July through December
July 1-3, Northumberland Cricket Club
, Heaton, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)
SF: Alice Cheese/E. Cheese d. L. Scott/Miss Scott default
SF: Connie Butler/Miss Marley d. Mrs C.F. Forster/L. Butt 6-2 6-1
FI: Alice Cheese/E. Cheese d. Connie Butler/Miss Marley 6-1 2-6 11-9
Mixed doubles (Draw=14)
SF: Connie Butler/C. Liddell d. Miss E. Cheese/R. Stephenson 6-3 6-1
SF: Miss Marley/Kenneth R. Marley d. Miss Swarbreck/T. Swarbreck 2-6 6-3 6-3
FI: Connie Butler/C. Liddell d. Miss Marley/Kenneth R. Marley 6-4 6-4
Note: This year there was no women's singles event at this tournament.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): The third annual tournament promoted by the above club took place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 1, 2 and 3, on the Heaton ground. Mr C. Liddell again acted as honorary secretary, and the arrangements made by him were very good. A band was in attendance each day. Ayres' balls, nets and posts, supplied by Mr H.A. Murton, Newcastle, gave every satisfaction. The weather throughout the three days was splendid, and the attendance very good."
circa July 1-3, Stafford,
Staffordshire, England (Grass)
FI: Miss Noon d. Effie Noon 2-6 6-4 6-2
DF: Miss Noon/Agnes Watts d. Henrietta Underhill/Laura Underhill 6-5 6-2
MX: Agnes Watts/Frank S. Moon d. Effie Noon/Conway Morgan 6-1 6-1
Agnes Watts=Mrs F. Watts
July 3-5, Ilkley
, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
FI: Beatrice Wood d. Lilla Moir 3-6 6-5 6-0
DF: Miss Tannett/Beatrice Wood d. B. Knight/Miss Walker 6-4 6-2
MX: Lilla Moir/H.W. Heaton d. Miss Wedderburn/ A. Mallinson 6-2 (only 1 set played)
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (WIMBLEDON)
Dates: July 3-July 17 (The women's event commenced on July 14)
Venue: All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon (Worple Road), London, England.
Singles (Draw=8, plus holder)
Holder Maud Watson "sits out" until the Challenge Round.
Maud Shackle d. Julia Mackenzie 6-3 6-4
Amy Tabor d. Miss F. M. Pearson 6-1 6-2
Blanche Bingley d. Julia Shackle 6-2 6-1
Lilian Watson d. Miss A. M. Chambers 6-3 6-3
Tabor d. M. Shackle 6-4 7-5
Bingley d. L. Watson 6-3 8-6
Blanche Bingley d. Amy Tabor 6-2 6-0
Blanche Bingley d. Maud Watson (holder) 6-3 6-3
Missing full names for:
Miss F. M. Pearson
Miss A. M. Chambers
(Edith) Maud Shackle and Julia Shackle were twin sisters from Hayes in Middlesex.
Miss Bingley wins 4 matches first Wimbledon crown; downing the two Watson sisters in the process.
In 1886, a challenge cup was offered for the women's singles event for the first time. They had been under pressure to do this for some time; the men having a challenge cup since 1878. This meant that the holder did not have to play through the event, but could "sit out" and wait to meet the winner of what was known as the All-Comers' event.
As the holder Maude Watson did not sit so firmly on her throne as in previous years. Young sensation Lottie Dodd defeated her Bath 7-5 6-4, this being Watson's first defeat since 1881, halting her consecutive match streak at 54.
Sadly for spectators Miss Dod did not enter the Championships. Another prominent player who was absent was the Irish Louisa Martin. That left Blanche Bingley as Maud's likely challenger, and as expected Blanche won through to the final in straight sets, though Maud's sister Lilian gave her a stout fight, losing 6-3 8-6.
Blanche took out the defending champion in a straight set final. "Miss Bingley was in her very best form, hitting the ball vigorously on her forehand and showing no signs of her usual nervousness. Maud's play lacked the determined energy which was one of it's principal characteristics." (from Maud Watson: The First Wimbledon Champion, by Alan Little, page 10).
