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post #13 of (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 2002, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Dates: June 14-18
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon Heights, Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia, US
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=11)

Preliminary Round

Helen Crump d. Elsie Malone 6-0 6-0
Maud Banks d. Rebecca Lycett default
Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Marie Wimer-bye

Carrie Neely-bye
Helen Chapman-bye
Marion Jones d. Helen Wriggins* 6-1 6-3
Kathleen Atkinson-bye

First Round (=Quarterfinals)

Crump d. Banks 6-1 6-3
Wimer d. Rastall 6-1 6-0
Neely d. Chapman 6-3 6-2
M. Jones d. K. Atkinson 6-4 6-3


Crump d. Wimer 6-3 2-6 10-8
M. Jones d. Neely 6-0 6-0

All Comers Final

Marion Jones d. Helen Crump 6-4 7-5 6-4

Challenge Round

Juliette Atkinson (holder) d. Marion Jones 6-3 5-7 6-4 2-6 7-5


Doubles (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round

Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson-bye
Hattie Beaumont/Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Maud Banks/Steele d. Helen Chapman/Elsie Malone 6-2 8-6
Carrie Neely/Marie Wimer-bye


Atkinson/Atkinson d. Beaumont/Rastall 6-1 6-0
Neely/Wimer d. Banks/Steele 6-4 6-4


Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Carrie Neely/Marie Wimer 6-1 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2


Mixed Doubles

Preliminary Round

Maud Banks/BLC Griffith d. Miss H. F. Steele/William Rowland* 6-1 4-6 6-1
Carrie Neely/Edwin P. Fischer d. Laura Henson/DL Magruder 6-4 6-4

First Round (=Quarterfinals)

Juliette Atkinson/Thurber d. Banks/Griffith 6-2 6-0
Neely/Fischer d. Miss Arnold/Frederick Hovey default
Kathleen Atkinson/W Jordan d. Elizabeth Rastall/Albert Hoskins 5-7 6-0 6-2
Helen Chapman/JB. Hill d. Miss H. F. Steele/William Rowland 8-6 3-6 6-1*


Neely/Fischer d. J Atkinson/Thurber 4-6 6-4 6-3
Chapman/Hill d. K Atkinson/Jones 7-9 6-4 7-5


Carrie Neely/Edwin P. Fischer d. Helen Chapman/JB Hill 6-2 6-4 8-6


Draw Notes

In exact draw order fron American Lawn Tennis.

Helen Crump was a member of the Belmont Club
Rebecca Lycett=Miss R. H. Lycett. She represented Merlon (could this be Merion?).
Elsie Malone represented Bellield.
Elizabeth Rastall was a member of the Belmont Club. "Bessie" was her nickname. Sources often butcher her family name (Rostall, Tostall,etc).
Miss H. F. Steele is from Philadelphia. Is she a relative of player R(obert) W. Steele? Could she= Huldah Steel?
Helen Wriggins was "Wriggles" per ALT. For now we are going with Wriggins. She was from Philadelphia and is listed as plying for Bellfield.


BLC Griffith represented Belmont
JB Hill was fron Beverly. This makes it tough to identify him with James A Hill, who was from the Belmont CC.
Frederick S Hovey was from Beverly.
W Jordan was from Germantown.

Miss Steele and Mr Rowland lost in both the Preliminary Round and the 1R of the Mixed. Were they an early form of lucky losers-or is this an error by American Lawn Tennis?



New York Times
Outing [ ]
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Times
American Lawn Tennis, V1 (1898), n 8, pages 120-122.



The final was a thriller. Atkinson saves at least 4 match points (5 according to the NYT and Outing)-one when her her shot hits a stray ball laying on Jones side of the court.

A Tennis Battle That Was Royal

Championship play breaks a record for stubborness and quality Miss Atkinson Wins--Successfully defends her cup against Miss Jones--Latter meets with misfortunes.

Miss Juliet Atkinson is again lawn tennis champion of the women players of the United States. Good luck, superior physical condition and hard, nervy play enabled her to win yesterday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club grounds. Miss Marion Jones is the daughter of Senator Jones of Nevada.

This is a total of 26 games for Miss Atkinson and 25 games for Miss Jones. The point total was 185 points for Miss Jones to 177 for Miss Atkinson.

It can be safely said that none of the previous 11 women's contests (from 1887) was there such an exciting finish. To show the grand excitement of the contest and to tell why the crowded grand stand remained nearly filled until long after the dinner hour, it is but necessary to explain the score in the deciding moments.

Each of the plucky girls had won two sets,and in the 5th and deciding set the score stood :Miss Jones 5, Miss Atkinson 3. All Miss Jones had to do was win the set on hand. In it the score was 40 to 30 in her favor. All she needed was one point to win the game, set, match, and united States championship. Just one little point, and here is where Miss Jones' misfortunes commenced.

In the rally Miss Atkinson returned and the ball struck a ball not in play, lying in Miss Jones' court owing to the negligence of the umpires. The ball in play glanced off and shot along the ground, so that Miss Jones could not return it. This made the game "deuce" and Miss Atkinson won out.

This brought the score in games to 5 to 4 in Miss Jones' favor. Still she had the better chance. Four times in this set she needed but a point to win,and yet she never got it, Miss Atkinson "deucing" it and eventually scoring the two consecutive points. Once Miss Jones had "vantage" and needed but a point. Miss Atkinson's return went outside of the court and and the match then and there belonged to Miss Jones, but the umpire on that line failed to do his duty and decided, contrary to the fact, that the ball was in. This decision alone cost Miss Jones the match. This little Westerner deserves unlimited praise for her splendid showing in this, her first appearance in a US championship match without the age and experience of her opponent, lacking her physical condition and having been unwell for several days, she all but defeated a champion twice.

As to the quality of play, it was the best that has ever been put up at these tournaments. The rallies were often long and spirited and both played well and made some splendid strokes. Miss Atkinson went up to the net oftener and was very effective, but the game was distinctly a back court struggle. Both used a well-judged, hard, low fore-hand stroke with good effect,and did some remarkably clever back hand work as well. As the club's poet, Mr. "Cliff" Patterson, put it:

Good shots on both sides followed fast
But some one had to yield at last.

One thing that told very material in Miss Atkinson's favor was physique. To use a masculine athletic term of condition, "She was hard as nails". She is light and very active and this enabled her to cover more ground than Miss Jones, whose stocky stature and weight were no inconsiderable handicap.

[End of report on the final]

ALT called the doubles events "comparatively uninteresting."

As the first 3 time winner Atkinson gets permanent possession of the Wissahickon Challenge Cup.

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