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HAMELIN, MONIQUE (nee Monique Hamelin )
Born 01 December 1917 in Paris
Died 09 September 2014
Married (1) Laisné, by 1937 and perhaps widowed or divorced by 1946
Married (2) Coste between 1949 and 1952. (divorced or widowed by the 1963 French)
Married (3) Bensusan by 1967
[Active 1934-1949 and 1963]

Frequent changes of name made Monique Hamelin hard to pin down when it comes to her identity and husbands. The outlines of her story are clearer now even if we lack the detail we would like.

Born Monique Hamelin around 1918, by August of 1937 she had become Mme Laisné, the winner of a tournament in La Baule.

She first came into the spotlight in 1942, when she appears in the semifinals in the Tournoi de France at Roland Garros. Alice Weivers defeated her 6-2 10-8 and went on to win the event. Mme Laisné finished the year at #6 in the French rankings. At some point in this period she bore a son named Jacques.

After the war ended she was prominent enough to have a #5 seed at Roland Garros in 1946. Her name is now Mme Hamelin however, an indication she was widowed or divorced at this point as she had reverted to her name of birth..

Mme Hamelin also appears in the French ranking list 1947 to 1949. Her 1947 Wimbledon entry also makes clear her usual name in draws was Mme Hamelin.

Between the 1949 French and 1952 Monique became Mme Coste. Monique Coste played singles at the French Championships of 1952,1954 and 1956-1962 inclusive. Come 1963 Mme. M. Hamelin reappears and M Coste disappears

World Tennis magazine August 1963 has Mrs M. Hamelin playing singles at 1963 French championships and the closed French Nationals in September/October.

It is that clear Monique Bensusan-Hamelin captained the French Fed Cup team in 1967 to 1968. Monique Bensusan (nee Hamelin) appears in the 1985 list of members of the ILTC De France. Additionally on the her passing is noted as Monique Bensusan and also France Fed Cup captain.

French Championships (entered 1946-1949, 1952, 1954, 1956-58, 1960-1963)

Singles: 3-13 and 1 default (also a SF in 1942 at the Tornoi de France)


Dunlops Tennis Annuals

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

Paris Jean Bouin (links Coste and Bensusan as the same person)

Accueil | International Tennis Club de France

[Thanks to Jimbo, Newmark,Rollo, and especially Rosamund for this information]

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HAMILTON, ELSIE (Elsie M Hamilton)
Great Britain
Born 28 February 1913.
Died 07 September 1985 in Groombridge, Kent.
Married H.R. Phillips April to June of 1940 in Devon, Devonshire, England
[Active 1938-1939 and 1947-1952]

Entered the singles at Wimbledon 8 times; in 1938 and 1939, and as Mrs Phillips from 1947 to 1952. Her record was 6 wins and 9 losses.

Source: 1939 England and Wales Register within

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]

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Born 13 June 1908 in Bad-Mergentheim, Germany.
Died ????
Married Beutter circa 1936
Nicknames: Sometimes styled as Clara or Claire.
[Active 1928-at least 1938]

Her best win was the 1931 Hungarian Intrernational.

When she upset Phyllis Mudford at the 1930 German Championships she was described as a woman

German National Ranking

1928: #17
1929: #10
1930: #4
1931: #4
1933: #7
1934: ????
1935: ?????
1936: ????
1937: #5 (as Frau Beutter)

who has got an amazing retrieving power combined with a constant lob, which makes her game ugly and unpleasant to watch.
From “Der Tennissport”, January 1939

“Clara Hammer was born on 13 June 1908 in Bad Mergentheim. She began to study music at the age of 15, then she turned to equestrianism and spent five years successfully taking part in horse shows and flat racing tournaments. However, during a flat racing tournament in Kissingen both she and the horse she was riding fell. It was sold and, because her horse riding career was now at an end, she started playing tennis. She first took part in tennis tournaments in 1928, a year that began with surprising successes. As a complete newcomer, Frl Hammer had success in the indoor tournament in Munich against Daisy Uhl and Annemarie Buss. In the same year she also beat Nelly Stephanus and Irmgard Rost, and by the end of the year the beginner was ranked number 17 in Germany.

“‘The striking thing about my whole tennis career,’ writes Frau Beutter, ‘is that I became well-known very suddenly. Others start as juniors or in the ‘B’ Class, but I lacked the correct grounding. I acquired a name overnight and convinced myself that I should no longer lose. That’s how my ‘safe’ form of tennis came about. Although I had my greatest successes as a result of this form of tennis, I was still always very unhappy about it because, when I was training, I played in a very slow, deliberate way.’