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Saturday, July 17. The weather during the morning made the chances of playing off the two championships very doubtful, but the tarpaulins with which the courts had been covered had done their work well, and, the rain ceasing in time, it was found quite practicable to play off both competitions. The attendance was again very limited, but those who were present were most liberal with their acknowledgements of good play. Miss Blanche Bingley has several times been beaten by Miss Maud Watson without once securing a victory, and it was hardly expected that on this occasion she would be able to win the championship, though to those who follow the leading tournaments it was well known that she was improving greatly.
"Miss Bingley commenced playing well, seeming to have thrown off much of the nervousness from which she generally suffers, and making her returns with great freedom, had little difficulty in winning the opening set by six games to three, only the fourth being well contested. On crossing over it was expected that Miss Watson would do much better, and she won the two opening games, but then fell away again, and eventually was defeated the same number of games as in the first set.
"Miss Bingley won 12 games and 61 strokes, and Miss Watson 6 games and 47 strokes. During the match Miss Watson won one love game and Miss Bingley two, and three of the games were at deuce. Rather a curious feature of the match was the number of double faults served, Miss Bingley only served one, but Miss Watson lost no less than five aces by them, and four out of these were the final strokes in games.
"Miss Watson was decidedly not playing up to her best form, her forehand returns being far too much above the top of the net, and the cut that she gets on them seems to bring the ball up instead of going on, and so gives her opponent more time for placing her stroke. Her backhand returns, on the contrary, were good all the way through. Miss Bingley's forte lies in her hard hitting, and she combines this with accuracy of placing. With good players she generally lacks strength with her backhand returns; but on this occasion she missed very few, and also got a fair amount of pace on them. Miss Bingley fully deserved her victory, as it is not every lady who is able to struggle under the weight of several defeats."
Blanche was given a gold bracelet for her win.
July 8-10, Chapel Allerton
, Yorkshire, England
FI: Lilla Moir d. Miss Tannett 6-3 5-7 6-3
MX: Beatrice Wood/Arthur H Meysey-Thompson d. Mrs Carpenter/C.F. Palmer 6-5 6-2
This was the third edition of the Chapel Allerton tournament.
Circa mid-July, Mersey Bowmen Lawn Tennis Club
, Liverpool, England (Grass)
Venue: Sefton Park
SF: Katharine Hill d. C. Jones 6-1 6-1
SF: [Jane] Pickthall d. Mary McConnal 6-4 6-2
FI: Katharine Hill d. [Jane] Pickthall, 6-5 6-3
July 19-24, Chiswick Park Tournament
, London, England (Grass)
DF: Blanche Bingley/Mrs Field and Miss Douglas/Florence Mardall divided the prizes.
MX: Blanche Bingley/William Renshaw d. May Jacks/William C. Taylor 7-5 6-2
There appears to have been no top-class open women's singles event at this tournament this year.
July 19-24, Kilkenny County and City Tournament
, Kilkenny, Ireland (Grass)
Singles Handicap (Draw=5)
1R: Mabel Cahill (scratch) d. Adela Langrishe (owes half 30) 4-6 6-1 6-1
1R: Miss Kenealy (owes 30) d. Miss Butler (scratch) 7-5 6-1
1R: Beatrice Langrishe-bye
SF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Kenealy 5-7 6-2 6-1
FI: Mabel Cahill (scratch) d. Beatrice Langrishe (minus half 30) 7-5 6-2 6-4
Mixed doubles: for the Desart Challenge Cup
(Draw=4, plus holders)
1R: Adela or May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Connie Butler/F.W. Butler 6-1 6-2
1R: Beatrice Langrishe/Percival H. Joy d. Miss Kenealy/Arthur Ashe 7-5 8-6
FI: Adela or May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Beatrice Langrishe/Percival H. Joy 6-1 7-5
CF: Adela or May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Mabel Cahill/Francis R. Swayne (holders) 6-1 6-1 6-1
The women's si gles was a "handicap" only event. The final appears to have been played over the best of five sets.
