THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (WIMBLEDON)
Dates: July 2-7
Venue: Wimbledon, London, England
Singles (Draw=5, plus holder)
Lottie Dod -bye
B. James d. Maud Shackle 8-6 6-2
Edith Cole -bye
Julia Shackle -bye
Dod d. James 6-1 6-1
Cole d. J Shackle 6-4 6-1
Lottie Dod d. Edith Cole 6-2 6-3
Lottie Dod d. Blanche Bingley (holder) 6-2 6-0
Missing full name for
Miss B. James
Lottie Dod "The Little Wonder" is the first real teenage prodigy of tennis. She wins on her debut at Wimbledon. She was 15 years and 10 months old at the time and is still the youngest ever winner of a senior singles title at Wimbledon. Miss Dod is the only woman in tennis history never to lose in grand slam, going unbeaten in her 5 Wimbledons. Some ladies feel the young girl has an unfair advantage over them. Older women must wear more restrictive clothes, while young Lottie can dash about in shorter skirts.
From: "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "Wednesday, July 6. With so few competing in the ladies' singles, it was decided that it was not necessary to allow the winner of the All-Comers' a day's rest before meeting the lady champion, indeed, Miss Lottie Dod had only two ties to play off. Rather a larger company than had been previously seen this year at Wimbledon, were gathered round centre court when Miss Blanche Bingley and Miss Dod commenced their match for the championship. Just at first Miss Dod was not seen at her best, while Miss Bingley played very well, sending her returns down the court in her well-known style, but this, however, only lasted four games, and out of this number the 1886 champion could only win her share.
"Afterwards it was quite palpable that she was overmatched, as game after game in quick succession was won by Miss Dod, whose returns were wonderfully well placed, and at times she volleyed with good effect. The last ten games of the match were all won by Miss Dod, and, though Miss Bingley may gain more games some other time when in better health, we doubt that she would ever again defeat the new holder of the championship. Miss Dod excels all other ladies greatly in the ease with which she gets to the balls, she apparently being able to judge fairly well where the return is coming to. In the match under notice Miss Dod won 12 games to 2 and 60 strokes to 36."
[Thanks to Newmark for the report from the Field Lawn Tennis Calendar.]
July 7-9, Chapel Allerton
, Leeds, Yorkshire, England (Grass)
FI: Beatrice Wood d. Lilla Moir 6-2 6-2
DF: M. Crossley/Beatrice Wood d. Lilla Moir/E. Tannett 4-6 5-7 6-4 6-4 7-5
This was the fourth edition of the Chapel Allerton tournament which, at this point in time, appears to have been restricted to Yorkshire players.
The doubles was a best-of-five-sets final.
July 11-14, Leamington
, Warwickshire, England (Grass)
FI: Evelyn Blencowe d. Gertrude Mellersh 6-1 6-1*
MX: Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) d. Mrs Hornby/AD Annesley 6-4 4-6 6-0
This year this tournament featured a women's singles event, although it was only handicap in nature.
July 14-16, Leicester Tournament
, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (Grass)
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Agnes Watts 5-6, 6-2, 6-3
SF: Bracewell d. Florence Noon 6-2 5-6 6-2
SF: Effie Noon d. Florence Mardall 6-4 6-3
FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Effie Noon 6-4 6-2
DF: N. Pope/Agnes Watts d. Margaret Bracewell/Miss Forsbroke 6-5 6-5
MX: Margaret Bracewell/Ernest Lewis d. Florence Noon/CP Brett 6-1 6-1
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "Saturday, July 16. Although there were several showers during the afternoon, they luckily did not last long, so that the different events were all finished by seven o'clock, with the exception of the final round of the gentlemen's singles handicap. In this the two players had each won a set and the score was called four games to three in favour of Mr Frank Noon in the third. Five times in the eighth game deuce was scored, and then Mr William C. Taylor retired in order to catch the London train.
"The attendance today was again exceedingly good, the stand being well patronised. Mr Ernest Lewis took the lion's share of the prizes, gaining three firsts: the open singels, the gentlemen's doubles with his father, Mr John H. Lewis, and the ladies' and gentlemen's doubles, with Miss Margaret Bracewell. This lady was also to the fore in the ladies' singles, and, with Miss Forsborke, she took the second position in the ladies' scratch doubles. Mr Tom Campion, although he was unable to win a first prize, was fairly successful, as he took two seconds and a third.
"The meeting was a great success in every way, the management being everything that could be wished. Mr Arthur Cumberland worked hard all through, and the club, with such an honorary secretary at the head of affairs, will always be certain of obtaining good entries. The players, as usual, were well looked after by the committee, and a dance on the Friday night was well attended.
