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Aussie Teams (pre WWII)

This thread is really for me!
...and maybe the few others interested in this topic and research from the 'pioneer' days.

It's an incentive for me to put together as complete record as possible of the Australian touring teams prior to WWII. There were only three:

1925 Daphne Akhurst, Esna Boyd, Sylvia Lance-Harper (with Mrs Gwendoline Utz – touring England privately with her husband as an addition and Floris St George - travelling with the team at her own expense – as an alternate)
1928 Daphne Akhurst, Esna Boyd, Louise Bickerton, Meryl O'Hara-Wood (nee Waxman)
1938 Nancye Wynne (Bolton), Thelma Coyne (Long), Nell Hopman (nee Hall), Dot Stevenson

If I get these three records to a decent state, I'll look at the later teams and/or the private tours undertaken by an Aussie or two from the pre-WWII period:

1909 Miss Bremer
1913 P A Stewart (may not have competed while overseas)
1919 Lily Addison
1920 Sylvia Lance and Miss Collings
1922 NSW Touring Team to NZL
1930 Kath Le Messurier
1934 Joan Hartigan and Mall Molesworth
1935 Joan Hartigan and Nell Hopman

As well as Marjorie Cox (Crawford) and Nell Hall (Hopman) records when touring with their husbands.

I'll add all the relevant stuff from any other threads in WTA World (thanks to those who have already provided so many results), and if you have any additional stuff of note, it would be great if you could PM me with this or post below. Some of the details below might also be of use in adding to other threads (eg Grand Slam results, Finals Database, Aussie threads). Please feel free to add them to the relevant posts. If any discrepancies/question – feel free to ask. This is a work in progress, so they'll be quite a few holes and question marks.

The results and comments below come from a variety of sources:

Newspapers: 'The Referee', 'The West Australian', 'The Age'
Books: 'Ampol's Sporting Records', 'Great Players of Australian Tennis'
And a huge round of applause for AndrewTas, in particular.

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The Pioneers (pre 1925)

Introduction
The first real champion of note was Phoebe Howitt (Mrs Cater) who won many Victorian and NSW titles in the 1890s and defeated the visiting New Zealand star, Kate Nunnelly, who successfully toured Australia in 1896.

Her successor as Australia's greatest champion was Miss Rose Payten. Even into the 1920s, Payten was still regarded by many as the best Australian lady player to date. She won a series of interstate championships prior to her untimely retirement from the sport in 1907, aged just 27.

Lily Addison's rise began in 1906 when she won the Victorian title, defeating the four-time champ Lorna Gyton. She won this title again from 1908 to 1911 and amazingly one more time in 1921 (aged 36). She also won other state titles at NSW (1910) and SA (1906, 1908-1910). In the twilight of her career, in 1919, she became possibly the first Australian woman to compete at Wimbledon, reaching the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.

As well as Addison, some other fine Australian players had their sporting careers interrupted by the Great War:

Miss PA Stewart, winner of the NSW (1911, 1913-1915), Victorian (1912, 1914) and SA (1911) titles

Miss Annie K Baker (Mrs Ford) won NSW (1906, 1908, 1912, 1916-18) and Queensland titles (1908-09, 1911-12, 1914-15, 1919-20)

It was Margaret 'Mall' Molesworth, the powerful and enduring Queenslander, who was next awarded the title of Australia's 'best ever lady'. She was considered to have the best backhand of any player in Australia - male or female and was described as 'playing like a man'.

Sportswomen in Australia still had to endure prejudices, as they did throughout the world in this era. Tennis players were treated more favourably than athletes as the game was considered more genteel and appropriate for women. In a number of tournaments, ladies were restricted to doubles only and there was comment in the press that the effort required to play well in singles could cause health problems for women. The retirements of some leading players – such as Rose Payten – were blamed on the unhealthy exertions of tennis.

During this time, tennis was not one of the most popular sports in Australia and, until 1905 when Norman Brookes reached the Wimbledon final and Australia began competing in the Davis Cup, it was rare to see detailed coverage of lawn tennis in the press.

Western Australian Championships (January circa 1920s, March circa 1930s) rarely featured any interstate challengers, due to the great distance (and cost) associated with travelling to the West.

Tasmanian Championships (sometimes January) were conducted on asphalt as the climate was not conducive to maintaining lawn tennis courts for a lengthy season of pennant tennis.

There were a series of interstate matches between state teams generally held just prior to one of the championships. This helped bolster fields for the state titles. Although these were initially for men only, the following women's competitions began in the early 1900s:

NSW vs Queensland
NSW vs Victoria
Victoria vs SA

The teams were usually four strong, each playing two singles and two doubles over two days for a twelve match contest. In cases of ties, the number of sets and games won were used as tiebreakers. The event, sometimes called the Mars Bickley Cup, would usually alternate between the states involved.

The first Australian women's tennis team to represent overseas was a NSW squad of four, which travelled to New Zealand in late 1922.

November 1908 – Melbourne – Victorian Championships
F Lily Addison d Lorna Gyton 119 64

The Referee says: "dreary exhibition of back-court rallies of often 14 or 15 strokes by each player. Miss Payten was an onlooker and would have easily beaten either player if in her usual form. Miss Parr (SA) is a fine example of strong, active women. Her play, though she is a veteran in years, is a marvel of vigor and dash; and though beaten by safer methods, her game is the most attractive to watch. Like Miss Payten, she goes for winning strokes but, unlike her, she misses many."

Doubles

F Gyton/Le Neven d Addison/Watson 62 63

August 1909 – Brisbane – Queensland Championships

CR Annie Baker d Miss Macintosh 60 60

Mixed Doubles

F Browne/Mrs Doyle

October 1909 – Perth – Western Australian Championships

F Mrs Barker d Mrs Lowe 64 46 61

Doubles

F Mrs Brolman/Miss Rose d Mrs Lowe/Miss Moon 62 63

November 1909 – Melbourne – Interstate Matches

NSW vs Vic

"For the first time, NSW played SA on one day. Four rubbers is two too many; it becomes a test of endurance, not tennis"

November 1909 – Melbourne – Victorian Championships

F Lily Addison d Lorna Gyton 64 62

Doubles

F Lily Addison/Watson d Gyton/Le Neven

Mixed

F Campbell/Miss PA Stewart d Dunlop/Lorna Gyton 60 75

January 1910 – Sydney – Western Suburbs Tournament

SF Nunnelly d Annie Gray 63 1210
SF Powdrell d Travers 62 46 75

F Lucy Powdrell NZL d Kate Nunnelly NZL 62 62

Doubles

F Lucy Powdrell NZL/Annie Gray d Nunnelly NZL/Braithwaite

Mixed

F Anthony Wilding NZL/Kate Nunnelly NZL d ??

March 1910

In a preview of the SA Championships, Austral of the Referee writes: "In mixed doubles, Miss Stewart is perhaps at present the best lady player: nothing finer than her backcourt play has been seen out here. For about ten years in succession, she never let her opponent Dunlop get his racket on the ball and she hits very hard."

Austral of the Referee says: "In New Zealand, Miss Powdrell has at last clearly established her supremacy, winning the NSW over Miss Nunnelly by sterling play. She appeared to be a better player than the lady who won the Championship of NZ for 14 years in succession. In several matches in NZ since, she has defeated Miss Nunnelly decisively."

March 14-15 1910, Adelaide, South Australia vs Victoria
Victoria (10 matches, 21 sets, 156 games) d SA (2/6/105)

March 14-19 1910, Adelaide, South Australian Championships

F Lily Addison d PA Stewart 62 64

Austral of the Referee says: "Addison, the holder, played off against Stewart (winner of the first prize) and retained the Fowler Trophy which she has scored for the third year."

Doubles

F Miss Stewart/Miss Wilmoth d Maisie Parr/Miss Boyle 62 60

Mixed

F AR Taylor/Miss Boyle d Campbell/Miss PA Stewart 64 75

April 1910

Austral of the Referee says: (in a preview of the NSW vs Vic match) "I am glad to see Miss Bremer is again to play. Her English form was quite in accordance with her Australian performances and in those she was reckoned to be the only one who could make Miss Payten play hard to win and, at the back of the court, she even held Miss Payten several times.

A practise team of 18 has been chosen (for NSW) but this is too many. It was a mere compliment to include their names".

Miss Stewart will not be over but is practising hard and learning to volley. She has a long way to go to overtake Miss Addison, but she is trying hard and is a vigorous hitter."

May 27-28 1910 – Sydney – NSW vs Victoria

Victoria (7 matches, 14 sets, 113 games) D NSW (5/11/96)

Addison (V) d F Gordon 60 60
Addison d Collings 62 60
Stewart (V) d Collings 75 75
Stewart d Gordon 64 62

May 1910 – Sydney – NSW Championships

SF Collings d F Gordon 61 60
SF PA Stewart d Annie Baker 63 ret

D Collings d PA Stewart ??

CR Lily Addison d Collings 63 75

Doubles

F Miss Wilmoth/Miss Yuille d Mrs Parbury/Mrs Autill 68 97 63

November 1914 – Melbourne – Victoria vs SA

Vic D SA (did not lose a set)

November ??-26, Melbourne – Victorian Championships

F Lily Addison d PA Stewart 75 60

Doubles

F PA Stewart/Westmoreland d Lily Addison/Watson 63 63

Mixed

F Doust/Lily Addison d Campbell/PA Stewart 63 63

March 2-? 1914 – Melbourne – MCC Autumn Tournament

Doubles

F Lorna Gyton/Le Neven d Eileen Hughes/D Schlesinger 64 63

Mixed

F Lycett/Lorna Gyton d Pat O'Hara-Wood/Meryl Waxman 36 64 63

March 1914 – Adelaide – Victoria vs South Australia

Victoria (8 matches, 18 sets) defeated SA (4 matches, 11 sets)

Meryl Waxman (V) lost to Miss Sharp (S) 68 108 46
Browning (V) lost to Miss Maisie Parr (S) 1012 62 26

Austral of the Referee says: "Miss Parr showed marvellous vigour and retention of form after 20 years active play" (Parr first became SA Champion in 1892) and "Miss Sharp is a fine sturdy athlete"

March 1914 – Adelaide – South Australian Championships

F Miss Sharp d Meryl Waxman 46 64 62

Doubles

F Mrs Rowe/Miss Le Neven d Mrs McArthur/Meryl Waxman Score uncertain

Mixed

F Fisher/Meryl Waxman d N Taylor/Le Neven
"There was no challenge round as R. Wertheim (champion with Miss Waxman) is absent in England."

May 1914 – Sydney – NSW vs Victoria

Results include:

Annie Baker-Ford (N) d PA Stewart (V) 61 97

Ford/Collings (N) d Addison/Stewart (V) 86 75

May 11-15 1914 – Sydney – NSW Championships
QF Collings d Floris St George 61 62

SF Collings d Browning 64 61
SF Baker-Ford d Rowe 61 60

F Annie Baker-Ford v Collings 64 79 postponed due to failing light
F Annie Baker-Ford d Collings 62 60 – "slow and slippery court"

CR PA Stewart d Baker-Ford 61 60

Defending Champion Miss PA Stewart has been "away in Europe for nine months" and Miss Addison has been "away from the game even longer".

Doubles

F Lily Addison/PA Stewart d Annie Baker-Ford/Collings 75 60

Mixed

F JO Anderson/Annie Baker-Ford d Gerald Patterson/Schlesinger 61 62

July 1914 – Sydney

Mrs PB Colquhoun, wife of the President of the Australian Lawn Tennis Association, and twice NSW ladies singles Champion as Miss Mabel Shaw, passed away.

August 14-15, Brisbane – NSW vs Queensland

August 19-22, Brisbane – Queensland Championships

F Annie Baker-Ford d Floris St George 62 64

Doubles

F Radcliffe/Mutch d Turner/Spowers

October 1914, Sydney – Metropolitan Championships

Doubles

F Baker-Ford/Collings d Miss Murray/Miss Seale 61 62

Mixed

F Marsh/Miss Collings d ?? 62 63

November 20-21 1914, Melbourne – NSW v Victoria

November 23-?? 1914, Melbourne – Victorian Championships

F PA Stewart d Schlesinger 60 64

Doubles

F PA Stewart/Westmoreland d Lorna Gyton/Le Neve 63 46 75

Mixed

F PA Stewart/Campbell d

Austral of the Referee says: "In 1911, Miss Stewart won the triple crown of NSW. A player of most intense effort and though she seems always as if she would find the exertions too much for her, she always seems to have another final effort ready for the last game. Words of praise for Miss Schlesinger who beat Miss Waxman and extended Miss Stewart in the second set of the final. Miss Sharp (SA) is a model of steadiness while Miss Waxman's game has fallen off this year".

March ?? 1920 – Sydney – City of Sydney Championships

SF Sylvia Lance d Annie Halley 61 75
SF Annie Ford d Marie Henry 62 63
F Annie Baker-Ford d Sylvia Lance

Mixed
Peach/Lance d N Peach/St George 75 46 63

1920

Floris St George stars with Godfrey Cass, Flo Little and Claude Turton in "The Hordern Mystery" based on the novel by Edward Finn.

"An avaricious man assumes the identity of his twin brother to bigamously marry into wealth, but is driven by his conscience to confess. On the verge of arrest he wakes up from the dream and vows to be satisfied with what he has".

"This clumsy melodrama, filmed in some of Sydney's wealthier suburbs, attracted little attention at the time of its release". SOURCE: Internet Movie Database

Today, the Floris Conway Cup (St George's name after marriage) is still contested in New South Wales. It is a tennis competition between high school (aged ~12-16) girls.

March ?? 1920 – Adelaide – South Australian Championships

F Mal Molesworth d Esna Boyd 62 62

Doubles
F Esna Boyd/Browning d Salter/Bury 62 62

Mixed
F Thomas/Mal Molesworth d Pollard/Miss Browning 63 63

May ?? 1920 – Sydney – NSW Championships

SF Annie Baker-Ford d Lily Addison 6-6 in third set (unfinished and replayed)
SF ?

