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Marion Jones Farquhar (née Jones; November 2, 1879 – March 14, 1965) was an American tennis player. She won the women's singles titles at the 1899 and 1902 U.S. Championships.[1] She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.[2]

Marion Jones Farquhar
Marion Jones Farquhar.jpg
Country (sports) United States
Born(1879-11-02)November 2, 1879
Gold Hill, Nevada, USA
DiedMarch 14, 1965(1965-03-14) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Int. Tennis HoF2006 (member page)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQF (1900)
US OpenW (1899, 1902)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1902)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenW (1901)



Jones was the daughter of Nevada Senator John Percival Jones, co-founder of the town of Santa Monica, and Georgina Frances Sullivan.[3]

Marion Jones was the first Californian to reach the finals at the women's U.S. Tennis Championships in 1898 where she had a championship point against Juliette Atkinson but lost in five sets.[4] She won the U.S. women's tennis title in 1899 and 1902, and the U.S. mixed doubles title in 1901. At the 1900 Summer Olympics, she was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal.[5] Her sister, Georgina also competed in the 1900 Olympic tennis events. In 1900, Jones was the first non-British woman to play at Wimbledon where she reached the quarterfinals in which she was eliminated by G.E. Evered in straight sets.[6]

She was mainly a baseline player who possessed a solid back- and forehand and had good accuracy in her shots.[7][8]

She married architect Robert D. Farquhar in New York City, in 1903. They had three children: David Farquhar (1904 – ), John Percival Farquhar (1912 – 2013 ) and Colin Farquhar (1913 – ). From 1920 until 1961, Marion Jones Farquhar lived in Greenwich Village, where she was well known as a violinist and voice coach. She also translated opera librettos and for a short time was head of the New York Chamber Opera.[9] In 1961 she moved back to Los Angeles, where she lived until her death.[1]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles : 2 titles, 2 runners-upEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1898 U.S. Championships Grass   Juliette Atkinson 3–6, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Winner 1899 U.S. Championships Grass   Maud Banks 6–1, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 1902 U.S. Championships (2) Grass   Elisabeth Moore 6–1, 1–0 retired
Runner-up 1903 U.S. Championships Grass   Elisabeth Moore 5–7, 6–8

Doubles : 1 titles, 2 runners-upEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1901 U.S. Championships Grass   Elisabeth Moore   Juliette Atkinson
  Myrtle McAteer
Winner 1902 U.S. Championships Grass   Juliette Atkinson   Maud Banks
  Winona Closterman
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 1903 U.S. Championships Grass   Miriam Hall   Elisabeth Moore
  Carrie Neely
6–4, 1–6, 1–6

Mixed doubles : 1 titleEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1901 U.S. Championships Grass   Raymond Little   Myrtle McAteer
  Clyde Stevens
6–4, 6–4, 7–5


  1. ^ a b Marion Jones
  2. ^ "Marion Jones Farquhar". International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  3. ^ "Women's tennis tournament". The Philadelphia Times. June 20, 1899. p. 2 – via
  4. ^ Wright & Ditson's Lawn Tennis Guide for 1899. Boston: Wright & Ditson. 1899. pp. 88–89 – via HathiTrust. In the final set Miss Jones needed but one point to win the Championship, but her opponent's return struck a stray ball in the court and made matters even.
  5. ^ "Marion Jones Farquhar Olympic Results". Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  6. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Marion Jones". AELTC.
  7. ^ "Tennis play for U.S. Championship". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 15, 1898. p. 4 – via She plays largely a back court game, which is steady and strong, and her back hand and forward strokes are of good quality.
  8. ^ Wright & Ditson's Lawn Tennis Guide for 1899. Boston: Wright & Ditson. 1899. p. 88 – via HathiTrust. Her play is almost entirely from the back of the court and she works the corners on cross-court shots with wonderful accuracy.
  9. ^ "Marion Farquhar – lyricist". The Broadway League.

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