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MASON, STELLA (nee Stella R Pratt)
United Kingdom
Born
Died
Married Edgar G Mason, circa June 1941
[Active 1935 to 1948]

Stella initially attempted to qualify for Wimbledon in 1935.

She fnally made the main draw in 1946 as Mrs Mason, losing in the first round. In 1948 she failed to qualify than the Championships.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/a80fc83e-ba34-4a0e-b3d1-c5f2c50f86a0/index.html
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/ed93e85b-e5a7-4210-98a5-c26e570adeba_LS.pdf
 

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MASSON, “ADINE” (or “Nadine”) (nee Francoise Masson)
France
[Active as early as 1895 to as late as 1907]

First French champion-winning the national event 1897-1899 and 1902-3. She lost the 1904 final to Katie Fenwick. A 5 time winner in all, she did not have to play a match in taking two titles, as there were no other entrants!

Won the 1902 French mixed with Willy Masson, her brother. The Massons had lived in Canada for a while, where Armand Masson was a successful businessman. Armand organized the first French Indoor Championships, where Adine was the winner from 1895 to 1897. We know that Armand was Willy's father.

Sources are consistent in referring to her as Mlle Masson.


Mlle Masson in a 1901 mixed (upper left)
[Collection Jules Beau. Photographie sportive] : T. 14. Année 1901 / Jules Beau

Sources:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adine_Masson

La Vie au grand air : revue illustrée de tous les sports | 1898-09-15 | Gallica
 

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MATHIEU, "SIMONE" (nee Simonne Emma Henriette Passemard)
France
Born 31 January 1908 in Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died 07 January 1980 in Paris
Married René Mathieu (1900-1960) on 14 October 1925 in Paris.
[Active 1924-1939, 1946-1947]

In her youth Passemard was compared to the legendary Suzanne Lenglen. While she never lived up to Lenglen's prowess the doughty Mathieu managed to win Roland Garros twice-no other native born French woman won the French until Francoise Durr in 1967.

Married to René Mathieu when quite young, she was known throughout most of her career as simply Mme Mathieu. When she was junior champion of France in 1926 her baby lay in his pram courtside. A second son Maurice (born 10 June 1928) was a badminton player like his father. René was also a tennis official and writer, editing the French tennis magazine Smash.

Neither birth stopped her for any length of time from her pursuit of tennis. From 1929 to 1939 she was the French #1, invariably starting each year on the French Riviera. Alan Little calculates that she won 138 Riviera titles: 52 in singles, 43 in doubles, and 43 in mixed (Little, p 357).

Helen Jacobs became a good friend of Mathieu from her visit to the Riviera in 1930, "and I came to know well the generous hearted Frenchwoman whose personality off the court belied the temperament she showed so often in competition" (Gallery p119). Simone's on court gestures and conversations to herself and those in the crowd were typically Gallic. Jacobs wrote, "Sometimes her burst of anger on the court were extremely upsetting to her opponent, and gave Simone an advantage that I believe she neither wished not planned." (p 120-21). At other times her emotions worked against her as winnable matches slipped away.

Simone's powerful forehand carried tremendous pace. The backhand, often produced with topspin, was a steadier but less spectacular stroke.

..there was one great drawback to Simone's game to which she was never able to overcome-or perhaps she did not think it necessary-the absence of any sort of effective volley or smash. This shortcoming did not prevent her from winning innumerable doubles championships, but it was a tremendous handicap in singles competition against players who had the tactical sense to draw her up to the net with short, lows shots and then lob deeply. To win, she relied almost entirely on baseline duels, or upon drawing the opponent up, then making the passing shot or the lob, herself. Helen Jacobs-from Gallery of Champions-page 119
Her weakness at the net made Wimbledon a mountain too high to climb-nonetheless Simone reached the semifinal 6 times and the quarterfinals 4 times. In two of those semifinals she extended the eventual champion to 3 sets. Simone lost to Cilly Aussem in 1931 by the score of 6-0 2-6 6-3. Dorothy Round needed 3 sets to overcome the stubborn Frenchwoman 6-4 5-7 6-2. In retrospect these were her best opportunities to break through at the Championships.

1932 saw her best world ranking of #3, just behind Helen Wills and Helen Jacobs. Mathieu lost the French final to Wills after besting Jacobs in the semifinals. The American reversed matters in a close contest at Wimbledon. After the defeat Mathieu stormed off the court without waiting for Jacobs to gather up her racquets.

She had remarkable success in doubles with Elizabeth Ryan. Ryan covered the net, while Simone "remained in the backcourt, driving with furious pace, retrieving at times almost impossible shots, lobbing with expert accuracy, finding openings which hardly seemed to exist" (p 125).