July 20-22, Taunton
, Somerset, England (Grass)
1R: N Pope d. Ada Meyler 6-0 6-1
1R: Miss Woodhouse d. B. Adey 6-0 6-5
1R: G. Gilling-Lax d. Constance Meyler 6-5 6-2
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. Miss Chapman 6-0 6-0
SF: Pope d. Woodhouse 6-0 6-1
SF: Bagnall-Wild d. Gilling-Lax 0-6 6-3 6-1
FI: N. Pope d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-1 6-2
DF: Alice Bagnall-Wild/N. Pope d. Miss Escott/G. Gilling-Lax 6-2 6-0
July 21-24, South of Ireland Championships
, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
1R: Miss Smith d. Mary Lysaght 6-5 6-2
1R: G. Bailey d. M. Smith 5-6 6-2 6-4
FI: Miss Smith d. G. Bailey 6-1 6-4
MX: Mary Lysaght/William Bredin d. Miss Gloster/Edward Westropp 6-5 5-6 6-2 6-5
Note: The mixed doubles final was played over the best of five sets.
July 22-24, Leicester
, Leicestershire, England (Grass)
1R: E.F. Hudson d. Miss Exham 6-1 6-1
QF: Agnes Watts d. L. Snook 3-6 6-2 6-1
QF: Effie Noon d. Hudson 6-3 6-1
QF: Florence Mardall d. Miss Snook 6-1 5-6 6-4
QF: Florence Noon d. Mrs Hill 6-3 6-0
SF: Watts d. E Noon 6-3 6-2
SF: F Noon d. Mardall default
FI: Agnes Watts versus Florence Noon (this final may not have been played)
DF: Florence Mardall/Agnes Watts d. Miss Lorrimer/Miss Snook 6-2 6-0
MX: Florence Noon/Frank Noon d. Florence Mardall/William N. Cobbold 6-3 6-2
July 24, Ealing Lawn Tennis Club Tournament
, Ealing, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Ealing Lawn Tennis Club
CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. A. Brown 6-4 5-7 6-4
July 26-31, Kent County Championships
, Blackheath, Kent, England (Grass)
This, the first edition of the Kent County Championships, featured only one event, a men's singles. A handicap women's singles would be added in later years followed by a non-handicap women's singles event. This tournament was usually confined to players born in the county of Kent or players who had been residing there for at least two years. It should not be confused with the Kent Championships tournament annually held in Beckenham.
July 26-28, Leamington
, Warwickshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Jephson Gardens
MX: Mrs Hornby/Charles Ross d. Gertrude Mellersh/ Thomas Mellersh 6-2 6-3
There was no non-handicap women's single event at this tournament in the early years (circa 1881-1890).
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The Jephson Gardens, as they always do, looked most beautiful, but the turf was not in the best condition for lawn tennis, the heavy rain of the few previous days having thoroughly soaked the ground. The lawns, too, are slightly on the slope, but we hear that by next year the committee have every intention of making them level.
"The attendance was fairly good on each day, and it is to be hoped that this year the meeting has not been a loss. The prizes looked well up to their advertised value, and this year arrangements had been made that the winning competitors might change them up to their full value at the shops at which they were bought. The weather on all three days was fine, though at one time on Tuesday there was every prospect of a heavy storm..."
July 28-31, Northumberland County Association Tournament
, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)
SF: Connie Butler/Miss Clayton d. Miss Butt/Miss Hemmingway 6-5 5-6 6-2
SF: Mrs R. Clayton/Winifred Fenwick d. Miss Nesbit/Zoe Nesbit 6-2 6-2
FI: Connie Butler/Miss Clayton d. Mrs R. Clatyon/Winifred Fenwick 6-4 6-1
Mixed doubles (Draw=10)
SF: A. Clayton/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Helen Jackson/Kenneth R. Marley 6-4 6-2
SF: Connie Butler/C. Liddell d. Ann Rowell/Robert S. Rowell 6-0 6-2
FI: A. Clayton/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Connie Butler/C. Liddell 6-1 6-4
Note: There was no women's singles event at this tournament in the years 1883-86.