"A good word for the printers of the programme may not be out of place here, the rapidity and exactness with which the cards were got out being very noticeable. The posts, nets and balls were all supplied by F.H. Ayres."
Unclear if Miss Noon=Effie.
July 19-21, Somersetshire County Tournament
, Taunton, Somerset, England (Grass)
Ladies' Singles (County Championship)
FI: N. Pope d. A.M. Meyler 6-1 6-1
Ladies' Singles (Handicap)
SF: Lottie Dod (owes 30) d. Ann Dod (one bisque) 6-3 8-6
SF: N. Pope (half 15) d. L. Douglas (30) 6-2 8-6
FI: Lottie Dod (owes 30) d. N. Pope (half 15) 6-2 8-6
DF: Alice Bagnall-Wild/N. Pope d. Miss Escott/Miss Gilling-Lax 6-4 6-1
July 19-21, Norton
, Durham, England (Grass)
1R: Miss Marley d. Mary Page 6-4 6-4
1R: Constance Faithfull d. Miss Cochrane 6-2 6-2
QF: Marley d. C Faithfull 6-4 6-2
QF: Ellinor Page d. Miss Bolckow 6-3 5-6 6-2
QF: Elizabeth Faithfull d. Miss Page default
QF: Katharine Faithfull d. Ethel Cochrane 6-2 6-2
SF: Marley d. E Page 6-3 6-5
SF: K Faithfull d. E Faithfull 6-5 6-1
FI: Miss Marley d. Katharine Faithfull 6-5 6-1
July 18-23, Middlesex Championships
, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Chiswick Park
1R: D. Patterson d. H. James 6-2 6-3
1R: B. James d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-4 6-3
1R: M. Rundall d. E. Malcolm 5-7 6-4 6-4
1R: Miss Canning-bye
1R: "J. Gray"-bye
1R: Miss Monckton-bye
1R: May Jacks d. Miss Stuart-Smith 2-6 6-4 6-1
1R: Edith Gurney d. Miss Tulloch 6-4 6-1
QF: D. Patterson d. James 6-3 6-4
QF: Canning d. Rundall 6-3 6-3
QF: "Gray" d. Monckton 6-0 6-0
QF: Gurney d. Jacks 2-6 9-7 6-3
SF: D. Patterson d. Canning 6-2 6-2
SF: Edith Gurney d. "Gray" 6-4 6-2
FI: D Patterson d. Edith Gurney 6-0 4-6 7-5
DF: Miss Gray/D Patterson d. May Jacks/B James 6-4 6-1
MX: Blanche Hillyard/George Hillyard d. May Jacks/???? 6-1 6-0
Hillyard is the married name of Blanche Bingley. She had married George Hillyard on 13 July of this year.
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "The Chiswick Park Club has once more obtained a good entry, both as regards quality and quantity. For the open singles, sixteen names had been sent in, including Mr Ernest Lewis and Mr Harry Grove, besides other good players. The Duke of Devonshire added a 50-guinea challenge cup to this event, and it was decided that the winner should also hold the title of champion of Middlesex.
"Mr W. Kemp Welch gave a 30-guinea challenge cup to the ladies' singles, this also now bearing the title of lady champion of Middlesex."
A Challenge Cup meant that there would be a Challenge Round in succeeding years.
Who was the mixed partner of May Jacks?
Who is the mysterious D Patterson. Is she a sister or relative of Lottie? Or are they actually one and the same? Mark points out quite correctly that the spelling differs (one "t" vs two),making the theory unlikely.
July 21-23, Stafford
, Staffordshire, England (Grass)
FI: Effie Noon d. Miss Crofton 2-6 6-2 8-6
MX: Effie Noon/CP Brett d. Frederick Watts/Agnes Watts 6-3 1-6 6-3
*The singles was handicap only.
July 25-30, Essex County Cricket Club Tournament
, Leyton, Essex, England (Grass)
SF: B. James d. Clara Hill 6-3 6-1
SF: May Jacks d. [Florence]Thompson 6-2 6-3
FI: B. James d. May Jacks 6-8 6-0 6-3
FI: Miss Canning/May Jacks d. C.R. Day/[Florence]Thompson default
Mixed Doubles (Draw=22)
QF: Miss Canning/A. Walker d. Miss Barlow/Harry S. Barlow 6-3 6-5
QF: Mrs Brewer/F.O.S. Reade d. Miss Todd/C.E. Salmon 6-5 6-2
QF: C.R. Day/Frederick W. Gore d. Miss Rowland/L. Walker 6-2 6-3
QF: May Jacks/Herbert C. Yockney d. Clara Hill/Edward Barratt-Smith 6-1 3-6 6-3
SF: A. Walker/Miss Canning d. Reade/Mrs Brewer 6-3 6-1
SF: Yockney/Jacks d. Gore/Day 6-1 6-0
FI: Miss Canning/A. Walker d. May Jacks/Herbert C. Yockney 7-5 6-2
July 25-30, Derbyshire Championships,
Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)
1R: Bertha Steedman d. Katherine Hill 6-1 6-2
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Mary Steedman 6-2 6-1
1R: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Wood 6-1 6-2
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Eva Steedman 6-3 6-5
SF: Bertha Steedman d. Beatrice (Bee) Langrishe 6-4 6-3
SF: May Langrishe d. Margaret Bracewell 6-5 6-1
FI: May Langrishe d. Bertha Steedman 6-3 6-4
(The All-England Doubles)
1R: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman-bye
1R: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Catherine Steedman/Eva Steedman 6-0 6-1
1R: Gertrude Bracewell/Margaret Bracewell d. Katherine Hall/Mrs Rentoul 6-1 6-4
1R: Miss Crossley/Beatrice Wood-bye
SF: Dod/Langrishe d. B Steedman/M Steedman 6-5 6-1
SF: Bracewell/Bracewell d. Crossley/Wood 6-3 3-6 6-3
FI: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Gertrude Bracewell/Margaret Bracewell 6-1 6-2
QF: Mary Steedman/FA Clarke d. Gertrude Bracewell/A Thompson 6-0 6-4
QF: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. E Samuel/W Crewden 6-0 6-0
QF: Margaret Bracewell/Tom Campion d. Miss Exham/Alfred Betham 6-3 6-1
QF: May Langrishe/William D Hamilton d. Bertha Steedman/Thomas R Grey 6-1 6-4
SF: Dod/Dwight d. M Bracewell/Campion 3-6 6-3 7-5
SF: Langrishe/Hamilton d. M Steedman/Clarke 6-3 6-4
FI: Lottie Dod/James Dwight (US) d. May Langrishe/William D. Hamilton 6-4 4-6 6-2
The doubles at Buxton was also the All-England Ladies Doubles
July 25-August 2, East of Ireland Championships
, Howth, Dublin, Ireland
QF: Miss Smith d. Mrs Graham 6-1 6-3
QF: E. Lindsay d. P. Costello 6-3 6-2
QF: G. Crofton d. E. Knox 6-3 6-3
QF: C. McClintock d. Maud Scovell 6-4 6-4
SF: Smith d. Lindsay 6-3 6-3
SF: McClintock d. Crofton 6-2 6-1
FI: Miss Smith d. C. McClintock 6-2 6-4
MX: G. Crofton/Maxwell J. Carpendale d. Maud Scovell/Cameron Deane Shute 7-5 6-4
Note: Both of the above events were described as "open handicaps" in the "Irish Times" newspaper.
July 27-30, Newcastle Tournament,
Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)
1R: Connie Butler d. Mrs R. Clayton, default
1R: Alice Cheese d. Helen Jackson 6-2 6-2
1R: A. Reay d. L. Wilson 6-3 6-4
1R: Ann Dod-bye
SF: Butler d. Cheese 6-2 6-1
SF: A Dod d. Reay 6-1 6-3
FI: Connie Butler d. Ann Dod 4-6 6-2 8-6
MX: Helen Jackson/John Charles Kay d. Miss Bradshaw/William H. Wilberforce 6-1 5-7 7-5
From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1888): "The final was very exciting; the first set fell to Miss Dod, who was playing out of the best court, at six to four. Miss Butler won the next at six to two, and the third was an advantage, over fourteen games having to be played before the same lady could win it. Miss Dod began this set remarkably well, taking five of the first six games played, but after that she rather fell off in her play, whilst Miss Butler got back some wondeful strokes, and, after five all and six all had been called, secured the match.
"Both ladies have never played better, the winner all through placed well, and played a plucky uphill game. Miss Dod hit hard, and, except in the middle of the last set, served well."
July 28-30, Portishead
, Somerset, England (Grass)
DF: Miss Bryant/Winifred Parr d. Miss Reynolds/F. Smith 6-0 6-3
MX: Alice Parr/Ernest Renshaw d. Miss Stock/J.C. Prior default
There was no women's singles event at this tournament this year.