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BUTLER, GLORIA (Gloria P. Butler)
United States
Born 12 April 1923 in London England.
Alive as of 2017and residing in Monte Carlo

[Active 1947 to 1961]

Butler was the daughter of an American businessman, tobacco millionaire George Pierce Butler, a wealthy Monaco resident who sponsored a prestigious doubles tournament and pushed for the construction of the Tennis Club. Gloria thus spent most of her early life in France. Later on she was based out of New York, but for years led a globe trotting existence.

After her father's death, Gloria ran the Monte Carlo event, the most prestigious on the Riviera circuit. She put on a famous cabaret during the tournament that is fondly remembered by stars of a now bygone era.

Bill Tilden’s “Angel Child”, Gloria was his pupil for many years. Later in life she became his most loyal friend. Unlike others Gloria did not abandon or cut off ties to Tilden in the wake of his homosexual scandals of the 1940s and 50s. If fact she rented a duplex for the two of them in California, allowing Bill to live in the upper portion.

Butler also played tennis-mainly in Europe and on the Riviera, with perios in thr US. She often contributed articles to the American tennis magazine World Tennis.

Gardnar Mulloy, in his book As It Was, relates how in her old age she gave away all of her wordly goods under the influence of a "master." An article from 2017 throws doubts upon this, as at that time she had returned to reside in Monte Carlo.

She completed for 15 years in a row at Wimbledon-but will always be better remembered for her off court contributions to the sport.

Wimbledon record (entered every year from 1947 to 1961]

Singles: 1-2
Doubles: 2-10
Mixed: 9-14



A Pathe film clip-Butler in a leopard print outfit at .29 seconds
Wimbledon Opens - British Pathé

Sources:

Archive - Draws Archive : Gloria Butler - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

Mulloy, Gardnar. As It Was, 2009.

https://www.tennismag.com/gloria-butler-vieille-dame-a-monte-carlo/

US Consular births 1910-1949 within www.ancestry.co.uk

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BUTLER, "HATTIE" (Harriet McMullen Butler)
United States
Born 25 May 1873 in Fort Levenworth, Kansas
Died 11 May 1935 in Interlaken, Monmouth, New Jersey
Married Jay Johnson Morrow (1870-1937) on 15 October 1895
[Active 1892-1893]

1892 US Nationals QF
1893 United States Doubles champion with Aline Terry.

She was the daughter of Brigadier General John Gazzam Butler & Eliza Jane Miller Warnick. She was also the granddaughter of Charles Ward Warnick & Mary Ann Miller.

Married to Jay Johnson Morrow in 1895. An engineer by trade, he was brother of Dwight Morrow and uncle to Anne Morrow, who famously married Charles Lindbergh in 1929. Hattie and Jay had no children.

In USTA sent Mrs Morrow a gold tennis ball in 1919 in recognition of her 1893 victory. She was living in Panama at the time. Morrow was Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1921-1924. After their deaths both she and Morrow chose to have their ashes scattered over the Chagres River, which feds into the Panama Canal.

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American Lawn Tennis, 15 November 1919, page 465.

Jay Johnson Morrow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Johnson_Morrow

"MRS. J. ]. MORROW DIES; WIFE OF GENERAL, 57." New York Times (1923-Current file), May 12, 1935, pp. 33.


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BUTTSWORTH, CORAL (nee Coral Annabel McInnes)
Australia (NSW)
Born 07 June 1900 in Jones Island, Manning River, New South Wales
Died 20 December 1985
Married Cecil Buttsworth, 1920
Other nicknames: “Corrie”
[Active 1925-1933]

Australian Champion 1931, 1932
Metropolitan Champion 1930
Cumberland Champion 1931, 1932

Coral was the youngest of the nine children of John McInnes and Margaret McInnes (née Hinton). Her paternal grandparents were Scottish.

She won the Australian Championships as a mother. When her daughter Margaret (born circa 1924) was old enough to go back to school Corrie rededicated herself to tennis with a vengeance. She was a surprise winner in 1931 as the #4 seed, having never won state title.

Buttsworth repeated as champion in 1932. Despite being the defending champion she was seeded only #4.

Corrie finally got some respect by being seeded #2 for the 1934 event. It took nee star Joan Hartigan to lower her colors in a 6-4 6-3 final. Hartigan's powerful forehand put Buttsworth too much on the defense.

