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RISCHBIETH, EILEEN (nee Eileen May de la Poer Beresford)
Australia
Born 11 May 1893 in Adelaide
Died 01 September 1978 in South Australia
Married Dr Harold Rischbieth (d 1943) on 03 May 1916 in Adelaide
[Active circa 1910 to 1932]

3 sons. 2nd son Henry born in 1920. She was awarded an MBE for her service to the British Empire in 1942. In particular she worked to assist those serving in the Australian navy in World Wat II.

Sources:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87310604? (marriage announcement)

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/78125493

https://members.racp.edu.au/page/library/college-roll/college-roll-detail&id=1096

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/129980963 (detailing her work on behalf of the navy)

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BRISTOW, EDITH (Edith Antonia Bristow)
United Kingdom/Australia
Born 15 July 1871 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Died 24 November 1941 in Waverley, Sydney, Australia
Married Arthur Redmond Barry on 1 August 1896 in Saint Matthias' Church, Paddington, Sydney
[Active circa 1890-14]

Additonal information provided by GeeTee: [Edith Barry] managed a team of NSW players in Qld (1906) when an official team could not be selected. She represented NSW in the match against Victoria (1913) as a replacement for Mrs Ford and later managed a NSW team which toured New Zealand. In 1925, she managed the first official Australian team to compete overseas, turning a profit to the amazement of male officials.

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SCOTT, 'GWEN" (nee Gwendoline M. Hudson)
Great Britain (England)
Born 09 August 1920 in Gloucester, England
Died 04 February 2008, in Ruthin Clwyd.
Married Ronald Leslie Scott (29 Jan 1912-02 Jan 1977) in Q4 1944 Gloucester Rural
[Active 1948 to 1959]

Played in the main draw at Wimbledon 5 times between 1950 and 1958.

Sources

www.ancestry.co.uk

Archive - Draws Archive : Gwen Scott - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/2c3b25c2-ab25-433a-b033-69ba71ec015e_LS.pdf

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COVER-RAMSEY (or Cover-Ramsay) , IVY (nee Ivy Cover)
Jamaica/United States
Born 07 March 1921 Jamaica
Still alive August 2015 and living at Brentwood New York.
Married (1) Alva Pagiel Ramsay (1906-1994) on 12 September 1938 in St Andrew, Jamaica. Divorced by 1954 as article refers to him as "former husband".
Married (2) Stanley Rosenthal. Deceased by 2015.
[Active from at least 1938 to 1955]

Titles

Won Jamaican Championships 1947-1952.
3 time ATA New York State champion (1953 and ????)
ATA Connecticut State winner.

Born Ivy Cover, her family name was pronounced "Coo-ver" or "Cool-ver." Years later her name was incorrectly given as Culver as a result of how her name sounded.

Ivy began tennis at abut age 14 after other sports, including track and equestrianism. She represented Jamaica in Barranquilla at the 1946 Latin American Games.

Ivy used a Western grip on her powerful forehand, which allowed her to hit with topspin with ease. This was unusual in an era when most women used the Eastern grip.

In 1938 she wed her tennis coach Alva Paigel Ramsay.

From 'The Daily Gleaner', Monday 12th September 1938:

"Lawn Tennis. Comparatively, this sport experienced another dormant, if not silent week, yet there was one notable feature of the week on which, I am sure, all exponents of the game will offer their sincere congratulations. I refer to the marriage of Miss Ivy Cover, 1938 girl champion, to her tennis coach and mentor, Mr [Alva Pagiel] Ramsay, which took place on Wednesday afternoon last.

"The 'World of Sport' adds its personal congratulations to this popular couple, and now that our girl champion has selected a partner we hope, not as in the past to see her alone on the courts battling single-handed her way to victory, but in the company of her 'better half'."

In 1948 Ivy and her husband had started the magazine "West Indian Sportsman". She was the mother of two and divorced by 1953. The children stayed with her mother for most of the 1950s.

*From this time she adopted the name Cover-Ramsey, changing the "a" to "e". The reason for this slight name change is unclear.

Ramsey came to the US in 1953-a gift from her Aunt Edna. This allowed her to travel the US circuit, and she appeared in the US Championships.
She enjoyed it so much that she decided to apply for a permanent visa to study Physical Education at Bethune-Cookman College. This was given as a scholarship from the predominantly black American Tennis Association. Though never explicitly mentioned, photos make clear she would have been considered "black" or mixed race in The United States.

