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SEYMOUR, MYRA (nee Myra Theresa Merelina Symonds)
Great Britian/United States
Born in 1858 on Jersey, Channel Islands
Died ????
Married Frederick Henry Seymour on the Channel Islands circa 1877
[Active circa 1900-10]

Mother of fellow lawn tennis player Merelina Seymour. Myra Seymour also took part in golf tournaments. Myra tends to be listed as "Mrs J.W. Seymour" in contemporary sources.

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PERRETT, Mrs J. B.
Great Britain
[Active 1900-1925]

Competed at Wimbledon from 1908 to 1923. The Wimbledon site identifies her only as Mrs Perrett. There have been some suggestions that there may have been two Mrs Perretts.

Mrs Perett played Mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 1919 with Hope Crisp. Mr Crisp notably had an artificial leg, having lost his right limb in World War One.

[The identity of Mrs Perrett is still in dispute. The research of Mark Ryan points to the tennis playing Mrs Perrett as Isabel Freeman]

Freeman, Isabel Blanche
United Kingdom
Born in 1870 in Norfolk
Died 21 February 1957 in Bristol
Married Mapson William Winter Perrett (died 1910) on 28 January 1897 in All Saint’s Church, Clifton

Active circa 1900-25. In some early English newspapers this player, who appears not to have taken part in lawn tennis tournaments under her maiden name, is listed as “Mrs I.B. Perrett”; in other sources, including ‘Lawn Tennis and Croquet’ she is listed once or twice as “Mrs M.W.W. Perrett”. However, for some reason, as yet unclear, she is almost always listed as “Mrs J.B. Perrett”.

Isabel Freeman was baptised on 22 January 1871 January in Docking, Norfolk – an indication that she had been born a few months earlier, in the final months of 1870. She was the fourth daughter and the youngest by four years of the five children of John Freeman, a farmer, and Anna Freeman (née Ayre).

Isabel married Mapson William Winter Perrett on 28 January 1897 in All Saints’ Church, Clifton, Gloucester. Mapson Perrett, a native of Bristol in Gloucestershire, was a bank official by profession. He was taking part in some, but not many, lawn tennis tournaments as early as 1891, doubtless before he met Isabel Freeman. A son, Frank Winter Perrett, was born of the marriage in 1898.

Isabel Perrett, as she had become, first appears on the lawn tennis scene circa 1902, five years after her marriage to Mapson Perrett. In the early years some of the tournaments she favours include the nascent tournaments held in the summer on the Isle of Wight, where she enjoys a great deal of success, particularly in Ventnor, the venue for the Isle of Wight Championships.

The Perretts appear to have been living in Ventnor in 1910, the year in which Mapson Perrett died at sea. They had previously been living in Bristol, and Isabel Perrett seems to have returned there to live after becoming a widow. She continued to take part in lawn tennis tournaments in England, sometimes also playing in some of the early season tournaments held on the French Riviera.

As late as 1926, at the age of 55, Isabel Perrett was taking part in some of the smaller lawn tennis tournaments held in Great Britain during the summer. At that time it was not very unusual for some lawn tennis players to continue taking part in tournaments well into their forties or fifties, and not just in veterans’ events.

Isabel Perrett died on 21 February 1957 in Bristol. She was 86 years old. Her entry in the National Probate Calendar for England and Wales reads as follows: “PERRETT, Isabel Blanche, of Victoria Square, Clifton, Bristol, widow, died 21 February 1957. Probate Bristol 1 May to Westminster Bank Limited. Effects £13,007, 9s, 3d.”

Sources:

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

Mrs J.B. Perrett, an early lawn tennis player from the Isle of Wight (Hampshire & IOW Lookup Requests) Page 1 RootsChat.Com [Mrs J. B. Perrett, an early lawn tennis player from the Isle of Wight]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8609721/Wimbledon-2011-diary-Hopping-heroics-give-hope-to-Rafel-Nadal.html

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RAYE, "JAN" (nee Janet Rogers Bulkley)
United States
Born 21 October 1913 in Manhattan, New York City, New York
Died 04 April 1983 in Natick, Massachuesetts
[Active 1945-1947]

Ranked #7 in New England for 1945. She was a contestant at the 1947 US National Doubles in her native state of Massachusetts.

Usually listed as Mrs W Raye. Children Charlotte (b circa 1938) and Margaret (b circa 1939)

Sources:

http://www.tennisforum.com/49630842-post116.html


Janet Rogers "Jan" Bulkley Raye (1913 - 1983) - Find A Grave Memorial
William Henry "Bill" Raye, Jr (1911 - 1993) - Find A Grave Memorial

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POOLEY, VIOLET (Violet Irene Mary Pooley)
Canada
Born 22 December 1886 in Esquimault, British Columbia
Died 19 March 1965 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Married Sedley Campbell Sweeny on 27 May 1915 in Vancouver, British Columbia
[Active circa 1900-10]

Mainland of British Columbia champion in 1910

Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Robert Pooley. Violet had much more success at golf than she did at lawn tennis.

