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post #5 of (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 2002, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Dates: June 10 to 13.
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=8)

1st Round

Ellen Roosevelt d. Miss D. F. Butterfield 6-0 6-0
Mabel Cahill (Ire) d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-1
Lida Voorhees d. Fannie Gregory 6-1 3-6 6-1
Margie Ballard d. Miss S. Day 6-2 6-1


E. Roosevelt d. Cahill 2-6 6-5 3-2 retired
Voorhees d. Ballard 6-4 3-6 6-5


Ellen Roosevelt d. Lida Voorhees 6-3 6-1

Challenge Round Final

Ellen Roosevelt d. Bertha Townsend 6-2 6-2


Doubles (Draw=4)

1st Round

Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt d. Mabel Cahill (Ire)/Lida Voorhees 6-3 6-4
Margie Ballard/Bertha Townsend d. Winnie Bristol/Miss C. S. Gaskill 6-1 6-0


Ellen Roosevelt/Grace Roosevelt d. Margie Ballard/Bertha Townsend 6-1 6-2


Roosevelt represented the Far and Near Club of Poughkeepsie

Rebecca H Lycett was from Merion.

Missing names for:

Miss D. F. Butterfield
Miss S. Day
Miss C. S. Gaskill



The Philadelphia Record



Ellie Roosevelt, a first cousin of the future President Franklin Roosevelt, becomes the first non-Philadelphian winner. For the final "nearly 2 thousand interested spectators" came to "watch the erractic bounding of felt-covered sphere". 'All have been compelled to confess that the late champion [Townsend] has not been playing nearly so well as last year of late".

Roosevelt kept up a steady reply while Bertha attempted "brilliant shots" that just missed their mark. Ellie raced out to a 5-0 lead in set two before the champ recoverd to win 2 games. "With 40 to love in her [Bertha's] favor it seemed that Dame Fortune would yet deign to smile on her, but, alas! in trying to return a hot one, put two balls in the net in quick succession. Miss Roosevelt then took a brace and finally won the set and the championship."

Early interest focused on Miss Cahill, who was visiting the US from Ireland. All admired "this plucky daughter of Erin" for playing despite doctor's orders not to because of an injured wrist. She came near to defeating Roosevelt in the semis but had to retire in the third set. Cahill's "manly play" was " a revelation to some spectators". Mabel got loads of applause for hitting spectacular volleys. After winning the first set Cahill tired. As the paper put it, "she gave unmistakable evidence of overtraining in the second set." Leg cramps had set in. Other accounts suggest she pulled a leg muscle running for a short ball. Roosevelt "generously allowed her rival to rest several times, but it was all of no avail." At 2-3 Cahill "fell prone on the grass and could play no more, her leg drawn up with cramp." In fact Ellen was willing to delay the match further, but the committee refused and forced Cahill to retire. Mabel resented it, and her adherents built up a "tempest in a teapot" with Roosevelt.

Cahill was less impressive in doubles with Voorhees, trying to hog all the shots for herself.

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