July 26-August 2, East of Ireland Championships
, Howth, Dublin, Ireland
Venue: Howth Lawn Tennis Club
: E. Knox d. Miss Cuppage 6-2 6-2
1R: May Langrishe d. E. Costello 6-1 6-1
1R: G. Crofton d. Maud Scovell 6-4 6-4
1R: Miss McClintock d. Gertrude Perry 6-3 5-7 6-0
1R: Miss Moore d. Louisa Martin default
1R: Miss Boyle d. Knox 6-4 5-7 6-1
1R: Ida Perry d. Miss Pack-Beresford 6-3 8-6
1R: A. Atthill d. Miss Griffith 6-2 6-1
1R: [Isabella] Smyth d. P. Costello 6-0 7-5
QF: Langrishe d. Crofton 6-2 6-4
QF: Moore d. McClintock 2-6 6-4 6-2
QF: Boyle d. Ida Perry 6-2 6-2
QF: Smyth d. Atthill 6-2 6-1
SF: Langrishe d. Moore 6-3 6-1
SF: Smyth d. Boyle 6-2 8-6
FI: May Langrishe d. [Isabella]Smyth 6-3 6-2
Note: May Langrishe "owed 15" throughout this event; Louisa Martin would also have "owed 15" if she had taken part.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The annual open tournament of the Howth Lawn Tennis Club, which at its inception was nothing better nor worse than the general run of such celebrations, has in the course of the last few years rapidly made its way to the front rank of Irish tournaments; in fact, as things are at present, it is only looked upon as second to the All-Ireland Lawn Tennis Championships at Fitzwilliam Square, and, as far as general arrangements and perfection of detail go, it fairly vies with the big réunion referred to.
"This pleasing state of affairs is almost entirely due to the energy and experience of the tournament committee, and we have no hesitation in stating that the club is indeed lucky to be able to command the services of such a competent and hard-working team trio as Mr Ronald MacDougall, Mr Cheney Knox and Mr Dawson Knox.
"For the benefit of those who do not know the locale, it may be stated that the club courts, five in number, are picturesquely situated on the hill which gives it name to the pleasant seaside resort, and which commands a splendid view of Dublin Bay and the surrounding coast scenery. Being within half an hour's run by train of the metropolis, Howth may be regarded as easy of access, and when we have added to this the attractions of a capital programme, and all the accessories of a first-class tournament, small wonder it is that the Howth affair receives substantial patronage from players.
"Indeed, in this connection the executive may fairly claim a record as Irish tournaments go, seeing that the half-dozen events on the programme obtained considerably over two hundred entries. Wet weather on 26 July caused the commencement to be postponed until the following day, and the tournament was not concluded until Monday last."
August 2-5, Darlington
, Durham, England (Grass)
1R: Florence Stanuell d. Miss Kemp 6-2 6-0
SF: Stanuell d. Connie Butler 4-6 6-1 6-3
SF: Beatrice Wood d. Mrs J.T. Proud 6-0 6-4
FI: Florence Stanuell d. Beatrice Wood 6-2 6-2
DF: Connie Butler/Florence Stanuell d. Miss Langley/Miss Surtees 6-4 6-3
MX: Florence Stanuell/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Connie Butler/John Galbraith Horn 6-1 7-5
August 2-7, Exmouth,
Devon, England (Grass)
1R: Maud Watson-bye
1R: Constance Bryan d. Katharine Kindersley 6-2 6-2
1R: Katherine Hole d. Leila Lodwick default
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-5 6-1
SF: M Watson d. Bryan 4-6 6-2 6-3
SF: Bingley d. Hole 6-2 6-0
FI: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 7-5 0-6 6-3
MX: Blanche Bingley/William Renshaw d. Maud Watson/John Deykin 5-7 7-5 8-6
Maud's third Exmouth title in a row, the 1885 event having been cancelled.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "It will be remembered that previously to 1885, in which year no tournament was held, Miss Maud Watson had won the challenge plate two year in succession, and when the committee considered that she was fairly entitled to have it, she most generously sent it back, with the only condition attached that she was able again to contest for it this year, or, if not, then it was to be held over until 1887. As will be gathered from the foregoing report, Miss Watson won it for the third year in succession, so it now becomes doubly her property."
August 2-7, Waterford
, County Waterford, Ireland (Grass)
SF: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3 6-3
SF: Ann Gallwey d. Mabel Cahill 6-3 1-6 6-5
FI: May Langrishe d. Ann Gallwey 6-0 6-0
DF: Ann Gallwey/Frances Gallwey d. Miss Knox/May Langrishe 6-3 6-2
MX: May Langrishe/Toler R. Garvey d. Frances Gallwey/Henry J. Gallwey 6-3 6-3
Note: All of the above events were "handicap" only.