From "The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame":

"Violet (Pooley) Sweeny began her golf career in Victoria where she was a member of the Victoria Golf Club. She moved to Vancouver and married Sedley C. “Bimbo” Sweeny in 1919 [note Mark dates this to 1915], a well known rower and rugby player active in the Vancouver Rowing Club. Violet joined the Jericho Golf Club and continued to work for the betterment of the sport even after she stopped competing. As well as excelling in golf, Violet was an avid tennis player, who won the Mainland of BC championships in 1910.

"Violet held numerous Victoria city golf titles during her career. As well, she captured the Pacific Northwest title seven times. In 1905, 1909, and 1914 she did so with the Victoria Golf Club, and in 1920, 1923, and 1927-28 with the Jericho Golf Club. She was also runner-up three times in 1906 and 1912 with Victoria and 1929 with Jericho.

"Violet won the BC championship nine times. With Victoria she won in 1905, 1908-10, and 1914 and with Jericho in 1920, 1922-23, and 1929. She was a member of the Canadian Ladies Championship team that competed in Montreal in 1913. She joined the Canadian Ladies Golf Union (CLGU) in 1933 and formed the BC executive, serving as president from 1933-42. In 1943, she was made a life member of the CLGU.

"Violet donated the cup awarded for the “10 and Under Championship” in 1949 for “Business Girls’” team play. In 1952, while chair in charge of junior development, she donated the cup for the junior championship."

The above entry also features a photo of Violet (here): BC Sports Hall of Fame

Note: According to ancestry.com, Violet married Sedley Sweeny on 27 May 1915.

Sources:

Ancestry.com

BC Sports Hall of Fame

http://www.heroinyou.ca/wp-content//uploads/2013/11/Violet-Poole-Student-Area.pdf

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HAZEL HEDLEY
Canada
Born in 1880 in Ontario
Died ????
[Active circa 1900-10]

1905 RU for the Championship of Ontario.

Hazel Hedley was living in the family home in Toronto, Ontario, when the Census of Canada was taken in 1911; it lists her occupation as bank clerk. The Hedley family had Scottish origins.

https://books.google.com/books?id=EPEEAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA235&lpg=PA235&dq=hazel+hedley+tennis&source=bl&ots=_sQFOxvIDX&sig=juIIyT-5PTnXlanG7_8uNbkMk3Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUqKWlsLjOAhVCNiYKHWL-B3kQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=hazel hedley tennis&f=false

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RATTERMAN, HELEN [Dr. Helen Teresa Ratterman]
United States
Born 27 November 1881 in Cincinnati
Died 02 July 1968 in Cincinnati
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1900-11]

1911 Tri-State doubles winner.

A medical doctor (physician) by profession, Helen was the daughter of Bernard Ratterman, also a medical doctor, and Sophie Ratterman (née Eckert). Both of Helen's parents had German origins. (She is listed as "Helena" in some sources and on her gravestone.)

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HUNT, "MARDI" [Margaret Hunt]
United States
Born 1875 in Cincinnati
Died 16 February 1954 in Cincinnati
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1900-10]

Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Marion Hunt. Mardi's real first name appears to have been been Margaret; she might have been called Mardi to distinguish her from her mother whose first name was also Margaret.

From the "Cincinnati Enquirer", 18 February 1954

"[Mardi Hunt] taught music at Miss Doherty's College Preparatory School for Girls and the Cincinnati Country Day School. She was a sister of the late Graham P. Hunt, referee in bankruptcy court, and the late Miss E. Louise Hunt, also a school teacher. Two sisters, Miss Cornelia and Miss Marion Hunt, survive her.

For her sister Marion please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/71503313-post4095.html


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HUNT, MARION
United States
Born in 1881 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died after February 1954
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1900-10]

Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Mardi Hunt. In the 1930 US Census Marion's profession is listed as "saleslady". She was still alive as of February 1954.

For her sister Mardi please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/71503289-post4094.html

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SCHOCK, JEAN
United States
Born 01 February 1921
Died 06 July 1993
Married Oliver "Ollie" Morton Langenberg on 03 January 1942--divorced in 1959.
[Active 1939-1948]

Jean competed in the 1946 US Doubles as Mrs Langenberg.

Her father was a prominent businessman in Missouri, the state Jean grew up in.

"Married 03 January 1942--Miss Jean Schock, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Oren Schock, present owner of Selma, was married there shortly after noon to Oliver Morton Langenberg"

She lived in Chicago after her marriage and later divorced Ollie in the 1950s.

Sources:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...436091&df=all&

Ollie Langenberg dies; believed to be St. Louis' oldest active stock broker | Obituaries | stltoday.com

http://uploads.myschoolcdn.com/36/up...ml/page59.html

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DEODHAR, TARA
India
Born 1924 in Poona (Pune), Maharashtra, India
[Active in 1946]

In the 1946 US Nationals. She was seeded #5 among foreign seeds but defaulted. Tara did enter some other events that summer on the US Eastern circuit.

