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WOOD, TERESA (nee Teresa Gunn Schwab)
United States
Born 17 October 1886 in New York
Died 10 February 1971 in New York
Married (1) Rawson Lyman Wood (19 September 1862-16 October 1930) on 9 January 1907.
Married (2) Austen Gray on 24 April 1931. Divorced before 1932.
[Active from 1914-1923]

Invariably listed as Mrs Rawson Wood after her marriage. She won the Florida State event in 1914. Her 1st spouse was a jeweler who descended from early settlers-he was a member of the Mayflower Society. Mr Gray was as stockbroker. Teresa lived much of her life at 350 Park Avenue. Her address at death was 485 Park Avenue. She was a member of the West Side Tennis Club. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetary in the Bronx. She was a painter with a 1 woman show in New York (date ????).

Her son Son Rawson Lyman Wood Jr born 16 September 1908.

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WOODD, IRS (Iris Dorothy Ottiwell Linton Woodd)
Australia
Born 1903 Morpeth, NSW
Died ????
Married Philip J Carter in 1926

In 1925 Aussie draw. Per GeeTee the odd spelling “is not a typo.”

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WOODGATE, “BILLIE” (Ruby Francis Woodgate)
Great Britain
Born 28 April 1925 in England
Died 05 November 2004 in Eastbourne, Sussex, England

Though less successful than her sister, Billie uniquely competed in 19 consecutive Wimbledon championships. Best at mixed doubles, she reached the quarterfinals in 1960 and 1961.

In singles she won Dinas Powis in 1952.

Georgie Woodgate is her sister. For Georgie see: http://www.tennisforum.com/25568458-post2205.html

Wimbledon Record (1946-1964)

Singles: 7-9
Doubles: 7-14
Mixed: 18-18 (QF in 1960 and 1961)

Sources:

Archive - Draws Archive : Billie Woodgate - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

English probate records

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WOODGATE, “GEORGIE” (Georgiana Elizabeth Woodgate)
United Kingdom
Born 06 July 1923 in Surrey, England
Died 12 May 2001 in Sandton, South Africa
Married Martin Henry Cox (1922-1989) on 28 December 1957 in Surrey, England
[Active 1946 to 1960]

Won at least 11 events from 1949 to 1955. Her most important title was the Welsh Championships in 1949.

With sister Billie Woodgate she was a regular on the British circuit for 15 years. Georgie was the tougher singles competitor.

For Billie see: https://www.tennisforum.com/25568442-post2204.html

Wimbledon record (1946-1957, and 1960)

Singles: 9-13 (best result 4R in 1952)
Doubles: 11-13 (best result quarterfinals in 1956 with Doris Wedderburn)
Mixed: 8-13 (best result 4R)

Husband Martin Henry Cox was born 7th March 1922 and died 17th July 1989.

Daughter Elizabeth was born in London 1958 and the family then moved to South Africa and in 1963 they were living in Pretoria.




Sources: South Africa gendatabase.com
www.ancestry.co.uk
Lawn Tennis and Badminton 15th June 1963
Lawn Tennis and Badminton 1st February 1958 (for marriage)

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WOOLRYCH, “HONOR” (Dorothy Honor Woolrych)
United Kingdom
Born 3 February 1901*
Died 6 April 1993*
Md Sir Francis Gordon Lowe(21 June 1884-17 May 1972) 17 November 1926 in Kensington.

Daughter of Colonel Humphrey Stephen Woolrych.

Wed to Francis Gordon Lowe, a noted player and later publisher of Lowe's Tennis Annuals. She was his second wife. His first wife Margaret (nee Sims) was also a player. Their son Sir Francis Reginald Gordon Lowe, was 3rd Baronet (born 8 February 1931-1986).

*Note we also have dates of 3 July 1901 and 6 July 1993 from a pedigree chart at: http://www.woolrych.org/docs/Pedigree.pdf
The current dates in use come form a geneology site with relatives providing dates at http://www.geni.com/people/Dorothy-Lowe-Bt/6000000002238764404

Note that American newpapers sometimes incorrectly list her as 'Heather".

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WOOTTON, DIANE (Diane Morley Wootton)
United States
Born 20 August 1937 at Santa Barbara, California
[Active 1955 to early 1960s]

California player of the late 50s and early 60s.

Both 1956 USLTA Yearbook and search.ancestry.com give her surname as Wootton. Wootten is incorrect.

Played singles at US Championships 1955 to 1957.

Alive as of 2010 and playing golf.

[From the Santa Barbara Roundtable]

A Santa Barbara native, Diane Wootton attended local schools, graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1955. She was a junior tennis standout notching a notable victory in 1955 at the United States Junior Doubles Championship in Philadelphia. She won singles and doubles championships in New York, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Ojai and Pasadena.

In 1953, Wootton was voted second place in the balloting for Santa Barbara’s Athlete of the Year. The winner was football star, Ernie Zampese; this was the first time a female athlete had threatened the leaders in the voting.

Wootton attended Santa Monica City College and Cal State Los Angeles. In 1965 Wootton began teaching at Ventura High School where she stayed for 29 years before retiring in 1994.

