1879 Men's Tennis tour

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1879 Men's Tennis tour
William Charles Renshaw.jpg
William Renshaw wins first hardcourt title this year
Details
Duration 2 June – 28 December
Edition 3rd
Tournaments 12 (Amateur) [1]
Categories Important (1)
National (2)
State/Regional (4)
County (1)
Local (3)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold (2)
Most tournament finals Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold (4)
1878
1880

The 1879 Men's tennis tour [2][3] was composed of the third annual pre-open era tour. It now incorporated 12 tournaments staged in Australia and Great Britain and Ireland. The 1879 Wimbledon Championships was won by John Hartley defending champion Patrick Francis Hadow, defending champion could not participate in the Challenge Round. This year saw the innugrial [4] Irish Championships that in its early stages of development was considered as important that of the Wimbledon Championships the event was won by Vere St. Leger Goold who defeated in Charles David Barry in the final by Charles David Barry 8-6, 8-6. Important this year was the staging now of three hard court tournaments namely the Dublin University Championships the East Gloucestershire Championships held in Cheltenham Great Britain.[5] and the first tournament to be held outside of Europe in Australia with the Victorian Championships.

Calendar[edit]

Notes 1: 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),[6] in some tournaments not all.

* Indicates challenger

Notes 2:Tournaments in italics were events that were staged only once that season

Key[edit]

Important tournaments [7][8][9][10][11]
National tournaments
State Regional tournaments
County tournaments
Local tournaments

January to May[edit]

No events

June[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semifinalist Quarter finalist
9–16 June[12] Irish Lawn Tennis Championships[13]
[14] Dublin, Ireland
Grass
Singles
Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold[15]
8–6, 8–6
United Kingdom David Charles Barry United Kingdom Henry Evelyn Toombe
1-6,4-6
Ireland John Jameson Cairnes
3-6, 4-6
Ireland F J Joyce
0-6, 1-6
Ireland J J Sherrard
6-4,1-6, 4-6
Ireland L McDonnell
1-6, 1-6
Ireland A Hodgson walkover
30 June-30 July Grand National[16]
Hendon, London, Great Britain
Grass
Singles
United Kingdom Edgar Lubbcock
6-1 6-0 8-6
Scotland Lestocq Robert Erskine
?

?





July[edit]

Date Tournament Winner All comers' finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
7–16 July Wimbledon Championship [17]
London, Great Britain
Grass
Singles
United Kingdom John Hartley
walkover
Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold
6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold
Bye
United Kingdom C F Parr
2-6, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1
United Kingdom Charles Gilbert Heathcote
6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Ireland C D Barry
6-2, 6-5, 6-4
United Kingdom G E Tabor
6-2, 6-5, 5-6, 6-3
Challenge round
United Kingdom Patrick Francis Hadow
14-15 July Staffordshire Tournament[18]
Stafford, Great Britain
Grass
Singles
United Kingdom Henry W. J. Gardner
6-4 6-3
United Kingdom E. W. Burnett
?

?





14-15 July Essex County Cricket Club Tournament[19]
Knighton, Great Britain
Grass
Singles
United Kingdom
Nalton Womersley
6-4 6-5
United Kingdom
Dale Womersley

?

?

August[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semifinalist Quarter finalist
? August Scottish Championships[20]
St Andrews, Great Britain
Grass
Singles
Scotland Leslie Balfour-Melville[21]
def
? ? ?
15–16 August Dorchester Tournament [22] Dorchester, England
Hard
Singles
England Montague Hankey
6-5 6-5 6-5
United Kingdom Captain James J. Glascott United Kingdom Captain James J. Glascott
Bye
United Kingdom James H. Medlycott,
 ?
United Kingdom Captain Bradford
6-4 6-3
England James C. Pipon
?
United Kingdom
?
22–25 August Waterford Annual Lawn Tennis Tournament Waterford, Ireland
Grass
Singles
Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold
?
Ireland J. M. Brown Ireland Henry Joseph Gallwey
?
Ireland J. C. Roberts
?
Ireland Patrick Joseph Gallwey
?
Ireland William Joseph Gallwey
?
Ireland Pierce Barron-Newell
?

September[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semifinalist Quarter finalist
3–9 September South of Ireland Championships [23][24] Limerick, Ireland
Grass
Singles
IrelandJoseph Fritz James Heffernan Considine
6–4, 6–3
Ireland Henry Evelyn Tombe Ireland Joseph Fritz James Heffernan Considine[25]
Bye
Ireland T J Johnston
0-6, 6-2, 5-6
Ireland Major Richard de Ros Rose
1-6, 10-12
Ireland W Ryan
6-8, 3-6
Ireland Charles R B Heaton-Armstrong
4-6, 8-6, 6-1

October[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semifinalist Quarter finalist
7–11 October East Gloucestershire Championships[26][27] Cheltenham, Great Britain
Hard (Asphalt)
Singles
United Kingdom William Renshaw
6-4 6-3 5-6 6-4
Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold  Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold
Bye
United Kingdom William H J Gardner
6-4 6-1
United Kingdom E W Burnett
6-4 6-2
United Kingdom E Manning
(3-6 6-4 6-2
United Kingdom Mr. Arnold
2 sets to 0
20–23 October Dublin University Championships[28]
Dublin, Ireland
Hard (Asphalt)
Singles
Ireland Henry James Daly
?
Ireland Ernest Edward Knox Ireland Charles William O’Hara Mease
?
Ireland Henry James Daly
Bye
Ireland Charles William O’Hara Mease
Bye
Ireland Thomas Haines Abrahall
?
IrelandG.H. Bailey
?

November[edit]

No events

December[edit]

Date Tournament Winner Finalist Semifinalist Quarter finalist
22–28 December Victorian Championships[29] Melbourne, Australia
Hard (Asphalt)
Singles
Australia A F Robinson[30]
2-1 (sets)
Australia H M Strachan |Australia E McKenzie
 ?
Australia W Officer
 ?





List of tournament winners[edit]

Note: Important tournaments in Bold

Rankings[edit]

Source: The Concise History of Tennis

Karoly Mazak World Rankings for 1879 [31]
# Player
1  John Hartley (ENG)
2  Vere St. Leger Goold (Ireland)
3  Cecil Parr (GBR)
4  William Renshaw (ENG)
5  George Tabor (GBR)
6  Edgar Lubbock (GBR)
7  Lestocq Robert Erskine (SCO)
8  Herbert Lawford (SCO)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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