F Annie Halley d Annie Baker-Ford 64 63

Doubles
F Annie Halley/Annie Baker-Ford d Floris St George/Mrs Fuller 36 62 63

Mixed
F N Peach/Floris St George d F Peach/Mrs Fuller 86 64

Austral of the Referee says: 'Two of our lady players, Misses Collings and Lance have gone to England and will probably play at Wimbledon this year'

August ?? 1920 – Brisbane – Queensland Championships

F Annie Baker-Ford d Turner 60 62

Doubles
F Annie Baker-Ford/Marie Beegling-Henry d Wilson/Irving 68 64 63

Mixed
F F Peach/Baker-Ford d Timbury/Miss Campbell 86 36 61

October 1920 – Sydney Metropolitan Championships

Women only play doubles at this tournament

Doubles
F Floris St George/Fuller d Annie Baker-Ford/Marie Beegling-Henry 60 62

Mixed
F Dr E Pockley/Annie Baker-Ford d Norman Peach/Floris St George 62 64

November ?? 1920 – Melbourne – Interstate Matches

NSW vs Victoria

As Mal Molesworth is now living with her husband in the remote NSW country town of Broken Hill, she plays for the NSW team this year. Possibly due to lack of practice, she is upset by Victorian Miss C Schlesinger 62 63.

NSW Team
Mal Molesworth
Floris St George (Capt)
Fuller
Wilkins

Victorian Team
Lily Addison (Capt)
C Schlesinger
Esna Boyd
J Littlejohn

November 12- 1920 – Melbourne – Victorian Championships

Events were scheduled from November 12 but due to rain play commenced Nov 17

QF Esna Boyd d Daphne Akhurst ?? ret (Akhurst retired after losing first set)
QF Floris St George d C Schlesinger
QF J Littlejohn d ???
QF Mal Molesworth d Lily Addison 3 sets

SF Boyd d St George 63 63
SF Molesworth d Littlejohn 3 sets

F Molesworth d Boyd 75 86

Girls Gwen Toyne d Daphne Akhurst

December 1920 or January 1921 – Burnie, Tasmania

F Miss Keltie d Miss Wilks 97

Doubles

F Miss Keltie/Mrs Reid d Miss Scott/Miss Scott 96

January 5-12 1921 – Sydney – NSW Country Carnival

SF Marjorie Cox d Joan Scott 60 62
SF Annie Gray d Mills 63 63

F Annie Gray d Marjorie Cox 64 63

Doubles

F Joan Scott/Gwen Scott d Annie Gray/Gray 60 64

March 9-14 1921 – Sydney – City of Sydney tournament

F Sylvia Lance d Annie Halley 75 64

Austral of the Referee says: "Miss Lance is showing improved play on any display before she went to England"

Doubles

F Sylvia Lance/Annie Halley d Floris St George/Fuller 97 62

Mixed

F Clarence Todd/Mrs Fuller d Frank Peace/Sylvia Lance 26 64 64

March 1921 – Killara, Sydney – Northern Suburbs tournament

Doubles

F Gwen Utz/Nellie Lloyd d Mrs Newton/Miss Webber 61 86

April 1921 – Double Bay, Sydney – NSW vs Victoria

Marjorie Mountain (V) d Annie Halley (N)

April 22-?? – Double Bay, Sydney – NSW Championships

QF Sylvia Lance d Annie Gray 75 63
QF Annie Halley d Nellie Lloyd 63 64
QF Floris St George d Mrs Roe 46 75 64
QF Mall Molesworth d Mrs Goodman 60 63

SF Sylvia Lance d Annie Halley 64 64
SF Mal Molesworth d Floris St George 62 61

F Mal Molesworth d Sylvia Lance 62 61

Austral of the Referee says: "Molesworth's serve frequently wins outright - even for men. She is the most stylish player on the courts and might well serve as a model of stroke execution and footwork for any of the men's champions".

Doubles

SF St George/Fuller d Molesworth/Baker-Ford 86 46 63
SF Mountain/Bury d Lance/Halley 46 75 108

F Mountain/Bury d St George/Fuller 16 61 75

June 24-27 1921 – Dubbo – NSW Hardcourt Championships

'Chip courts'

F Joan Scott d Miss Morgan 86 75

Doubles

F Joan/Gwen Scott d Miss Perry/Mrs Grant 61 57 63

Mixed

F Joan Scott/D Yeo d Miss Morgan/Bayley 61 63

August 1921 – Wagga Wagga – Riverina Championships

Marjorie Cox d Joan Scott

August 1921 – Brisbane – NSW vs Qld

Qld d NSW 7-5. Results included:

Mal Molesworth (Q) d Sylvia Lance 64 64
Mal Molesworth d Nellie Lloyd 61 62
Turner (Q) d Nellie Lloyd 75 36 64
Turner lost to Sylvia Lance 63 26 36

August 1921 – Brisbane – Queensland Championships

F Annie Gray d Sylvia Lance 64 16 64

Mrs Molesworth, the favourite, retired from the Championships early in the week for unknown reasons.

September ?? – October 8 – Strathfield, Sydney – Metropolitan Championships

Doubles

F Sylvia Lance/Floris St George d Mrs Henry/Miss Hayes 64 61

Mixed

F HS Utz/Floris St George d Kirkpatrick/Annie Halley 62 75

November 18-26 – Melbourne – Victorian Interstate and Championship tournament

Friday 18 Nov (Vic vs NSW)

Boyd/Addison d Gray/St George 63 57 63
Lister/Mountain d Lance/Halley 75 63
Boyd d Lance 79 61 61
Lister d St George 63 64
Mountain lost to Gray 79 62 06 (retired after second set)

Monday 21 Nov (Vic vs NSW)

Lister lost to Lance 36 36
Boyd d St George 62 64
Addison d Gray 60 46 60
Mountain lost to Halley WO
Lister/Mountain lost to Gray/St George 36 68
Boyd/Addison lost to Lance/Hallet 46 46

Victoria won by 7 matches, 15 sets, 139 games to 5 matches, 13 sets, 123

Austral of the Referee says of Meryl Lister (nee Waxman): "She moves smoothly into court, playing the ball on the rise or on the low volley from behind the service line or on the half-volley. She has the greatest of all gifts – accurate timing".

Victorian Championships

Completed on December 2, a week later than expected (due weather)

R? Sylvia Lance d Bury 36 62 62
R? Lily Addison d Miss Brownhill 60 60
R? Meryl Lister d Miss JG Keltie (Tas) 61 64
R? Kath Le Messurier d Miss Menz 61 64

QF Lily Addison d Kath Le Messurier WO
QF Esna Boyd d Miss Rendell 62 64
QF
QF

SF Lily Addison d Esna Boyd 3 sets
SF Sylvia Lance d

F Lily Addison d Sylvia Lance 64 68 810 (Lance had 4 MPs at 54 in final set)

Austral of the Referee says: "It is over fifteen years since Miss Addison won the 1906 Mixed of Victoria with Dr EO Pockley. During the war, she was in England and nursing in Salonica for years. She has not shown her own form until this tournament. Her grit in winning the third sets against Lance and Boyd is remarkable".

Doubles

F Boyd/Rendell d Mountain/Bury 57 63 63

On the general subject of ladies tennis, Austral of the Referee says: "Phoebe Howitt, one of the finest women physically that ever stepped on to a tennis court. She was sturdy and well made. She retired rather early and at about age 40 died of heart failure brought about largely by undue exertion at lawn tennis. Miss Payten, the unparalleled champion of Australia had to retire for the same reason. We are told that Mrs Molesworth recently had the same experience of a breakdown, though we hope and believe it is only temporary".

23 – 26 January 1922 – Dubbo, NSW – 5th NSW Hardcourt Championships

Title holders: Miss Joan Scott (singles) Misses J & G Scott (doubles) D Yeo and Joan Scott (mixed)

SF Gwen Utz d Sylvia Lance 62 62
SF Nellie Lloyd d F Blackall 79 62 64
F Gwen Utz d Nellie Lloyd 75 75

Doubles – Sylvia Lance/Nell Lloyd d Gwen Utz/Smith 63 62

Austral of the Referee: "Until she broke her left wrist, Lance was the best player in the state".

Mar 7? To 11? 1922 – Melbourne

QF Meryl Waxman-Lister d R Stephens 60 61
SF Meryl Waxman-Lister d Outhwaite 68 63 86
SF Esna Boyd d Miss Lyle 60 61
F Esna Boyd d Meryl Waxman-Lister 61 64

?? March 1922 – Sydney – City of Sydney Championships

F Sylvia Lance d Annie Lascelles

Doubles Sylvia Lance/Nellie Lloyd d Beris St George/Annie Lascelles 60 64

?? March 1922 – Sydney – Sydney Lawn Tennis Club tournament

F Annie Lascelles d Daphne Akhurst 60 64

Austral of the Referee says: "(Akhurst) had only just resumed play after a long interval".

Mixed
F Mr & Mrs HS Utz d MC Causland/Miss Lester 63 64

Austral of the Referee says: "Mrs Utz hits very hard and with great accuracy. One wonders whence she gets the power".

?? - 30 March 1922 – Double Bay, Sydney – Team Matches

Victoria vs New Zealand 8-3

Day 1
Esna Boyd d Nancy Curtis 64 75
Meryl Waxman-Lister d MacFarlane 63 63
Marjorie Mountain d Payton 62 36 61
Boyd/Lister d Curtis/MacFarlane 75 75
Mountain/Rendell d Payton/Ruby Wellwood 60 63

Day 2
Meryl Waxman-Lister L Nancy Curtis 36 64 46
Rendell L Payton 75 46 810
Marjorie Mountain d Ruby Wellwood 63 64
Esna Boyd d MacFarlane 63 1012 61
Lister/Boyd d Wellwood/Payton 61 64
Mountain/Rendell l Curtis/MacFarlane 61 26 26

Austral of the Referee described the Boyd/Curtis match as "a standard of driving, low volleying, smashing and ability to cover court far beyond what one, who has not seen ladies competing in continental matches, ever contemplated".

"Time was when man had cynical comments for anyone who held the idea that a woman could even approach their own standard of play. Only those of us who had seen Miss Payten at her best know otherwise. Miss Payten stood alone in her time but today we have at least three players of nearly the same standard:

Mrs Molesworth – versatility personified
Miss Boyd – plays to win with charming abandon
Miss Curtis (NZL) – the stylist who smiles at her own mistakes
Mrs Lister – prettiest and easiest to watch

Victoria vs NSW 1-5

Esna Boyd d Floris St George 61 62
Meryl Lister lost Annie Lascelles 57 60 1012 (Lister had one MP)
Marjorie Mountain lost Nell Lloyd 86 57 57
Rendall lost Annie Gray 63 57 26
Mountain/Rendell lost Lloyd/Gray 46 16
Boyd/Lister lost Lascelles/St George 46 26

Qld vs NSW

Mal Molesworth d Annie Ford 62 63
Turner lost Marjorie Cox 26 26
McQuade d Forbes-Smith 64 46 64
Pascoe lost Gwen Utz 16 06

April ?? 1922, Sydney – NSW Championships

SF Nancy Curtis NZL d Esna Boyd 62 16 62
SF Mal Molesworth d Meryl Waxman-Lister 3 sets
F Nancy Curtis NZL d Mal Molesworth 810 75 75

Doubles
F Esna Boyd/Meryl Lister d Marjorie Cox/Annie Gray 16 60 63

Argus of the Referee says: "Curtis has established supremacy over all the best lady players in Australia as Miss Nunneley did in 1896"

August 1922 – Brisbane – Queensland vs NSW Match
"At the last moment, thanks to Miss St George's energy a team of ladies was got together"

Queensland d NSW 8-0

Thursday
Turner d Docker 75 63
McQuade d Watson 62 61
Hay d Mitchell 64 46 97
Molesworth/Turner d Sinclair/Watson 60 63

Friday
Mall Molesworth d Docker 60 62
Turner d Sinclair 63 61
Hayman d Watson 63 57 64
McQuade d Mitchell 86 64

August ?? 1922 – Brisbane – Queensland Championships

F Mal Molesworth d Turner 63 62

Doubles
F Mal Molesworth/Turner d Sinclair/Watson 64 62

August 26 1922 – Toowomba – Queensland Hardcourt Championships

F Mal Molesworth v G McQuade 64 61

Doubles
F McQuade/Pascoe d Mal Molesworth/Miss Svenson 62 62

August 1922

The NSW team to tour New Zealand has been announced as:

Mrs Annie Lascelles
Miss Sylvia Lance
Miss Nellie Lloyd
Miss Annie Gray

September ?? 1922 – Strathfield, Sydney – Sydney Metropolitan Championships

SF Gwen Utz d Louise Bickerton 63 36 61
SF Daphne Akhurst d ??
F Gwen Utz d Daphne Akhurst 64 63

Doubles
Gwen Utz/Floris St George d Sylvia Lance/Nell Lloyd 75 64

Mixed
Norman Peach/Sylvia Lance d HW Kirkpatrick/Gwen Utz 64 16 86

November ?? 1922, Melbourne – Victorian Championships

SF Esna Boyd d Marjorie Mountain 62 60
SF Meryl Lister ? d ?

Mixed
Pat O'Hara-Wood/Lister d Hawkes/Esna Boyd 06 1210 63

December 1-9 1922, Sydney– Australian Championships

QF Esna Boyd d J Watson 63 62
QF Sylvia Lance d Elliott 61 62
QF Mal Molesworth d Marjorie Mountain 64 64
QF Gwen Utz d Carr w/o

SF Boyd d Lance 64 108
SF Molesworth d Utz 62 63

F Mal Molesworth d Esna Boyd 63 108

SMH: "The first set was won by Mrs Molesworth without great difficulty, but Miss Boyd was several times within a point of the match <GT note - set, of course> in the fourteenth game. It was not until the eighteenth game that Mrs Molesworth prevailed. It would be interesting if some of the leading players from Europe or America could be induced to visit Australia so that such accomplished exponents as Mrs Molesworth and Miss Boyd, and others, could be tested against them".