1935 and 1936 saw Simone go undefeated in singles on the Riviera-winning 16 titles in 1935 and 14 titles in 1936. Only after winning the first 6 titles of 1937 did she taste defeat, losing at Monte Carlo to Hilde Sperling, her personal bête noire.

Throughout the 1930s Hilde was her only superior on the slow European clay. Just as steady, with a more telling net game due to her long limbs, and even tempered-she proved to be Simone arch nemesis in winning Roland Garros. "Only once in a blue moon, would Simone have been capable of beating her [Hilde Sperling]" (Jacobs p. 128). Her lone win against Sperling came at Bealieu in 1937. For once it was the Dane who got tired and made errors first. After winning a two hour first set 7-5 Mathieu won the second in 45 minutes. It was her first win after 15 consecutive defeats against Hilde.

1938 at last saw the French #1 achieve her dream of winning at Roland Garros. Simone must have breathed a sigh of relief when Hilde Sperling was absent. In a mediocre field she romped to victory over Nelly Landry in a 6-0 6-3 final. She repeated as champion in 1939-with Sperling once again not entered.

Helen Jacobs ranked Mathieu at #6 in her book Gallery of Champions. Appropriately enough #5 or #6 was her world ranking for most of the 1930s. The consistent and tenacious Madame was in the top ten 11 consecutive years from 1929 to 1939.

Simonne's husband René Mathieu was a badminton player too. And the birth date (10th of June, 1928) is perfectly consistent with this Maurice being their son. Where the documentary film mentions Maurice Mathieu as being the provider of the photographs, this is probably him.

See https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-f...imonne-mathieu and http://www.ecpad.fr/18-destins-du-18...monne-mathieu/ (also watch the film, from 2'23" to the end).

During the Second World War, Mathieu was head of the Corps Féminin Français, the women's branch of the Free French Forces (France Libre). Her devotion to the French Resistance was considered heroic. Separated from her family, she was condemned to death in abstentia by the Vichy government.

There is some confusion over her name. Contemporary sources are almost unanimous in using "Simone", the most common feminine form of Simon. Evidence from her family and others who knew her, such as Ted Tinling, make clear her name was the less common variant "Simonne."

All of the uses of "Simonne" are fairly recent-on or after 2010. The Hall of Fame and the French wiki both formerly used "Simone." The usage of Simone" here, while technically incorrect, is consistent with her name as given in contemporary English sources.

At Roland Garros the trophy for the winners of the women's doubles is the "Coupe Simone Mathieu".

Grand Slam titles

French Singles 2 titles (1938-1939), Doubles (1933-34, 1936-1939) and Mixed (1937-1938)

Wimbledon Doubles in 1933 1934, and 1937.

Her 19 French finals in all 3 competitons are a record. Mathieu's 10 overall titles ar Roland Garros are 3rd behind Margaret Court (13) and Martina Navratilova (11).

World Top Rankings (from 1929 to 1939 she was always in the top 10-11 consecutive years)

1929: #6
1930: #5
1931: #7
1932: #3
1933: #6
1934: #6
1935: #8 (ranked #4 by Ned Potter of American Lawn Tennis)
1936: #5
1937: #5
1938: #5
1939: #5





An image of Mme Mathieu from a postage stamp. In the 1930s she is always wearing a visor in matches.



Sources:

Simone (Simonne) Matheu: French Tennis Star of the 1930s

Simone (Simonne) Mathieu-French star of the 1930s - TennisForum.com

https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-f...imonne-mathieu [International Hall of fame entry. She was inducted in 2006.]
http://www.ecpad.fr/18-destins-du-18...monne-mathieu/ [Documentary film footage and rare family photos]
http://www.fft.fr/sites/default/files/ti_428.pdf

» Des volontaires françaises
Des femmes dans la France combattante pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale*: Le Corps des Volontaires Françaises et le Groupe Rochambeau

Grasso, Joe. Historical Dictionary of Tennis. Page 219

Jacobs, Helen. "Simone Mathieu", chapter 6 of Gallery of Champions, 1949. Pages 118-131.

Little, Alan. The Golden Days of Tennis on the French Riviera 1874-1938. 2014. Page 357.

[Thanks to Jimbo, Rollo and Vinkje83 for information on this player]
 

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MATHIAS, OLIVE
South Africa
Born circa 1892 (aged 23 at time of marriage)
Died in 1951
Married Charles “Charlie” Lyndhurst Winslow (1 August,1888-September 15, 1963) 24 May 1915 at St Mary's in Parish of Johannesburg.
[Active 1912-1920]

Son Paul Winslow (21st May 1929 to 24th May 2011) was South African test cricketer.

Her husband won the Olympics in 1912 at Stockholm and another medal at Antwerp in 1920. Olive competed in events in Europe in 1920 while on tour with her husband.


