7
FI: Whyte/Scott d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 6-1 6-5 (not a typo - though odd as other rounds were advantage sets)
May 20-22, West of Scotland Championships
, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland (Grass)
FI: Jane Meikle d. Julia MacKenzie 6-4 5-7 6-0
MX: Jane Meikle/W.W. Chamberlain d. Julia MacKenzie/John Galbraith Horn 6-1 6-2
May 24-29, Irish Championships
, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square
1R: May Langrishe d. Mabel Cahill 6-0 6-1
1R: Connie Butler d. Miss Exham 6-2 6-0
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Adela Langrishe 6-3 6-4
1R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Hodson 6-0 6-0
SF: May Langrishe d. Connie Butler 6-1 6-3
SF: Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1 6-2
FI: May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-4
DF: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe 6-3 6-4
SF: May Langrishe/Eyre Chatterton d. d. Louisa Martin/Willoughby Hamilton 6-4 6-1
FI: May Langrishe/Eyre Chatterton d. Adela Langrishe/Toler Garvey 6-0 6-2 6-1
From the “Irish Times”, 20 May 1886 (originally posted by Mark)
“It was a pity that the two best matches of the afternoon – the Ladies’ Championship and the Gentlemen’s Championship – should have to be played off simultaneously, but from one cause or another the arrangement was unavoidable, and so spectators had to divide their attention between the two contests. The opponents in the ladies’ game were Miss May Langrishe, an ex-holder of the championship, and Miss Martin, who it will be remembered gained a very ready victory over her rival of Saturday at last year’s tournament. Mindful of the improvements displayed by Miss Langrishe in her previous matches during the week, many were led to anticipate a close match, but no one was prepared for the clever victory achieved by the lady named.
“It was quite evident she held the winning card throughout the first set, in which she only allowed her opponent the second, fourth and seventh games, but Miss Martin showed up so well in the early part of the second set that at one time it seemed certain the three sets would have to be exhausted to decide this match. Miss Langrishe won the first game, but Miss Martin then rattling off four in succession, amongst them one love game, the score was called ‘4 games to 1, Miss Martin leads’. However, Miss Langrishe, playing in irresistible fashion, clean outplayed her opponent at every point, and with a sequence of five games, ran out the set by 6 to 4. Included in the winner’s scores were two love games.
“Miss Langrishe played better than ever she has done before, and her victory is more attributable to this than to the slight falling away perceptible in Miss Martin’s game. Her returns were very severe, and besides placing them beautifully along the sidelines, she invariably kept them to her opponent’s backhand. Miss Martin’s returns, on the contrary, lacked much of their usual strength, but at times she showed quite up to her best form.”
May 31-June 3, West of England Championships
, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)
1R: Frances. Burton d. Miss Steedman 6-1 6-3
1R: Ethel Gurney d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-0 6-1
1R: Grace Gibbs d. O. Smith default
1R: Maud Watson d. Margaret Bracewell 6-4 6-3
2R: Lottie Dod d. Mrs Field 6-1 6-5
2R: Connie Butler d. Mrs Hornby 6-4 5-6 6-3
2R: N. Pope d. A. Foster 6-4 6-0
2R: Burton d. Gurney 5-6 6-2 6-4
2R: Louisa Martin d. Ann Dod 6-2 6-1
2R: Edith Davies d. Lilian Watson 6-5 6-3
2R: Blanche Bingley d. Maud Hill 6-1 6-3
2R: Watson d. Gibbs 6-3 6-3
QF: Dod d. Butler 6-0 4-6 6-4
QF: Burton d. Pope 6-2 6-3
QF: Martin d. Davies 6-3 6-5
QF: M Watson d. Bingley 4-6 6-1 6-4
SF: L Dod d. Burton 6-0 6-4
SF: M Watson d. Martin 6-3 3-6 6-3
FI: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson 7-5 6-4
DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. G. Gibbs/Ethel Gurney 6-1 8-6
MX:Margaret Bracewell/ William Renshaw d. Blanche Bingley/James Dwight (US) 5-7 7-5 6-4
Maud Watson's first defeat since 1881 in singles. Watson had won 54 straight matches in that time, dropping 12 sets. Pictures indicate that most spectators stood crowded about the court!