Doubles

SF Esna Boyd/Marjorie Mountain d Mal Molesworth/Watson 75 63
SF Gwendoline Utz/Floris St George d Sylvia Lance/Forbes Smith - default

F Boyd/Mountain d Utz/St George 16 64 75

Utz/St George led 61 43 against Boyd/Mountain. The next game went to deuce sixteen times and the game turned around. The play of Marjorie Mountain in this lengthy game was faultless.

SMH: "The departure of Miss Lance to New Zealand necessitated her forfeit in doubles (with Mrs Forbes-Smith) and mixed doubles (SH Henderson).

Mixed

SF HS Utz/Gwen Utz d Wertheim/Marjorie Mountain 63 63
SF Jim Hawkes/Esna Boyd d Jordan/Watson 63 63

F Hawkes/Boyd d Utz/Utz 61 61

Austral of the Referee says: "Miss Boyd's service is the best in Australasia (ladies). Severe and well placed, she gets a big majority of firsts into play".

December 1-9 1922, Sydney– Australian Championships

QF Esna Boyd d Jessie Watson 63 62
QF Sylvia Lance d M Elliott 61 62
QF Mal Molesworth d Marjorie Mountain 64 64
QF Gwen Utz d Carr w/o

SF Boyd d Lance 64 108
SF Molesworth d Utz 62 63

F Mal Molesworth d Esna Boyd 63 108

SMH: "The first set was won by Mrs Molesworth without great difficulty, but Miss Boyd was several times within a point of the match <GT note - set, of course> in the fourteenth game. It was not until the eighteenth game that Mrs Molesworth prevailed. It would be interesting if some of the leading players from Europe or America could be induced to visit Australia so that such accomplished exponents as Mrs Molesworth and Miss Boyd, and others, could be tested against them".

Doubles

SF Esna Boyd/Marjorie Mountain d Mal Molesworth/Watson 75 63
SF Gwendoline Utz/Floris St George d Sylvia Lance/Forbes Smith - default

F Boyd/Mountain d Utz/St George 16 64 75

Utz/St George led 61 43 against Boyd/Mountain. The next game went to deuce sixteen times and the game turned around. The play of Marjorie Mountain in this lengthy game was faultless.

SMH: "The departure of Miss Lance to New Zealand necessitated her forfeit in doubles (with Mrs Forbes-Smith) and mixed doubles (SH Henderson).

Mixed

SF HS Utz/Gwen Utz d Wertheim/Marjorie Mountain 63 63
SF Jim Hawkes/Esna Boyd d Jordan/Watson 63 63

F Hawkes/Boyd d Utz/Utz 61 61

Austral of the Referee says: "Miss Boyd's service is the best in Australasia (ladies). Severe and well placed, she gets a big majority of firsts into play".

January 3, 1923, Perth – Western Australian Championships

WS Mrs Mather
WD Mrs Mather/Marjorie Mountain
XD Mrs Mather/Gibbs
MS Phillips
MD Barker/Barker

January 5, 1923, Wellington, NZL – Hawkes Bay Championships

In a rain-delayed tournament, the NSW Ladies Team had to leave Wellington in the morning, causing Nell Lloyd to default to Miss Macfarlane in the semi final of the ladies singles.

12 Jan 1923 – Thorndon Club Courts, NZL – NSW vs NZL

Gray/Lloyd def Macfarlane/Hodges 61 86
Lance/Lascelles def Mrs Scott Watson/Miss Howe 63 64
Lance/Lascelles def Macfarlane/Hodges 64 61
Lloyd/Gray def Scott Watson/Howe 68 63 63
Lloyd def Hodges 62 64
Gray def Howe 75 64
Lance def Scott Watson 63 61
Lascelles def Macfarlane 61 75
Lloyd def Howe 62 61
Lance def Macfarlane 61 75
Gray def Hodges 63 63
Lascelles def Scott Watson 64 ret

19-20 Jan 1923 – Christchurch

WS Lance def Macfarlane 61 60
WD Lance/Lascelles

Jan 1923 – Auckland – New Zealand Championships (?)

WS Lance def Gray 62 64
WD Lance/Lloyd def Lascelles/Gray 63 75
XD Griffith/Gray def Robson/MacFarlane 06 62 97 (? - check)

After nine weeks in New Zealand, the NSW ladies sailed back to Australia on 2nd February, via the Manuka.

January 1923

Floris St George, as well as being a successful tennis player and club, is captain of her basketball (netball) team. Off the field, she is an accomplished actress, dancer and pianist, passionate about performing Chopin.

Marjorie Cox experienced a lucky escape from drowning at Collaroo Beach some weeks back. She was carried out by the strong current, but was fortunate in being a strong swimmer. With some assistance from others, she regained the beach.

Miss Nancy Curtis, the star of Australasian tennis in the early 1920s is in a New Zealand hospital due to a nervous breakdown.

1923 NSW Championships

WS Esna Boyd def Mal Molesworth 46 62 64
WD Sylvia Lance/Forbes-Smith def Gwen Utz/Nell Lloyd 108 62
XD Horrie Rice/Mal Molesworth def Spencer/Esna Boyd

December 6, 1923, Melbourne – Victorian Championships

WS Esna Boyd d Sylvia Lance-Harper 86 68 retired

Harper was 'prostrated' by the effort under record temperatures. Boyd 'also suffered greatly' from the conditions.

** Check actual temperatures here and length of spell. South Australia and Victoria were experiencing a heatwave at the time. Players would have been competing in early afternoon's peak heat in singles most days and backing up with one or more doubles and mixed. And few chances to cool down at home or hotel in the days before air-conditioning became commonplace.

WD Sylvia Lance-Harper/Esna Boyd d Meryl O'Hara-Wood/Gwen Toyne 64 63

XD ?

December 23? - , 1923, Sydney – County of Cumberland Championship

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The 1925 Team (unofficial)

The 1925 team was not officially supported by the ALTA, but still achieved a remarkable level of achievement. Although matches against the big three nations of England, America and France all saw defeat for the Australians, Boyd and Akhurst, in particular, earned great respect with a series of good results including quarter-final berths at Wimbledon.

Esna Boyd may have been unlucky not to rank in the World's Top Ten that year and Sylvia Lance's tactical game was also complimented in the press. Even the form of the lesser players - St George and Utz - had been better than could have been expected. The tour - and the unexpected profit it made - also forced the ALTA to consider sending an 'official' Australian women's squad overseas.

1925 'unofficial' Australian Women's Team Tour

The team comprised Daphne Akhurst (1925 Aussie Open winner), Esna Boyd (1925 Aussie Open finalist), Sylvia Lance (1924 Aussie Open winner and - in 1920 - only the second Australian to compete at Wimbledon).

Lacking support from the Australian association, the team raised their own funds with a series of charity exhibitions, donations and money-raising initiatives. Esna Boyd's father had 'taken a considerable burden off the shoulders of the committee by defraying his daughter's expenses'. The team was also hoping to utilise the services of Mrs HS Utz (formerly Miss Gwen Chiplin), travelling with her tennis playing husband across France and England.

Also travelling with the team was Floris St. George. Considered a useful doubles player, but not in world class, she was travelling with the team at her own expense as an emergency. Miss St. George later married a Sydney actor named Roland Conway and became a manager of Australian women's teams in the 1930s, playing host to the first British team to tour. When it was discovered that Mrs Utz would be returning to Australia prior to a number of key national matches, Miss St George was seconded into the team.

The team was being managed by Mrs Redmond Barry, who had taken a NSW team of four to compete in New Zealand in 1923. The women departed Sydney on the Ormuz on April 15, even though their fund had not reached the desired level of around 1900. The team had raised 770 and received 350 from Mr Boyd, but was still short 250 needed to compete only in England. An extended tour through America was expected to be cancelled unless further funding could be provided.

1925 team results and other significant competitions

Victorian State Rankings


1 Sylvia Harper
2 Esna Boyd
3 Meryl O'Hara-Wood
4 Clarence Todd
5 Lily Addison
6 Miss H Outhwaite
7 Miss R Mercer
8 Miss R Stephens
9 Miss M McIver
10 Gwen Toyne

January 7 Cumberland Championships, Sydney
Final Daphne Akhurst d Marjorie Cox 97 75

Austral of the Tasman says: Miss Bickerton who played so well against Miss Akhurst at the last tournament did splendidly to take a set in the semi-final; the only player to do so.

Doubles Marjorie Cox/Beris St George d Daphne Akhurst/Mitchell 61 16 61

Austral of the Tasman says: Miss George is by far the best volleyer among our (NSW) lady players. Very quick on intercepting.

Mixed Jim Willard/Daphne Akhurst d Les Baker/Marjorie Cox 64 75

January 17 Wellington Championships, NZL
Final Nellie Lloyd AUS d Miss Tracey 64 64

January 25-31, Sydney AUS AUSTRALIAN OPEN

SF (2) Daphne Akhurst d M Richardson 61 62
SF (3) Esna Boyd d (1) Sylvia Harper 62 63
FI Daphne Akhurst d. Esna Boyd 16 86 64

Austral of the Tasman says: Crowd of around 7000 for the final. Miss Boyd commenced in startling fashion. One has never seen Miss Akhurst miss so many easy returns in big tennis. She was nervous. Not so the Victoria who used her renowned drive with all it's usual vigour.

Miss Akhurst regained her confidence in the second set and soon broke through for 41. Miss Boyd overtook her, but the exertion had lost her too much and Miss Akhurst took the set.

Even though she led 41 in the third, no-one in the crowd thought the Victorian could win the match. At this stage, Miss Akhurst revealed some of her real game and won the last five games of the match.

No doubt Mrs Harper's game is going back. She's not the same girl who carried off the title last year.

Doubles SF (1) Harper/Akhurst d (3) St George/Cox 75 63
Doubles SF (2) Boyd/Le Messurier d (4) P Meaney/Mitchell 64 86
Doubles FI Akhurst/Harper d Boyd/Le Messurier 64 63

Mixed SF (1) Willard/Akhurst d (3) Hone/Boyd ?? ?? 62
Mixed SF (2) Schlesinger/Harper (4) d Baker/Le Messurier 64 63
Mixed F Willard/Akhurst d Schlesinger/Harper

14 March - Melbourne - MCC Autumn Tournament

FI Sylvia Harper d Esna Boyd 62 63
WD Sylvia Harper/Esna Boyd d Meryl O'Hara-Wood/Todd w/o (Wood ill)

March - France

Mr and Mrs HS Utz, who left for England at the start of the country carnival played at Nice:

QF Mrs Utz d Madame Petrocochino 61 61

At Cannes, Mrs Utz could not progress beyond the quarter-finals and the doubles team of Mrs Utz and Mrs Slazenger lost their mixed doubles to Suzanne Lenglen and Elizabeth Ryan.

19 March - Cannes
R2 Gwen Utz d Mrs Taylor 46 61 60
QF ??

In the doubles Mrs Utz and Mrs Slazenger lost their doubles to Suzanne Lenglen and Elizabeth Ryan.

March 28 - Adelaide South Australian
Final Esna Boyd d. Meryl O'Hara-Wood 46 62 63
Doubles Boyd/O'Hara-Wood d Toyne/Outhwaite 63 63

28 March

Selectors Mrs Harper, Mr H Malcom and Mr MH Marsh chose Mrs Harper, Miss Akhurst and Miss Boyd to join Mrs Utz in the Australian team. Mrs Martin (NSW) was chosen for fourth place but funds in hand are not considered to be sufficient. Those selected will form a representative side and their performances abroad will afford a test, long delayed, of the relative abilities of English and Australian women players. If sufficient funds are received, the team will visit America on its return journey. Berths for the players have been booked on the steamer Ormuz which will leave Melbourne on April 21.

The Writer of the Evening Standard states that the presence of four Australian women players at the Wimbledon championship contests will create exceptional interest especially as they are unknown quantities.

April Europe

Mrs HS Utz writes to Austral of the Referee claiming "with the exception of Lenglen, Wills, Ryan and McKane, our girls compare favourably".

Austral says "JO Anderson and our Olympians J Willard and J Bayley share this opinion and have great confidence in the Australian girls".

18 April Mrs Utz has informed the Australian Press Association that it is doubtful whether she will be able to join the Australian women tennis players at Wimbledon because her husband's business will compel them to return to Australia by the end of July. Certainly she will be unable to play in the United States.

21 April Ormuz leaes with Australian team. They were given an enthusiastic send off by a number of supporters. The possible inability of Mrs Utz to play in the matches in France, Belgium and Holland has been got over by the selection as emergency of Mss F St George of Sydney who had booked a passage to Europe for a holiday trip by the same steamer. Return passages have been booked by way of America. There is a possibility of Mrs O'Hara-Wood going to America and in that case she will be asked to represent Australia in place of Mrs Utz. The services of Miss St George will be available for that portion of the tour also, so that all through there will be four players and perhaps a fifth as reserve.

During the stay of the Ormuz in Hobart an exhibition match was arranged between Miss Akhurst and Miss St George which brought in over ₤30 and this amount will be augmented by a series of games which will take place in Perth next week during the stay of the steamer at Fremantle, the team receiving the net proceeds of the matches towards expenses.

April 25 City of Sydney Championships, Sydney

F Annie Martin d Marjorie Cox 57 64 75

Cox led 75 41

Doubles F Marjorie Cox/Mrs Leslie (Lorna) Utz (nee Bull) d P Meaney/M Ohott 63 97

May 6 London Botanic Society's tournament

R1 Mrs Cambridge d Gwen Utz
MX R1 Bird/Miss Mog d HS Utz/Gwen Utz 86 119

May 13

Austral of the Referee says: Mrs HS Utz was beaten in London last week by Miss Cambridge, but of course she has had no practise. SN Doust of the Daily Mail described her game as 'relies on tactics more than speed'.

May 13 London Phyllis Court tournament

R2 Miss E Beckingham d Mrs Utz 26 64 75

Lady Wavertree and Mrs Utz reached the third round in the doubles

May 20 London Surrey Championships (Surbiton)

MX R1 Wackett/Miss Morrison d Utz/Utz 61 63

May 23 NSW Championships, Sydney

SF Marjorie Cox d M McIvor 63 62
SF Martin d Clarence Todd 64 1113 97
F Marjorie Cox d Mrs Martin 75 61

WD FI Marjorie Cox/Lorna Utz d Mrs Todd/Gladys Toyne 61 60
MX FI Willard/Marjorie Cox d N Peach/M Elliott 63 61

May 28 - Malvern - Worcester Championships

QF Mrs Weston d Gwen Utz 75 64

June 1925

Austral says "Mrs Melody (nee Curtis), former champion of NSW and New Zealand, is also in England but has not yet rounded into her old form. Three years back, she was the best lady player in Australasia".