Corrie was a master of moving her victims up and back rather than side to side. The drop shot and lob combination was her forte.

[From Aussie poster GeeTee]

"Strong and of medium height and built, she used an Extreme Eastern grip. She came from the NSW Hardcourt Association, where in addition to a sharply cut serve she had developed a strong downward chop as her forehand stroke. On hardcourts it was a reliable shot and she also had good touch with it. On a grasscourt it was a penetrating devil that skidded low, and as well Mrs Buttsworth used her touch most effectively and frequently played dropshots."
Australian Nationals Record (entered 1925, 1928, 1931-1933]

Won: 1931-1932
RU: 1933

1R: 1925 (default); 1928

Singles record: 13-2 (and 1 default) in 4 attempts.


After retiring from top flight tennis Mrs Buttsworth took up golf.





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BUXTON, ANGELA
United Kingdom
Born 16 August 1934 in Liverpool
Married Donald W Silk, 8 February 1959, divorced
[Active 1953-1957]

1956 French and Wimbledon doubles winner with Althea Gibson.

1956 Wimbledon finalist. She was ranked #6 in the world that year, her only year in the world Top Ten.

A mechanical player who made the most of her talent through percentage play and tactics, Angela made headlines in 1956 as the first British female to reach the Wimbledon final after World War II. She was easily defeated in the final by Shirley Fry.

From a wealthy Jewish family, Buxton often faced Anti-Semitism. Being an outsider helped her form a natural bond with Althea Gibson, also a outsider as an African-American.

An injury ended her tennis in 1957.


Titles

1956: British Indoors in singles; French and Wimbledon doubles championships.
1957: Britsh Covered Court doubles



Sources:

Schoenfeld, Bruce, The Match: Althea Gibson & Angela Buxton: How Two Outsiders—One Black, the Other Jewish—Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History. 2004

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Buxton
 

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BYRAM, MARJORIE (Marjorie May Byram)
Australia
Born 17 December 1895 in Queensland
Died ????
Married John Stewart ("Jack") Lipscombe on 26 March 1924 in Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church, Brisbane
[Active in 1923]

Played the Aussie doubles in 1923—name not BRYAN

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BUTT, SUSAN
Canada
Born 19 March 1938 in Vancouver
Married W.D. Liam Fin
[Active 1957-1971]

From the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame site:

Major Accomplishments:
Ranked No. 1 in Canada in 1959, 1960 and 1966.
Played Fed Cup in 1967 and was Fed Cup Team non-playing Captain for three years 1970-1972.
Best wins were against Deidre Catt (when ranked No. 3 in Great Britain) and Carol Hanks (when ranked No. 10 in U.S.A).
Competed in Wimbledon twice in 1961 and 1967. Played on Centre Court in women’s singles third round match against No. 1 seed Sandra Reynolds.
Ranked in the top five for nine years between 1957 and 1971. Three years ranked No.1.
Vice President of the Canadian Lawn Tennis Association in the early 1970’s.

Susan Butt played in several international events winning tournaments in Holland and Germany. She competed in the Australian, French and US Opens. Butt was also the Canadian Open women’s doubles champion in 1963 with Vicki Berner.

At the 1961 Wimbledon Championships, Dr. Susan Butt won three rounds of qualifying and advanced to the third round of the main draw (including a win over No. 1 Italian Lea Pericoli) before losing to the No. 1 seed Sandra Reynolds. She became a noted sports psychologist and her theories were adopted by Cuban coaches who are now developing top Olympic athletes.

Butt wrote a seminar book, Psychology of Sport: The Behaviour, Motivation, Personality and Performance of Athletes. She has over 30 years of experience as an associate professor in psychology and is an advocate of athletic achievement at any level in any sport.

Gavin Wilson a writer for the UBC Reports wrote an article about Butt and her contributions to sports psychology and how Cuban coaches and athletes have adopted her strategies and teachings.

“If an athlete is to have the greatest chance of fulfilling their potential, they are best served by higher scores on cooperation and competence. In North America, many coaches would like to see their athletes score higher on the aggressive and competitive ends of the scale, and I’ve long argued against that,” said Butt (Gavin Wilson, UBC Reports).