Active as early as 1912 as RU in South African Chmps. She won the title in 1914 and again in 1920 as Mrs Winslow.

The 1912 South African final-winner Mrs Kirby on right-finalist Olive Wade to the left



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http://www.identitynumber.org/marria...ts.php?surname
South African marriage records

www.gendatabase.com

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]
 

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MATISON, "CHRIS" (Christine Matison)
Australia
Born 29 October 1951
Married Ray Dorey
Son Jared born circa 1984

From Newcastle in Western Australia. Reached the semi-finals of the 1978 Australian Open as a qualifier.Matison was the first woman qualifier to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament.

In 1975, Matison won the doubles of the Western Australian Championships in Perth partnering Lesley Turner Bowrey. They won 7-6 6-3 over Sue Barker and Michelle Tyler.

In first pic she is with Hrebec

 

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MARRE, SIMONE
France
Married Lartigou, between July 1932 and 1933
[Active in 1931-1932]

A lower ranked French player of the 1930s. She entered the French Championships in 1931 and 1932 as Mlle Marre.

RU: 1931 San Sebastian

[Thanks to Jimbo for this biography]
 

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MAYNE, ELLEN (Ellen Montgomerie Mayne)
Australia (Victoria)/United Kingdom
Born 10 October 1860 in Nynere Tal (modern Nainital), India.
Died 10 October 1955 in Shaldon, Devon, England

Daughter of Major Robert Graham Mayne, a British officer serving in India, and Eliza Ann Landale. The Mayne family, of Scottish origin, served in the British army for several generations in India. The death of Ellen’s father in 1865 probably prompted the family to move back to Australia, as Eliza had been born in Tasmania. Ship records indicate they landed in Melbourne in 1875, where Ellen lived for the next 20 years.

Ellen may have started to play tennis as early as 1881. At a cavalry ball that year she appeared in costume described as “lawn tennis.”. At some point in the 1880s she moved to the state of Victoria and from 1886 until late 1893 won the New South Wales and Victorian state title several times over. In fact she either won or was in finalist in those two events every year during that time.

In Decembe of 1893 Ellen moved to India to live with her brother Colonel Mayne. It is uncertain which brother this was exactly, as two of her her brothers were colonels there; Richard Charles Graham Mayne (1852-1939) and George Nesbitt Mayne (1854-1932). She lived in India for the next dozen years before playing in the London Championships of 1906. She entered Wimbledon in 1906 but defaulted in the first round without playing.

An 1911 cenus shows her residing in Surrey. She would live in England the rest of her life, with a visit to Australia in 1933.

Titles Won
New South Wales in 1887, 1889-1890, and 1893. Victorian Chmps in 1888 and 1891

Finalist
New South Wales in 1888. Victorian Chmps in 1886 and 1892

In sources from her era she was listed as Miss EM Mayne.

[Thanks to Andrew Tas for discovering he identity of this player]
 

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MCALPINE, ANNE (Anne Graham McAlpine)
Great Britain
Born 1943 in Pollok, Glasgow, Scotland

Married Barrow circa 1970
[Active 1960-1971, 1973,1976, and 1977]

Qualified for Wimbledon in 1962.

The West of Scotland LTA 1904 TO 2004 book has the line ups for West of Scotland in County Week. Anne McAlpine played from 1960 to 1966.
From 1967 she is in South Africa only. In 1970+71 there is an "A. Barrow" also in South Africa only. This suggests she lived in South Africa during this period.

She next appears in Scotland County Weeek as Mrs A. Barrow in 1971. She then played in 1973,1975 and 1977.

Sources:

The West of Scotland 1904 to 2004 book
www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

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MCARTHUR, MELLICENT (nee Mellicent Elizabeth Noakes)
Australia
Born 10 March 1874 in Beckenham, Kent, England
Died 31 October 1956 in South Australia
Married Dr Arthur Norman McArthur on 12 May 1900 in All Saints' Church, London
[Active both before and after World War I]

Mother of fellow lawn tennis player Joan McArthur. Between 1900 and 1902 Mellicent emigrated from England to Australia, as her daughter was born in Adelaide Lead, Victoria.

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MCARTHUR, JOAN (Joan Mellicent McArthur)
Australia (Victoria)
Born in 1902 in Adelaide Lead, Victoria
Died in 1980
Married Geoffrey Austin on 4 March 1929 in Melbourne Grammar School Chapel
[Active circa 1920-26]

Daughter of fellow lawn tennis player Mellicent (Noakes) McArthur. Geoffrey Austin had attended Melbourne Grammar School, hence the wedding location.

[Thanks to GeeTee and Newmark for this information]
 
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