1 June 1925 - St Georges Hill Weybridge

R2 Esna Boyd d Miss Hall GBR 60 60
R2 Daphne Akhurst d Mrs Willis 60 61
R2 Floris St George d Mrs Parbiry 64 62

QF Gwen Sterry GBR d Floris St George 64 63
QF Esna Boyd d Mrs Albright GBR 61 63
QF Daphne Akhurst d Miss Shutte GBR 60 60
QF Rose GBR d Sylvia Harper 64 63

SF Esna Boyd d Gwen Sterry GBR 36 62 62
SF Rose GBR d Daphne Akhurst 75 61

F Esna Boyd d. Rose GBR 63 06 63

The heat did not trouble Boyd and she bore long rallies well. As at the Australian championships, she went to the net to volley after good forcing drives.

Austral comments 'Only Boyd and St George have struck form, although there are no expectations that the players, just off a boat after a 6 weeks voyage to be anything like their best. No-one here expects them to do wonders'.

R3 Boyd/St George d Mrs Willis/Mrs Hall 75 63
R3 Akhurst/Harper d Miss Saynor/Miss Healey 62 62

QF Boyd/St George d Cawston/Doress 61 62
QF Akhurst/Harper d Albright/Temperley 62 61

SF Esna Boyd/Floris St George d Gwen Sterry/Mrs Guyer GBR 1311 46 62
SF Mrs L O'Neill/Stebbing GBR d Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Harper 68 61 63

FI Esna Boyd/Floris St George d Mrs L O'Neill/Mrs Stebbing GBR 61 63

Austral: 'Perhaps Miss St George was inspired by the tournament being named the same as herself'

R1 J Williams/Sylvia Harper d Nigel Nones/Miss Royle 97 64

June 17 The Referee

"Miss Akhurst has had to have some sort of attention to her knee (surgery).
At Weybridge, Mrs Harper had only just recovered from a bout of tonsilities and the intense heat, where she seldom shows her true form, would not have been to her liking."

June 17-18 1925 Roehampton, Australia vs England

England D Australia 5-3
Harper d. Fry 63 62
Boyd L McKane 68 36
Utz d. EH Harvey 46 63 63
Akhurst L Lycett 57 61 06

Harper/Akhurst L McKane/ Harvey 26 46
Boyd/Utz L McKane/ Harvey 06 1214
Boyd/Utz L Lycett/ Fry 46 75 79
Harper/ Akhurst d. Lycett/ Fry 119 16 61

Wallis Myers of the Daily Telegraph: "They sprang a surprise on the lawn tennis world. I can bear testament to their courage, tenacity and tactical ability".

Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanac 1926 pg 473-79
"The first international women's match between England and Australia was staged in Roehampton in June. Though it yielded a victory for the home side by five matches to three, the margin in reality was much smaller, for the visitors came within a stroke of winning another doubles match on the second day.

Had not Miss Boyd failed to take an easy chance at the net when she and Mrs Utz were opposed to Miss Fry and Mrs Lycett, the issue would have been all-square at the end of the struggle. At it was, by dividing the four singles on the first day and by nearly achieving the same result in the doubles, the Australians proved their quality as a courageous fighting team. Their players may not possess the polished strokes of Miss McKane or Mrs Lycett, and they do not get anything like the same tournament practice in their own country- yet in courtcraft, tenacity, and the capacity to recover from a losing position, they have nothing to learn from our representatives.

In Mrs Harper they possessed a tactican of a rare standard, capable of seeking out and exploiting to her own advantage any weakness on the part of her opponents. Every member of their team was both a driver and volleyer; she commanded a variety of strokes and a safety of return which are absent from many of our younger tournament players.

If the Australian ladies suprised the crowd by their skill, some of their opponents did not come up to expectations. Miss Fry, for example, who was beaten by Mrs Harper in the singles, and lost one of her doubles matches, showed that her driving game, forceful as it was on one wing, was not yet adequate against a campaign conceived cleverly to test her at her weaker points.

Mrs Harper won many strokes by a backhand drop volley across the court to which Miss Fry's background, made on the run, was anything but an effective counter. Variation of pace, with free use of cut, embarrassed Miss Fry much more than good-length drives; and since the Australians were adept at the former, she was often penalised.

Miss Harvey, on the other hand, went to the other extreme. She was too cautious in her singles against Mrs. Utz, and ended up by becoming so soft that the Sydney lady, who has a fluency of neat strokes, gained a good win in the third set.

Miss McKane won all her matches, one singles and two doubles, without the loss of a set, thus fulfilling expectation; but she had to fight hard to beat off the alert and determined attack of Miss Boyd on the first day, and the no less resolute effort of Mrs Utz and Miss Boyd on the second day. Miss McKane and Miss Harvey had won the first set to love in the double, and were leading 52 in the second. The match, as it proved, had not run half its course, for the Australians, lobbing the two volleyers very astutely and finding openings with low drives, did not yield up the match until twenty-six games had been contested in the second set.

Mrs Lycett was undoubtedly the second best player on the home side. When opposed to Miss Akhurst she showed excellent judgement, after winning the first set by a great effort, in easing down in the second for a renewed attack in the third. She won the last set to love, overwhelming an adversary who obviously did not expect this resuscitation.

Paired with Miss Fry in the doubles, Mrs Lycett was handicapped by having her partner at the back of the court. It was an improvised combination, and consequently cohesion was lacking. Miss Boyd and Mrs Utz should have beaten them. Having saved the second set, they led 42 in the third and at 76 with Miss Boyd serving, and not withstanding two double faults, they came within a stroke of the match. An easy lob was put up to Miss Boyd. She swung for a crisp reply, but mistimed the shot. In the next game the Australians were love-30 on Mrs Lycett's service; again the chance was sacrificed. Lawn tennis balls, like cards, do not forgive, and their opponents got out at 97.

In the victory of Mrs Harper and Miss Akhurst in alliance, Mrs Harper was ever the sound general. With sliced volley and drop, and with skilful lob, she discovered the gap between the volleyer and the baseliner. In was a most creditable performance."

June 15 1925 Roehampton

R1 Daphne Akhurst d Miss Beckingham 60 64
R1 Sylvia Harper d Mrs Watson 64 60
R1 Esna Boyd d Mrs Walker 61 61
R1 Floris St George - bye?

R2 Daphne Akhurst d Mrs Gough IND 26 64 64
R2 Sylvia Harper L Joan Fry 26 62 26 'intense heat'
R2 Floris St George L Dix 46 36
R2 Esna Boyd d Hardie 26 64 64

QF Esna Boyd d Daphne Akhurst WO ("after a coin toss"!)

SF Esna Boyd d Rose 86 61

F Esna Boyd d Mrs Brice-May 64 62

Doubles

R? Utz/Boyd d Navrogordato/Welstead 63 62
R3 Utz/Boyd d Mrs Lowe/Mrs Pitt RSA 64 62

SF Utz/Boyd L Fry/Ellis 36 63 79
SF Rose GBR/St George D Mrs Reckitt/Brown

F Rose GBR/St George L Fry/Ellis 36 62 26

Akhurst/Harper scratched

Mixed
R1 Sedgwick GBR/Akhust L Mishu ROM/Bennett GBR 46 26

R2 Ritchie GBR/Harper d H Fisher/Miss Phillip 97 62

R3 Ritchie/Harper L McIntosh/Saunders 60 46 16

21 June 1925 - Wimbledon UK WIMBLEDON

R1 Esna Boyd d Cristobel Hardie 62 60 'deadly accuracy, hardly made an error'
R1 Mary Cambridge d Mrs Utz walkover
R1 Daphne Akhurst d HB Weston 63 75
R1 Floris St George d Sybil Johnson 26 62 62 'swift serve too much for her opponent'
R1 Sylvia Harper d Phoebe Watson 62 86 'opponents serve too weak and she missed overheads'

R2 Boyd d Pitt 62 62 'superior in all departments, especially service and cross-court backhand'
R2 Akhurst d Craddock 75 57 64 'gruelling rallies, Akhurst still handicapped by her knee'
R2 Hazel d St George 64 62
R2 Harper d Kea Bouman 63 61

R3 Boyd d Tuckey 36 61 63
R3 Akhurst d Colyer 46 64 64
R3 McIlquaham d Harper 64 16 1311

QF McKane d Boyd 61 61
QF Fry d Akhurst 26 64 63 'an outside court - a discourtesy to the Australian'

Doubles

R1 Mrs Melody NZL/Floris St George AUS d RC Middleton/Hazell 46 64 63
R1 Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Lance-Harper AUS - bye
R1 Esna Boyd/Gwen Utz AUS bye

R2 Boyd/Utz d Mrs RC Clayton/Mrs Tomlinson 61 62
-'the pair who wore blue bandeaux quite outclassed their opponents'
R2 Akhurst/Harper d Melody/St George 62 63
-'winners a fine pair, blended in a most effective manner. Miss St George won many points with a well executed chop stroke.'

R3 Boyd/Utz d Misses M/P Phayre 63 62
R3 Lambert-Chambers/Harvey d Akhurst/Harper 64 61
Plucky fight, but Mrs Chambers demonstrated that she is still the finest English doubles player. Akhurst played cleverly and lobbed with judgement and Mrs Harper volleyed excellently.

QF Lenglen FRA/Ryan USA d Boyd/Utz 60 62
The Australians failed to extend their formidable opponents and both were nervous before the gallery on number one court. Miss Boy'd's service was fast and accurate but her playing was indifferent overhead. The champion was brilliant though Miss Boyd sometimes beat her with fine drives.

SF Lenglen/Ryan d. Beamish/Clarke 60 62
SF Bridge/McIlquham d. Chambers/Harvey 61 26 64

F Lenglen/Ryan d. Bridge/McIlquham 62 62

Mixed
R1 Eames/Mrs Beamish d Nigel Sharpe GBR/Akhurst AUS 62 61
R1 Dash/Mrs Watson d HS Utz/Gwen Utz AUS 63 60
The Utzes 'cracked up' in the final set although Mrs Utz with her excellent screw service and fine crosscourt shots troubled her opponents.
R1 Lamb GBR/Sylvia Harper AUS d Vonbraun/Miss Stubbins 46 75 62
R1 Jacob IND/Mrs Pitt RSA d Melody/Melody NZL 62 62
R1 Heath/Boyd AUS d Godfree/Mrs Clayton 61 75

R2 Lamb/Mrs Harper d Kingsley/Bennett 62 75
R2 de Murporgo ITA/Ryan USA d Heath/Boyd 62 62

R3 Washer/Mrs Satterthwaite d Lamb/Sylvia Harper 62 62

July 9-10 Llanelly, Wales - Australia vs Wales

AUS d WAL 12-0
Mrs Harper d. Miss Olwen Sheere 60 61
Mrs Harper d. Mrs RA Seel 60 36 62
Miss D Akhurst d. Mrs EJ Russell 60 62
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss James 61 60
Miss E Boyd d. Mrs RA Seel 63 60
Miss E Boyd d. Miss Olwen Sheere 62 61
Miss St George d. Miss James 64 61
Miss St George d. Mrs EJ Russell 62 61

Doubles
Boyd/ St George d. Seel/ Sheere 64 86
Boyd/ St George d. Russell/ James 60 62
Harper/ Akhurst d. Russell/ James 61 61
Harper/ Akhurst d. Seel/ Sheere 60 60

July 15-16 1925 Dublin Australia vs Ireland

AUS d IRE 6-2

Day One
Esna Boyd D H Wells 63 61
Daphne Akhurst D Mrs Blair White 63 63

Harper/Akhurst d Wells/Haughton 61 63
Boyd/St George d White/Stoker 64 63

Day Two
Harper L Haughton 57 36
St George d Stoker 36 61 63

Harper/Akhurst d White/Stoker 64 61
Boyd/St George L Haughton/Wallis 26 46

July 20 1925 Dublin IRL Irish Championships

R1 Akhurst bye
R1 St George d Mrs Scroope 60 62
R1 Boyd d Mrs Pratt 60 61
R1 Harper bye

R2 Akhurst d Haumeton 60 86
R2 Harper d St George 61 62
R2 Boyd d Julian

QF Esna Boyd d White 62 62
QF Sylvia Harper d Haughton 61 60
QF Daphne Akhurst d ?? 86 64
QF Blancont d ??