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The great surprise of the meeting was, of course, the defeat of the championess, Miss Maud Watson, who, up to this time, had never been beaten in singles. Her victor on this occasion was Miss Lottie Dod, not yet fifteen years old, who, however, has before this year shown that she was capable of holding her own with most of the ladies. Last year, when she played against Miss Watson, the latter won, but both the sets were advantage sets.
"As some excuse for Miss Watson getting beaten, it may be added that she had some very good players to meet in each round, the four she had played against being Margaret Bracewell, Grace Gibbs, Blanche Bingley and Louisa Martin, a most formidable quartet for any lady to meet. Miss Watson was certainly not playing in anything like the form she showed against Miss Bingley and Miss Martin, but then, on the other hand, Miss Dod hit so hard, and placed so well that Miss Watson did not have the same chance of returning the ball as she did with the other ladies.
"Miss Dod played remarkably well from start to finish of the match, and ran Miss Watson more about the court than is usually the case. The winner's forehand stroke right across the court was remarkably effective, and time after time she scored aces by placing the ball where the service line strikes the sideline. Miss Dod's backhand returns are weak, but she manages to get the ball back somehow, and then finishes the rally with a splendid forehand return."
The "Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Newspaper" mentions an Ethel Gurney, not an Edith Gurney.
The M. Hill beaten in the second round by Blanche Bingley was Maud Hill.
Circa June 1-4, Whitehouse
, Edinburgh, Scotland (Clay)
FI: Jane Meikle d. Miss Meikle 6-2 6-2
MX: J. Ferguson/A. Steel d. E. Ferguson/W. Ferguson 6-3 6-2
June 7-13, Cheltenham
, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)
1R: Louisa Martin d. D. Patterson 6-2 6-3
1R: Edith Gurney d. Lilian Watson 6-3 5-6,6-3
1R: Lottie Dod d. Miss Hill default
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Connie Butler 6-2 6-1
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Edith Davies 6-1 4-6 9-7
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. M. Agg 6-4 6-4
1R: Miss Bryan d. F. Davies 2-6 6-1 6-1
1R: Maud Watson d. Ann Dod 6-1 6-2
QF: Martin d. Gurney 6-1, 6-3
QF: Bracewell d. B Langrishe 6-4, 6-2
QF: Bingley d. L Dod 6-1 6-1
QF: M Watson d. Bryan 6-2 6-1
SF: Martin d. Bracewell 6-5 3-6 6-3
SF: M Watson d. Bingley 6-3 6-3
FI: Louisa Martin d. Maud Watson 6-4 6-4
DF: Blanche Bingley/Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Holden/D. Patterson 6-4 6-4
MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Blanche Bingley/James Dwight (US) 6-4 6-4
June 14-16, Welsh Championships
, Penarth, Wales (Grass)
Venue: Penarth Lawn Tennis Club
1R: L. Browne d. Mrs Hill 6-0 6-4
1R: A. Reynolds d. E.J. Stephens default
1R: M. Reynolds d. B. Trayes 6-5 3-6 13-11
1R: L.C. Stephens d. Miss Norton 6-4 6-4
SF: Browne d. M. Reynolds 6-0 6-0
SF: L.C. Stephens d. A. Reynolds 6-4 6-0
FI: L. Browne d. L.C. Stephens 4-6 6-1 6-3
From "Pastime", June 16, 1886: "Last year the Penarth Club held an open tournament, when the success of their initial effort encouraged them to promote a more pretentious meeting, under the title of the Welsh Championships Tournament. This commenced on Monday last on the pretty grounds of the club at Penarth. The president of the Penarth Lawn Tennis Club, Lord Windsor, has done a great deal for it, having expended considerably over a thousand pounds in laying out the courts and building a comfortable pavilion. Three asphalt and four grass courts are at the disposal of the executive, who intend to use the latter only unless the weather renders such a course unavoidable."
