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LANGLEY, JILL
Australia (Western Australia)
Born circa 1937 (aged 17 on 6 May 1954)
[Active 1952-1958]

From North Perth.

1954 Western Australian state junior champion. Jill took up tennis at the age of 10 when she picked up a tennis racquet meant to be her sister's birthday present.

1958 Australian Championships mixed doubles finalist in 1957. Jill and British player Billy Knight lost the final to #4 seeds Fay Muller and Mal Anderson 7-5 3-6 6-1. On the way to the final the upset both the #2 and #3 seeds.

Other than the 1957 mixed final she had a very undistinguished record. She was 0-4 in singles at the Aussie Championships.

Sources:

06 May 1954 - MISS LANGLEY A LOGICAL FIRST CHOICE - Trove (includes a photo)

Results Archive - Jill Langley - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2016 - Official Site by IBM

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LAPIMAA, ELENA
Estonia
Born 7 April 1953
Married Komarov, 1975

Elena Lapimaa began plaing tennis at age six. A winner of multiple Estonian national tennis titles, she also enjoyed much success in Soviet tournaments in the late 1960s/early 1970s. She was singles champion of Nigeria in 1975. In later years she turned to coaching and was coach of the Estonian Federation Cup team from 1994 to 1996.

A short biography (in Estonian) and a photograph of Elena Lapimaa can be seen here: http://www.spordiinfo.ee/esbl/biograafia/Elena_Lapimaa

 

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LARCOMBE, ETHEL (nee Ethel Warneford Thomson)
United Kingdom
Born: 08 June 1879 in Islington,Middlesex,England
Died: 10 August 1965 in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England
Married: Dudley Thomas Reynolds Larcombe 15 October 1906 in Budleigh Salterton, Devon
[Active 1902-1921]

1912 Wimbledon champion several years after losing the All-Comers final in 1903. Larcombe also won the Mixed in 1914.

Her husband ,Major Dudley Larcombe, was secretary of the All England Club from 1925 to 1939

Mrs Larcombe was even more prominent in badminton, winning 11 English titles (5 in singles) in total. Perhaps the sport honed her volleying skills, which were among the best of her day.




Sources:

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

Archive - Draws Archive : Ethel Larcombe (Thomson) - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM
 

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MCCARTHY, Elizabeth (nee Elizabeth Larned)
United States
Born 01 February 1887 in New Jersey
Died ????
Married Albert H McCarthy 30 May 1905 in Orange, New Jersey
[Active 1905-1908]

Daughter of prominent lawyer William Zebedee Larned. Sister of tennis champion William A Larned, who won 7 US Nationals in singles from 1901 to 1911 and Edward Larned.

She was from Plainfield, New Jersey and was a member of the West Side Tennis Club. In 1911 Elizabeth was living in Summit, New Jersey.

Sources:

Special to The New,York Times. "MISS LARNED MARRIED." New York Times (1857-1922): 9. May 31 1905. ProQuest. Web. 16 July 2016 .

William Zebedee Larned (1821 - 1911) - Find A Grave Memorial

Bill Larned T

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

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LASCELLES, "NELLIE" (nee Ellen Annie Halley)
Australia (NSW)
Born 1897
Died 1958
Married Frank Lascelles, circa early 1922 (wed by 01 April 1922)

NSW player of the 1920s
NSW Champion 1920
NSW Doubles champion in 1921
 

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LAUGHTON, JEAN
Australia
Born 07 March 1905 in Gilberton, Adelaide
Died ????
Not know if married or not
[Active circa 1925-1950]

Entered the 1926 Aussie dubs with her sister of fellow tennis player Lois Laughton.

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LAUGHTON, LOIS
Australia
Born 24 August 1903 in Gilberton, Adelaide
Died 18 July 1995 in South Australia
Married Alfred George Carne
[Active circa 1920-30]

Lois later became a distinguished porcelain painter, potter and batik artist. She was also the art teacher at Minlaton High School in South Australia for a number of years. Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Jean Laughton, with whom she entered the 1926 Australian National doubles.

From ‘The Glenelg Guardian’, March 6, 1924:

To a Brighton girl, Miss Lois Laughton, has fallen the honour of receiving the Harry P. Gill Memorial Medal this year. This medal is offered each year to students of technical schools for the best example of applied art with the design based on an Australian motif, with a studentship at the School of Arts and Crafts. The donor of the medal was the first principal of the School of Arts and Crafts, and the medal is a much-prized one.

