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post #12 of (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 2002, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Dates: June 15-19
Venue: Philadelphia Lawn Tennis Club, Wissahickon Heights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Surface: Grass


SINGLES (Draw=12)

Preliminary Round

Maude Banks d. Edith Rotch 6-2 2-6 6-2
Juliette Atkinson d. Marie Wimer 8-6 6-3
Kate Atkinson-bye
Hattie Beaumont-bye

Edith Kenderdine d. Rachel Harlan 6-3 7-5
Ellen Kitchen d. Elizabeth Rastall 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Carrie Neely-bye
Mrs. Frank Edwards-bye


J.Atkinson d. Banks 6-1 4-6 6-1
K.Atkinson d. Beaumont 6-4 6-0
Kenderdine d. Kitchen 6-2 4-6 8-6
Neely d. Edwards 6-2 6-1


J.Atkinson d. K.Atkinson 6-1 6-3
Kenderdine d. Neely 7-5 2-6 6-1


Juliette Atkinson d. Edith Kenderdine 6-2 6-4 6-0

Challenger Round

Juliette Atkinson d. Bessie Moore (holder) 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-3


DOUBLES (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round

Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Hattie Beaumont/Edith Slevin 6-0 6-3.
Maud Banks/Edith Rotch-bye
Mrs Frank Edwards/Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Laura Henson/Edith Kenderdine-bye


Atkinson/Atkinson d. Banks/Rotch 3-6 6-4 6-4
Edwards/Rastall d. Henson/Kenderdine 6-4 6-2


Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Mrs Frank Edwards/Elizabeth Rastall 6-2 6-1 6-1.



Preliminary Round

Maud Banks/C. B. Griffith d. Carrie Neely/John Parmly Paret 6-1 7-5
Miss Arnold/CC Sichel-bye
Edith Coombs/Fordham Morgan-bye
Laura Henson/David L. Magruder d. Kathleen Atkinson/F. Thompson default.


Banks/Griffith d. Arnold/Sichel 6-1 6-0
Henson/Magruder d. Coombs/Morgan 9-7 5-7 6-3


Laura Henson/David L Magruder d. Maud Banks/CB Griffith 6-4 6-3 7-5.


Draw notes:

What we would today call the first round was termed the "Preliminary Round" in this era. The next round was called the "first round".

Hattie Beaumont listed as Mrs E.B. Beaumont
The NYT uses "Miss Ray Harlan" for Rachel Harlan. Perhaps she used "Ray" as a nickname.
Edith Kenderdine listed incorrectly as Kenderline" by many papers.

D. L. Magruder=David L Magruder, born 24 Nov 1868.

Jahial Parmly Paret went by the nickname "John".

Missing Names

Miss Arnold (Mixed only)
Edith Coombs also listed as "Alice"
Mrs Frank Edwards was from Philadelphia and played for Belmont CC

Missing Male Names

BLC Griffith (or Griffiths)
CC Sichel
F. M. Thompson



The New York Times.
1898 Spaldings Lawn Tennis Annual (page 35-36)



Still a local affair, with the women listed with the clubs they represent! Carrie Neely is the one non-local, coming form Chicago. In 1998 the eastern women will face the first "Western" invasion, when Marion Jones comes east to vie for the title.

All the participants had a sit down dinner after the ladies final. Fresh lemonade inside the clubhouse kept spectators cool.

The local paper noted on day 3 that "all day carriages and buggies were coming to and fro the tennis festivities". One local Philly paper noted that "The Belmont ladies were somewhat at a disadvantage this year, being out of practice, owing to golf, which has almost replaced the tennis play at Belmont" (Philadelphia Times).

Here is the summary as written in Spalding's

The tournament for the women's championships was held last spring as usual at Wissahickon Heights, under the management of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, on June 15 and the following days. It scored the usual success, thanks to the efficient management of the home club. The
matches throughout were well contested, but it was conceded that Miss Juliette Atkinson, of the Staten Island Club, was the most promising candidate for final honors, and the experts were right. Miss Atkinson's hardest match was against Miss Maude Banks, of the Philadelphia
Cricket Club. Their contest was that of two thoroughly skilled players, and although Miss Atkinson proved to be the winner. Miss Banks pressed her hard and compelled New York's representative to play the best game she was capable of. The score of the three sets was: 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

There was added interest when it transpired that Miss Atkinson and Miss Moore would again meet in the championship round.

During the last few years these players have met six times, and as each had three victories to her credit, last year's match was to all purposes a deciding one. In '96 Miss Moore and Miss Atkinson, between them, won every ladies' tournament in this country, besides two in Canada, including the New Jersey, the Middle States, the New England, and other championships.

The standard of play in last year's championship match was not only a fine exhibition of grit and endurance, but
completely surpassed its predecessors. Miss Atkinson won the first two sets by the excellence of her placing, and her general steadiness, only to lose the next two sets after some masterly tennis. With an even score, the impression prevailed that the champion would successfully defend the
title, but Miss Atkinson rallied for a supreme effort and won the decisive set.

In the mixed doubles Miss Henson and D. L. Magruder won, and their hardest struggle was made against Miss Coombs and F. Morgan in the semi-final round.

The Misses Atkinson succeeded in capturing the ladies' doubles after a close match against Miss Rotch and Miss Banks in the semi-finals.

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