This was the first Welsh Championships tournament. There was no women’s doubles event at this tournament for a number of years. The women’s singles final was initially played over the best of five sets.
June 15-19 London Athletic Club Tournament [London Championships],
Stamford Bridge (Grass)
Venue: London Athletic Club
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Gurney default (wrongly entered)
1R: Edith Davies d. B. Hannaford 6-3 6-4
FI: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Davies 6-1 6-1
June 14-19, Scottish Championships
, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)
1R: Mabel Boulton d. Jane Meikle 6-3 6-4
1R: J. Ferguson d. Miss MacKenzie 6-3 6-1
1R: Miss Meikle d. E. Ferguson 6-3 3-6 6-1
1R: Julia MacKenzie-bye.
SF: Boulton d. J. Ferguson 6-2 6-1
SF: MacKenzie d. Miss Meikle 6-3 6-1
FI: Mabel Boulton d. Julia MacKenzie 3-6 6-0 6-2 4-6 6-2
There was a best-of-five-sets final for this, the first women’s singles event at the Scottish Championships. The tournament had begun in 1878.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "We have this year to chronicle a new departure in connection with the Scottish Championship Tournament. Hitherto the Edinburgh Lawn Tennis Company were its sole sponsors; but, having taken counsel, they have now joined forces with those of the Edinburgh University Club, and, as a natural consequence of that strength which unity is said to impart, the ninth annual meeting has been conceived and carried out on a more extensive scale than had ever previously been attempted north of the border. Prior to the current year of grace, the [men's singles] championship and gentlemen's doubles alone constituted the programme, but on the present occasion these competitions were augmented by [an]other seven, including a couple of consolations. [...]
"Instead of only one champion cup as heretofore, four were now offered. The Edinburgh Lawn Tennis Company, of course, continued their one for the gentlemen's singles, and one of their members, Mr Graham Murray, added another for the double championship, which, although an annual contest, has never had a trophy associated with it. Following this worthy lead, the University Club, to make a pair, provided a similar cup, and furnished the fourth for the ladies' singles championship, the honour of instituting which, therefore, rests with them. These cups, supplied by Marshall and Sons of Edinburgh, are each of the value of 27 guineas, splendid specimens of the silversmith's art, and, along with the other prizes, were greatly admired. [...]
"Of the fair players, Miss Mabel Boulton was the heroine. In defeating all the Scottish ladies, she gave a taste of that form which enabled her to overcome the strong field she did at Scarborough last year. Still her wins here were far from easy, the final tie particularly being an exciting and an open game, and thoroughly illustrative of two different styles of play, Miss Boulton playing entirely back, while Miss Julia MacKenzie volleyed from the service line. The latter is almost perfect at volleying, and could give many gentlemen, who fancy themselves at volleying, a lesson as to how balls should be killed. Her judgment is slightly deficient as to when to run in, and she should also refrain from taking balls on the rise instead of going back and taking them falling. [...]
"Miss Jane Meikle was scarcely up to the mark in her match with Miss Boulton, who is much better on grass than on gravel; and whenever they again meet on the latter, Miss Meikle will almost to a certainty repeat her Whitehouse victory. Amongst Scottish ladies she is probably princeps
, but, when Miss Julia MacKenzie and the Misses Ferguson are in opposition, certainly anything but facile princeps
. By learning to toss [lob] well, she has greatly improved her game, and at the back of the court, in a mixed double, is quite equal to any of the sterner sex, placing hard and low, and getting to everything."
June 21-26, Clifton Lawn Tennis Tournament
, Bristol, Avon, England (Grass)
Venue: Clifton Lawn Tennis Club
FI: Beatrice Langrishe d. N Pope 6-2 7-5
MX: N Pope/James Baldwin d. Mrs W Hill/John Charles Kay 8-6 6-4
From "Pastime", June 23, 1886: "This meeting, the first held at Clifton, commenced on Monday last, and will conclude on Saturday. In the midst of a neighbourhood where lawn tennis is very popular, and situated in the heart of Clifton, and within a few minutes' walk of Bristol, the ground of the Clifton Lawn Tennis Club offers advantages for a tournament which few other clubs possess. Under the honorary secretaryship of Charles Lacy Sweet the club prospered apace, and it now possesses within its compact enclosure four grass courts and three of asphalte, with a comfortable pavilion, dressing rooms, etc."
June 23-26, Warriston Park
, Edinburgh, Scotland (Clay)
FI: Jane Meikle d. Mabel Boulton 5-7 6-1 6-1
MX: Jane Meikle/J.P. Smythe d. Mabel Boulton/Richard M. Watson 5-7 6-2 6-2
June 23-24, Badsworth Hunt Tournament
, West Yorkshire, England (Grass)
FI: Beatrice Wood d. Miss Smith 6-0 6-0
The women's singles event was open to players from the West Riding of Yorkshire.
began June 24, Redhill,
Surrey, England (Grass)
FI: J. Wray d. Miss Wing 6-1 6-2
MX: Miss Cobbold/Harold S. Stone d. J. Wray/William C. Taylor 5-6 6-5 6-4
* As is often the case with early tournaments, it has not been possible to find the players' first names.
June 21-26, Northern Tournament
, Liverpool, England (Grass)
Singles (Draw=10, plus holder)
1R: Lottie Dod d. F. Lawrence 6-1 6-1
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Knowles 6-0 6-0
QF: L Dod d. Ann Dod default
QF: Lydia Openshaw d. Miss Knowles 6-0 6-1
QF: Gertrude Bracewell d. Miss Cliff 6-4 6-5
QF: May Langrishe d. M Bracewell 0-6 6-1 6-4
SF: L Dod d. Openshaw 6-1 6-0
SF: May Langrishe d. G Bracewell 6-0 6-0
FI: Lottie Dod d. May Langrishe 6-2 6-2
CR: Maud Watson (holder) d. Lottie Dod 7-5 6-3
DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Miss Cliff/May Langrishe 6-2 6-1
MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Lottie Dod/Harry Grove 3-6 6-2 6-3
Watson gains revenge before an overflow crowd of 1,500. This match was Maud Watson's last major victory in a singles tournament and marked the second-last time Lottie Dod would lose a level singles match, her next and last defeat coming to Louisa Martin in the quarter-finals of the Irish Championships in 1892.
The mixed doubles final result comes from "Pastime".
June 28-July 2, Edgbaston
, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)
Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Club
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-2, 6-0
1R: Mary Steedman d. May Langrishe default
1R: Miss Noon d. Effie Noon default
QF: Bingley d. Margaret Bracewell 6-3 6-3
QF: F. Lawrence d. E. Steedman 1-6 6-1 6-2
QF: Noon d. M Steedman 5-6 6-5 6-0
QF: Lilian Watson d. Bertha Steedman 5-6 6-2 6-2
SF: Bingley d. Lawrence 6-2 6-2
SF: L Watson d. Miss Noon 6-5 5-6 6-5
FI: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-2, 6-2
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Although the Edgbaston Cricket Club had held lawn tennis tournaments previously to 1882, it was in that year that they may be said to have originated an open meeting, and since then the fixture in the beautiful grounds in Hall Hill Road has been growing in importance. This year the entries have been rather more than the average in the different events..."
???? Natal Championships
, Pietermartizburg, Soth Africa
FI: Mabel Grant d. L. Button 6-3 6-2
????, South of Ireland Championships
, Limerick, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Limerick Lawn Tennis Club
FI: Miss Smith d. ??