August 5-7, Hull
, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
FI: Constance Hodgson d. Miss Alfrey 6-3 6-2
DF: Dorothy Boulton/Mabel Boulton d. Constance Hodgson/Mrs Travers 6-3 6-3
MX: Mabel Boulton/F.J. Hirst d. A. Thorney/A.W. McIlwaine 6-4 6-5
began August 9, Teignmouth,
Devon, England (Grass)
FI: Lilian Watson and Maud Watson divided the prize (handicap event)
MX: Lilian Watson/ John Deykin d. J. Wray/Charles E. Pine-Coffin 6-1 6-4
This was the match where an incompetent umpire who couldn't keep the correct score caused the match to be abandoned at one set all and declared itnull and void and the sisters divided the prize.
began August 9-11, East Grinstead,
West Sussex, England (Grass)
FI: Miss Cobbold d. May Jacks 3-6 6-1 6-1
DF: Miss Arbuthnot/Miss Cobbold d. Miss Bird/Miss Saint-Clair 6-4 6-3
MX: Miss Cobbold/William N. Cobbold d. May Jacks/Herbert Yockney 6-2 6-0
August 9-14, Scarborough
, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Ethel Atkinson 6-2 1-6 6-2
1R: B. Young d. Miss Young 6-4 5-6 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. G. Freeman default
1R: L. Brown-bye
1R: Miss Robinson d. B. Hopkinson 6-0 6-4
1R: Mrs W. Hill d. Ella Rawlinson 3-6 6-4 6-5
1R: Mabel Boulton-bye
1R: E. Robinson-bye
QF: Bracewell d. Young default
QF: Brown d. Mardall 6-2 6-4
QF: Hill d. Robinson 6-2 5-6 6-2
QF: Boulton d. E. Robinson 6-1 6-0
SF: Bracewell d. Brown 6-1 5-6 6-3
SF: Boulton d. Hill 6-4 6-2
FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mabel Boulton 6-4 8-6
DF: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Mardall d. Etkel Atkinson/Ella Rawlinson 8-6 4-6 6-4
MX: Margaret Bracewell/Harry Grove d. Clara Hill/J.H. Aitken 6-0 6-3
Clara Hill=Mrs W Hill
August 16-21, Tenby
, Wales (Grass)
FI: Katherine Hill d. Mary Agg 6-4 6-3
DF: Mary Agg/B. Henry d. V. Hardy/C. Jones 6-2 6-2
MX: MaryAgg/James Baldwin d. C. Jones/E.W. David 6-3 6-3
This tournament was first held in 1879 or 1880 and later became the West Wales Championships.
August 16-21, Harrogate
, North Yorkshire, England (Grass)
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Crossley 6-1 6-3
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Willett 6-2 6-5
1R: Constance Hodgson d. Ethel Atkinson 4-6 6-0 6-4
1R: Mabel Boulton d. Beatrice Wood 6-3 2-6 6-2
SF: Bracewell d. Mardall 6-1 6-3
SF: Boulton d. Hodgson 6-0 6-3
FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mabel Boulton 5-7 8-6 3-0 retired
DF: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Ethel Atkinson/Ella Rawlinson 6-2 6-1
MX: Mabel Boulton/B. Hartley d. Clara Hill/John Galbraith Horn 6-4 6-4
began August 16, Saxmundham
, Suffolk, England (Grass)
FI: G. Rant d. A. Forster 6-4 6-5
DF: G. Rant/Mrs Warwick d. Mabel Lowther/May Lowther 6-3 6-1
MX: Kate Barkley/R.G. Pollock d. Miss Bond/Herbert Longe 6-4 6-1
Are the Lowthers any relation to Toupie Lowther?