“In the following years this ‘safe’ way of playing tennis became a terror for the top German women players. In 1930, Frl Hammer was ranked number 10 in Germany, and in 1930, number 3, behind the top two players, Cilly Aussem and Hilde Krahwinkel. The defining feature of Frl Hammer’s game increasingly became the narrow margin by which she won or lost matches. In 1930, the year in which Cilly Aussem won the French Championships and Wimbledon, she was able to beat Frl Hammer only 7-5 in the third set. At the German Championships in Hamburg, she lost to Lolette Payot only by 12-10 in the third set. She also had defeats against and victories over Jadwiga Jedrzejowska.

“Her matches against Frl Krahwinkel always lasted for hours. In Frl Hammer’s first match against her she led 6-1, 5-0, but then failed to win another game. She was never able to beat Frl Krahwinkel, although most of the time she won the first set or played long sets against her. During these years she also won the championships in Prague, Zagreb, Budapest and Belgrade.

“In 1933, after undergoing an appendectomy, she had her greatest successes abroad. Then she had another operation, while her private life also righted itself and Frl Hammer became Frau Beutter. Initially a member of the Weiss-Blau Club in Würzburg and, later, of the Blau-Weiss Club in Berlin, Frau Beutter then played at the Stuttgart-Weissenhof Club and, following her move to Sopot in 1938, at the Sopot Tennis Club.

“Besides her victories in singles events, Frau Beutter has also won a whole series of mixed doubles events. Thanks to the regular nature of her game, she is one of the most consistent players in women’s tennis in Germany. This is best proved by the fact she has been featured in the German ranking list

[Thanks to Newmark for his translation from "Der Tennissport".]

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HAMMILL, "MERRILL" (Meryl Laura Hammill)
South Africa
Born 1 March 1938 in Cape Town, South Africa
Died 16 September 2006 in Creighton, South Africa.
Married Robert “Bob” Mark (1937-2006) in late 1960/early 1961
[Active 1956-1961]

1959 and 1960 Eastern Transvaal doubles champion.

Married by Wimbledon 1961 to Bob Mark. Mark was a Davis Cup player for Australia. When she passed in September of 2006 Her husband tennis player Bob Mark had died two months earlier in July. The couple settled in South Africa.

In the book Tennis: The South African Story she is called "the daughter of a well known East Rand tennis family." (p 56).

The Hammill family includes:

Her father Jack (Arthur Morton) Hammill born 5th December 1907 Cape Town.
Married 2nd July 1935 Laura Daisy James(born 18th August 1911 Johannesburg)
4 children Jackie Jnr, John, Maureen and Meryl.
Died 2nd May 1996 Green Point- Cape Town

Jackie Jnr born 18th December 1939. Cape Town. Played junior tennis. Married Marlene Ball 9th June 1962.

John 'Cookie' born 25th August 1941 Boksburg Eastern Transvaal. Played Wimbledon 1959 and 1960. Later coached at University of Miami.

Jackie Jnr born 18th December 1939. Cape Town. Played junior tennis. Married Marlene Ball 9th June 1962.

John 'Cookie' born 25th August 1941 Boksburg Eastern Transvaal. Played Wimbledon 1959 and 1960. Later coached at University of Miami.

Merril died just two months after her husband; he passed away in July of 2006. The couple had 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


Eldredge, Russell (ed). Tennis: The South African Story. 1978 page 56-57 (incluses a photo of her and husband)

Archive - Draws Archive : Merrill Mark (Hammill) - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

1983 International Who's Who in Tennis

Ancestry? | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records, South Africa estates death index 1999 to 2014 and Dawsons 1961 shows her maiden name as Meryl Laura Hammill.

From Dawsons add Birthplace Cape Town.
Date of death From South Africa estates etc. Date of death 16th September 2006 Creighton South Africa.

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]

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HANNAM, EDITH (nee Edith Margaret Boucher)
Great Britain
Born 28 November 1878 in Bristol
Died 16 January 1951
Married Francis John Hannam, 5 May 1909 in Nailsea, Somerset

[What follows is mainly taken from Mark Ryans piece on Hannam-see source listed below for full article]

Edith was the fifth child and second daughter of John Boucher, a pharmaceutical chemist and Julia Charlotte Boucher (née Treadwell). The Bouchers became wealthy as a result of a successful pharmaceutical business. Unlike her brothers, Edith Boucher and her two sisters would not in those days have been expected to pursue serious studies or to follow a profession.