While at Ventura, she coached the girls’ and boys’ tennis team – the first-ever female coach for the boys’ team – and was the Dean of Girls and Assistant Principal. She was inducted into the Ventura High School Hall of Fame in 1994.

Also an avid and accomplished golfer, Wootton has notched 19 Ladies’ Golf Championships at Birnam Wood Golf Club.

Since retirement, Wootton has channeled her love of sport into creating opportunities for

women and girls in local athletics. She helped start the women’s golf
team at SBCC in 1996 and is currently on the Girls Inc. Charity Golf
Tournament Committee. In 1995 she started up a women’s golf team
at Birnam Wood Golf Club which continues to compete with other
clubs as a part of the Women’s Southern California Golf Association.
In March of 2009, Diane was honored at the 16th Annual SBCC Golf
Classic at La Cumbre CC for her outstanding amateur athletic career,
respected career as an educator and a strong supporter of Vaquero
athletics, particularly women’s golf.

In 2002, Diane was honored by Santa Barbara High’s “Ye Ole Gang”
for her tennis accomplishments. Diane is active as a Director with the
Women’s Southern California Golf Association. A 2008-2009 Trustee
for the WSCGA Foundation which raises money for scholarships and
grants for girls and young women, she was co-chairmen of the 2009
Foundation’s Pro-Am Tournament held in March at Lomas Santa Fe CC
in Solana Beach. In 2008, the tournament raised $58,000.


Sources:

Corsair 2 May 1956 ? California Digital Newspaper Collection (includes a photo of her winning the 1956 Ojai event)

http://www.sbroundtable.org/wp-content/hall_of_fame/programs/2009_hall_of_fame_program.pdf

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GIROD, Mme P (nee ????)
France
Married P. Girod by 1897
[Active 1897-1902]

Winner of the French Closed Championships in 1901 over Leroux 6-1 6-1. In 1897 Mme Girod was the RU to Adine Masson 6-1 6-3. At that early point Mme Girod had probably only recently taken up what was a new sport in France.

Masson regained her title in 1902, dispatching Mme Girod 6-0 6-1.

"Madame" Girod was known for playing tennis with gloves, purportedly to avoid getting tanned. (Peter). Gloves were quite common for ladies in general at the time no matter what the occasion. With no leather straps on racquets gloves would also have protected against blisters.

Antoine Gentien put a different spin on this habit:

Mrs. Girod, who was French champion in 1901, put on skin gloves so as not to shake hands
Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_Girod
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._Girod

Gentien, Antoine (1953). Aventures d’un joueur de tennis. Paris, éd. De la Palatine.

Peter Jean-Michel, Tétart Philippe, « L'influence du tourisme balnéaire dans la diffusion du tennis. Le cas de la France de 1875 à 1914 », Staps 2/ 2003 (no 61), p. 73-91

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WRIGHT, ALICIA
Ecuador
Born circa1933
Married Smythe (or Smyth) by 1965
[Active from at least 1951 to 1965]

Wright won the 1st Colombian International in late 1951

Listed as being from Quito, she was a member of the Guayaquil Tennis Club. In 1928 her parents (Guillermo Wright and Carmen Duran Bellen) were married in Guayaquil.

Alicia was 20 when she played vs world #1 Maureen Connolly in the quarterfinals of the 1953 US Clay Courts. A newspaper article characterized her game as "steady, relentless retrieving" (Fulton).

We find her in a tournament in Ecuador as late as 1965.

Sources:

http://www.eluniverso.com/2010/08/11/1/1429/100-anos-guayaquil-tenis-club.html
http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper4/Amsterdam%20NY%20Daily%20Democrat%20and%20Recorder/Amsterdam%20NY%20Daily%20Democrat%20and%20Recorder%201953%20Jul-Aug%20Grayscale/Amsterdam%20NY%20Daily%20Democrat%20and%20Recorder%201953%20Jul-Aug%20Grayscale%20-%200206.pdf

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WRIGHT, AUDREY (Audrey Aston Wright)
Great Britain
Born 27 June 1912
Died February 1989 in Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Married Denis Ernest Roberts on 30 October 1937 in All Saints' Church, Ennismore Gardens, Kensington, London
[Active 1933-1948]

Her finest showing at Wimbledon was in 1937, when she lost to #1 seed Helen Jacobs 6-0 6-3 in the 4R.

Wimbledon Record (1933-1948)

Singles: 3-7
Doubles: 4-7
Mixed: 4-7

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WRIGHT, "AUDREY" (M. Audrey Wright)
Great Britain
[Active 1919-1927]

Active in 1919, when she played Wimbledon. She was active on the Riviera from 1924 to 1926-in 1925 as RU in the Beausoleil Championships in doubles. She was still in Riviera draws as late as 1927.

Miss M. A. Wright went by her middle name of Audrey.

American newspapers during the 1926 season refer to her as "Emily".

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SPERANZA-WYNS, DAISY (nee Daisy Speranza)
France/Monaco
Born ????
Died ????
Married Wyns by 1924
Name variant: last name sometimes given as Wyns-Speranza.
[Active 1909 to 1944]

Active as early as 1909-she won the French doubles from 1909-1912 with Jeanne Matthey.

She is Mme Speranza-Wyns by the 1924 French Nationals.

Lowe’s lists her as #1 in Monaco for 1932, yet she is also usually listed as French. There is also a Daisy Wyns-Speranza in the 1937 draw. Could she have played for this long? If she was born circa 1890 or so it would make her nearly 50. Even more incredibly the name appears in 1944.

Could this be a 2nd Daisy Speranza-perhaps the original Dasy's daughter? A journal in Monaco from April 0f 2014 mentions a Daisy Hoirs Speranza Wyns failed to renew a membership that year. This increases the liklihood that there were two Speranza Wyns-a mother and daughter combo.

A Miss Lucia Speranza appears in the 1947 French doubles draw. She may well be a relative of Daisy.

At Deauville in 1916







Sources:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_Speranza (note that the 1947 Speranza was Lucia Speranza, NOT Daisy.

8167_37.pdf 36.92 kB - Journal de Monaco

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XYDIS, “PHYLLIS” (Philomene Xydis)
Greece
Born 1909
Died 1944
Other nicknames: "Phainie" or "Phanie" or "Fainy"
[Active 1930-1940]

Greek Closed Champion 1934-1938 and 1940.

Entered the 1935 and 1936 French and journeyed to the United States in 1939 to participate in the US National doubles; defaulting in the singles at Forest Hills. She entered Wimbledon 4 times, from 1935 to 1937 and 1939.

Sister of Stefanos Xydis, a male player of the 1930s with whom she played mixed at times.

Known Greek rankings (note several years are missing)

1931: #4
1932: #4
1933: #3
1934: #1
1936: #1
1940: #2

Sources:

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Greek and European families

Archive - Draws Archive : Phyllis Xydis - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

http://www.tennisforum.com/49628626-post30.html

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YAGER (or Yeager), ADELAIDE (nee Adelaide Chatfield Taylor)
United States
Born 1892 in Missouri-parents born in New York.
Died 9 December 1973
Married (1) WW Yager(or Yeager) circa late 1912 or early 1913
Married (2) Jack Alfred Rameson (1874-1944) circa late 1918 (Still Yeager in early July)
Sons Jack (b 3 Dec 1919) and Fred circa 1921.

In "Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual 1917" I have found now that she is presented as Mrs W.W.Yager, while in "Spalding's Lawn Tennis Annual 1919" is written: "Mrs A.Yager (now Mrs Rameson) of Los Angeles, etc..."( A is for Adelaide).
 

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YORKE, “BILLIE” (Adeline Maud Yorke)
Great Britain
Born 19 December 1910 in Rawalpindi, India.
Died 09 December 2000 in La Jolla, San Diego, California, US.
Married Lieutenant-Commander D.E.C. Eyres on 20 November 1954 in Bridgeport, Connecticut--divorced or widowed by 1959.

Doubles specialist of the 1930s-she won 4 grand slam titles with Simone Mathieu. They won the French doubles from 1936-38, and in 1937 won Wimbledon.
Ms. Yorke also made it to the women's doubles finals at Wimbledon in 1933,1938 and 1939. She and Simone Mathieu lost to Alice Marble and Sarah Fabayan 6-2 6- 3 in 1938. The following year, teaming with 1936 Wimbledon singles champion Helen Jacobs, she lost to Fabayan and Marble, 6-1 6-0.

Billie was noted for her volleying skills. Somewhat stoutish, she was not considered a threat to win majors in singles.

After moving to Rancho Santa Fe and renting a cottage there in the 1950s, Ms. Yorke gave private tennis lessons to adults. In the 1960s and 1970s, she taught tennis in La Jolla -- first at The Bishop's School, later at La Jolla Country Day.

She is listed under her maiden name in a 1959 La Jolla phone directory. This suggests she was divorced or widowed by that date.

Her obituary may be found in the La Jolla Light on Janaury 4 2001.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Yorke


A cigarette card. from 1936. Billie excelled at the net.



Yorke (on left) with Kay Stammers (on right)


 

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SPOFFORTH, VERA (Vera Ethel Spofforth)
United Kingdom
Born 06 November 1891 in Hampstead, London, England
Died 30 March 1977 in in Egham, Surrey, England
Married James Stewart Youle on 26 January 1918 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
[Active 1911-1927]

Wimbledon record (entered 1911-14, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1927)

Singles: 10-7.
Doubles: 9-6 (QF in 1913 and 1922. SF in 1923.
Mixed: 8-6. (SF in 1922 with Cecil Tindall Green)

Vera was the daughter of Australian Frederick Robert Spofforth (1853-1926), the'Demon Bowler' of Test Cricket.

The Aussie star settled in England from 1888, not returning downunder until 1902. Spofforth was married in England in 1886 but returned to Australia for a couple of years. The two Spofforth sons were Australian born, but Vera was born in England in 1892.

Vera married Major Youle in 1918 and continued to play tennis, though she had children in 1921/24, which explains the gaps in her Wimbledon years.

Vera's older sister, Dorothy, also played tennis is England.

She was often called "the Demon's Daughter", especially when she played well.


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