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post #2620 of (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 2013, 06:25 PM
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Re: Biographies of Female Tennis Players

SCHULTZ, AUGUSTA ("Alice") (Augusta Louise Schultz)
United States
Born 28 July 1871 in Murray Hill, New Jersey
Died 30 September in Asheville, North Carolina*
Married Clarence Hobart (1870-1930) on 19 December 1895 in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
[Active: 1892-1905]

1893 US Nationals runner-up.

Born in New Jersey to German immigrants. Both her parents, Carl H Shultz and Louise Eissfeldt, were born in Germany), Augusta was active
from the early 1890s.

This little known player first appeared in 1892, when she was SF at the US Nationals and RU to Mabel Cahill at Orange.

Augusta made the All-Comers final in 1893, losing to Aline Terry 6-1 6-3. Her gift as a finalist was a pair of opera glasses made of gold and pearl. Terry proved to be her downfall in the doubles as well, where Schultz and her partner Miss Stone lost to Hattie Butler and Aline Terry 6-4 6-3.

In 1894 the New York Times mentions her name in a local mixed doubles handicapped event, but there are no other notable events she entered.

In 1895 she wed fellow tennis champion Clarence Hobart and effectively drops off the tennis map for a period, only to reappear where her husband was also competing.

In 1900 husband and wife toured the French Riviera. Clarence was at Nice in March of 1903, making this at least another year where Mrs Hobart no doubt contested events on the clay courts of southern France.

A New York Times report in June of 1903 shows Clarence and Augusta won a mixed match at the Middlesex championships in London, beating Miss Sargent and HJ Burkhill 4-6 7-5 6-4.

In the New York Metropolitan in 1904 she lost to Helen Homans. The Times amusingly (and incorrectly) calls Mrs Hobart "the European player", no doubt a reference to her tennis activity abroad.

The pair won the US Mixed Doubles title in 1905, the only married pairing to win the US title to date. In the final they overcame Bessie Moore and Edward Dewhurst 6-2 6-4. There were no children from this union.

In 1930 Clarence died in a swimming pool accident, surviving his wife by five years.

US Nationals Record (enterd only 3 times: 1892-93 and 1905)

Singles: 6-3 (SF in 1892 and RU in 1893)
Doubles: 3-2 (RU in 1893)
Mixed: 6-1 (Won title in 1905 with husband Clarence Hobart)


Information on her date of birth and date of death comes form her death certificate. The actual death certificate was issued October 1, but reading closely the actual date of death was September 30. This is confirmed by the New York Times obituary.

Per Mark "My source [for the date of marriage] was the "New York Tribune" of December 20, 1895, which reported that Clarence Hobart had married Augusta Schultz in New Jersey one day earlier.

[Thanks to Newmark and Rollo for information on this player]

Last edited by Rollo; Jul 23rd, 2016 at 05:35 AM.
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