1946 was her only known activity, but she was probably active for several years in India.

Primarily known for badminton, Tara studied at the University of Wisconsin in 1946. She was from the city of Poona (now Pune), in the state of Maharashtra. Pune is not far from Bombay (Mumbai).

The Deodhar sisters dominated the sport of badminton for most of the 1940s in India. Tara was national badminton champion from 1942 through 1944. A Tara Dandige won in 1956. This could well be a married Tara Deodhar.

Sport was encouaged in the Deodhar family; Tara' father D.B. Deodhar was a cricket star.

Sources:

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Deodhar

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

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MAIRS, JANE (nee Jane Emerson Ward)
United States
Born 1923
Died 1966
Married Robert Whitaker Mairs (1917-1993)(pronounced "Mars") on 27 May 1942
[Active in the 1940s]

From the Coronado area, she was a promising junior in southern California. She relocated east upon her marriage.

Mrs Mairs was in the 1946 US doubles draw.

Mrs Mairs in 1951 (to the left of the woman holding the trophy)



Sources:

Coronado Eagle and Journal 30 December 1941 ? California Digital Newspaper Collection

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...99coll44/id/26

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WIENESE, JENNY
Netherlands
Married Mr Baars by 1960
[Active 1955-1958]

Played singles at French Championships 1956 and 1957.
Dutch singles champion 1958.

Sources Holland National Ranking list within Tennis Forum

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CURRIE, MAY (May M Currie)
United States
Born ????
Died in August 1965 [buried on 30 August 1965] in Brooklyn, New York
[Active 1916]

Miss Currie entered the 1916 US Women's Nationals. She was a member of the West Side Tennis Club. Listed as Miss C Currie in a couple of sources, this is in error.

Sources:

May M Currie ( - 1965) - Find A Grave Memorial

Special to The New,York Times. "FEW SURPRISES IN WOMEN'S TOURNEY." New York Times (1857-1922): 15. Jun 06 1916. ProQuest. Web. 21 Aug. 2016 .

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EASY, "CAROL" (Caroline Easy)
Australia
Born in New South Wales, Australia.
Married Ian "Roy" Langsford between 1963 and 1966
Name variant: Carolyn
[Active 1962-1970]

Nee Easy, and appears as either Caroline or Carolyn Easy and played singles Australian Championships 1962 and 1963. She was a doubles semifinalist at the Australian in 1964-her deepest run in a major.

Married Ian Roy Langsford and appeared under married name in singles 1966 and 1970 Australian Championships. Roy Langsford competed in doubles at Wimbledon in 1967.

Later tennis coach and had administrative rolls in Australian tennis.

Established Trish MS Research Foundation in honour of daughter who died on 16th March 2002 aged 30, and suffered from an aggressive form of MS.

Carol in 2014 with the Spirit of Tennis Award



Sources:

google Roy Langsford . The Rawsthorne Family Tree

http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/event_guide/history/players/7262.html
Results Archive - Caroline Langsford - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2015 - Official Site by IBM

Carol Langsford honoured with Spirit of Tennis Award ? 24 November, 2014 - All News - News and Features - News and Events - Tennis Australia

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NEWBOLD, DOROTHY (Dorothy Emlen Newbold)
United States
Born: 08 March 1889
Died: 14 November 1962
Married: Charles Lothrop Ritchie (1890-1992) on 05 June 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
[Active in 1915-1919]

Dorothy was a participant in the 1915 US Nationals.




Evening public ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, November 06, 1916, Night Extra, Page 11, Image 11 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...e=range&page=1

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...GRid=128079011 [with a gorgeous photo!]

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KRUMBHAAR, ANNA (nee Anna Buckley Newbold)
United States
Born 29 November 1886
Died 17 May 1956
Married Charles Hermann Krumbhaar by 1908
[Active 1909-1915]

Known as Mrs CH Krumbhaar or Mrs H Krumbhaar.

Anna had two children:
Rita Newbold Krumbhaar Platt (1908 - 1973)
May Bell Krumbhaar Starr (1910 - 1993)

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...GRid=121764803

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...764901&df=all&

Dorothy Newbold was her younger sister: https://www.tennisforum.com/72274409-post4104.html

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CHESTON, "LILY" (Elizabeth Morris Cheston)
United States
Born 07 June 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died in December 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 5' 5"
[Active 1913-1915]

Competed at the 1913 and 1915 US Nationals. Lily lived in the Chesnut Hill area, the locale for the US Women's Championships.

Bound for Belgium and France according to her 1920 passport application, which states she was traveling for health, to visit relatives, and to play hockey.

Lily was a member of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Chesnut Hill.

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1920 US Passport Application
 
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