SF Esna Boyd d Sylvia Harper 61 01 ret (arm injury)
SF Daphne Akhurst d Mrs Blancont 61 62

F Esna Boyd d. Daphne Akhurst 97 61

Doubles

SF Harper/Akhurst d White/Reilly 63 60
SF Boyd/St George d Wallis/Jackson

F Boyd/St George d Akhurst/Harper 86 64

Mixed
F Sherwell/Daphne Akhurst d Smith/Sylvia Harper 36 63 64

July 29-30 1925 Edinburgh, Scotland - Australia vs Scotland

AUS d SCO 11-1

Mrs Harper d. Mrs Herriot 62 64
Mrs Harper d. Miss CT Duncan 62 60
Miss D Akhurst d. M Thom 63 64
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss MK Jenkins 63 61
Miss E Boyd d. Miss T Thom 61 64
Miss E Boyd d. Miss JC Rankine 64 61
Miss St George lost to Mrs Hudleston 36 108 36
Miss St George d. Miss Langmuir 63 16 64

Doubles
Boyd/ St George d. Thom/ Welsh 64 46 119
Boyd/ St George d. Jenkins/ Duncan 57 60 62
Harper/ Akhurst d. Herriot/ Hudleston 63 86
Harper/ Akhurst d. Rankine/ Langmuir 60 62

August 1? 1925 - Hilversum, HOL - Australia vs Holland

AUS d HOL 10-2

Mrs Harper lost to Kea Bouman 46 26
Mrs Harper d. Mrs Stroink 60 61
Miss E Boyd d. Mrs Stroink 63 61
Miss E Boyd d. K Bouman 26 61 61
Miss St George d. Mary Canters 97 64
Miss St George lost to Miss Lhoest 46 63 16
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss Lhoest 60 46 62
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss Canters 62 61

Harper/ Akhurst d. Bouman/ Stroink 46 60 64
Harper/ Akhurst d. Canters/ Lhoest 61 62
Boyd/ St George d. Canters/ Lhoest 63 62
Boyd/ St George d. Bouman/ Stroink 64 60

August 22-23 1925 Westende, BEL Australia vs Belgium

AUS d BEL 11-0

Day One
Boyd d Sigart 64 61
Harper d de Borman 62 60
St George v Levy 62 12 rain stopped play

Day Two
St George d Levy 62 26 63
Boyd d de Borman 62 62
Harper d Sigart 62 63
Akhurst d Levy 61 60
St George d Borman 62 86
Harper/Akhurst d Borman/Levy 61 60
Harper/Akhurst d Borman/Sigart 63 63
Boyd/St George d Borman/Levy 63 46 61
Boyd/St George d Borman/Levy 61 75

12 August 1925 - Melbourne

Mr and Mrs HS Utz arrived back on the Chitral today

22 August 1925 - Brisbane Queensland Champs
FI Meryl O'Hara Wood d. Beryl Spowers-Turner 36 62 62

25 August 1925 - Deauville, France

SF Suzanne Lenglen d. Floris St George 60 60
FI Suzanne Lenglen d. Akhurst 62 62

26 August 1925 - Deauville, France
FRA D AUS 7-4

Akhurst d. Bourgeois 68 61 86
Bourgeois d. St George 61 61
E Boyd d. Vlasto 62 26 60
Vlasto d. Harper 61 64
Lenglen d. Harper 60 64
Lenglen d. Boyd 75 61
Desclercs d. St George 36 60 61
Desclercs d. Akhurst 64 97
Lenglen/ Vlasto d. Boyd/ St George 63 36 63
Harper/ Akhurst d. Desclercs/ Bourgeois 61 62
Boyd/ St George d. Desclercs/ Bourgeois 60 16 63

Austral of the Referee said "Both Miss Boyd and Mrs Harper extended Mlle. Lenglen's form more than any player has this year and Boyd had the honour of extending her to a 'vantage set; sufficient glory for any player.

"Against France at Deauville, despite the inclusion of Mlle Lenglen on the home side, the visitors were able to win four matches out of eleven and to make an excellent fight. Miss Boyd put up a good performance in beating Mlle Vlasto, as also did Miss Akhurst in defeating Mlle Bourgeois. Mrs Harper succeeded in taking four games from Lenglen, but on the second day, when Miss Boyd ran her to advantage games in a set, the champion is stated to have suffered from a badly-blistered hand.

Australia was credited with two good victories in the three doubles matches played. Mlle Lenglen and Mlle Vlasto lost a set to Miss Boyd and Miss St George. One double was abandoned on account of rain."

The Australians made a popular impression and the performances of Mrs Harper and Miss Boyd against Mdlle Lenglen evoked the warmest praise of critics. Miss Lenglen's blistered hand prevented her from participating in the final doubles match.

Sep? 1925 - Philadelphia
USA d AUS 4-3

Mallory d. Harper 75 86
Mallory d. Boyd 64 61
Jessup lost to Boyd 46 26
Jessup lost to Harper 79 16
Goss d. Akhurst 64 36 61

Anderson/ Bayard lost to St George/ Boyd 63 46 57
Goss/ Jessup d. Harper/ Akhurst 36 64 63

3/4 October 1925 - San Francisco
CALI D AUS 6-1

Helen Wills d. Sylvia Harper 60 60
Elanor Tennant d. Daphne Akhurst 62 36 86
Tennant d. Floris St George 63 60
Wills d Esna Boyd 60 61
Sylvia Harper AUS d. Charlotte Hosmer 63 63
Wills/Hosmer d. Harper/ Akhurst 62 64
Tennant/ Avery Follett d. St George/ Boyd 46 86 wo ret

"The tourists were handicapped by their long journey and their unfamiliarity with asphalt courts, and did not do themselves justice"

Spaldings Tennis Annual 1926

"The Australian womens team ended its round-the-world tour in San Francisco in October and played a series of international matches with a picked team from California. The competition was held in two sections, three singles and a doubles being played at the Berkeley Tennis Club, Saturday October 3, and two singles and a doubles at the Municipal Tennis Stadium in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, the following day. California won six of the seven matches.

October - Auckland, New Zealand
Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanac 1926 pg 473-479
"Before reaching home the Australians landed at Auckland and played a series of matches against New Zealand ladies, all of which were won.Their whole tour through Europe and America had been a remarkable adventure and reflected great credit on its organisers and on the captain of the team, Mrs Barry.

October 29 Sydney, Australia
Australian team arrives home and are expected to play exhibition matches at White City (Rushcutter's Bay) later that day!

Austral of the Referee can't believe how well run the tour has been: "..a credit to Mrs Barry, who had to organise the whole tour after finding on arrival in England that nothing had been done. The team was actually told in England it would get 10 towards expenses, but returned homw with the sum of over 812 in hand out of the 1488 raised and still has a large sun to come from the receipts of an exhibition match in America. A team of five travelled through Europe and America at the cost of less than 150 a head. When we compare that with the cost of Davis Cup teams, one can only marvel".

Mrs Barry thought the team should have left two months earlier

Mrs Harper, Captain of the team said "the trip has placed Australian lady players on the world's map and will never be erased".

Miss Boyd said "now Australian girls can feel they are in the same class as the world's best for we extended them all and we are just as extended by other Australians".

Miss St George did not return to Australia with the team, having returned to Europe to join her parents.

December 7 1925 - Melbourne Victorian Champs

Final Boyd d. Sylvia Harper 36 63 retired

Doubles Boyd/Harper d O'Hara-Wood/Toyne 64 63

December 19 1925 Sydney, Cumberland Championships

SF Daphne Akhurst d Marjorie Cox 75 61
SF Louise Bickerton d Harper 62 61

F Daphne Akhurst d Louise Bickerton 97 62

December ?? 1925 Adelaide, 1926 South Australian Champs

F Kath Le Messurier d Dorothy Weston Straight Sets

Mixed
Don Turnbull/Kath Le Messurier d ??

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1928 Team

1928 Australian Women's Team Selection

The first notion of a team came in 1927 when Esna Boyd announced she would be travelling to England in the next year. This was probably due to her imminent engagement to Scotsman Angus Robertson, whom she had met during the 1925 tour. With over 600 in a trust fund, from the unexpected profits of the early tour, it was suggested that a national team be sent. The ALTA eventually agreed and sought the names of leading players from each State association.

The team was selected prior to the Australian Championships (held late January in 1928) and the selectors must have appreciated all four members of the squad reaching the semi-final stages of the national tournament. This squad was an official team and hoped to build on the successful reputation forged by the 1925 women.

The team combined in Melbourne in late February and participated in the MCC Tournament. They were to travel with the Australian Davis Cup squad and the visiting French trio (Borotra, Boussos and Brugnon) to Europe via South African and Western Australia. As they had commitments to play exhibition matches in Perth, the quartet had to leave the MCC Tournament unfinished as play was delayed due to bad weather. Because of this, the final of the MCC Ladies Doubles was played in Perth, thousands of miles away from the MCC!>

The Australian women's tournament was held a week prior to the Men's tournament (both held in Sydney). To allow players such as Borotra time between singles and doubles matches, the Australian women played some exhibition mixed doubles with available French and Australian men. The mixed tournament was played within the men's week at Rushcutter's Bay.

The strangest thing about the Australian Mixed title of 1928 was that the winner was decided from a semi-final after the winning team of the other semi-final (Esna Boyd and Jim Hawkes) withdrew because they could not extend their interstate stay. This allowed Akhurst and Borotra to claim the title after winning the semi-final against Lance-Harper/Boussos 60 36 63. The reason for the postponement of one semi-final and the final was because Jean Borotra had attempted to default from the mixed. event Officials were not agreeable to this, resulting in the decision to postpone SF2 and the final and the subsequebt withdrawal of the top Australian mixed team.

No doubt, officials wanted to keep the attractive combo of Akhurst and Borotra in the competition to draw crowds. It might be possible that either or both Hawkes and Boyd resented the re-scheduling and used the 'have to return home' approach as an unanswerable excuse. Boyd, at least, had been intererstate for more than two weeks and had probably already planned her return trip based on the supposed schedule.>

Team Tour - from March

The Australian women's team was managed by Mr Harley Malcolm, Secretary of the ALTA. During a civic reception for the tennis squads in Perth, Western Australia (Perth had never seen 'such an array of talent') Mr Malcolm stated that he thought only Miss Helen Wills surpassed Misses Boyd and Akhurst at singles play.

Esna Boyd, Captain of the Women's team, said "We are very hopeful; the team is splendid in all respects, both at singles and doubles and we feel sure of giving a good account of ourselves. Our trip is sure to do a great deal to improve women's tennis in Australia. That was the experience which followed the tour of the 1925 team which was not officially backed. You see, when we come back it will mean so much practice for the women players who will get the benefit of our experiences.

This is the first official team to go abroad with the official backing of the ALTA. We are going to South Africa, on the Demosthethes (ship) with other players. Then, after about a month, we go to France on the Nestor. We are to play at Beckenham and Queens Park before Wimbledon and we go to Ireland, Scotland and all throught he continent. We shall play in France, Holland and probably Germany, returning about the end of September or early October. A wonderful trip".

Saturday 10 March Kings Park Perth, Western Australia (grass)

Louise Bickerton d Meryl O'Hara-Wood 36 64 75
Boyd/Bickerton d Akhurst/O'Hara-Wood 36 64 61

Monday 12 March Kings Park Perth, Western Australia (grass)

Akhurst v Boyd 16 75 66 (abandoned)
Akhurst/Bickerton d Boyd/O'Hara-Wood 62 108*

"Members of the women's team delighted the crowd with their magnificent play. Miss Boyd's full length driving was too severe for Miss Akhurst. She forced her opponent into errors in the first set, but Miss Akhurst played much better in the second. She kept Miss Boyd on the run from side to side and varied this method of attack with a series of drives to Miss Boyd's backhand. The rallies were long and imposed a severe strain on the players. In the second set, with three match points against her, Miss Akhurst showed herself to be a fine player. She drew level and won the games and set 75.

Miss Akhurst was the fresher of the two in the third, playing entirely from the backline and making splendid recoveries. Miss Boyd was also playing well and there was nothing between the pair. At 6-all it was decided to abandon the match owing to pressure of time. Both players received an ovation. It was a fitting match between two players who have beaten each other alternately in championships finals in the Eastern States during the past three seasons.

*The final of the MCC Doubles provided tennis which delighted the crowd. All four played brilliantly and splendid rallies were the order of the day. Long driving duels were generally ended by one side going to the net, where the volleying was of a high standard. The match was as close as the score indicated and the delightful display of women's tennis sent the spectators away in a pleasant frame of mind.


Wednesday 28 March Durban, South Africa.

The Australian women's team arrived here today. As their ship was two days late, matches in Pt Elizabeth and East London (South Africa) were cancelled.

Tuesday April 3, Maritzburg, South Africa

Australia D Natal Province 2-1

Esna Boyd AUS L Bobby Heine RSA 46 16
Daphne Akhurst AUS D Miss Parker RSA 62 62
Boyd/Bickerton AUS D Parker/Heine RSA 64 62

Saturday April 7, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Australia d Orange Free State 4-0

Esna Boyd AUS d Tapcott RSA 63 62
'Rallies were long, but Miss Boyd's driving too accurate and consistent'
Daphne Akhurst AUS d Mrs Clarke-Kennedy RSA 75 62
Meryl O'Hara Wood AUS V Miss C Ridwell RSA 62 21 (failing light stopped play)
Boyd/Bickerton AUS d Clarke-Kennedy/Tapscott RSA 61 64
O'Hara-Wood/Akhurst AUS d Misses Bidnell RSA 60 63

Tuesday April 10, Pretoria, South Africa

Rain overnight and steady drizzle prevented play between Northern Transvaal and Australia in Pretoria. The Australians will return after the test match in Johannesburg.

Friday April 13, Johannesburg, South Africa

Australia vs South Africa

Esna Boyd AUS d Mrs Peacock RSA 64 86
'Not much pace on Miss Boyd's strokes, but she played much better once she became accustomed to the conditions'

Daphne Akhurst AUS d Bobby Heine RSA 62 64
'Miss Akhurst was superior thoroughout, astonishing spectators with her accuracy. Miss Heine began with baseline play and hard hitting but found all of her strokies returned with additional pace. Miss Heine attempted to force the game by taking the net, but Miss Akhurst was too brilliant with passing shots and the match resolved itself in a baseline duel all in favour of the Australian'.
<Because young Bobby Heine did so well in Europe the previous season, South African's thought that she had played below her level during this match, either because of illness or 'just a bad day'. South African fans had hardly heard of Daphne Akhurst, despite her Wimbledon QF of 1925 and were probably skeptical of the standard indicated by three Australian singles victories.>

Boyd/Bickerton AUS L Mrs Peacock/Heine RSA 46 63 16
Akhurst/O'Hara-Wood AUS D Mrs Neave/Mrs McArthurs RSA 16 61 63

Saturday April 14, Johannesburg, South Africa

Australia D South Africa by six games (rubbers and sets were equal)

Meryl O'Hara-Wood AUS L Mrs Neave RSA
'Mrs Wood began in exceptionally brilliant form and won the first set in ten minutes. She led 31 in the second, but Mrs Neave became more confident and played a splendid uphill fight. After brilliant play by both, Mrs Neave won the match giving South Africa a lead of one rubber and one set.

Esna Boyd AUS D Mrs Peacock RSA 62 86

Akhurst/O'Hara-Wood AUS L Peacock/Heine RSA 46 26

Boyd/Bickerton AUS D ?/? RSA 57 62 62
'The Australian led 53 and set point in the first before fine South African play gave them the set. Miss Bickerton showed great improvement on the previous day, having recovered from the extraction of a tooth".

"There was great excitement and the result was looked upon as a surprise. The crowd was exceptionally fair and impartial. The players were warmly congratulated on their victory and uphill fight".


Monday April 16, Pretoria, South Africa

Australia D Northern Transvaal 5-0

Esna Boyd was rested in the singles

Louise Bickerton d Miss McHardy 62 64
Meryl O'Hara-Wood d Miss Kellar 60 63
Daphne Akhurst d Miss Ockerse 64 63
Boyd/Wood d Mrs Wilson/Ockerse 64 63
Bickerton/Akhurst d Misses McHardy/Kellar 61 61

Friday May 16, London

Mr Malcolm, manager of the Australia team has successfully arranged to postpone the test against England until July 13, thus giving the Australians more chance to practice on grass. The women's team will now leave for France to participate in the French Open.

Tuesday May 20, Paris exhibition match

Daphne Akhurst/Jack Crawford L Helen Wills/Francis Hunter 36 26

Wednesday May 21, Paris - French Champs
"Cold and wet. Too cold for some players to hold their racquets'
All the doubles are being played first in order for singles players to gain more practice.

Mixed Doubles
R1 Crawford/Akhurst d Duplaix/Wolfson 61 61

Thursday May 22, Paris - French Champs
'unseasonal weather continues'
R1 Turnbull/Lycett D Brookes/Mallory 75 62
R1 Hunter/Wills d Peacock/Authroy 60 61
R1 Patterson/O'Hara Wood d Joba/Miss Stevens 62 63

Women's Doubles
R1 Bickerton/Akhurst D Forcade/Mrs Macready 60 62
R1 Boyd/O'Hara-Wood D Charnelet/Amaury 63 75

Friday May 23, Paris - French Champs
Mixed Doubles
R2 Bickerton/Hopman L Nuthall/Kingsley 64 36 46 ('Hopman erratic')

Women's Doubles
R2 Boyd/O'Hara Wood L Bennett/Watson 36 26
R2 Akhurst/BIckerton L Lycett/Nuthall 36 64 36

Saturday May 24, Paris - French Champs

Mixed Doubles
Patterson/O'Hara-Wood L Cochet/Bennett 36 36
Hawkes/Boyd d Borotra/Amaury 62 61
Crawford/Akhurst d Timmer/Boumann (NED) 62 26 97

Sunday 25 May, Paris - French Champs

Mixed Doubles
Crawford/Akhurst L Lacoste/Bourgeois 64 16 68

Monday 26 May, Paris - French Champs

Mixed Doubles
QF Hawkes/Boud d Borotra/Bordes 64 57 86
"Boyd was possibly the more consistent of the two. The Australians looked like winning in straight sets, leading 52 in the second, when Borotra took command."
QF Cochet/Bennett d Thurneyssen/La Faine 64 64
QF Hunter/Wills d Turnbull/Lycett 64 60

Women's Round 1
O'Hara-Wood d Baubier 108 63
Miss Baubier led Mrs Wood 40 in the first, whereupon the Australian took five straight games with consistent sideline driving'

Tuesday 27 May, Paris - French Champs

Mixed Doubles
SF Bennett/Cochet d Bourgeois/Cochet 64 63
SF Wills/Hunter D Boyd/Hawkes 63 75
'Miss Boyd, the best of the quartet'

Thursday 29 May, Paris - French Champs

Boyd d Mallory 36 60 64
"Miss Boyd lost the first set due to her opponent driving accurately and returning every ball. After Miss Boyd took the second set 60, Mrs Mallory was obviously feeling the effects of the weather and tiring rapidly. After an interval Mrs Mallory was much improved and led 31. Miss Boyd, with fine driving won the next two games after long rallies.'

O'Hara Wood defeated Mrs MC through "consistent accurate driving".

Friday 30 May, Paris - French Champs
"Australians all had extended matches. Mrs Wood led 53 but her opponent was too accurate. Bickerton saved five match points in the second set. Kea Boumann's "greater variety and cut shot allowed her to run to 51 in the first set" though Boyd did take a set off the champion Dutchwoman.

Saturday 31 May, Paris - French Champs
Women's Singles
QF Akhurst L Hardie 810 16
"First set took fifty minutes with long and interesting rallies. Miss Hardie returned everything, allowing Miss Akhurst to make mistakes. Miss Akhurst then began to show more confidence and had two set points at 65 40/15 in the first set".

Summary of the French women's by the West Australian's tennis writer:
"Overall during the championships, Boyd and Akhurst played splendidly and showed the world that Australian women's tennis is of a very high standard. Miss Boyd's victory over Mrs Mallory, seven-time US Champion, is her finest performance to date. She was beaten by Miss Boumann, one of the best players in the world, but took a set".

Further, Daphne Akhurst became the first Australian woman to reach the quarters at the French (a feat not replicated until the next official Australian team was sent overseas ten years later!)

June 8 Gipsy Hill, London

SF Elizabeth Ryan d Daphne Akhurst 75 62
SF Esna Boyd d Merle O'Hara-Wood 62 60

Doubles

SF Ryan/Lycett d O'Hara-Wood/Bickerton 108 63
SF Akhurst/Boyd d Beamish/List 64 810 61

Mixed

SF Moon/Akhurst d Dearmon/Dearmon 60 63

June 9 Gipsy Hill, London

F Ryan d Boyd 63 60
WD Ryan/Lycett d Akhurst/Boyd 62 57 62
XD Moon/Akhurst d Godfree/Ryan 63 68 64

June 14, Beckenham

QF Ryan d O'Hara-Wood 36 75 62
QF Akhurst d Goldsack W/O
QF Chamberlain d Alvarez W/O
QF Boyd d Sterry 108 60

June 15, Beckenham

SF Ryan d Akhurst 64 61
SF Chamberlain d Boyd 64 61

June 16, Beckenham

Doubles
SF Clarke/Chamberlain d Boyd/Akhurst 62 64


June 17?, Beckenham

F Ryan d Boyd

June 26, Wimbledon

On an outside court, Louse Bickerton took a set from Mrs Mallory before rain stopped play

June 27, Wimbledon

June 28, Wimbledon

June 29, Wimbledon

Miss Boyd had an almost helpless struggle. She won two games by sheer tenacity and enthusiasm, for which she received much applause'

June 30, Wimbledon

Miss Bickerton, for a time, held Senorita Alvarez, retrieving wonderfully. She even led 41 in the second set, when the Senorita struck top form and won five games in a row. Miss Bickerton's earlier steadfastness on the baseline disappeared as the courts became slippery after a shower, and she tired very rapidly.

Boyd and Akhurst's 'machine-like understanding' carried them through the match. Miss Akhurst excellent at the net'


July 1, Wimbledon

July 2, Wimbledon

R2 Boyd/Akhurst d Jacobs/Anderson 63 68 64

XD Hawkes/Boyd d Kleinschruch (GER)/Jackson (GBR) 61 61
XD Hopman/Bickerton d Gilbert/Mrs Stock 26 64 62
XD Moon/Wood d Lester/Ridley 60 64
XD r2 Hopman/Bickerton d Hughes/Rose 36 64 63
XD r2 Moon/O'Hara-Wood d Wackett/Strawson 61 64

Miss Akhurst caused a sensation among the 15000 strong crowd by defeating Miss Bennett after losing the first set. Wallis Myers said of the semi-final "We may console ourselves that the last English girl was beaten by a Sydneyite. Miss Akhurst thoroughly deserved her victory, achieved by ripe tactical skills and a display of steadfastness no centre court could weaken".

Miss Akhurst opened nervously, netting many returns. In the end, she improved steadily, finding more pace and accuracy. Her confidence mounted in the third, where she led 20 and then 42. The rallies were very prolonged and Miss Bennett became unsettled at finding her best drives returned".


July 3, Wimbledon

R3 Boyd/Akhurst d Shaw/Watson 75 64
R3 O'Hara-Wood/Bickerton d Edwards/Stokes 61 62

XD r1 Crawford/Akhurst W/O
XD r3 Scroope/Mrs Shepherd-Barron d Hopman/Bickerton 62 63

Crawford/Akhurst took the first set from de Kehrling/Aussem until rain interrupted.


July 4, Wimbledon

"Akhurst's patient plugging was no match for the play of the Spaniard, who seemed a superwoman. In the second set, for 12 minutes hard running, the Australian only got four points".

XD r2? Crawford/Akhurst d Austin/Nuthall 119 97
XD r3 Hawkes/Boyd d Eames/Beamish 62 63
XD r3 Moon/O'Hara-Wood d Timmer/Boumann 75 36 62
"Mrs Wood was brilliant at the net"XD QF Hunter/Wills d Hawkes/Boyd 63 46 63
"Hawkes' third match of the day (nine sets) and he was unable to produce his best".

July 5, Wimbledon

WD QF Boyd/Akhurst d Boumann/Colyer 86 63
"Miss Akhurst is improving in every match at the net, while Miss Boyd is playing with more confidence on the baseline"
WD QF Lycett/Ryan d O'Hara-Wood/Bickerton 63 61
XD QF Crawford/Akhurst v Cochet/Benn 810 64 (bad light stopped play)

July 6, Wimbledon

"In the first set Akhurst/Boyd were definitely superior. Thereafter Miss Boyd threw the match away losing all her accuracy, just missing the line all the time."
XD QF Crawford/Akhurst d Cochet/Benn 810 64 63
XD QF Moon/O'Hara-Wood d Crole-Rees/Watson 64 64
XD SF Crawford/Akhurst d Moon/O'Hara-Wood 63 75
"They rather unmercifully showered everything on Mrs O'Hara-Wood who has never reached her top form since she hurt her side at the Gipsy Club tournament"

A densely crowded Centre Court, graced by their Majesties, the King and Queen, were all for the Australians (including the previous Men's Doubles match). In the first set Akhurst and Crawford came back from 13 to 53 and twice at set-point Crawford overdrove. Thereafter they were out-manoeuvred and lobbed in vain".


July 13,

Australia vs England

Daphne Akhurst AUS d Eileen Bennett ENG 60 64 ("Akhurst outclassed her")
Esna Boyd AUS L Watson ENG 46 911 ("A long drawn baseline struggle. Three times Boyd had set point in the second but failed at the critical stage")
O'Hara-Wood/Bickerton AUS d Harvey/Goldsack ENG 62 63

July 14

Australia D England 4-3

Esna Boyd AUS d Eileen Bennet ENG 62 86 ("Bennett was stockingless owing to the heat")
Daphne Akhurst AUS d Watson ENG 63 86
Louise Bickerton AUS L Harvey ENG 46 57
Akhurst/Boyd AUS L Benett/Watson ENG 57 61 68

"Wallis Myers Admires Australian Ladies"
from "Australasian Lawn Tennis" (31 March 1929)

Reaping the reward of a fine collective effort, the Australian ladies defeated the English today by four matches to three. Their margin of victory was really more decisive than a single match, fr they won the tie comparatively early in the afternoon, and in the last two contests which England won there was an obvious release of tension.

Before noting the features of the second day's play one may analyse briefly the causes of this further oversea reverse. Sentimentally, it does not touch our pride as much as other defeats during the present year, but the reasons for it are the same. As a team the Australians were unquestionably superior. There was not that defference between the units that each could not give continuous practice and inspiration to the otherl they were a corporate body, sympathetically lef, working for a common object.

Their oppoinents complained, and no doubt sincerely, that they had had too much exacting lawn tennis in the last few weeks. Yet, the Australians came to Europe after a strenuous tour of South African, and they have played quite as much, if not more than, the English players. Miss Akhurst, for example, remained in the lists at Wimbledon longer than any of the eight competitors at Bournemouth. The truth is that the team sporting was much more pronounced on the visiting side than on the home side. There was no debate about the order of merit, no eleventh-hour uncertainty; no question as to the composition of the pairs the two Australian couples were well matched and well harmonised. The Australian ladies defeated the English because they had prepared more thoughtfully for the fray and because their nerve was stronger in consequence.

To Miss Boyd and Miss Akhurst must go the honours for the Australian victory. In the two opening matches this afternoon these two were opposed respectively to Miss Bennett and Mrs Watson and each scored a brilliant victory in two sets a joint result which, with Friday's two successes, ensured a trumph. The invading ladies can be awarded equal praise. Miss Boyd found Miss Bennett less disposed to err than on the previous day, and she had to fence adroitly for her verdict. Miss Bennett, as a tribute to the high thermometer, discarded her stockings and it may be that the novelty distracted the attention of one or two linesmen.

On Friday, there had been almost an epidemic of footfaulting; today there was none. Possibly the ladies were more caredul of their feet, but the change was certainly remarkable.

THE PLAY OF MISS BOYD

Withouth any extravagance of style, Miss Boyd always had the tactical measure of her young adversary. She mixed her shots well, soon discovering that Miss Bennett was in the mood to overdrive a short ball on her forehand, and was not hitting the lob with any firmness. A persinstent stream of drives to Miss Bennett's backhand was bound sooner or later to draw a prize. Miss Boyd noted these points and went steadily forward. After the fifth game in the first set she had so unsteadied Miss Bennett that games came easily, the passage of some of them smoothed by a double fault. But Miss Bennett is always better when she is behind in the tace. She needs the stimulus of desire. As the second set developed Miss Boyd bent a little before extra speed and precision and she began to net some easy-looking shots. Nevertheless she led 4-3 by executing a fine sliced lob which sailed over her opponent's eyeshade and curled back into court.

Then, refreshing sight, Miss Bennett won her service from 15 and the English girl took the lead at 5-4. But there was still that unescapable double fault, and one came to give Miss Boyd the tenth game, and another to lose Miss Bennett the twelfth, after she had captured Miss Boyd's service to love in the eleventh. These lapses brought swift retribution. Miss Boyd took the thirteenth to love and the fourteenth from thirty, assisted by another double fault.