“I am not against having a contest, but there are better ways of approaching competition. I recently saw (tennis stars) Boris Becker and Pete Sampras throw their arms around each other at the end of a match. They’re extremely competitive, but they like each other and realize that without excellence to compete against, they can't show their own excellence,” added Butt (Gavin Wilson, UBC Reports).


http://famouscanadianwomen.com/on ...job/sports.htm
Tennis Canada


 

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BENJAMIN, CAMILLE
United States
Born 22 June 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio
Carrer Span: 1981-1994
Lefthanded with a two-handed backhand, she played with glasses.

Best slam showing was SF at 1984 French Open, which she was double bageled by Chris Evert. This year also saw her highest ranking, which peaked at #27.

Benjamin's was the daughter of Panamanian immigrants who in turn were the children of immigrants from Jamaica to Panama. Her father, Carl Benjamin, was a math professor at Bakersfield College and had played college Tennis at Central State College in Xenia, Ohio

Singles:
Career record 262-298
Highest ranking No. 27 (October 15, 1984)



Sources:


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

Sundiata A. Djata. Blacks at the Net: Black Achievement in the History of Tennis Vol. 1, p. 78-79.
 

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CADLE, LESLEY
Great Britain
Born 04 July 1889 in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England
Died 1977 in Surrey, England
[Active 1919 and as late as 1929]

RU in North of England Championships 1919, in Midland Counties Tournament 1920, in Northumberland Championships 1921 '23, in Hyeres 1923, in Cannes Gallia 1924, in Cannes Beau-Site, New Year Meeting 1924.

First name is Lesley, not Leslie.

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CAHILL, MABEL (Mabel Esmonde Cahill)
Ireland
Born 02 April 1863, Ballyragget, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died 02 February 1905, in Ormskirk, England.
Name pronunciation: (‘Cah-hill’ in Ireland, and not ‘Cay-hill’.)
[Active 1884-1886 and 1889-1893]

From the Tennis Hall of Fame--
The legend of Mabel Esmonde Cahill never fully developed and she remains one of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum’s great mysteries.
Born in Ireland, she learned her tennis at the Kilkenny Club and the Wilton Club in Dublin, first taking up the game around 1885. Cahill entered the Irish Championships in 1886, losing easily to May Langrishe.

Mabel landed in New York City on the 7th of October, 1889. She had sailed in the ship Arizona from Liverpool. Playing tennis in Central Park, she soon joined the New York Tennis Club and proceeded to enter events in 1890. She credits much of her improvement at this stage to hitting with men.

Cahill won the Orange Club ladies championship in 1890 and 1891.

Entering the Us Championships Cahill played a thrilling match vs Ellen Roosevelt . Hampered by an injured wrist, Mabel had to retire with the score 2-6 6-5 3-2 in Roosevelt's favor. According to the New York Times "Miss Cahill was attacked by a cramp in her foot and was forced to stop play. This was so painful that she requested a postponement of the completion of the match, which Miss Roosevelt willingly offered to accede to; but the committee ruled otherwise, and Miss Cahill was forced to default. Miss Roosevelt subsequently won the tournament and defeated Miss Bertha Townsend, the champion." This was the only singles she ever lost in America.

Cahill became the first foreign woman to win a major tournament when she defeated Ellen Roosevelt in the 1891 U.S. Championships women's final at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. She also was the first female to win a "triple" (singles, doubles, and mixed) in a slam.

She successfully defended her women's singles title in 1892 and also won the women's doubles title with Adeline McKinlay and the mixed doubles title with Clarence Hobart. She then elected to default her crown in 1893. There were some rumors that she was miffed at her treatment at the Nationals, but this hardly explains why she abandoned her sport. Mark Ryan's research indicates she took up equestrianism as a sport. Cahill did not compete again on the international level, eventually sailing back across the Atlantic and leaving an enviable record of success in the United States behind her.

She was still living in New York in 1896, when she went to court to complain about the police not protecting her from young ruffians. On some 4 or 5 occasions she was harassed by young boys while riding her bike. She had a potato thrown at her in one instance, a snowball in the other. Having enough, she chased down and caught the offender, only to have other bots gang up on her. An appeal to a policeman produced no results. The officer cited her "circus dress" as a reason for the attention, and cited her rudeness to him. She won her complaint.

