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An unknown ball boy-Norman Brooks-May Sutton-Blanche Hillyard and George Hillyard. Taken probably at the Hillyards home of Thorpe-Satchville



[From Alan Little's book]

1905 was a year of adventure and enormous success for May. In early May she retained her Ojai Valley title by beating Florence in the final, 6-0, 6-3. A few weeks later, May made the 11,000 miles journey from California to England, crossing the Atlantic unaccompanied and landing at Liverpool towards the end of May. For a few days she practised on the courts of the North Lonsdale Club at Grange-over-Sands before staying with George and Blanche Hillyard at Thorpe-Satchville, their home in Leicestershire, to further acclimatise herself to the English conditions. She carried with her a letter from Marion Jones, who wrote in glowing terms about the visitor's play. When Hillyard first saw May they formed the opinion that she was too heavily built for speed about the court and that she posed no threat to the British players. They were proved otherwise when, the following day, May demonstrated her prowess in beating Mrs Hillyard, a six-time Wimbledon champion, and Miss Constance Wilson, another leading player. Other front-ranked players, who were guests of the Hillyards that week, soon came to the conclusion that May would be a force to be reckoned with at Wimbledon.
 

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A snippet from American Lawn Tennis in 1919 (15 May 1919 issue, page 78) informs us that May won a self reported 8 of 9 events in 1911. her lone defeat was to Hazel Hotchkiss (later Mrs Wightman) at Niagara on the Lake.

On a soggy court May lost 0-6 7-5 6-0.

Her 1911 titles and scores in final

1. Coronado: d. Mrs B. O. Bruce (her sister) 6-0 6-2

2. Long Beach Mid-Winter: d. Hazel Hothkiss 6-2 6-0

3. Pacific Coast Chmps at Santa Cruz: d. Mary Browne 6-4 6-1

4. Pacific Northwest: d. Mary Browne 6-1 6-1

5. Niagara-on the-Lake: lost to Hazel Hothkiss 6-0 5-7 0-6.

6. Buffalo: d. Florence Sutton 6-1 6-2

7. Cleveland: d. Florence Sutton 6-1 6-1

8. Pittsburgh: d. Florence Sutton 6-4 6-1

9. Pasadena: d. Elizabeth Ryan 6-2 6-0
 
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