For three consecutive years (1953 to 1955) Ivy competed at Forest Hills. Some sources list her as Jamaican, others simply state "of Brooklyn" or "of New York." Ramsey later went on to graduate from Tennessee State University.

By 1957 she was an instructor at Southern University. Later settling in Brentwood, New York, where she taught school. Mrs Ramsey was honored in February 2014 as the first coach of a women's team at Brentwood High School.

In 1999 Ivy was inducted into the Jamaican Sports Hall of Fame under the name Ivy Cover-Ramsey.

Posted by Yvonne at ATA Nationals ? 1945 | Black Tennis History

My mother played the great Ivy Culver [sic] Ramsey in the late 1950’s in Jamaica, and won. She has the trophy to prove it and spoke much of the event. Although at the time it was a small local competition, it was a great accomplishment for my mother. A Google search of her name recently led me to a 1954 Daytona Beach Morning Journal article, where I first saw her photograph. The lady in the long sleeve in this photograph appears to be her. Thanks, this photograph basically indicates that Ivy Culver [sic] Ramsey was one of the ‘greats’ in tennis in her time. I am also now realizing why my mother made such a big deal of that historical event. She indicated that Ivy was so vexed at loosing that day, she threw away her racquet before leaving the court.
Ivy is on the far left. From the 1945 ATA Nationals




Sources:

http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/1097089-ivy-cover-ramsey.html#post70670929 [A Blast thread]

"Ivy Ramsey Suffering From Lack of Competiton", by Sylvia Maltzman, Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 16 April, 1954, page 5. (article includes a photo)
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1873&dat=19540416&id=0FoeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IcgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5554,3070984&hl=en

Ivy Ramsey Rosenthal Renaming Ceremony -2-1-14

Jamaica, Civil Registration Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1878-1930

http://www.robsny.org/Archive/Announcements/AnnouncementsJan-Feb11.htm#interview

http://www.robsny.org/NewslettersPDFs/NewsletterAprilMayJune2014.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zt45XbtLtg [A youtube interview from 1996]

search.ancestry.com
Pittsburgh Courier 7th August 1954

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PINCKNEY, FRANCES (Frances Beatrice Pinckney)
United Kingdom
Born 28 February 1866 in Salisbury, Wiltshire
Died in 1946
Married Horace Arthur Bruce Chapman on 7 October 1891 in Saint Martin's Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire
[Active circa 1884-90.]

Frances Pinckney was the sister of fellow lawn tennis players William, Elsie and Violet. Frances did not take part in as many tournaments as her siblings. They were four of the six children of William Pinckney, senior, a banker, and Frances Charlotte Pinckney, senior (née Everett).

Horace Chapman, the husband of Frances, junior, played competitive lawn tennis for many years, winning several titles, including the singles at the Sussex Championships in 1899 and at the Kent Championships in 1894. A graduate of Oxford University, he appears not to have pursued a profession in adulthood, instead living on his own means

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MEYLER, JESSIE (Jessie Violet Meyler)
United Kingdom
Born in 1870 in Taunton, Somerset
Died 12 December 1959 in Somserset
Married Philip Froude Hancock on 15 September 1897 in Shepperton, Surrey
[Active late 1880s.]

Sister of fellow lawn tennis players Ada and Constance Meyler

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SWEET-ESCOTT, LOUISA (Louisa Dunn Sweet-Escott)
United Kingdom
Born in 1870 in Staffordshire
Died 10 April 1955 in Devonshire
Married Charles Lascelles Hancock in 1894 in Wales
[Active circa 1888-92]

1892 Welsh Championships losing finalist to her sister Mary Sweet-Escott.

Charles Lascelles Hancock was the fourth of the five children of William Hancock and Mary Hancock (née Sweet-Escott). Mary Sweet-Escott was the daughter of the Reverend William Sweet-Escott, senior, and the Honorary Lucy Horatia Rice. Another of their children was the Reverend William Sweet-Escott, junior, who was the father of Louisa Sweet-Escott, who thus married her first cousin.
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For her sister Mary please see: https://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=25515122&postcount=1910

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SCOVELL, MAUD (Maud Fielding Scovell)
Ireland
Born in 1861 in Dublin
Died 26 August 1954 in Foxrock, County Dublin
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1881-89]

In the 1880s, Maud Scovell took part in some of the earliest lawn tennis tournaments held in Ireland. One of her siblings, Dr Rowland Hill Scovell, married fellow Dublin-born lawn tennis player Gertrude Perry.