Miss Cahill had other interests outside of sport. According to Tutle Bunbury "In 1891 the lawn tennis champion published a ‘dainty love tale’ called ‘Her Playthings, Men’. After leaving New York in 1896 or 1897 she made her home in England. A decline in health and financial status marked the last years of her life. Mabel apparently appeared on stage in burlesque halls as a chorus girl and continued to write in an effort to support herself.

US National Championship Record

Singles Champion 1891-92
Doubles Champion 1891-92
Mixed Doubles Champion 1892 (also won non-official 1891 title)

In 1976 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the only Irish national in the hall.


Mabel Cahill (on left)





Sources:

Mabel Cahill – Lawn Tennis Champion, Writer, Stage Actress (by Mark Ryan)

http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/1042881-mabel-cahill-%96-lawn-tennis-champion-writer-stage-actress.html
[The most thorough biography we have]
"Mabel Cahill: Champion Lady Tennis Player of the United States". San Francisco Morning Call 10 July 1892. page 15.
The morning call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1878-1895, July 10, 1892, Page 15, Image 15 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

'Riding Habit Attracted Boys: Miss Galiill [Cahill], Former Tennis Champion, Complainant Before Sir. Roosevelt"
New York Times 03 April 1896: page 9

https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/mabel-cahill/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mabel_Cahill

A piece on Irish tennis history by Turtle Bunbury that includes Mabel
Turtle Bunbury - Award-winning travel writer, historian and author based in Ireland

Cahill, Mabel, "The Art of Playing Good Lawn Tennis", Ladies Home Journal, June 1893, page 6.

Cahill,Mabel. Her Playthings: Men. 1891.
the whole book is online at: Her playthings, men : a novel / by Mabel Esmonde Cahill. - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library | HathiTrust Digital Library

Biographical Dictionary of American Sports
. Outdoor Sports. Edited by David L. Porter. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

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CARCARY, AILSA (Ailsa Lyle Carcary)
Australia (Western Australia)
Born circa 1915
Died ???? [alive in 1980]
Married Edward George Locke (1911-alive in 1980) on 22 June 1940 in Saint Andrew’s Church, Perth, Western Australia
[Active 1932-40]

Ailsa is correct, as numerous records attest to.

She represented Western Australia at the 1933 Australian Championships.

Both Ailsa and Edward were still on the voter rolls in 1980. they were living in Rockingham, Canning, Western Australia.

Sources:

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/4377108 [includes a photo of her from December of 1932]

Australia voter rolls and military records for Edward.

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CALDER, DIANA
Australia
Died circa 1952/1953

Sailed off to the Caribbean for an extended holiday in late 1952. The next year, in Jamaica, she accepted a job as an air hostess when the regular hostess decided to stand down. Just before take off Calder asked the head of Royal Caribbean International Airways "are these planes safe?"

Shortly after takeoff, one of the plane's two engines failed and the plane crashed into the sea, killing 13 people including the 21 year old Australian.
 

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CAMERON, FLORA
Australia (NSW)
Born 12 February 1888 in Yarrowyck, New South Wales
Died 28 February 1975 in Armidale, New South Wales
[Active before 1914 to at least 1932]

Flora Cameron was a stalwart of lawn tennis in Armidale, New South Wales, for several decades. She was the eighth of the fourteen children of Hugh Cameron, a native of Scotland, and Elizabeth Cameron (née Handebo), who was from Dangarfield in New South Wales.

Flora Cameron notably won the women’s singles title at the Australian New England Championships tournament five times, in 1924-27 and 1932; this popular tournament was held in Armidale every Easter. Flora also took part in the Australasian Championships in 1925, when it was held in Sydney, and was a life member of the Armidale Tennis Club.

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CAMPBELL, JOSEPHINE (Josephine Theodora Williams)
Great Britain
Born circa 1880
Died 10 August 1932 in New York, NY, US on a heart attack.
Md (1) William H Dixon in 1901-div 1905. 2 children:William Palmer and Barbara Dixon
Md (2)Hon. Cecil Arthur Campbell (1869-1932) on 4 September 1915 in New York, NY.
Child: Richard Cecil Hallyburton Campbell (1916-36)

Photos from 1929 in the National Portrait Gallery titles “tennis player”. How active she was at nearly 50 is unknown at present.

Only child of of Richard Henry Williams, of New York, U.S.A.

