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DIGHT, DOROTHY (Dorothy Thurlbourn Dight)
Australia (NSW)
Born 8 June 1897 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Died in 1974 or 1980 in New South Wales
Married George W.R. Millington in 1917 at Sydney
[Active circa 1912-16]

There is some doubt about Dorothy Millington's date of death, but she was definitely born in England.

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DIGHT, VIOLET (Violet Kathleen Dight)
Australia (NSW)
Born in 1878 in Gunnedah, New South Wales
Died in 1965 in Tumut, New South Wales
Married Francis Raymond "Frank" Kelynack in Burwood, Sydney in 1917

NSW player of early 1900s

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DIX, “BETTY” (ME Dix)
United Kingdom
[Active as early as 1926 to at least 1932]

Won Dulwich in 1926. May have toured South Africa in 1927. Still active in 1932.

In 1926




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DMITRIEVA, ANNA (Anna Vladimirovna Dmitrievna)
Russia
Born 10 December 1940
Married (1) Michael Tolstoy, 14 July 1964-divorced
Married (2) Dmitry Chukovsky, 5 December 1965

The first prominent Russian female, she was noted for her fiery temper. The first female from the USSR to play at Wimbledon in the early 1960s. She always played as Dmitrieva despite her marriages.
 

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DOCKER, Mrs (nee ????)
Australia (New South Wales)
[Active 1918-1927]

In the 1922 and 1923 Aussie draw. Active as early as 1918. Her husband also played tennis, the two being mixed partners at times. She was from the Sydney area.

In 1921, when she was a member of the Double Bay Club, Mrs Docker was chosen to represent in an interstate match vs Queensland.

There is a possibility that have been more than one Mrs Docker.

One of the 3 following people might be the Mrs Docker who took part in a number of tournaments, mainly in Sydney, in the 1920s, and also represented that state in some interstate matches:

#1. Margaret MacArthur Brown
Australia
Born 27 November 1891 in Sydney
Died ????
Married Keith Brougham Docker (1888-1977) on 10 February 1917 in Saint John's Church, Parramatta, Cumberland, New South Wales

From 'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate', February 17, 1917:

The marriage of Miss Margaret Brown and Mr Keith Docker took place quietly at Saint John's Church, Parramatta, on Saturday afternoon. The bride was given away by her father, Dr Walter Brown, in the presence of relatives of the principal parties. It was the expressed wish of the bride's mother [Mrs Margaret Brown, née MacArthur] (whose death occurred a few weeks ago) that the wedding should take place as originally planned. The celebrant was the Reverend Mr Samuel M. Johnstone, rector of the parish. Mr and Mrs Keith Docker have made their home at Strathfield.

Keith Brougham Docker was a cricket player from Sydney. Mr K. B. Docker was a stockbroker who declared bankruptcy in 1938. He aslo dabbled in tennis.

#2 Ellen May Middlemis
Australia
Born in 1882
Died ????
Married Ernest Noel Brougham Docker (1885-1970) on 14 February 1912 in Christ Church, Cootamundra, New South Wales

Ernest Noel (1885-1970) settled in Connabarabran after the war-an area way outside of Sydney.

A Miss Middlemas entered some tennis events in 1908.

#3. Mrs F. Docker

Keith Docker | Australia Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPNcricinfo

14 Jersey Road, STRATHFIELD, NSW 2135 - knowthatproperty.com

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/115876932?searchTerm=mrs k. b. docker tennis sydney&searchLimits=dateFrom=1920-01-01|||dateTo=1927-12-31

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DOD, “LOTTIE” (Charlotte Dod)
United Kingdom
Born: 24 September 1871 in Bebington, Cheshire, England
Died 27 June 1960 in Sway, Hampshire, England
Nickname: "The Little Wonder"
[Active 1887-1893]

Dod was an English sportswoman best known as a tennis player. She won the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Championship five times, the first one when she was only fifteen in the summer of 1887. She remains the youngest ladies' singles champion at 15 years and 10 months, though Martina Hingis was three days younger when she won the women's doubles title in 1996.

Dod also remains unique for being the only female to never lose a grand slam singles match.

Quite strong-the 1891 Wright and Ditson Annual wrote she weighed in at 160 pounds while maintaining her feminine form, Dod was rarely caught out of position on court. "Her forehand had the pace of a man's" (Chip, p 117). The backhand improved yearly. Lottie served underhanded; believing the extra strain of an overhanded serve (difficult with the stiff clothing of the era) not worth the extra effort. Her volleying lifted Dod above any other female of her era. "And she had a capital smash" (Chip, p 117). In doubles Dod played up at net, contrary to many women of her day.

Apparently bored with the sport of tennis, Dod took up other athletic endeavors such as golf, field hockey and archery.

By being so young Lottie could defy some of the restrictive dress rules of her era. She was able, for instance, to get away with shorter shirts that normally hindered movement. She revolutionized the women's game by basing it on the Renshaw brothers, with power and speed key parts, plus a willingness to go to net. It is significant that she learned the game in the company of her two brothers.




Sources:

Pearson, Jeffrey. Lottie Dod: Champion of Champions, The Story of an Athlete (1988).

Little, Alan. Lottie Dod: Wimbledon Champion and all-rounder extraordinary (1983).
http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/457674-lottie-dod-wimbledon-champion-all-rounder-extraordinary.html [full text of Little's work]

Chipp, Herbert. Lawn Tennis Recollections, 1898, page 115-118.

