South of France Championships

The South of France Championships [1] its original name also known as the Championships of the South of France and the Championship of Southern France was a tennis event held from 1895 through 1971 it was originally played at the Nice Lawn Tennis Club, Nice, France.

South of France Championships
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1895
Abolished1971
Editions76
LocationNice, France
VenueNice Lawn Tennis Club
SurfaceClay / outdoor

HistoryEdit

Lawn Tennis was introduced to French Riviera by English, who decided to holiday on the Cote d'Azur after Queen Victoria vacationed there during the late 1800s. The riviera season was usually December through to March and a number of events would be staged in Nice the South of France Championships was considered the best of these early continental tournaments [2] other events founded around this time included the Nice Championships, the Nice Lawn Tennis Club Championships and later the Nice International. Nice Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1890 at Place Mozart. In 1895 the South of France Championships tournament began, the dates the event was held fluctuated between February, March and April annually the club and championships changed location to Parc Imperial Avenue Suzanne Lenglen in 1923. It was one of the earliest events open to international players, the tournament survived for a period of 76 years until 1971.

FinalsEdit

Notes: Challenge Round: The Final round of a tournament, in which the winner of a single-elimination phase faces the previous year's champion, who plays only that one match. The challenge round was used in the early history of tennis (from 1877 through 1921) in some tournaments not all. * Indicates challenger

Men's singlesEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1895 [3]   A. F. Thomas   Victor Voss ?
1896 [4]   Joseph Hamilton De Robiglio ? ?
1897 [5]   Reginald Doherty   Victor Voss 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
1898   Laurence Doherty   James Robert Hay-Gordon 6–1, 6–2, 6–1
1899   Reginald Doherty   Victor Voss 6–0, 6–0, 6–0
1900   Laurence Doherty   Reginald Doherty walkover
1901   Laurence Doherty   Wilberforce Eaves 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
1902   Laurence Doherty   Reginald Doherty walkover
1903 [6]   Laurence Doherty   Sydney Howard Smith 5–7, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
1904 [7]   Laurence Doherty   Major Ritchie 6–2, 6–3, 6–3
1905 [8]   Laurence Doherty   Edward Roy Allen 6–3, 7–5, 7–5
1906   Laurence Doherty   Anthony Wilding 6–3, 8-6, 6–2
1907   Anthony Wilding[9]   Major Ritchie 6–0, 6–0, 6–3
1908   Anthony Wilding   Major Ritchie 6–0, 6–1, 6–2
1909   Fred Alexander   Major Ritchie 6–2, 6–1, 6–2
1910 [10]   Max Decugis   Major Ritchie 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 13-11
1911   Anthony Wilding   Max Decugis 9-7, 6–0, 6–3
1912   Max Decugis   Maurice Germot 10-8, 4–6, 6–2 retired
1913   Max Decugis   Friedrich Wilhelm Rahe 7-9, 6–2, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
1914   Anthony Wilding   Gordon Lowe 6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
1915 No competition (due to World War I)
1916
1917
1918
1919   Max Decugis   Nicolae Mișu 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
1920 [11]   Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston   Alain Gerbault 7–5, 6–2, 2–6, 3–6, 6–1
1921 [12]   Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston   Mino Balbi De Robbeco 6–1, 6–1, 6–0
1922   Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston   Henri Cochet 6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
1923   Gordon Lowe   Randolph Lycett 9-7, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1924   René Lacoste   Jean Washer 6–1, 6–0, 3–6, 7-9, 6–3
1925 [13]   René Lacoste   Gordon Lowe 6–1, 6–4, 6–3
1926   Uberto De Morpurgo   Henri Cochet 1–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–3
1927   Herman von Artens [14]   Brame Hillyard 2–6, 5–7, 6–1, 6–3, 10-8
1928   Charles Aeschlimann   George Lyttleton-Rogers 7–5, 9-7, 6–1
1929 [15]   Emmanuel Du Plaix   Herman von Artens 3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
1930 [16]   Bill Tilden   George Lyttleton-Rogers 4–6, 8-6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–0
1931 [17]   George Lyttleton-Rogers   Christian Boussus 4–6, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–0
1932   Jacques Brugnon   George Lyttleton-Rogers 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
1933   George Lyttleton-Rogers   Max Ellmer [18] 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6, 8-6
1934   George Lyttleton-Rogers   Herman von Artens 2–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
1935   Wilmer Hines [19]   Max Ellmer 6–2, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
1936   Jean Lesueur [20]   William W. Robertson 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
1937   Kho Sin-Kie   Jean Lesueur 13-11, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
1938   Kho Sin-Kie   Max Ellmer 6–1, 2–6, 6–0, 8-6
1939   Constantin Tanasescu   Kho Sin-Kie 2–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
1940 No competition (due to World War II)
1941
1942
1943
1944   Pierre Pellizza   Henri Pellizza 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
1945 ? ? ?
1946   Pierre Pellizza   Yvon Petra 12-10, 5–7, 6–0, 6–1
1947   József Asbóth   Torsten Johansson 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
1948   József Asbóth   Jaroslav Drobný 8-6, 6–1, 6–3
1949   Milan (Misko) Branovic   Dragutin Mitić 6–4, 6-8, 4–2 ret.
1950   Budge Patty   Tony Trabert 6–2, 6–4
1951   Sven Davidson   Straight Clark 6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–2
1952   Owen Williams   Igor Scherbatoff 6–1, 6–2
1953   Armando Vieira   József Asbóth 6–1, 6–1
1954   Anthony "Tony" Vincent   Paul Rémy 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
1955   Władysław Skonecki   Jaroslav Drobný walkover
1956   Paul Rémy   Pierre Darmon 6–2, 6–1, 6–0
1957   Jacques Brichant   Bobby Wilson 9-11, 6–3, 6–2, 7-9, 6–4
1958 ? ? ?
1959   István Gulyás   Torben Ulrich 0–6, 4–6, 9–7 6–4, 3–3 retired
1960   Warren Woodcock   Barry Phillips-Moore 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
1961   Pierre Darmon   Warren Woodcock 6–2, 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
1962   Pierre Darmon   Wilhelm Bungert 6–1, 6–1, 0–6, 6–2
1963   Pierre Darmon   István Gulyás 8-10, 6–3, 6–2, 7–5
1964   Sergio Tacchini   Jean-Noël Grinda 6–4, 4–0 ret.
1965   István Gulyás   Milan Holeček 6–1, 6–1, 7–5
1966   István Gulyás   Daniel Contet 6–1, 6–0, 13–11
1967   Jean-Pierre Courcol   Eduardo Zuleta 6–2, 2–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
1968   Alex Metreveli   Barry Phillips-Moore 9-7, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
1969   Georges Goven
  Eduardo Gorostiaga
? ?
1970   Jean-François Caujolle   Jean-Loup Rouyer 5–7, 6–1, 6–3

Women's singlesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1899   Miss Brooksmith   Florence Waters 6–2, 7–5
1900   Clara von der Schulenburg   Mrs Barrington 6–3, 6–4
1901   Blanche Hillyard   Lillian Payne 7–5, 6–3
1902   Clara von der Schulenburg   Gertrude Wilmoth 6–0, 8-6
1903   Miss Lowther   Lily Addison 6–1, 6–1
1904   Clara von der Schulenburg   C. Robertson 6–3, 6–2
1905   Connie Wilson   Gertrude Wilmoth 6–4, 6–1
1906   Miss Lowther   Lorna Gyton 8-6, 6–2
1907   Miss Eastlake-Smith   Lily Addison 2–6, 6–4, 8-6
1908   Dorothea Lambert Chambers   Lorna Gyton 11-9, 6–4
1909   Clara von der Schulenburg   Lorna Gyton 6–4, 6–2
1910   R. V. Salusbury   Pearl Stewart 4–6, 7–5, 6–0
1911   Frl. Krohn   A. Wilmoth 6–3, 6–2
1912   Jessie Tripp   Margaret Tripp default
1913   Dagmar von Krohn   Blanche Colston 6–3, 6–1
1914   Dorothea Lambert Chambers   M Stuart 6–2, 6–0
1915 No competition (due to World War I)
1916
1917
1918
1919   Suzanne Lenglen   Doris Wolfson 6–0, 6–0
1920   Geraldine Beamish   Suzanne Lenglen default
1921   Suzanne Lenglen   M. Septier 6–1, 6–1
1922   Elizabeth Ryan   Geraldine Beamish 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
1923   Suzanne Lenglen   Elizabeth Ryan 6–1, 6–0
1924 [21]   Suzanne Lenglen   Phyllis Covell 6–2, 6–1
1925 [22]   Suzanne Lenglen   Ermyntrude Harvey walkover
1926 [23]   Helen Wills   Isabella Mumford 6–0, 6–1
1927   Lilí Álvarez   Phyllis Satterthwaite 6–3, 6–3
1928   Paula von Reznicek   Cilly Aussem 6–3, 6–2
1929   Paula von Reznicek   Phyllis Covell 6-8, 6–2, 6–4
1930   Cilly Aussem   Carolyn Hirsch 6–0, 6–2
1931   Phyllis Satterthwaite   Paulette Marjollet 6–1, 6–3
1932   Elizabeth Ryan   Phyllis Satterthwaite 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
1933   Sheila Hewitt   Cilly Aussem 6–4, 6–3
1934   Muriel Thomas   Mary Hardwick 6–1, 6–0
1935   Simonne Mathieu   Edith Belliard 10-12, 7–5, 6–3
1936   Simonne Mathieu   Phyllis Satterthwaite 6–1, 6–0
1937   Simonne Mathieu   Anita Lizana 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
1938   Gracyn Wheeler   Gem Hoahing 6–4, 6–2
1939   Simonne Mathieu   Gracyn Wheeler 6–0, 6–2
1940 No competition (due to World War II)
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946 Event not held
1947   Alice Weiwers ? ?
1948   Annelies Ullstein Bossi ? ?
1949   Myriam De Borman ? ?
1950   Gussie Moran   Josette Amouretti 6–0, 6–0
1951   Doris Hart   Shirley Fry 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
1952   Marta Peterdy ? ?
1953   Joan Curry   Shirley Bloomer 6–4, 6–1
1954   Joan Curry   Christiane Mercelis 7–5, 6-8, 12–10
1955   Anne-Marie Seghers   Joan Curry 6–1, 6–4
1956   Christiane Mercelis   Ingrid Metzner 6–0, 7–5
1957   Christiane Mercelis   Jacqueline Kermina 4–6, 6–1, 6–1
1958 Abandoned (due to rain)
1959   Yola Ramírez   Paule Courteix 6–2, 6–4
1960   Edda Buding   Renate Ostermann 4–6, 6–3, 8-6
1961   Margaret Smith   Flo de la Courtie 9-7, 6–4
1962   Zsuzsa Körmöczy   Rita Bentley 6–4, 6–4
1963   Jan Lehane   Janine Lieffrig 7–5, 6–2
1964   Almut Sturm   Christiane Mercelis 0–6, 6–2, 6–4
1965   Helga Schultze   Jill Blackman 7–5, 6–2
1966   Sonja Pachta   Jill Blackman 6–4, 6–4
1967   Winnie Shaw   Joan Gibson Cottrill 6–4, 6–2
1968   Gail Sherriff   Robin Blakelock Lloyd 9-7, 6–4
1969   Peaches Bartkowicz   Gail Sherriff Chanfreau 6–3, 6–4
1970   Helga Niessen   Julie Heldman 6–1, 6–1
1971   Jill Cooper   Marijke Jansen Schaar 6–1, 6–1

RecordsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

Source: The Tennisbase included [24]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Suzanne Lenglen Rounding Into Form". news.google.com. Ottawa Citizen - Mar 17, 1924. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. ^ Wilding F., Anthony. "Modern Lawn Tennis; Tennis on the Continent". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Modern Lawn Tennis. Press, Volume LXVIII, Issue 14242, 3 January 1912. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "South of France Championships 1895". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  4. ^ "South of France Championships 1896". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ "South of France Championships 1897". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Doherty Won Tennis Championships" (PDF). query.nytimes.com. New York Times, 16 March 1903. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  7. ^ "South of France Championships 1904". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Lawn Tennis (Notes) by Volley". Lawn Tennis, Star Issue, 8324, 24 May 1905. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Wilding Wins at Nice". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. New Zealand Herald, Volume, XLIV, ISSUE 13442, 21 March 1907. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Wildings Victories". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, ISSUE 14622, 7 March 1911. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Biographies: Russian Sport: Tennis: Count Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston". rusartnet.com. Rusart. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Biographies: Russian Sport: Tennis: Count Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston". rusartnet.com. Rusart. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Lawn Tennis by Huka: On the Riviera". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Evening Post, Volume CIX, Issue 119, 23 May 1925. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Player Profile: Herman Von Artens". atpworldtour.com. ATP. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Lawn Tennis by Huka, Tildens Victories". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Evening Post Volume CX, ISSUE 11, 12 July 1930. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Lawn Tennis:Irish Championships". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Dunstan Times, 30 July 1934. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Lawn Tennis:Irish Championships". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Dunstan Times, 30 July 1934. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Player Profile: Max Ellmer". atpworldtour.com. ATP. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Player Profile: Wilmer Hines". atpworldtour.com. ATP. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Player Profile: Jean Le Sueur". atpworldtour.com. ATP. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Suzanne Lenglen Rounding Into Form". news.google.com. Ottawa Citizen - Mar 17, 1924. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Tennis Champions". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 43, 19 February 1926. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  23. ^ "Miss Wills Wins Again". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 63, 15 March 1926. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  24. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "South of France Championships Tournament Records". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 25 November 2017.

ReferencesEdit

  • Ayre's Lawn Tennis Almanack And Tournament Guide, A. Wallis Myers. UK.
  • Dunlop Lawn Tennis Almanack And Tournament Guide, G.P. Hughes, 1939 to 1958, Published by Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd, UK.
  • Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annuals and Compendia, Lowe, Sir F. Gordon, Eyre & Spottiswoode.

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