She left Mr Dixon in 1904 “charging ill conduct” and obtained a divorce in 1905. Mr Campbell shot and killed himself on 6 April 1932.
 

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CAMPBELL, LAVENDER (nee Lavender Lettice Lanet Letts)
Great Britain/Ireland
Born circa 1903
Died 27 September 1957 at Nettlesworth Nursing Home, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex
Married Hon. Cecil James Frederick Campbell (1891-1952), 23 May 1925 in London, England; divorced 13 January 1934
[Active 1924-1947]

Daughter of Sydney Letts, of Little Bardfield Hall, Essex.

Married to Cecil James Campbell, born on 4 May 1891 in Dublin, Ireland; he died on 11 May 1952 in Cairo, Egypt of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In his late twenties/early thirties, he was an international tennis player of some repute, playing Davis Cup tennis for Ireland. Lettice competed at Wimbledon as Mrs Campbell from 1927 to 1929.

Campbell spent most of his later life in various positions in Egypt, where he was successful in local tennis tournaments in the 1920s. Their divorce in early 1934 was due to Cecil's adultery with a Mrs Martha Courtney in London in the summer of 1933. Cecil Campbell married Martha on 20 August 1934 at Marylebone Registry Office, London.


Mrs Campbell was often in Greece; even appearing in the Greek rankings.


Lavender was in Egyptian events as late as 1947, still using the name Campbell. She won the mixed doubles that year. Video from British Pathe shows points from the final. Mrs Campbell is the lady in all white shorts and a shirt.

The next record we have is her will. It indicates she dies in a nursing home in Sussex, but also has two other curious aspects. First it states she was "of 87 Jose Villalonga el Terrens Palma de Mallorca, Spain. How long did she live in Mallorca? Also, her will was resealed in Nairobi, Kenya. Had Lettice perhaps also moved to Kenya from Egypt after her divorce?

Sources:

Archive - Draws Archive : Lavender Campbell - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Campbell_(tennis)

Egyptian Tennis - British Pathé

Hon Cecil James Campbell and the Hon Mrs Cecil (Martha) Campbell (Ireland) Page 1 RootsChat.Com

"High Court of Justice Probate, Divorce, And Admiralty Division". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 13 January 1934. p. 4.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995

https://books.google.com/books?id=z7l8RbkSFisC&pg=PA661&lpg=PA661&dq=lavender+campbell+kenya&source=bl&ots=thx33uXYXO&sig=TEmtqn_AVE4NFTz4JxRIhkval38&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi33PeOodbTAhXD7CYKHTeIAcwQ6AEILDAC#v=onepage&q=lavender campbell kenya&f=false

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CANTERS, “MENCE” (Margaretha Clementina Canters)
Netherlands
Born 05 March in Kediri, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)
Died 14 August 1934 in Velp, Netherlands
Married Adriaan Dros between Jauary and June of 1931

[a loose translation of her wiki page in Dutch]

Margaretha Clementina ( Mence ) Dros -Canters was a Dutch badminton , hockey and tennis player.

Canters employed an attacking game. She was a contemporary of include Kea Bouman and Madzy Rollin Couquerque in singles and belonged near the top of Dutch tennis. Her attacking game at the net won her doubles however, most successes . She was six-time national champion in the women's doubles , with successively Julie Stroink -Cords and Rollin Couquerque . In the mixed doubles , she won the Dutch title in 1930 with Mr. Koopman. In both the singles and doubles she participated several times participated in Wimbledon and Roland Garros between 1925 and 1933.

Mence also played hockey and badminton. In the latter in 1932 she was national champion in singles , ladies doubles and the mixed doubles . Hockey player as they came out for HOC and she was twelve international caps for the national team . Here she played with her ​​tennis partner include Rollin Couquerque . She also excelled in the art skating , though they never came into this sport in competitions.

She was Dutch #2 in 1932.

Canters married entrepreneur Adrian Dros jr. ( 1887-1951 ) in 1931 and lived in Leiden. She fell seriously ill at the end of 1933. After she was operated on, it was announced that she would be temporarily disabled. She died in August 1934 at the age of 34 .

Often listed as Mrs Dros-Canters, the Dutch putting the married name then a hyphen, followed by the maiden name. Played the French in 1932.

in 1928






Sources:

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mence_Dros-Canters
 
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