Miss Akhurst's victory over Mrs Watson was the more meritorious, because Mrs Watson was at her best. True, the latter lost the first five games in recovering from the surprise of a brilliant and versatile attacke, but for the rest of the match Mrs Watson fought stubbornly and on level terms. She made a bold effort to save the first set, coming within a point of 5-4, but she found her opponent remorselessly accurate and remarkably mobile. She seemed to anticipate the direction of all Mrs Watson's hammer blows and to parry them with deft skill and a coolness that drew continuous applause.

The second test, however, was touch-and-go for many a long rally. Miss Akhurst led 3-1, but Mrs Watson, never quailing, hit her way to 5-4, reaching her highest standard. But she faltered in the tenth game, and Miss Akhurst took it to love. Again the issue seemed to waver, for neither would give in. But Miss Akhurst had the greater reserves and the greater versatility under the strain, and she won through triumphantly.

The issue was decided, but the battle was carried on. Both sides reacted accordingly, although neither modified their blows. Miss Harvey beat Miss Bickerton in two sets, although both were of close character. Miss Bickerton's smashing lacked adequate control, and Mis Harvey was the shrewder general and the sounder in defence. The one doubles match went to the twelfth game of the third set. Led 5-3 and 40-15, Miss Boyd and Miss AKhurst made a valiant recovery and levelled the score. But in the last two games, Miss Boyd was obviously tired. At last we saw some of the volleys incisive in the powers, which Miss Bennett had executed in Paris and she was well supported by Mrs Watson at the back of the court.

August, ,German Championships GERMANY

Daphne Akhurst D Cilly Aussem 60 64
Akhurst/Boyd D ??

August 4 & 5, Cologne, GERMANY

AUS d GER 5-3

"Fraulein Aussem scored two victories for her country by defeating both Miss Akhurst and Miss Boyd....Miss Akhurst and Miss Boyd were affected by the damp courts."

D Akhurst d. Frau Friedleben 46 64 63
D Akhurst lost to Frl Aussem 36 36
E Boyd lost to Frl Aussem 57 46
E Boyd d. Frau Friedleben 86 63
L Bickerton d. Frau Richter 57 61 64
L Bickerton d. Frau Schomburgk 61 75
Mrs O'Hara Wood lost to Frau Schomburgk 36 46
Mrs O'Hara Wood d. Frau Richter 64 62

Doubles
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Aussem/ Schomburgk 61 62
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Peitz/ Krahwinkel 64 61
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Aussem/ Schomburgk 63 61

August 25-26, The Hague, HOLLAND
AUS d HOL 6-2

E Boyd d. R Couquerque 62 61
D Akhurst lost to K Bouman 16 68
Mrs O'Hara Wood d. Stroink 79 61 62
L Bickerton d. Canters 63 61

Doubles
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Bouman/ Couquerque 61 46 63
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Canters/ Stroink 75 60
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Canters/ Stroink 61 64
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton lost to Bouman/ Couquerque 63 57 16

August 28 & 29 - Deauville, FRANCE
AUS d FRA 53

"Rain interrupted play on the first day, when each side had claimed one doubles match."

D Akhurst d. Mlle Desloges (nee Deve) 64 61
E Boyd d. Mme Lafaurie 64 75
L Bickerton lost to Mme Mathieu 86 57 46
Mrs O'Hara Wood lost to Mme Bordes 64 57 26

Doubles
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Desloges/ Laufaurie 64 36 60
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Bordes/ Y Bourgeois 62 63
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Bordes/ Y Bourgeois 75 46 64
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton lost to Desloges/ Laufaurie 68 36

September 7-8, Fitzgibbon Club, IRELAND
Australia D Ireland 70

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Depression Years

The early 1930s were a transitional period for Australian women's tennis.

With the retirement of Daphne Akhurst and the relocation to Scotland of Esna Boyd-Robertson, the time seemed ripe for 'bridesmaid' Marjorie Cox, to take the mantle of Australia's best. Cox, however, never seemed to be at her best in big finals, and fell her only Australian final (1931) to near-unknown Coral Buttsworth.

There seemed to be no star to replace Akhurst until the arrival of 20 year old Joan Hartigan in 1933.

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1938 Team

The first Australian squad in a decade toured Europe and Britain before crossing the Atlantic to compete in the US Championships; the first time any Australian woman had competed. And Nancye Wynne (Bolton) made the final; the best overseas result for any Australian to date.
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The washup

Hmmm....
these teams were amazing

a) 1925 - two of the women reach Wimbledon QFs (best ever result for Aussies)
b) 1928 - star of the team reaches French QFs and Wimbledon SF (best ever international result for Aussie)
c) 1938 - star of the team reaches US Open final (best ever international result for Aussie)

That's three attempts and three amazing achievements, surpassing anything before. Which leads us to:

d) Why (depression notwithstanding) weren't more teams sent?

These amazing results were achieved despite:

- the quality of the Australian Open being under questioned by overseas 'experts' (most of whom hadn't ever visited the country or seen the tournament)
- the underwhelming 'support' of the ALTA
- the long travel time required to even visit another country (let alone play there in reasonable form - ie very few training facilities on even the most modern transatlantic liner, let alone the ones which serviced the Australian trade)

Women's tennis may have 'come a long way' since the 1970s, but I tend to think these stars of the past are even more worthy of admiration.

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Re: Aussie Teams (pre WWII)

Where do I start GeeTee-? this a goldmine of information for which I bow down in thanks

Can't wait to hear more on Floris St. George. An actress-tennis player from the twenties sounds intriguing. The name even has a stagy ring to it.

Regarding Aussie players at Wimbledon--Lily Addison is the first recording Aussie, but there could be earlier ones, here's why:

Australia wasn't 100% independent until ?? (1931?) and many families considered themselves British subjects, so there could be women who lived in Oz earlier or later that were listed as Brits when they played. An example is Lily Addison. The source I have for Wimbledon lists her in 1919 as "GB".

Another example is Kiwi Kate Nunneley, New Zealand's greatest ever female. When she played Wimbledon she was considered a "native".
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Women's tennis may have 'come a long way' since the 1970s, but I tend to think these stars of the past are even more worthy of admiration.
Totally worthy. If the women had only developed the Fed Cup earlier the history of women's tennis might have been radically different!

I can probably fill in with some more infor on the 1928 tour. If my memory is correct the Aussie women played in the US and went to California before returning home. The other intersting fact is I'm 80% sure that the Aussie women's team went undefeated in all their team matches that year
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Where do I start GeeTee-? this a goldmine of information for which I bow down in thanks

Can't wait to hear more on Floris St. George. An actress-tennis player from the twenties sounds intriguing. The name even has a stagy ring to it.

Regarding Aussie players at Wimbledon--Lily Addison is the first recording Aussie, but there could be earlier ones, here's why:

Australia wasn't 100% independent until ?? (1931?) and many families considered themselves British subjects, so there could be women who lived in Oz earlier or later that were listed as Brits when they played. An example is Lily Addison. The source I have for Wimbledon lists her in 1919 as "GB".
No probs with you bowing down, but feel free to send cash!

Totally agree with your thinking on Brit/Aussie women of the era, which is why I would still like to confirm who really was the first Aussie to compete at Wimbledon.

And as for Floris St George, here's a little more to whet your appetite:

ST GEORGE Floris Eva Sterne (Wayland)
D.O.B. 1887 Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
Married Actor James E. WAYLAND in Sydney in 1927 (Wayland's stage name was Roland CONWAY)
Died Sydney 1968

Even though Conway was her husband's stage name, she used the name in general. She was 37 when the unofficial Aussie team - of which she was a member (probably because she had the means to pay much of her own way - she probably wouldn't have been ranked in the Top 8 nationally) went O/S in 1925. Still, she performed reasonably well.

She managed the Australian team, who played the English team - headed by Dorothy Round - in 1934/5 season as Floris Conway. There are a couple of pics of her and the GB/Aussie players (if you're interested) here

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PS - It was the 1925 tour where the Aussies (inc St George) returned home via the US. The 1928 team was reputedly undefeated (the South African result was a close one though) and that's one of the reasons I'd like to compile their complete touring history.

PPS - More to come once I get home (I'm on the other side of the country for work) and can do post some proper research.
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Ha-when I win the lottery or become a best-selling author I will be able to afford to cme to Australia and shower you with cash, as well as see TennisVideos and his favorite dress collection!

Floris must have been fun indeed. Thanks for the correct on when the Aussies came through the US-I'll look for articles no them from a newspaper database here.

Looking forward to what else you have.
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Great work in getting all this information.

I have had access to the Ayres Lawn tennis Almanacks for 1926 and 1929 which describes the 1925 and 1928 world tours of the Australians. Here is some extra results. The books can be accessed at the State Library of Victoria and the results for the South African and Ireland tests are published in the 1929 Almanack, but I didnt copy them. There is a description of the tour from the tour manager in the 1929 edition which I will also type out and post soon. The description also stated that they toured Hungary and won all their matches but the results are not published.
I will also look at my 1939 Dunlop Almanack to see what I have for the 1938 tour.

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The 1925 tour
From the Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanack 1926 pg 473-479

Australia vs England
"The first international women's match between England and Australia was staged in Roehampton in June. Though it yielded a victory for the home side by five matches to three, the margin in reality was much smaller, for the visitors came within a stroke of winning another doubles match on the second day. Had not Miss Boyd failed to take an easy chance at the net when she and Mrs Utz were opposed to Miss Fry and Mrs Lycett, the issue would have been all-square at the end of the struggle. At it was, by dividing the four singles on the first day and by nearly achieving the same result in the doubles, the Australians proved their quality as a courageous fighting team. Their players may not possess the polished strokes of Miss McKane or Mrs Lycett, and they do not get anything like the same tournament practice in their own country- yet in courtcraft, tenacity, and the capacity to recover from a losing position, they have nothing to learn from our representatives. In Mrs Harper they possessed a tactican of a rare standard, capable of seeking out and exploiting to her own advantage any weakness on the part of her opponents. Every member of their team was both a driver and volleyer; she commanded a variety of strokes and a safety of return which are absent from many of our younger tournament players.

If the Australian ladies suprised the crowd by their skill, some of their opponents did not come up to expectations. Miss Fry, for example, who was beaten by Mrs Harper in the singles, and lost one of her doubles matches, showed that her driving game, forceful as it was on one wing, was not yet adequate against a campaign conceived clerverly to test her at her weaker points. Mrs Harper won many strokes by a backhand drop volley across the court to which Miss Fry's background, made on the run, was anything but an effective counter. Variation of pace, with free use of cut, embarrassed Miss Fry much more than good-length drives; and since the Australians were adept at the former, she was often penalised. Miss Harvey, on the other hand, went to the other extreme. She was too cautious in her singles against Mrs. Utz, and ended up by becoming so soft that the Sydney lady, who has a fluency of neat strokes, gained a good win in the third set.

Miss McKane won all her matches, one singles and two doubles, without the loss of a set, thus fulfilling expectation; but she had to fight hard to beat off the alert and determined attack of Miss Boyd on the first day, and the no less resolute effort of Mrs Utz and Miss Boyd on the second day. Miss McKane and Miss Harvey had won the first set to love in the double, and were leading 5/2 in the second. The match, as it proved, had not run half its course, for the Australians, lobbing the two volleyers very astutely and finding openings with low drives, did not yield up the match until twenty-six games had been contested in the second set. Mrs Lycett was undoubtedly the second best player on the home side. When opposed to Miss Akhurst she showed excellent judgement, after winning the first set by a great effort, in easing down in the second for a renewed attack in the third. She won the last set to love, overwhelming an adversary who obviously did not expect this resuscitation. Paired with Miss Fry in the doubles, Mrs Lycett was handicapped by having her partner at the back of the court. It was an improvised combination, and consequently cohesion was lacking. Miss Boyd and Miss Utz should have beaten them. Having saved the second set, they led 4/2 in the third, and at 7/6 with Miss Boyd serving, and not withstanding two double faults, they came within a stroke of the match. An easy lob was put up to Miss Boyd. She swung for a crisp reply, but mistimed the shot. In the next game the Australians were love-30 on Mrs Lycett's service; again the chance was sacrificed. Lawn tennis balls, like cards, do not forgive, and their opponents got out at 9/7. In the victory of Mrs Harper and Miss Akhurst in alliance, Mrs Harper was ever the sound general. With sliced volley and drop, and with skilful lob, she discovered the gap between the volleyer and the baseliner. In was a most creditable performance."

June - Roehampton
Australia vs England
England won 5-3
Australian World Tour (Utz not official member but resides in England)
Harper (A) d. Fry 63 62
McKane d. Boyd (A) 86 63
Utz (A) d. EH Harvey 46 63 63
Lycett d. Akhurst (A) 75 16 60

McKane/ Harvey d. Harper/ Akhurst (A) 62 64
McKane/ Harvey d. Boyd/ Utz (A) 60 1412
Lycett/ Fry d. Boyd/ Utz (A) 64 57 97
Harper/ Akhurst (A) d. Lycett/ Fry 119 16 61

June 1 1925 - St Georges Hill Weybridge
Final Boyd Robertson d. Rose 63 06 63

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July 9-10
Australia vs Wales (Llanelly Wales)
Mrs Harper d. Miss Olwen Sheere 60 61
Mrs Harper d. Mrs RA Seel 60 36 62
Miss D Akhurst d. Mrs EJ Russell 60 62
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss James 61 60
Miss E Boyd d. Mrs RA Seel 63 60
Miss E Boyd d. Miss Olwen Sheere 62 61
Miss St George d. Miss James 64 61
Miss St George d. Mrs EJ Russell 62 61


Doubles
Boyd/ St George d. Seel/ Sheere 64 86
Boyd/ St George d. Russell/ James 60 62
Harper/ Akhurst d. Russell/ James 61 61
Harper/ Akhurst d. Seel/ Sheere 60 60



July 1925 Dublin IRL Irish Championships
Final Boyd Robertson d. Akhurst 97 61

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Australia vs Scotland (Edinburgh)
Mrs Harper d. Mrs Herriot 62 64
Mrs Harper d. Miss CT Duncan 62 60
Miss D Akhurst d. M Thom 63 64
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss MK Jenkins 63 61
Miss E Boyd d. Miss T Thom 61 64
Miss E Boyd d. Miss JC Rankine 64 61
Miss St George lost to Mrs Hudleston 36 108 36
Miss St George d. Miss Langmuir 63 16 64


Doubles
Boyd/ St George d. Thom/ Welsh 64 46 119
Boyd/ St George d. Jenkins/ Duncan 57 60 62
Harper/ Akhurst d. Herriot/ Hudleston 63 86
Harper/ Akhurst d. Rankine/ Langmuir 60 62

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Australia vs Ireland (Dublin)
Miss E Boyd d. H Wallis 63 61
Miss D Akhurst d. Mrs Blair White 63 63
Mrs Harper lost to M Haughton 57 36
Miss St George d. Miss Stoker 36 61 63


Doubles
Harper/ Akhurst d. Wallis/ Haughton 61 63
Harper/ Akhurst d. Stoker/ Blair White 64 61
Boyd/ St George d. Stoker/ Blair White 64 63
Boyd/ St George lost to Wallis/ Haughton 64 16 57


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Australia vs Holland (Hilversum)
August
Mrs Harper lost to K Bouman 46 26
Mrs Harper d. Mrs Stroink 60 61
Miss E Boyd d. Mrs Stroink 63 61
Miss E Boyd d. K Bouman 26 61 61
Miss St George d. Miss Canters 97 64
Miss St George lost to Miss Lhoest 46 63 16
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss Lhoest 60 46 62
Miss D Akhurst d. Miss Canters 62 61


Harper/ Akhurst d. Bouman/ Stroink 46 60 64
Harper/ Akhurst d. Canters/ Lhoest 61 62
Boyd/ St George d. Canters/ Lhoest 63 62
Boyd/ St George d. Bouman/ Stroink 64 60



August 1925 - Brisbane Queensland Champs
Final O'Hara Wood d. Turner 36 62 62

25 August 1925 - Deauville, France

SF Lenglen d. St George 60 60
Lenglen d. Akhurst 62 62

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Also at Deauville
Australia vs France (part of world tour) France won 7-4
From the Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanack 1926 pg 473-479

"Against France at Deauville, despite the inclusion of Mlle Lenglen on the home side, the visitors were able to win four matches out of eleven and to make an excellent fight. Miss Boyd put up a good performance in beating Mlle Vlasto, as also did Miss Akhurst in defeating Mlle bourgeois. Mrs Harper succeeded in taking four games from Lenglen, but on the second day, when Miss Boyd ran her to 'vantage games in a set, the champion is stated to have suffered from a badly-blistered hand. Australia was credited with two good victories in the three doubles matches played. Mlle Lenglen and Mlle Vlasto lost a set to Miss Boyd and Miss St George. One double was abandoned on account of rain."


Akhurst d. Bourgeois 68 61 86
Bourgeois d. St George 61 61
E Boyd d. Vlasto 62 26 60
Vlasto d. Harper 61 64
Lenglen d. Harper 60 64
Lenglen d. Boyd 75 61
Desclercs d. St George 36 60 61
Desclercs d. Akhurst 64 97

Lenglen/ Vlasto d. Boyd/ St George 63 36 63
Harper/ Akhurst d. Desclercs/ Bourgeois 61 62
Boyd/ St George d. Desclercs/ Bourgeois 60 16 63


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Sep? 1925
Australia vs United States
Philadelphia (en route to Australia)

Mallory d. Harper 75 86
Mallory d. Boyd 64 61
Jessup lost to Boyd 46 26
Jessup lost to Harper 79 16
Goss d. Akhurst 64 36 61

Anderson/ Bayard lost to St George/ Boyd 63 46 57
Goss/ Jessup d. Harper/ Akhurst 36 64 63

3/4 October 1925 - San Francisco
Australia vs Californian Women
From the Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanack 1926 pg 473-479

"The tourists were handicapped by their long journey and their unfamiliarity with asphalt courts, and did not do themselves justice"

From Spaldings Tennis Annual 1926 pg 90

"The Australian womens team ended its round-the-world tour in San Fransisco in October and played a series of international matches with a picked team from California. The competition was held in two sections, three singles and a doubles being played at the Berkeley Tennis Club, Saturday October 3, and two singles and a doubles at the Municipal Tennis Stadium in Golden Gate Park, San Fransisco, the following day. California won six of the seven matches.
James O Anderson, captain of the Australian Davis Cup team and Jean Borotra of the French Davis Cup team, were guests in San Fransisco at the time and took part in exhibition doubles against William M Johnston and Clarence J Griffin"


Wills d. Sylvia Harper 60 60
Elanor Tennant d. Daphne Akhurst 62 36 86
Tennant d. Floris St George 63 60
Wills d Esna Boyd 60 61
Harper d. Charlotte Hosmer 63 63

Tennant/ Avery Follett d. St George/ Boyd 46 86 wo ret
Wills/Hosmer d. Harper/ Akhurst 62 64


Exhibition doubles
Anderson/ Borotra d. Johnston/ Griffin 26 64 64
and
Anderson/ Borotra d. Johnston/ Griffin 26 36 64 75 86


From the Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanack 1926 pg 473-479
"Before reaching home the Australians landed at Auckland and played a series of matches against New Zealand ladies, all of which were won.Their whole tour through Europe and America had been a remarkable adventure and reflected great credit on its organisers and on the captain of the team, Mrs Barry.

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1928 Tour

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Australia vs Germany
Cologne August 4 & 5
"Frl Aussem scored two victories fro her country by defeating both Miss Akhurst and Miss Boyd....Miss Akhurst

and Miss Boyd were affected by the damp courts.

D Akhurst d. Frau Friedleben 46 64 63
D Akhurst lost to Frl Aussem 36 36
E Boyd lost to Frl Aussem 57 46
E Boyd d. Frau Friedleben 86 63
L Bickerton d. Frau Richter 57 61 64
L Bickerton d. Frau Schomburgk 61 75
Mrs O'Hara Wood lost to Frau Schomburgk 36 46
Mrs O'Hara Wood d. Frau Richter 64 62

Doubles
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Aussem/ Schomburgk 61 62
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Peitz/ Krahwinkel 64 61
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Aussem/ Schomburgk 63 61

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Australia vs Holland
Hague August 25 & 26
E Boyd d. R Couquerque 62 61
D Akhurst lost to K Bouman 16 68
Mrs O'Hara Wood d. Stroink 79 61 62
L Bickerton d. Canters 63 61


Doubles
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Bouman/ Couquerque 61 46 63
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Canters/ Stroink 75 60
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Canters/ Stroink 61 64
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton lost to Bouman/ Couquerque 63 57 16

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Australia vs France
Deauville August 28 & 29

"Rain interrupted play on the first day, when each side had claimed one doubles match."

D Akhurst d. Mlle Desloges (nee Deve) 64 61
E Boyd d. Mme Lafaurie 64 75
L Bickerton lost to Mme Mathieu 86 57 46
Mrs O'Hara Wood lost to Mme Bordes 64 57 26



Doubles
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Desloges/ Laufaurie 64 36 60
Akhurst/ Boyd d. Bordes/ Y Bourgeois 62 63
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton d. Bordes/ Y Bourgeois 75 46 64
O'Hara Wood/ Bickerton lost to Desloges/ Laufaurie 68 36


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Australia vs Ireland
Fitzgibbon Club September 7 & 8

Australia won 7 matches to 0
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Cheers Andrew, great job (again!).

I'll add your posted info to the initial threads and try to supplement your Ayres research with even more detail where I can - hopefully starting this weekend.

The commentary of the time is just brilliant, I think. Adds heaps more detail to the basic scoreline (though even basic results are more than Tennis Australia or the ITF might have on record - they should be paying some of us for some of this research!).

I thought you lived in Adelaide (my old home town) not Melbourne? If you ARE in Melbourne these days, I can let you know about a couple of the best sources of sports info in Australia (and the world??) at the time, though I haven't used them yet for tennis stuff.
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As promised here is some more from the 1929 Ayres Almanack and the 1939 Dunlop almanack with results for 1938 tour. GeeTee I do live in Adelaide but head to melbourne once a year so I am interested to know the sources of sport info you have. I was wondering if you have gone to the Australian tennis museum in Sydney or if you have contacted them about the early days of Australian tennis.
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Article on the 1928 Australian womens tour Part I

(From Ayres Lawn Tennis Almanack 1929 pg 21-28)

THE AUSTRALIAN LADIES' TOUR.

BY Harley Malcolm (Hon. Sec. of the Australian Association)

TOWARDS the end of 1927 one of the most comprehensive sporting tours ever organised was under consideration by the Australian Lawn Tennis Association. The object of the tour was twofold. Its first was to give Australian women players a chance of measuring their skill against the leading exponents of the world, its second to acknowledge officially the success of the first Australian ladies' team, financed chiefly by subscriptions from
New South Wales, which visited Europe in 1925.

True to their motto- Festina Lente- the Association, before planning such a lenghtly tour, canvassed all the available players. The result was that virtually Australia's strongest team - Miss Boyd (captain), Miss AKhurst, Mrs O'Hara Wood and Miss Bickerton- was nominated.

With myself as manager, the team left Melbourne on March 5 for an eight months' tour. Journeying overland to Perth, the players joined the Demosthenes for South Africa, on board which were the French team bound for Durban. After an extended tour of the different provinces, against which they won six matches, the team left Cape Town on April 24 by the Nestor, arriving at Tilbury on May 24.

The French Championships in Paris were the team's next objective, followed by a hurried return to England to practice on grass for the Championships at Wimbledon and the match against Great Britain at Bournemouth, the two chief fixtures of the tour. Tournaments and matches against Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Holland and Francefollowed in quick succession, broken only by a sight-seeing trip to Switzerland and the beautiful Rhine Valley. Returning to England for a brief and well-earned rest, the team played their last match against Ireland on the courts of the Fitzwilliam Club, Dublin. This encounter practically concluded the tour, for Miss Akhurst and Miss Bickerton, after brief visits to France, Switzerland and Italy, returned to Australia, via Naples and Singapore, with the manager, reaching home on November 24. Mrs. O'Hara Wood and Miss Boyd, deciding to stay
longer in Europe, returning later. (Andrew Tas note: Boyd had a very sucessful Riviera tour and won 6 tournaments in France in 1928/29 and 1 in England in September 1928.)

SOUTH AFRICA BEATEN
Having summarised the tour - in which not a single match was lost - I may review the itinerary in more detail. The first task of the tourists on reaching South Africa was to accustom themselves to the climate and the hard courts, the latter almost unknown in Australia for official match play. The first match at Maritzburg against a Natal side which included Miss E Heine, resulted in an easy win for the tourists. But Miss Heine confirmed the promise shown on her European visit by defeating Miss Boyd 64 61, although it is only fair to add that the Australian visitor was undoubtedly affected by the unusual heat. The next side to be met -the Orange Free State- also included one of South Africa's front rank players, Miss RD Tapscott. This time Miss Boyd won both her singles in two sets.

A stern fight was waged when Australia met South Africa in Johannesburg. Rain prevented practice, and the local players, familiar with the different bound and flight of the ball at an attitude of over 6000 feet, started with a distinct advantage. They appeared to be heading for victory when, leading by four matches to three, Mrs Neave and Mrs McArthur won the first set of the final contest against Miss Boyd and Miss Bickerton. But the Australian pair rallied pluckily, and, profiting by weak lapses on the part of their opponents, captured the second and third sets to two. As each side had won four matches and ten sets, it was decided to count games, when it was found Australia led by the narrow margin of six games. The chief fixture of the match was the defeat of Mrs Peacock and Miss Heine in singles, and their undoubted superiority, as a pair, in doubles. Miss Akhurst scored a decisive win over Miss Heine, but Miss Boyd, after winning the first set comfortably, allowed Mrs Peacock to reach 4/0 before finally banking the second set at 8/6. A large crowd watched the play on the second day, and gave a warm ovation to the Australians for their well-earned and, to the South Africans, unexpected victory.

Returning to Pretoria, where the ladies were taken for an aeroplane flight, the visitors scored a further win, although Miss Boyd did not compete in the singles. Visits to diamond mines and other forms of entertainment in this delightful city occupied the players in their spare time. On their return to Johannesburg they were invited to a farewell dinner and theatre party by the Johannesburg officials.

Kimberley was the next place to be visited, where the fifth match, against Griqualand West, was staged. Miss Tapscott was again on the opposing side and, judging by her fine fight against Miss Boyd, the Australian were not sorry this pertinacious player had not been included in the Test team the previous week. Miss Rogers, another Kimberley player, was expected to harass Miss Akhurst but, through nervousness, could only collect two games. More visits to mines provided interesting education, and after only one day's stay the overnight journey to Capetown for the final match in South Africa was begun.

Here the interest was not quite so keen nor the audience so large as in previous centres, for the French team had visited the town two days earlier. Miss A de Smidt drove vigorously in the first set against Miss Boyd, but lack of experience prevented her turning this pace to advantage. At Capetown, as in all other towns, the visitors received unbounded hospitality, and they left many friends behind them when they set sail on April 24 for their Mecca -London.

After only three days on land a hurried departure was made for Paris, in order to compete in the French Championships. Although unsuccessful in winning any of the titles, much valuable experience was gained in meeting new and varied opponents.

Gipsy and Beckenham tournaments provided the teams next practice ground, but wet weather had made the courts particularly "dead", a heavy factor against the invaders, accustomed to the sun-baked surfaces of Australia. Miss Boyd and Miss Akhurst felt this handicap when they met Miss Ryan, whose chops, drawing guile from the heavy turf, worried them both considerably. The defeat of these two players in the doubles at Gipsy was balanced by an Australian success in the mixed doubles, when EF Moon and Miss Akhurst defeated LA Godfree and Miss Ryan (Andrew Tas note: score of final was 63 57 86) . Mrs O'Hara Wood raised Australian stock by capturing
a set from Miss Ryan at Beckenham, and Miss Akhurst again figured in the mixed doubles final with PDB Spence.
(Andrew Tas note: Mixed Final Spence/ E Ryan d. J Crawford/ D Akhurst 75 64)
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