August 17-23, Moffat
, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)
SF: Evelyn Blencowe d. Ada Blencowe 6-4 6-3
SF: Lottie Paterson d. A. Barry 6-4 3-6 6-3
FI: Evelyn Blencowe d. Lottie Paterson 6-0 6-4
CF: Ann Dod (holder) d. Evelyn Blencowe 6-2 6-3
SF: Ada Blencowe/Evelyn Blencowe d. A. Barry/K. Callender 6-2 6-2
SF: Ann Dod/Miss Thomson d. Gertrude Blencowe/Lottie Paterson 6-1 6-1
FI: Ada Blencowe/Evelyn Blencowe d. Ann Dod/Miss Thomson 7-5 4-6 6-1
MX: Lottie Paterson/Edward B. Morrison d. Ann Dod/Richard M. Watson 9-7 7-5
August ????, East of England Championships
FI: A. Ridley d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-5
August 23-28, Derbyshire Championships,
Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)
1R: Gertrude Bracewell d. Miss Richardson 6-1 6-2
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Clara Hill 6-0 6-3
1R: Miss Noon d. R. Goodman 6-3 6-2
1R: Lottie Dod d. Connie Butler 5-6 6-1 6-1
2R: Louisa Martin d. G Bracewell 6-3 6-3
2R: E. Richardson d. Mrs Craig default
2R: Florence Stanuell d. Mrs Willoughby default
2R: Bingley d. Noon 6-3 6-5
2R: Mary Steedman d. Bertha Steedman 2-6 6-4, retired
2R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Petrie 6-2 6-1
2R: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 2-6 6-2 6-4
2R: May Langrishe d. Mrs Aga default
QF: Martin d. Richardson 6-1 6-1
QF: Bingley d. Stanuell default
QF: M Steedman d. Mardall 6-3 6-1
QF: Langrishe d. Dod 6-5 3-6 6-4
SF: Martin d. Bingley 6-5 6-5
SF: Langrishe d. M Steedman 6-1 4-6 10-8
FI: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3 6-0
DF: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-2 7-5
SF: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. Clara Hill/John Galbraith Horn 5-6 6-5 6-3
SF: Miss Noon/Percy B. Brown d. Lottie Dod/Anthony Dod 0-6 6-2 6-4
FI: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. Miss Noon/Percy B. Brown 6-3 4-6 6-2
* Lottie Dod had not quite reached invincibility and lost here to her doubles partner.
* The Buxton doubles carried the All-England title at this time
August 24-29, Bournemouth
, Dorset, England (Grass)
1R: L. Elphinston d. Miss Palmer 7-5 1-6 7-5
QF: Mrs Hornby d. Miss Wollaston 6-0 6-0
QF: Mrs Surman d. M. Elphinston 9-7 6-3
QF: L. Elphinston d. Miss Fryer 4-6 6-3 6-2
QF: B. Hannaford d. Miss Vaughan 6-3 6-3
SF: Mrs Hornby d. Mrs Surman 6-0 6-4
SF: Hannaford d. L. Elphinston 6-4 6-4
FI: Mrs Hornby d. B. Hannaford 6-3 6-3
MX: Miss Vaughan/Leslie C. Wintle d. Miss Palmer/D.W. Donaldson 6-2 6-3
August 27-30, Whitby
, North Yorkshire, England (Grass)
FI: G. Walters d. Beatrice Wood default
DF: A. Walters/G. Walters d. Miss Wilkins/E. Wilkins 6-2 6-2
MX: Mabel Hartley/George E. Brewerton d. L. Cheetham/Arthur G. Pease 6-4 6-3
August 30-September 7, South of England Championships
, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park
1R: Amy Jones d. Harriet Mellersh 6-2 6-2
2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Hudson 6-1 3-6 6-1
2R: E. Malcolm d. Alice Strapp 1-6 6-2 6-1
2R: E. Monckton d. Mrs Rothney 6-2 6-4
2R: Florence Mardall d. Gertrude Mellersh 2-6 6-5 6-4
2R: Catherine Triscott d. Mrs Burr 6-1 6-3
2R: Miss Tullock d. Blanche Pedley 6-4 4-6 6-4
2R: Ada Strapp d. Jones 6-2 6-1
2R: Blanche Bingley (owes half 15) d. Miss Gauntlett 6-0 6-0
QF: Bracewell d. Malcolm 6-3 6-2
QF: Florence Mardall d. Monckton 6-1 6-3