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ROBERTSON, Mrs ESME (nee Esme ????)
Australia (Victoria)
Married a Mr L Robertson by December of 1949
[Active from a least 1949 to 1961]

Played in the Australian Championships 4 times. In 1950 she entered singes and doubles-the other 3 appearances (1953, 1957, and 1961) were doubles only. Esme was never able to win a match at the Nationals. The Nationals she entered were always at Kooyong.

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10733/20110203-0219/www.australianopen.com/en_AU/event_guide/history/players/18472.html

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PERRY, GERTRUDE (Gertrude Mary Perry)
Ireland
Born in 1863 in Blackrock, County Dublin
Died 22 August 1945 in London
Married Dr Rowland Hill Scovell in 1898 in County Cork
[Active circa 1880-90]

Gertrude Perry and her sister Ida, who also played competitive lawn tennis, were the daughters of William James Perry and Eliza Perry (née Pim). One of their siblings, Francis Woodcock Perry, was also a lawn tennis player, while Rowland Scovell was the brother of another lawn tennis player, Maud Scovell.[Thanks to Newmark for this information]
 

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PERRY, IDA (Ida Florence Perry)
Ireland
Born 23 June 1867 in Blackrock, County Dublin
Died 24 December 1941 in County Cork
Married Arthur Frederick Sharman-Crawford on 6 November 1890 in Rathdown, County Dublin
[Active circa 1884-89]

Ida was the sister of fellow lawn tennis player Gertrude Perry. Amongst other things, Arthur Sharman-Crawford was a managing director of the brewers Beamish and Crawford.

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MAINGAY, NORA
Great Britain
Born 04 October 1908 in Scarborough
Died 14th February 1956 in Outer Norwich
[Active from 1932 to 1946]

Played the main draw Wimbledon 1938,39 and 1946-failing to win a match. She had earlier attempted to qualify in 1933 and 1936-finally coming through qualies in 1938.

Sources:

www.ancestry.co.uk
Within that England and Wales Probate Records 1858 to 1966

Archive - Draws Archive : Nora Maingay - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/e659ad5b-f477-4866-9ba7-bd4befae6079_LS.pdf

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FALKENBERG,NANCY (Nancy Louise Falkenberg)
United States
Born 27th September 1945
Married James C. Muller
[Active in the 1960s]

Played singles at the 1962 US Championships

Nancy grew up around tennis: her father Herbert Richard Falkenberg was a nationally ranked player . While at Mary Baldwin, Nancy refined her tennis skills. She won the Jaycees National Sportsmanship Award twice. On the court she won the MAC Championships in 1963. In 1965 she began to play with Cindy Goeltz Willkomm and together they won the MALTA championships in 1963, 1965 and 1966. In 1966, Nancy was runner-up in the Eastern Collegiate Tennis Championship. Nancy won the Department’s Blazer Award in 1968 as the Outstanding Sportswoman. Nancy played under Dr. Mary Jane Donnalley, and fondly recalls Dr. Donnalley going the extra mile to take the ladies to Stanford and Greensboro to defend their titles.

Nancy continued to play tennis after graduating from Mary Baldwin College. As recently as 1992, Nancy was ranked in Florida in the 40’s singles, 45 singles and 45 doubles categories. She is a retired member of the USPTA and a lifetime member of the USTA. Nancy is active at the local YMCA and has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for 45 years. This year she will attend her fourth Continental Congress for DAR in Washington DC. Nancy is married to James C. Muller and they live in Orlando, Florida.

Sources:

1962 USLTA Yearbook

http://mbcathletics.com/traditions/halloffame/nlfmuller

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PFAFF, EVA
Germany
Born 10 February 1961 in Königstein
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 M)
[Active 1980-1993]

Won Neu-Ulm in 1980 and the 1982 Nashville Avon Futures title. Won 9 WTA doubles titles
RU in 1982 at Pittsburgh and 1983 at Hittfeld

In doubles with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch she made the finals of the 1981 Australian Open and also the 1983 Virginia Slims Tour Championships.

Eva's best performance in a slam came at the 1982 Australian Open, then played on grass a surface which suited her serve and volley game. In the second round Pfaff took out #6 seed Hana Mandlikova 3-6 6-2 6-0. She progressed all the way to the quarterfinals, where she lost to #3 Andrea Jaeger 7-5 6-1.