Edith’s four brothers would all excel at sport. Like Edith, her other brother, John, would also become a top lawn tennis player, although he and Edith were top-class table players, too (in the early days this sport was known as ‘ping pong’).

According to “Ayres’ Lawn Tennis Almanack” (1928), Edith Boucher learned the game of lawn tennis at Clifton, where she was coached by her brother, John. This club, which still exists today, had been formed in 1882, four years after Edith’s birth, under the auspices of the Duke of Beaufort. In those days lawn tennis, as its name indicates, was played mainly on grass courts, and most, but not all, of Edith’s successes at this sport would come at grass court tournaments.

Like a lot of lawn tennis players, Edith initially took part only in handicap events at tournaments. A large number of players continued taking part in tournaments until well into their forties, and even fifties, while some players did not really come to prominence until they were in their late twenties. Edith Boucher was one of the latter players. She began to make significant progress only in the year 1908, when she was already 29 years of age.

In 1908, Edith Boucher won the women’s singles title at two of the most important tournaments in the British lawn tennis calendar, the Northern Championships, usually held in early June, alternately in Liverpool and Manchester (the former city was the host in 1908). In the final match at this tournament Edith defeated her countrywoman Charlotte Sterry (née Cooper), 7-5, 6-2.

Later on in the season, in mid-August, Edith also won the women’s singles title at the North of England Championships (not to be confused with the Northern Championships), usually held in mid-August in Scarborough, a town and popular holiday resort located on the coast of the country of North Yorkshire. In the final of the women’s singles event at the North of England Championships Edith beat her compatriot Gladys Lamplough, the former Gladys Eastlake-Smith, 6-1, 6-1.

In early August of 1908, Edith Boucher had also won the women’s singles event at the Hampshire Championships, held in Bournemouth, a large coastal resort in southern England. In the final of the women’s singles event Edith beat Gladys Lamplough, 6-1, 6-3. The Hampshire Championships tournament was very popular at this time, but did not quite have the prestige of tournaments like the Northern Championships and the North of England Championships.

Edith Boucher’s progress was temporarily halted the following year, 1909, mainly due to the fact that she married and soon after emigrated to Canada with her husband. The man in question was Francis John Hannam. Like Edith Boucher, he was a native of Bristol.Like three of Edith’s brothers, Francis Hannam was a member of Clifton Rugby Club. Moving as they did in sporting circles in Britsol, it is not difficult to imagine how Edith Boucher and Francis Hannam first met each other. Edith and Francis married on May 5, 1909, in what was then the parish of Nailsea in the northern part of the county of Somerset.

Soon after their wedding in early May 1909, Edith and Francis Hannam left England on the RMS Empress of Britain, a transatlantic ocean liner. The Hannams’ final destination was Toronto in the Canadian province of Ontario. Francis Hannam’s desire to pursue his business interests as a timber merchant was the main reason why he and Edith emigrated. However, they would not remain long in Canada.

While the Hannams were living in Toronto, Edith took the opportunity to take part in a small number of lawn tennis tournaments in Canada and the United States. These included the Niagara-on-the-Lake international tournament, usually held in late August in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in southern Ontario. At this tournament in 1909, Edith Hannam reached the final of the women’s singles event before losing to the great American player May Sutton, 6-3, 6-3.

Shortly after taking part in the Niagara-on-the-Lake tournament Edith Hannam travelled across the border between Canada and the United States, to Cincinnati in Ohio, where she took part in the popular Tri-State Championships tournament held on clay courts there every year in the late summer. In 1909, Edith Hannam was by far the best female player taking part in the Tri-State Championships and she won the women’s singles event easily, beating the American Martha Kinsey in the final, 6-3, 6-1.

According to “Ayres’ Lawn Tennis Almanack” (1928), Edith Hannam also won the women’s singles title at the Canadian Championships in 1909. This tournament, which rotated between different cities, was held in Montreal, Quebec, in 1909.

Edith Hannam did not take part in any lawn tennis tournaments in the year 1910. By the beginning of April 1911, when the Census of England and Wales was taken, Edith and Francis Hannam had returned to England and were living in an 11-room house in what was then the rural district of Long Ashton in Somerset. Their home was more than likely located in the parish of Nailsea, where they had married three years earlier. Nailsea is located less than ten miles south of Bristol.

By the early summer of 1911, Edith Hannam had started to take part in lawn tennis tournaments again. In late June, at the age of 32, she took part in the Wimbledon tournament for the first time. It appears that Edith had considered taking part in this great tournament on more than one occasion in the past; certainly, she sent in a completed entry form in 1908, but withdrew before the tournament began.

On her Wimbledon debut in 1911, Edith Hannam exceeded many observers’ expectations, and possibly her own, by going all the way to the All-Comers’ Final. (Up until 1922 a Challenge Round was in force in the women’s singles event at Wimbledon. This meant that the holder did not have to play through the event, but could sit out and wait to play the winner of what was known as the All-Comers’ event.) Although Edith did not have a particularly difficult draw at Wimbledon, her achievement is nevertheless impressive, all the more so because she recovered from 2-5 and 15-40 in her semi-final match against her countrywoman Helen Aitchison before winning, 6-3, 6-8, 7-5.

The All-Comers’ Final pitted Edith against another Englishwoman, Dora Boothby, Wimbledon women’s singles champion in 1909. Although Edith played well, particularly in the second set, there was no disguising the difference in class, and Dora Boothby won the match in two sets, 6-2, 7-5. By all accounts Edith, like most of her contemporaries, was primarily a baseline player who relied on a strong forehand to create openings for winning strokes. Her backhand was comparatively weak.

Later on in the lawn tennis season of 1911, Edith gained revenge for her defeat at Wimbledon when she beat Dora Boothby in the final of the women’s singles event at the Midland Counties Championships tournament, held in the suburb of Edgbaston in Birmingham in the West Midlands. In the final Edith beat Dora, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. A few weeks later Edith won the women’s singles title at the Hampshire Championships in Bournemouth for the second time, defeating her compatriot Agnes Tuckey (née Daniell) in the final, 6-4, 6-3.

In 1912 and 1913, Edith Hannam would retain the women’s singles title at both the Midland Counties Championships and the Hampshire Championships. These would not be the only singles titles she would win three years in a row. At the Nottinghamshire Championships, usually held around mid-July in Nottingham in the East Midlands of England, Edith won the women’s singles title in 1912, 1913 and 1914.

After World War One, during which no open lawn tennis tournaments were held in Great Britain, Edith would win the women’s singles title at the Warwickshire Championships tournament, usually held in late July in Leamington, a spa town in central Warwickshire in the West Midlands. She took the women’s singles title there in 1922, 1923 and 1924.

Closer to her native Bristol, Edith won the women’s singles title at the Cheltenham lawn tennis tournament in 1913 and 1914, and, after the war, again from 1920 to 1923, in other words six times in a row.

At Wimbledon, Edith did not really build on her success of 1911 in the women’s singles event, which she entered again in 1912, 1913 and 1914. However, she did reach the final of the women’s doubles event in 1914 when she and her countrywoman Ethel Larcombe (née Thomson) lost to the Anglo-American combination of Agnes Morton and Elizabeth Ryan, 6-1, 6-3. This year marked Edith’s last appearance as a competitor at Wimbledon.

In 1912, Edith Hannam and several other English lawn tennis players travelled to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, to take part in the indoor events forming part of the fifth Summer Olympic Games. These events were held from May 5-12, indoors on the wooden courts of the Tennis Pavilion at the Östermalm Athletic Grounds in Stockholm. Edith Hannam entered both the women’s singles and, with her compatriot Charles Dixon, the mixed doubles – the only two events open to women – and won the gold medal in both, an impressive achievement.

In the final of the women’s singles event at the Olympic Games, Edith Hannam defeated the top Danish player of the time, Sophie Castenschiöld, 6-4, 6-3. Edith and Charles Dixon’s opponents in the final were their compatriots Herbert Roper Barrett and Helen Aitchison, whom they beat, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. (Although remembered primarily as a singles player, Edith did also win the mixed doubles and women’s doubles titles at several tournaments throughout her lawn tennis career.)

As already indicated, the outbreak of World War One meant the cancellation of all open lawn tennis tournaments in Great Britain – and, indeed, in many other countries. Soon after the beginning of the war Francis Hannam applied for and was granted a commission. Captain Francis Hannam was killed on July 5 while fighting in the trenches of northern France against the Germans.

As already indicated, in 1919 Edith Hannam returned to tournament lawn tennis, after the end of World War One. The list of her successes proves that she was capable of winning tournaments well into her forties (she turned forty on November 28, 1918).

At the Welsh Championships in Newport, a city located across the River Severn from Bristol, Edith Hannam won the women’s singles title on five occasions – from 1912 to 1914 and, after the war, again in 1920 and 1922. She was runner-up in the same event in 1921, 1923 and 1924. Thus she made 8 consecutive finals as the event was not held from 1915 to 1919). More than any other event her achievement at Newport demonstrated her longevity.


Edith Boucher Hannam – An Early English Lawn Tennis Player (by Mark Ryan)

With her brother John


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United States
Born 02 April 1943 in St Louis, Missouri
Married Donald C. Aucamp in 1965
Height: 5' 7.5"
Active: 1960 to 1967

Carol Hanks was one of three strong American women players who came from St. Louis in the 1960s. She and Justina Bricka established themselves as a strong young doubles team as teens by winning several events, the most notable being Cincinnati in 1960. Carol also won several smaller events in 1960 (including Cincinnati) and performed well on the Caribbean circuit.

Though she struggled to have strong results in the Slams (often drawing seeded players early), Hanks won the California State Championships and the US Hard Courts in 1962, and in 1963 she won the US Indoor over the third St. Louis native, Mary Ann Eisel. Carol and Donna Fales reached the finals of two Wimbledon warm-up events in 1963, beating Deidre Catt and Elizabeth Starke to win at Bristol. She was praised for partnering African-American Arthur Ashe in a mixed doubles quarterfinal run at Wimbledon that year, though she said she didn't really even know much about the civil rights movement at the time. (Later, she said that she wished she had done more to help this movement.) She also was a finalist at the Piping Rock Invitational in 1963, where she lost to Maria Bueno.

Bricka/Hanks won two events on the Caribbean circuit in 1964 and Carol reached the semifinals in singles in both events. Hanks won the Atlanta Invitaional over Eisel that year, and had very solid results in singles and doubles throughout the summer. At the US Nationals, Bricka/Hanks were seeded #5 ad upset Bueno/Ebbern before falling to Moffitt/Susman. In the US singles championships (the US singles and doubles were held on different dates at different locations at this time), Hanks had her best career result in a Slam event. She upset #4 Lesley Turner in the 2nd round and #6 Ann Haydon Jones in the quarterfinals before losing to #1 seed Maria Bueno.

In 1965, as Mrs. Aucamp, Carol lost to Nancy Richey in the US Indoor finals, but gained some revenge with a doubles win with Eisel over Richey/Susman. At the Essex grass court tournament prior to the US Nationals, she defeated young Julie Heldman before falling in the finals to Moffitt. In 1966, she won singles events at Tulsa (over Casals) and Pensacola (over Fales), won the doubles event at Merion (w/ Eisel) and reached the mixed doubles finals at the US Nationals (in a weaker field w/ Ed Rubinoff). In her last events in early 1967, she won doubles events with Eisel at the New England and US Indoor events and reached the Phoenix Thunderbird finals where she fell to Nancy Richey.

Carol Hanks Aucamp lives in St. Louis across the street from her first doubles partner Justina Bricka. She plays tennis once or twice a week with her husband and has been on about 15 mission trips to orphanages in El Salvador.

Carol (on left) next to Justina Bricka, with Mary Ann Eisel on the right.

[Thanks top Preacherfan for this biogrphy]

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HANSELL, ELLEN (Ellen Forde Hansell)
United States
Born 18 September 1869
Died 11 May 1937
Married Taylor Allerdice
Nickname: "Nellie"

The first US Nationals Champion in 1887. She was RU the next year.


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HARDCASTLE, “MAY” (Margaret May Hardcastle)
Australia (Queensland)
Born 6 May 1913
Died 2 August 2002
Active 1930-1947

Created Queensland sports history by becoming the first female sport person to win the coveted Telegraph Blue of Blues, the equivalent to the present Queensland Sports Star of the Year Award.

May's ambition to represent Australia at Wimbledon was prevented by the outbreak of war in 1939, but she did go on tour with the Australian team to New Zealand in 1939 and 1940.Sergeant Hardcastle of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service during World War II.

New Zealand Champion 1939
Australian HC Champion 1939
Queensland Champion 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940
Exhibition Champion 1936, 1937

"Strictly a baseline player..and a remarkably steady one." (Dodo Bundy)

Thread: May Hardcastle (1913-2002)