A monetary prize is also given each year, and this was divided this year between Miss Laughton and Miss Margaret Robjohns. Miss Laughton lives at home with her mother, Mrs. Robert W. [Sarah] Laughton, of Bindarra Road, Brighton, and has always shown a bent for this branch of art, and it is indeed a pleasure to her many friends to learn that her talent has been so fittingly recognised.

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LAWSON, JANET
Great Britain
Born 17 September 1903 in York, England
Died: October 1998 (ages 95yrs) in Winchester, Hants.
Married Eric Eaton Walker on 17 December 1931 in Wesley Chapel, Priory Street, York
[Active from at least 1929-1932]

Lowe’s ranked her #27 in the UK in 1932. Lowe’s Almanack of 1933 calls her “The Yorkshire champion.”

She entered the Championships at Wimbledon only once, going 1-1 in singles, losing the 1R in doubles, and defaulting in the 3R of the mixed after winning the first match.

She won the Yorkshire Ladies Singles three years running, in 1929, 1930 and 1931 and was presented with the Cup. I married [Roddy Armitage] her granddaughter and we have that cup, see image.

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LAZZARINO, SILVANA
Italy
Born 19 May 1933 in Rome
Active from the 1950s to 1970s.

Clever and quick, she and Lea Pericoli were famous for their doubles partnership; a key feauture of their strategy being sky high lobs.

Note that per Jimbo her name NOT Sylvana

SF at Roland Garros 1954

Winner: 1953- Sanremo, Viareggio, Cologne, Istanbul; 1954- Argentine Champs., Sao Paulo, Sanremo, Monte-Carlo, Berlin, Stuttgart; 1955- Bochum, Hannover, Alexandria, Messina; 1959- Barcelona; 1961- Casablanca; 1962- Saltsjoebaden, Oslo; 1963- Sanremo;

Finalist: 1952- Mentone; 1955- Nurnberg, Cairo; 1956- German Champs.; 1957- Prague; 1960- Bastad, Reggio Calabria; 1961- Moscow indoors; 1962- Casablanca;

5 photos of Silvana. In the bottom two she is with her frequent partner Lea Pericoli.








 

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LE BESNERAIS, "NANETTE" (nee Anne-Marie Carbonel-Tequi)
France
Born 04 January 1896 in Laurède, Landes, Aquitaine
Died 20 December 1981
Married Jean-Richard Le Besnerais (5.8.1894-30.1.1969), 01 March 1918--later divorced
[Active circa 1919 to as late as 1931]

Jean-Richard was also a tennis player of note. The couple mustt have been divorced, as he remarried and Nanette outlived him.

They had 3 sons: Hervé Henri (b December 1918), Claude (b January 1920), and Bertrand (b February 1925)

Her two surnames come with a Spanish assonance, not surprising given ther birth in Aquitaine, a region close to Spain. Sometimes her maiden name is written Carbonell, not Carbonel.

Denys Le Besnerais, who later married Suzanne Schmitt, was Jean-Richard's nephew, son of his brother Robert.

with Brugnon



Sources:

Anne Marie CARBONEL - Arbre généalogique David DELCROIX - Geneanet (date of death)

http://gw.geneanet.org/dalau?lang=en...rie;n=carbonel (for marriage)
Jean Richard le Besnerais
http://gw.geneanet.org/dalau?lang=en...n=le+besnerais
https://www.google.it/?gws_rd=ssl#hl...e+besnerais%22
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurède
http://www.myheritage.it/research?fo...any+ep.francia
http://gw.geneanet.org/dalau?lang=en...n=le+besnerais
Robert LE BESNERAIS (1893-1948)
http://www.whoswho.fr/decede/biograp...esnerais_29813

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LE CONTE, "GERMAINE" (Marie Carbonel-Tequi)
France
Born circa 1888
Died ????
Married Georges Le Conte on 15 December 1919 in Lourdes
[Active 1919-1930]

Marie Carbonel-Téqui might well have been the elder sister of the lawn tennis player Anne-Marie Carbonel-Téqui (b. 1896) who married another player, Jean-Richard Le Besnerais, in 1918. A Georges Le Conte sometimes wrote for the French magazine Tennis et Golf in the 1920s. He is more than likely the man who married Marie Carbonel-Téqui, who might be the Mme Le Conte who played in many tournaments during the 1920s. However, the Mme Le Conte in question is usually listed as Germaine Le Conte.

As Mme Germaine Le Conte sometimes played doubles with Nanette Le Besnerais (the former Anne-Marie Carbonel-Téqui), who was likely her sister, and her full name was likely Marie-Germaine.

Mme Germaine Le Conte played mixed doubles with her husband at the French Closed Championships 1921, and if his first name was Georges we would have the proof of her identity.