QF: Triscott d. Tullock 6-3 6-1
QF: Bingley (owes half 15) d. Strapp 6-0 6-0
SF: Bracewell d. Mardall 6-2 6-4
SF: Bingley (owes half 15) d. Triscott 6-1 6-1
FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Blanche Bingley (owes half 15) 6-1 6-3
1R: E.F. Hudson/Ada Strapp d. Miss Tulloch/Miss Monckton 6-0 6-0
1R: Gertrude Mellersh/Elizabeth Mocatta d. E. Malcolm/Miss Malcolm 6-0 6-1
QF: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Blanche Bingley/Mrs Field 6-0 6-1
QF: Hudson/Ada Strapp d. Blanche Pedley/Miss Staines default
QF: Alice Strapp/Catherine Triscott d. Mrs A. Burr/E. Durlacher 6-2 6-4
QF: Mellersh/Mocatta d. K. Head/Mrs Head 6-1 6-2
SF: Bracewell/Mardall d. Hudson/Ada Strapp 6-0 6-1
SF: Mellersh/Mocatta d. Alice Strapp/Mrs Triscott 6-2 6-3
FI: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Gertrude Mellersh/Elizabeth Mocatta 6-4,6-3
Mixed doubles (Draw=23)
QF: Margaret Bracewell/John Galbraith Horn d. Alice Strapp/William J. Down 6-1 6-1
QF: E. Malcolm/Ernest Renshaw d. Ada Strapp/William C. Taylor 6-4 6-3
QF: Amy Wilson/Daniel Wilson d. Mrs A. Burr/A. Burr 6-2 6-5
QF: Florence Mardall/Percy B. Brown d. E.F. Hudson/George E. Brown 6-5 5-6 6-3
SF: Bracewell/Horn d.Malcolm/ Renshaw 6-3 6-2
SF: Mardall/Brown d. Wilson/Wilson 6-2 6-3
FI: Margaret Bracewell/John Galbraith Horn d. Florence Mardall/Percy B. Brown 6-4 8-6
A Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for first time this year. Blanche Bingley was "handicapped", owe half 15, throughout the whole of the women's singles event.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Margaret Bracewell defeated Blanche Bingley, owing half 15, two sets in succession. Miss Bingley seemed extremely nervous all through the match, not once playing her well-known hard strokes. Miss Bracewell won the first five games, and then Miss Bingley just saved a love set by winning the sixth, but her opponent took the seventh, which gave her the set.
"After crossing over, it looked for a short time as if Miss Bingley would have a chance, as she gained the first three games, but she was unable to secure another, Miss Bracewell taking the next six in succession, and so winning a love set, and the match. Five of the games in this set were at deuce. Miss Bracewell thus becomes the first holder of the cup given by the Duke of Devonshire."
Miss Hudson=EF Hudson.
circa October 18-29, Victorian Championships
, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)
1R: C. Greene d. Constance Raleigh 6-3 5-6 6-3
1R: Ellen Mayne d. Mabel Shaw 0-6 6-4 6-1
FI: C. Greene d. Ellen Mayne 6-1 6-1
1R: Ellen Mayne/Mabel Shaw d. Miss Brunton/Miss Hetherington 6-3 6-0 *
1R: C. Greene/ConstanceRaleigh d. Miss Calder/Miss Martin 6-0 6-0 *
1R: Miss Barnard/Miss Brunton-bye
1R: Miss Riddell/Miss Ross-bye
SF: Mayne/Shaw d. Greene/Raleigh ????
SF: Barnard/Brunton d. Riddell/Ross ????
FI: Ellen Mayne/Mabel Shaw d. Miss Barnard/Miss Brunton 6-1 6-0
*we are not entirely certain of these scores.
December 28-30 New Zealand Championships
, Napier, New Zealand (Grass)
Venue: Farndon Park
SF: Sarah Lance d E Harman 3-6 6-0 6-4
SF: Hilda Hitchings d Mrs G Way 6-3 6-4
FI: Lance d Hitchings 6-2 3-6 6-1
DF: Sarah Lance/Mrs G Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 6-1 6-4
MX: Hilda Hitchings/EP Hudson d Sarah Lance/HB Williams 6-3 6-1
Results for other years are in the Women's Database at: