July to December
July 21-22, Lichfield
, Staffordshire, England (Grass)
FI: Miss Garcher d. Mrs Peters-Smith 6-3 2-6 6-2
began July 26, Portland Park Lawn Tennis Club
, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England (Grass)
FI: Alice Fenwick d. Miss Bowlby 6-4 6-1
July 28-August 1, County Kilkenny Tournament
, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
FI: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Langrishe ????
August 1-3, Leamington
, Warwickshire, England, England (Grass)
Venues: Jephson Gardens for the first two days, and then the final at the Leamington Club's own ground at the Manor House Hotel.
MX: Maud Watson/Erksine Watson d. Miss Rawlinson/W.H. Rawlinson 6-2 6-1 6-1
This was the inaugural edition of this tournament, which did not initially feature either a women's singles or women's doubles event. Erskine Watson was the brother of Maud and Lilian.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1884): "A very modest programme had been issued by the committee at Leamington Lawn Tennis Club for their first essay at an open tournament, and this, they had naturally supposed, would have been easily worked through in two days. In this, however, they were mistaken, but it was what one might call a pleasant sort of mistake, as it was due to the large number of entries they received being greatly in excess of what they had expected. [...]
"The committee had been most liberal in the way of prizes as rather more than eighty-five guineas' worth were offered for competition, and nearly all the prizes were worth more than the sums named, as a liberal discount had been obtained. The beautiful Jephson Gardens had been obtained for the first and second days, and then the adjournment was made for the final ties to the club's own ground at the Manor House Hotel.
"Ten courts had been laid out at the gardens, and some of these were in first-rate order, but those which had been obliged to be marked out at the last, when the large number of entries were obtained, were of course not in such a good state.
"The weather was beautifully fine on all three days, but a wind, though not very strong, blowing right down the grounds, made it desirable to win the choice of courts. [...]
"The tournament may be said to have been a great success in every way, as a large and fashionable assembly gathered together each day on the grounds and evinced great interest in every one of the matches. By many people Leamington is thought to be the original birthplace of lawn tennis, and now that the tournament under notice has proved so successful the committee have determined to hold one next season on a still larger scale, and with such a popular management this is certain to be even a still greater success Dr Owens made a most efficient referee.
"A pleasant feature of the second day was the presentation of a travelling case to Mr E.S. Adams, the honorary secretary, by Dr Forbes Winslow, on behalf of the competitors in the matches to mark their sense of the great courtesy and trouble he had shown in carrying out all the arrangements which were decidedly good in every particular."
August 1-5, South of Ireland Championships
, Limerick, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Limerick County Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club
FI: Mary Lysaght d. Miss Smith 6-3 8-6
Note: The women's singles event was handicap only.
History - Limerick Lawn Tennis Club
August 7-10, Exmouth
, Devon, England (Grass)
Venue: The Exmouth Club
1R: Lilian Cole d. Evelyn Belfield default
1R: Miss Percy d. [Elizabeth] Stuart 6-1 6-1
1R: Miss Bartholomew d. Mrs Johnson 6-1 6-2
1R: Emma Percy d. Mrs Temple-Barrow 6-3 6-0
1R: Miss Turner-bye
1R: Mrs Eyre Townsend d. E. Frampton default
1R: E.R. Palmer d. A. Blandy 6-2 6-5
1R: Charlotte Taylor d. Maude Taylor 6-2 retired
QF: Cole d. Miss Percy 6-0 6-2
QF: E. Percy d. Bartholomew 6-3 6-3
QF: Mrs Eyre Townsend d. Miss Turner 6-1 6-1
QF: C. Taylor d. Palmer 6-2 5-6 6-0
SF: Cole d. E. Percy 6-3 6-1
SF: C. Taylor d. Mrs Eyre Townsend
FI: Lilian Cole d. Charlotte Taylor 6-4 6-2
Mixed doubles (Draw=14)
1R: Charlotte Taylor/Charles Pine-Coffin d. [Elizabeth] Stuart/F. Munro 6-0 6-0
1R: Mrs Temple-Barrow/William Down d. E. Frampton/C.H. Dawson default
1R: Lilian Cole/Edward Cole d. E.R. Palmer/C.F. Palmer 6-5 6-2
1R: Miss Martyn/W.E. Martyn d. Emma Percy/S. Hall 6-2 6-2
1R: Miss Turner/Julian Marshall d. Miss Luke/Dobbie 6-0 6-1
1R: Miss Bartholomew/F. Fulford d. G. Flamank/S. Campbell 6-3 6-2
1R: Miss Percy/Pelham von Donop d. Miss Richardson/D.F. Bowles default
QF: Taylor/Pine-Coffin d. Mrs Temple-Barrow/Down 6-0 6-1
QF: Miss Martyn/Martyn d. Cole/Cole 6-3 6-4
QF: Turner/Marshall d. Bartholomew/Fulford 6-4 6-3
QF: Miss Percy/Pelham von Donop-bye
SF: Taylor/Pine-Coffin d. Martyn/Martyn 6-4 6-3
SF: Percy/von Donop d. Turner/Marshall 6-3 6-2
FI: Charlotte Taylor/Charles Pine-Coffin d. Miss Percy/Pelham von Donop 6-2 6-3
Charles Edward Pine-Coffin was married to Lilian Cole during this year.
The QF bye in the Mixed doubles is not unusual in 1882. Until tournament rules were standardized in the late 1880s byes were often distributed in more than one round.
began August 7, Darlington
, Durham, England (Grass)
FI: Constance Smith d. A. Turner 6-3 6-0
MX: E. Cheese/J. W. Fowler d. Alice Fenwick/Percival C. Fenwick 7-5 8-6
August 14-19, Tenby Lawn Tennis Club
, Tenby, Wales (Grass)
FI: G. Milman d. Ruth Sparrow 6-5 6-5 6-1
DF: Louise Vardley/Violet Vardley d. A. Miles/Miss Booker 6-3 6-5 6-3
MX: Alice Bagnall-Wild/P.J. Ash d. M.E. Hannay/Herbert Wilberforce 1-6 6-4 6-5 6-5
Note: The Tenby tournament, where the South Wales Championships were played for, was one of the oldest tournaments in the British lawn tennis calendar.
August 22-25, Moffat Tournament
, Moffat, Scotland (Grass)
Venue: Moffat Public Recreation Grounds.
FI: A. Forrest d. Miss Bankier ????
DF: A. Forrest/Miss Forrest d. Miss Forbes/B. Jardine ????
MX: Miss Hillier/Arthur Fuller d. Miss Bankier/P. de Santi ????
This was the first edition of the Moffat tournament.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1883): "A highly successful tournament was held at Moffat, on Tuesday, August 22, and remaining days of the week. The Hydropathic Establishment at this favourite watering place attracts during the summer months a considerable number of visitors from England, principally Lancashire and the Midland Counties, and to the visitors is due the credit of these tournaments.
"Among Scotch watering places Moffat is distinguished by possessing public recreation grounds, containing several lawn tennis courts kept always in excellent order. All day, in fine weather, these courts are frequented by players and spectators, presenting a pretty and lively scene."
August 28-31, East Grinstead
, West Sussex, England (Grass)
FI: Mrs Baddington d. May Arbuthnot 6-1 6-5
MX: Miss Gorhamd/WN Cobbold d. Ellen King/K Arbuthnot 6-2 6-5
August 29-September 1, Edgbaston
, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)
FI: Constance Smith d. Miss Heaton 6-2 6-1
DF: Constance Smith/Mrs Dent d. Mrs Bradley/Mrs Hill 6-4 6-3 6-3
MX: Constance Smith/Charles Smith and E Rawlinson/Arthur J. Stanley divided the first and second prizes.
The Smiths were a married pair.
September 18-23, Cheltenham
, Gloucestershire, England (Grass and asphalt)
Singles (Draw=17. Note byes scattered through rounds)
1R: Maud Watson d. Marion Bradley 6-4 4-6 6-3
1R: Ellen Ramsay d. Miss Eckersley 4-6 6-5 6-3 (the 3rd set played on an asphalt court)
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. B. Hayward 6-5 6-2
1R: Mary Abercrombie-bye.
1R: Clara Hill d. Miss Wilder default
1R: Miss Davies d. Lilian Watson 6-2 4-6 6-1
1R: Mrs Hornby d. Carrie Bennett default
1R: I. Hawyard d. Miss Saint George Smyth 6-4 6-2
1R: Constance Smith d. Miss Hulme 6-2 6-3
2R: Watson d. Ramsay 6-3, 6-1
2R: Abercrombie d. B. Langrishe 3-6 6-3 6-5
2R: Davies d. Hornby 6-4 6-5
2R: Smith d. Hayward 6-1 6-2
QF: Abercrombie d. Hill ????
QF: Smith d. Davies 6-5 6-3
SF: Maud Watson d. Abercrombie 6-1 6-4
FI: Maud Watson d. Constance Smith 6-2 3-6 7-5
1R: Beatrice Langrishe/Constance Smith d. Miss Davies/Miss Eckersely 6-5, 4-6, 6-2
1R: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson-bye.
FI: Beatrice Langrishe/Constance Smith d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 6-4 2-6 6-3
SF: Maud Watson/Robert W. Braddell d. Mary Abercrombie/Pelham von Donop ????
SF: Beatrice Langrishe/William Renshaw d. Miss Eckersley/Dudley Pontifex ????
FI: Maud Watson/Robert W. Braddell d. Beatrice Langrishe/William Renshaw 8-6 6-2
Constance Smith (nee Langley) is listed as Mrs CJ Smith
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1883): "At the commencement of the opening set, it appeared as if Miss Watson would have rather an easy victory, as she gained the first four games in succession; alternate games then followed, Miss Watson taking the set by six games to two. On changing courts, Mrs Smith won the second set by six games to three, Miss Watson gaining the first, fifth and seventh games. Each lady won a love game, and deuce was called in three of the games.
"For the final set ends were changed after every game. Miss Watson won the opening game, then three in succession fell to Mrs Smith, but her opponent again brought the games equal, and also gaining the seventh and eighth made the score five to three in her favour. Both the ninth and the tenth games were taken by Mrs Smith. The vantage game was gained by Miss Watson by four strokes to two, and after thirty-all had been called in the twelfth, two strokes in succession fell to the same lady, who thus won the game, set and match, this entitling her to the first prize."
Draw note: Is Miss Davies Edith Davies or F Davies?
circa September 23-October 2, Sussex County Championships
, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Hove Rink
FI: Edith Coleridge (scratch) d. Florence Kemmis (50, for a bisque) 5-6 6-5 6-2
MX: Mrs Cobbold/Herbert W Wilberforce d. Florence Kemmis/Herbert Berkeley 6-1 6-2
This year there was no open women's singles event at this tournament-only a handicap event.
Results for other years are in the Women's Results section at: