The Championships (Wimbledon)
Dates: June 23-July 4
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Singles (Draw=42, plus holder)
*Holder Ethel Larcombe "sits out" until Challenge Round final.
Mrs JB Perrett-bye
Mrs. G. B. Foster-bye
Aurea Edgington d. Mrs A. A. Hall 6-1 6-3
Mieken Rieck (Ger) d. B. M. Warren 6-1 6-1
Hilda Lane d. Eleanor Rose 6-3 6-3
Dora Boothby d. Elizabeth Ryan (US) 6-4 4-6 6-3
Phyllis Satterwaithe d. Olive Manser default
Beryl Tulloch d. Mrs C. E. Hunter default
Marie Hazel d. Alice Hudleston 6-3 6-8 6-2
Winifred Beamish d. Edith Johnson default
Mildred Coles d. Mildred Brooksmith 7-5 6-2
Agatha Morton d. Gladys Lamplough 6-2 6-4
Dorothea Lambert Chambers-bye
Vera Spoffort- bye
Sterry d. Colston 4-6 6-2 6-2
Hannam d. Hillyard 4-6 6-2 6-0
Greville d. Perrett 6-0 5-7 6-2
McNair d. J. Coles 6-1 6-0
Nesham d. Foster 10-8 6-1
Holman d. Edgington 4-6 6-2 6-1
Rieck d. Lane 2-6 6-1 6-2
Satterwaithe d. Boothby 6-3 6-4
Tulloch d. Hazel 2-6 7-5 7-5
M. Coles d. Beamish 7-9 8-6 6-4
Morton d. Allen 6-1 6-2
Chambers d. Tuckey 6-2 6-3
O'Neil d. Parton 6-4 1-6 6-2
Spofforth d. B. Lee 6-3 6-2
Aitchison d. Greene 7-9 6-0 6-0
T. Hall d. D. Boadle default
Sterry d. Hannam 6-1 2-6 6-2
McNair d. Greville 6-3 6-2
Holman d. Nesham 6-1 6-0
Satterwaithe d. Rieck 6-1 6-2
M. Coles d. Tulloch 6-2 6-0
Chambers d. Morton 6-1 6-3
O'Neil d. Spofforth 6-2 6-3
Aitchison d. T. Hall 6-1 6-2
McNair d. Sterry 0-6 6-4 9-7
Holman d. Satterwaithe 6-4 6-1
Chambers d. M. Coles 6-1 6-0
Aitchison d. O'Neil 6-2 6-0
McNair d. Holman 2-6 6-2 7-5
Chambers d. Aitchison 6-2 6-3
All Comer's Final
Chambers d. McNair 6-0 6-4
Dorothea Lambert Chambers d. Ethel Larcombe default
Aurea Edgington/Micken Rieck (Ger)-bye
Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Charlotte Sterry-bye
Helen Aitchison/Agnes Tuckey-bye
Jessie Green/Eleanor Rose-bye
Beatrice Lee/Mrs J.B. Perrett-bye
Dorothy Holman/Phyllis Satterthwaite d. Jessie Coles/Emmeline Warburg 6-2 6-1
Dora Armstrong/Olive Manser d. Blanche Hillyard/Gladys Lamplough default
Agnes Morton/Elizabeth Ryan (US) d. Katherine Allen/Mrs A. A. Hall 6-2 6-3
Edith Hannam/Connie Luard d. Hilda Lane/Frieda Nesham default
Ethel Larcombe/Mabel Parton d. Geraldine Beamish/Madeline O'Neill 6-2 6-1
Tessa Hall/Vera Spofforth-bye
Mildred Coles/Marie Hazel-bye
Mildred Brooksmith/Edith Greville
Mrs G. B. Foster/Mrs Lambert-bye
Alice Hudleston/Beryl Tulloch-bye
Dora Boothby/Winifred McNair-bye
Chambers/Sterry d. Edgington/Rieck default
Helen Aitchison/Agnes Tuckey d. Green/Rose 6-1 6-3
Holman/Satterthwaite d. Lee/Perrett 6-3 6-2
Armstrong/Manser d. Morton/Ryan 6-4 6-3
Larcombe/Parton d. Hannam/Luard 6-1 2-6 6-3
T Hall/Spofforth d. M Coles/Hazel default
Brooksmith/Greville d. Foster/Lambert 6-1 6-2
Boothby/McNair d. Hudleston/Tulloch 6-4 4-6 6-3
Chambers/Sterry d. Aitchison/Tuckey 6-1 6-2
Armstrong/Manser d. Holman/Satterthwaite 6-3 6-3
Larcombe/Parton d. T Hall/Spofforth 6-3 6-3
Boothby/McNair d. Brooksmith/Greville 6-4 7-5
Chambers/Sterry d. Aitchison/Tuckey 6-3 2-6 6-3
Boothby/McNair d. Larcombe/Parton 6-3 6-4
Dora Boothby/Winifred McNair d. Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Charlotte Sterry 4-6 2-4 retired
Mixed Doubles (Draw=41)
Dorothy Holman/Frank Roe-bye
Beatrice Lee/L.S. Lee-bye
Jessie Greene/William Crawley-bye
Mrs G.B. Foster/F.N. Thorne-bye
Mabel Parton/Theodore Mavrogordato-bye
Mildred Coles/C.R. Leach (SA)-bye
Micken Rieck (Ger)/Heinrich Kleinschroth (Ger)-bye
Winifred Beamish/Alfred Beamish-bye
Dorothy Boothby/Arthur Prebble-bye
C.E. Hunter/Noel Turnbull-bye
Olive Manser/Kenneth Powell-bye
Ethel Larcombe/James Cecil Parke (Ire) d. B.M. Warren/H.B.Bland default
Dorothea Lambert Chambers/Stanley Doust (Aus) d. Charlotte Sterry/Friedrich Rahe (Ger) 13-11 6-2
Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Arthur Gore d. Alice Huddleston/Arthur Lowe 6-3 6-2
Helen Aitchison/Evan Gwynne Evans d. Marie Hazel/George Thomas 6-4 0-6 7-5
Agatha Morton/Hebert Roper Barrett d. Emmeline Warburg/F.F. Muecke 7-5 6-4
Tessa Hall/R.F. Le Sueur (SA) d. Jessie Coles/E.W. Hicks 7-5 6-3
Mrs J. B. Perrett/R.D. Nolan d. Mrs A.A. Hall/Stanley Thol 6-4 6-1
Edith Hannam/Charles Dixon d. Dorothy Boadle/Charles Simond 7-5 6-1
Frieda Nesham/F.R. Price d. Katherine Allen/A.H. Bowling 6-4 11-9
Madeline O'Neill/Norman Kidson-bye
Aurea Edginton/Dick Williams (US)-bye
Vera Spofforth/Victor Gauntlett (SA)-bye
Beryl Tulloch/George TC Watt-bye
Agnes Tuckey/Hope Crisp-bye
Edith Greville/George Greville-bye
Blanch Hillyard/Alfred Jones (Aus)-bye
Mildred Brooksmith/Craig Biddle (US)-bye
Connie Luard/Count Ludi Salm (Ast)-bye
Phyllis Satterthwaite/Oscar Kreuzer (Ger)-bye
Winifred McNair/Roderick McNair-bye
Dora Armstrong/J.B. Ward-bye
Holman/Roe d. Lee/Lee 4-6 6-4 6-2
Greene/Crawley d. Foster/Thorne 6-2 6-2
Parton/Mavrogordato d. Coles/Leach 4-6 6-4 6-3
Rieck/Kleinschroth d. Beamish/Beamish 6-3 6-2
Boothby/Prebble d. Hunter/Turnbull 6-0 6-3
Larcombe/Parke d. Manser/Powell 6-3 6-2
Chambers/Doust d. Ryan/Gore 3-6 6-2 6-3
Morton/Barrett d. Aitchison/Evans 3-6 6-4 6-0
T Hall/Le Sueur d. Perrett/Nolan 3-6 7-5 6-3
Hannam/Dixon d. Nesham/Price 6-1 6-1
O'Neill/Kidson d. Edgington/Williams default
Spofforth/Gauntlett d. Tulloch/Watt 6-3 7-5
Agnes Tuckey/Hope Crisp d. Edith Greville/George Greville 11-9 6-4
Blanch Hillyard/Alfred Jones (Aus) d. M. Brooksmith/Craig Biddle (US) 7-5 7-5
Constance Luard/Ludwig Salm (Ast) d. Phyllis Satterthwaite/Oscar Kreuzer (Ger) 8-6 6-4
Winifred McNair/Roderick McNair d. Armstrong/J.B. Ward 6-3 4-6 6-4
Holman/Roe d. Greene/Crawley 6-4 6-0
Parton/Mavrogordato d. Rieck/Kleinschroth 7-5 6-1
Larcombe/Parke d. Boothby/Prebble default
Morton/Barrett d. Chambers/Doust 6-4 6-4
Hannam/Dixon d. Hall/LeSueur 6-4 6-4
O'Neill/Kidson d. Spofforth/Gauntlett 1-6 6-4 6-4
Tuckey/Crisp d. Hillyard/Jones 6-2 6-3
McNair/McNair d. Luard/Salm 6-3 8-6
Parton/Mavrogordato d. Holman/Roe 6-3 6-3
Larcombe/Parke d. Morton/Barrett 6-2 6-2
O'Neill/Kidson d. Hannam/Dixon 3-6 6-4 6-4
Tuckey/Crisp d. McNair/McNair 6-2 3-6 6-4
Larcombe/Parke d. Parton/Mavrogordato 6-3 6-4
Tuckey/Crisp d. O'Neill/Kidson 6-2 6-3
Agnes Tuckey/Hope Crisp d. Ethel Larcombe/James Parke 3-6 5-3 retired
Alice F. Hudleston=Mrs W. E. Hudleston
Mieken Rieck is used here instead of "Micken", used by the Wimbledon site.
Missing full names for
Mrs. G. B. Foster
Mrs C. E. Hunter
Mrs B.M.S. Lee, who is married to L. S. Lee
Mrs JB Perrett
Miss B. M. Warren
Missing full male names for
H. B. Bland
A. H. Bowling
E. W. Hicks
C. R. Leach (South Africa)
R. F. Le Sueur (South Africa)
R. D. Nolan
L. S. Lee (probably brother of Beatrice Lee, his mixed partner)
F. F. Muecke
F. R. Price
F. N. Thorne
J. B. Ward
Lawn Tennis and Badminton
(Thanks to Newmark for providing these reports and scores)
The decision of the ITF to grant Wimbledon the title of "World Championships on Grass" prompted the All England Club to give the women's doubles and mixed doubles full championship status. It wasn't an event at all from 1908, and in 1900-1907 had only limited status.
Ironically all 3 ladies events were marred in some way by retirements or defaults in the first year all events were granted championship status.
The long awaited showdown between Larcombe and Chambers doesn't occur. The defending champ was injured in a freak accident the day before the Challenge Round. While playing the mixed doubles final Ethel was hit in the side of the face by her partner, who had smashed the ball form behind her. It was so severe she retired from the mixed whem it was evident she could not continue, having been struck in the eye.
As the challenge round was scheduled the next day she was forced to default. When Ethel won in 1912 many felt it was because Chambers was absent. However, Ethel had won an encounter just weeks before the 1913 event at Queen's in straight sets.
Dorothea isn't pushed by her opponents, winning 5 matches at the loss of only 17 games.
The doubles final is also marred by injury, 42 year old Charlotte Sterry tore a tendon in her leg while her team was points from victory at 6-4 4-2 40-15.
The unusual occurrence of all 3 major finals being decided by retirement or default has never been repeated.
From “Lawn Tennis and Badminton”, July 10, 1913:
“Tuesday, July 1. Women’s singles semi-finals.
“The two semi-finals were played today. Dorothea Lambert Chambers is regaining her confidence fast. She was altogether too good for Helen Aitchison, who, except for one or two short periods when she was finding the sidelines with irreproachable accuracy, was not on her best game. In fact, Mrs Lambert Chambers hit too hard for her, and played better than she has played all this season. She only lost five games in the two sets, and certainly always looked to be winning comfortably.
“This was far from being the case with Winifred McNair in the other match, in which she was opposed by Dorothy Holman. The game was very much a repetition of Mrs McNair’s game the day before with Charlotte Sterry; after losing the first set she won the next two, on each occasion just getting home by an advantage set in the third after being led in it. Her exertions of the previous day apparently disinclined her to do much volleying, but there was not the same necessity for it as in her previous match, since Miss Holman is naturally a baseliner, whereas Mrs Sterry had, if possible, to be kept back there by aggression.
“Still, Mrs McNair chose her time to come in very well, and made a lot of winning volleys, controlling their direction well, and concealing their pace with some skill. She has also acquired, probably from her husband, the art of lulling her opponents to a false sense of security by appearing to be absolutely done to the world, whereas in truth and in fact (as they say in the law) she has any amount of reserve to call upon.
“Miss Holman played steadily all through, and at times very well indeed; it was an even match, but Miss Holman failed to drive her advantage home, losing three or four game from 40-0. On the other hand, this is really a tribute to Mrs McNair’s pluck and pertinacity, and the way in which, when led 4-2 in the final set, she forced Miss Holman to a position in which a toss [lob] was the only possible reply, and then smashed that toss to glory every time, was as nice a bit of combined tactics and skill as could be desired.”
“The Mixed Doubles. Thursday, July 3. The Final.
“The programme opened on the centre court with this event, in which James C. Parke and Ethel Larcombe met Hope Crisp and Agnes Tuckey, and so far as the match proceeded it was evident that the best reply to ‘parallel formation’ is ‘parallel formation’, for Crisp and his partner did better against their formidable antagonists than any pair whom the latter had met at Wimbledon.
“Crisp did not start auspiciously, for he promptly lost his service game. Parke followed, and mainly by mistakes of Mrs Tuckey’s secured the game. The third, with Mrs Tuckey serving, showed Crisp missing an easy smash, but he atoned for this mistake by a fine poach. A double fault and missed volley by Crisp gave Parke and Co. the game after deuce had been called. The fourth game also ran to deuce, mainly by good volleying on the part of Mrs Tuckey and wild play by Parke, but Mrs Larcombe was as steady as a rock, and she won the game for her side. 4-0 Parke and Mrs Larcombe lead.
“In the fifth game Crisp made no mistake with his service, the first was fast and well-placed, and gave Mrs Tuckey opportunities at the net, of which she was not slow to avail herself, and Parke playing very badly, Crisp and his partner won the next two games. 4-3 Parke and Mrs Larcombe lead. The eighth game, Mrs Larcombe, by beautifully placed services and well backed up by her partner, won to love, and Crisp’s service game being captured, the set was won at 6-3.
“The second set was mainly notable for the falling off in Parke’s game; he was wild to a degree, and nothing seemed coming off for him. What was worse was his tactics. Mrs Larcombe was playing beautifully, and he did not give her enough to do. It was mainly by her exertions that the score reached 3-all, but with Parke playing worse and worse, and Crisp and Mrs Tuckey playing better and better, the latter won the next two games. They were at 15-love in the ninth game when a deplorable accident happened.
“A fairly deep and high lob went to Parke, who smashed it hard from the left-hand court towards the opposite sideline; Mrs Larcombe was close to the net, and the ball struck her with terrific force on the face. She did not fall, but seemed stunned for an instant, and it was soon obvious that she was seriously hurt. The game stopped, and Mrs Larcombe most pluckily continued standing on court and bathing her eye (which was injured) with water, but the damage was too serious to continue the game, and the players retired.
“The umpire, after a short delay, told the crowd that the match would be continued later, but further investigation proved that the injury was much too severe too allow of Mrs Larcombe continuing the match, or in playing any other match in this championship meeting. It was indeed a sad event, and cast a gloom over all subsequent proceedings.”
“Women’s All-Comers’ Final, Thursday, July 3.
“Dorothea Lambert Chambers has come into her own again; by her defeat of Winifred McNair she won the final round of the ladies’ singles, and on the day’s play she thoroughly deserved her victory. That in doing so she showed her super excellent form of two years ago we hesitate to say, but her game was good enough to dispose of any opposition that was encountered.
“Mrs McNair is a proverbially bad starter, and in this match she made no exception to her usual rule; throughout the first set she did not get going at all, as even when she had plenty of time to make the shot, time and again she hit the ball into the net or yards out of the court; but she did not always have much time, as Mrs Lambert Chambers was placing the ball with great accuracy from corner to corner, and varying these strokes with short-length, oblique drives. The pace was not very great, and Mrs McNair was often able to reach the ball and, strangely enough, on many occasions she was making the return better when hard pressed than when the stroke could be made in comparative leisure. The first set, owing to Mrs McNair’s bad start, was soon over, the score reading 6-0 in favour of Mrs Lambert Chambers.
“It was in the second set that the fight began; Mrs McNair’s ground shots improved out of all knowledge, and when she came to the net, and her judgement in picking out the right ball to come in on was very sound, she made some fine winning volleys. The games went with service until three-all was called, the fourth game with Mrs McNair serving being a tense affair, with the issue long in doubt; however, she secured it in the end by combined pluck and play, and then she secured the lead for the first time in the match at 4-3 with her service to follow; if only she could annex this she was in the happy position of holding a winning lead, and desperately she strove to secure it; she reached 40-30, and was in position for a winning volley.
“Mrs Lambert Chambers returned the ball, but it came within easy reach, and Mrs McNair, to her own evident disgust, ‘foozled’ the shot, the ball hit the net and the chance was lost. Desperately anxious to win this game she went all out for the two points necessary; twice she secured the ‘vantage, but on each occasion she was pulled back by her opponent, whose only trace of unsteadiness throughout the match occurred in the previous two games, and eventually the game – and what a game! – went to the ex-champion. After that it was all comparatively plain sailing for Mrs Lambert Chambers, the sea which had previously been ‘choppy’ calmed down, and with careful pilotage she reached port a popular winner.”
“Women’s doubles final. Friday, July 4.
“Dorothea Lambert Chambers and Charlotte Sterry looked to be winning this match easily against Winifred McNair and Dora Boothby, for the latter had a bad day and was no match for Mrs Lambert Chambers in baseline duels; neither did she provide her volleying partner with the necessary openings for securing a winning ace.
“Throughout the match Mrs Lambert Chambers and Mrs Sterry always looked to have the match in hand, and it was the hardest of hard luck that, after winning the first set at 6-4, and leading at 4-2, 40-15, in the second the regrettable accident to Mrs Sterry (referred to in ‘Varia’) compelled them to retire.”
From the “Varia” section of “Lawn Tennis and Badminton”, July 10, 1913: “Poor Mrs Sterry! It was the hardest of hard luck to injure herself so seriously when, in partnership with Mrs Lambert Chambers, she had secured the first set in the final of the ladies’ doubles, and had a lead of 4-2 in the second. Here’s wishing her a speedy recovery.
“We understand that the precise injury is a torn tendon in the calf of the leg, and there is small hope of her playing again this season. We are glad to add that the injury is not causing much pain, though it is, of course, uncomfortable.”