Hedges, Martin. The Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1973. page 79.

http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/420732-lottie-dod-1871-1960-first-teenage-tennis-prodigy.html [A Blast thread by Newmark]

http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/43235-lottie-dod-best-ever.html [A Blast thread bu Go Dominique]

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

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DODDEMEADE, ESME (Esmé Alice Maude Doddemeade)
Australia (NSW)
Born 11 May 1893 at Ellerslie, Carabella Street, Saint Leonard's, Sydney
Died 1 June 1973 in Double Bay, New South Wales
Married Bruce Sheen Dowling on 8 December 1926 in the Church of England Grammar School Chapel, Sydney
[Active circa 1918-28]


Esmé Doddemeade took part in the Australasian Championships in 1922, when the tournament was held at the White City Tennis Club in her native city and for the first time featured women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles events.


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DOEG, MAY (May Hope Doeg)
United States
Born 29 May 1916 in Los Angeles County
Died 3 January 2004 in Vallejo, Solano County, California
Married Garnett Addison Smith, Jr.; divorced February 1970
Active 1930s.

Daughter of Violet Sutton Doeg and sister of John Doeg

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DOERNER, CYNTHIA (nee Cynthia Sieler)
Australia
Born 11 February 1951
Married Peter Doerner 26 June 1972

Serve and volleyer player of the 1970s. Cynthia was known for her wonderful sense of humor and friendliness.

[From the South Hawthorne Club-where she coached many years]

Cynthia was co-coach at South Hawthorn from 1996-2010. She played in what she describes as the "Golden Era" of Australian tennis, the 1970's. She was on the international circuit for 9 years, competing in all the Grand Slam events. Cynthia's highest ranking was #15 in the world and #6 in Australia. She played against Billie-Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. She beat Martina in the semi finals of a tournament in Southern California.

In mixed matches she played against John McEnroe, Bjorn Borge and Vitas Gerulaitis. In John McEnroe's autobiography he mentions a match in his first Grand Slam event, the French Open of 1977. Mary Carillo and McEnroe were cruising through the mixed doubles, "Our roughest match was a three setter in the semis against Tomas Koch of Brazil and Cynthia Doerner of Australia".

After her tournament career, Cynthia coached in the USA for 8 years, the last 2 as Head Coach of the Women's Tennis Program at Fresno State University. She returned to Australia and was made coach at South Hawthorn along with Sue Davey in 1996.

Cynthia's two sons both played college tennis in the USA.

Scott Doerner played for Pepperdine University in Malibu from 2003-06. Pepperdine won the NCAA Championship in his Senior year. He was made All American in 2005-06 and was ranked as high as #2 in doubles and #14 in singles. He played in the main draw of the Australian Open.

Austin Doener was awarded a scholarship to De Paul University in Chicago and played #1 on the team in his Junior and Senior years.

Both Scott and Austin coach at Pepperdine and as they became more settled in the USA, Cynthia decided to move to California in 2011. In her years at South Hawthorn Cynthia was involved in the club as a coach and Committee member and was made Coach of the Year by Tennis Victoria.

Source:

Club History - South Hawthorn Tennis Club

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DOLESCHELL, HILDE (nee Hilde Walter)
Czecloslovakia/Austria/Canada
Born 21 February 1915 in Reichenburg (now Liberec), Bohemia (modern Czech Republic)
Died 19 April 2013 in Guelph,Ontario, Canada
Married Fritz Doleschell, November 1939
Name variant: Know as Walterova in Czech sources.
[Active in 1930s to as late as 1958]

Hilde was born in what was then Bohemia, but her family moved to Vienna in 1922 when she was a child. There was confusion among some sources about her year of birth (1912 had been suggested) but her obituary makes it clear the 1915 date is correct. She had success in international skiing competitions as well as at tennis. In fact skiing took first place until the 1940s.

Despite the move to Vienna Hilde still competed for Czechoslovakia as late as 1936, when she represented that nation in the Winter Olympic Games as Hilde Walterova. After that date she represented Austria or Austria as part of the Greater German Reich after the 1938.

Her husband. whom she wed in November of 1939, was a master baker.

Ranked #4 in Germany for 1941-the list gives Vienna as her home town.

Titles

1943-German Championships in
1946-1948 Austrian Champion

From 1947 to 1949 Hilde played at the Wimbledon and in 1948 participated in the French.

In 1950, Hilde, Frtiz and their son Michael emigrated to Canada, where Hilde had some more success in tennis tournaments. She was ranked #1 in Canada in 1953. Fritz established his own bakery, which blossomed into a chain of bakeries, making the family wealthy. In later life Hilde and Fritz began to breed horses for harness racing.

Hilde in September of 1943


Sources:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilde_Doleschell
http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary...hell-Hilde.php

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DOLLEMAN, Emilie Elise Christine
Netherlands
Born 2 August 1884 in Heemstede
Died 10 January 1981 in Heemstede

Married Pieter Nicolaus Quarles van Ufford on 11 June 1912 in Haarlem

Active circa 1905-10. Younger sister of Louise. Won 1904 Dutch Nationals.
 

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DOLLEMAN, Louise Henriette
Netherlands
Born 17 December 1880 in Heemstede
Died 2 December 1969 in Zutphen

Married Herman Hendrik Roell on 16 May 1917 in Rheden

Active circa 1900-10. Won 1905 and 1907 Dutch Nationals.
 

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DON, GWENDA
Australia (Western Australia)
Married John David McIntosh (born 1st November 1943) a former Australian Rules footballer.
[Active 1962-1966]

Gwenda came from Western Australia. Played singles Australian championships 1962,63 and 1966

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