Sources:

https://gw.geneanet.org/cbachelet?n=...&oc=&p=georges

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LE MESSURIER,”KATH” (Kathleen Jessie Le Messurier)
Australia (South Australia)
Born 12 July 1898
Died 01 January 1981 in Gilberton
[Active circa 1919-1933]

South Australia's greatest champion between the wars and ranked in the nation's top players until around 1933. Amazingly enough she never had a professional tennis lesson.

Kathleen Le Messurier played for Methodist Ladies College, Semaphore and East Torrens Clubs, represented South Australia from 1919 and was the State's best woman player for many years.

She first came to national prominence during the 1924 Australian Championships where she upset defending champion Mall Molesworth. She won her state championship in 1928 and was runner-up on another seven occasions.

Kath was also runner-up in the Victorian (twice) and NSW Championships and highly regarded as a doubles player, often in tandem with Dot Weston, her successor as SA Champion.

In 1930, while on a European vacation with her sister, Le Messurier played at Wimbledon but, out of practise, she did not progress past R2.

Her papers are in the State Archives of South Australia in Adelaide and are described as having “Newspaper cuttings, photographs, programmes, correspondence, and badges relating to Kathleen Le Messurier's tennis career.”

Name often misspelt as Le Mesurier. It is Le Messurier for certain, as noted in the South Australian archives.

Australian Championships Final 1932
SA Champion 1928
Metropolitan Champion 1923-1933
City of Adelaide Champion 1927, 1928, 1929

What follows are obit notices courtesy of the South Australian State library.

The ‘Advertiser’ of 6 January 1981 p. 26 has the following death notice:
Le Messurier, Kathleen Jessie – On January 1, in hospital, Kathleen Jessie, of 10 Park Terrace, Gilberton. Loved youngest daughter of the late Ernest and Jessie Le Messurier and loved sister of Nell (Mrs. Russell), Gertrude and Jack (deceased). Privately interred in Cheltenham Cemetery on January 5.

On 13 January 1981 there was a mention of her death in the Advertiser’s ‘Today’ column (page 4) by Ray Polkinghorne, here is the text:

‘Miss Kathleen Le Messurier, who died at 82 on New Year’s Day, won 10 State tennis singles titles, but never had a coaching lesson in her life.

After the women’s ‘hit and giggle’ era, she was the first girl player in the ‘20s to hit the ball hard and won mixed doubles titles with Jack Crawford, Adrian Quist and Don Turnbull.

In 1930 she travelled by sea to the UK to play in her first Wimbledon.

Kath and her sister, Gertrude, of Walkerville, lived for 40 years in the Buckingham Arms intersection house later owned by John Portus. It was recently demolished.

Her burial details are available on the website of Adelaide Cemeteries Authority:
Adelaide Cemeteries Authority

Sources:

Book on Le Mesurier or Le Messurier Geneology (see pages 6, 219, and 240)

http://www.guernsey-society.org.uk/a...v4%20final.pdf

The South Australian State library has a file on her at:
http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au/record=b2187214~S1

Wiki entry (note it has a wrong first and last names for her)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathrine_Le_Mesurier

[Thanks to GeeTee, LKK, The South Australian State Library, and Wolbo for help with this biography]
 

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LE NEVEU, ETHEL
Australia (Victoria)
Born in 1872 in Geelong, Victoria
Died in 1949 in Toorak, Victoria
[Active 1900-1911]

Achieved fame in 1911, when it was discovered she was one of the three heirs, with her brother and sister in England, to a Canadian estate worth over £2 million (equivalent to £653 million today!).

Le Neveu is correct. She is sometimes listed incorrectly as Le Neven


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MANSFIELD, DOROTHY(Dorothy M. Mansfield)
Australia
Born in 1910 in Queensland
Died 5 October 2011 in Brisbane
Married Max Hugo Kamp on 10 November 1934 in Ipswich, Queensland
[Active circa 1926-39 and circa 1946-50]

Teaching duties in regional Queensland kept Dorothy from more regular state selection. Max Kamp was a successful cricketer. Dorothy was 101 years old at the time of her death.

In 1947 she won the South Queensland Championships, and in 1948 was RU at the Darling Downs Championships.

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LEACHMAN, ANNA (nee Anna Muller)
United States
Born 3 August 1886 in California.
Died 17 October 1969
Married Ream Sevostias Leachman (born 1877), 02 September 1906 in Sonoma, California
[Active from ar least 1920-1922]


This Californian player enjoyed some success in the early 1920s and was runner-up to Helen Wills at the Pacific Coast Championships in 1922
 
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