At the 1983 Canadian Open, Eva actually led world #1 Martina Navratilova 4-1 in the third when Navratilova staged a comeback. Pfaff held 2 match points, but lost 4-6 6-4 7-5. A passing shot ny Martina got the first, and an ace from Martina the second. She was the only player to have match points against Navratilova that year outside of Martina's loss at the French Open to Kathy Horvath.

Pfaff started tennis at the age of 4. Tennis was in the blood, as her uncle Bernard Pfaff was a ranking German player in the 1940s.

Career high in singles: #17 on 21 November 1983
Career high in doubles: #16 on 04 July 1988

World Rankings inside the Top 100

1983 21
1984 31
1985 31
1986 58
1987 44
1988 74

Pfaff has loaded over 10 videos of her matches to youtube.

Eva at the Avon Futures of Nashville in 1982




Sources:

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

Her website:
http://www.eva-pfaff.de/index.php

1991 Kraft WTA Media Guide, page 212.
 

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CONNORS, PATRICIA (Patricia A Connors)
United State
Born 15th March 1933

Played singles at the 1953 US Championships. She was from Maplewood, New Jersey.

Asof 1993 she was living in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Source:

1952 USLTA Yearbook

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KROEGER, "JUNE" (Lillian June Kroeger)
Born 20 June 1935 in Jefferson,Kentucky
[Active 1954-1963]

1955 New york State RU

Played singles at the 1959 US Championships

June entered the Orange Bowl Junior event in 1952 and 1953. By 1954 she was active on the women's circuit. For the most part a journeywoman, a highlight was making the final of the New york State event in 1955. June had to win quarterfinal and semifinal matches on the same day to reach the final. She developed blisters on her feet, which hampered her in going down 6-0 6-3 to Althea Gibson.

As steady baseliner, she was loathe to give up errors. By 1963 June had relocated to Florida, with Miami listed as her residence when she entered the Good Neighbor event that year.

Sources:

1954 USLTA Yearbook

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HAINES,LYNN
United States
Born 17 March 1944
[Active from at least 1960 to 1962]

Played singles at the 1960, 61 and 62 US Championships. The green-eyed blonde

Education
1961 at Dallas Hillcrest

1963 Phoenix ASU

Sources: 1960 USLTA Yearbook

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ROCK, NINA (Nina Grace Agnes Rock)
Australia
Born 8 November 1865 in Deloraine, Tasmania
Died in 1957 in Launceston, Tasmania
Did not marry.
[Active from at least 1893 to 1907]

Nina Rock was the youngest of the six children of Dr Dennis Rock and Grace Rock (née Vosper). Nina won the women's singles title at the Tasmanian Championships seven times, in 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1903, 1904 and 1907.

For more on her family, see here: http://www.launcestonfamilyalbum.org...ry-dennis-rock

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DRAKE, FRANCES ("Fran" or "Fan")
United States
Born 20 March, 1899 in Troy, Ohio
Died 19 February 1926 in Troy, Ohio
Married Jacob "Jake" Charles Nesbitt (1895-1954) on 24 January 1925.

Francis was a former tennis champion at Ohio State University. Her homicide briefly gripped the nation early in 1925. Dubbed "the bathtub murder", her husband claimed he had found her slain in the bathtub. Within days he confessed to bludgeoning her to death and moving the body to the tub.

Mr Nesbitt told a story of feeling emasculated by her sharp tongue and her success as the top saleswoman of Kitchen Aid products. Jacob sold the items as well, but Frances was much better at it and needled him constantly. During an argument he hit her over the head with a silver vase or piece of wood.

Despite being the victim Mrs Nesbitt didn't garner as much sympathy as one would expect. Residents of Troy were shocked to discover she smoked, and her $7,500 salary made readers envious. It was suggested she did not want children. Apparently these "modern" traits didn't go over too well in the Midwest in 1926.

From a prominent family, Jake was considered a "Warden's Pet' in prison-and served only ten years of his sentence when he was pardoned by outgoing Governor George White.

As a coed at Ohio State Frances was the tennis champion 3 years in a row.

Sources:

Inside the Ohio Penitentiary, Chapter 9: "The Warden's Pet".

Special to The New,York Times. "Wife Mysteriously Slain." New York Times: February 21 1926, page 10.

"Death In Her Bathtub"
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/justice-story-article-1.213652

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70986492

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=950&dat=19330905&id=zc1PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=slQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2353,6732710&hl=en (includes photo)

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