World Covered Court Championships

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World Covered Court Championships
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded 1913
Abolished 1923
Location Various
Surface Wood / Indoor

The World Covered Court Championships were part of a series of three world championships sanctioned from 1913–1923 by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF). The tournament was played indoors on wood floors, and its venue changed from year to year among several countries. While the World Grass Court Championships (Wimbledon) and World Hard Court Championships (WHCC) could justify their "world championship" titles, the WCCC had trouble attracting top players from outside Europe.[1]

23 Nov 1919 World Covered Court Championships at Rue Saussure

The WCCC tournament was disbanded by the ILTF when the Australasian Championships was upgraded to major status for the start of 1924, as well as the United States Lawn Tennis Association (and with it, the US Championships to official major status) joining the governing body of the ILTF, also in 1924. The term "World Championships" was dropped for good when the French Championships agreed to open its doors to international amateur tennis players from 1925 onwards, resulting in the World Hard Court Championships being disbanded.

Tournament information[edit]

Year Venue Date Surface
1913 Stockholm, Sweden Nov. 2–8 Wood
1919 Sporting Club de Paris, Paris, France Nov. 15–23 Wood
1920 Queen's Club, London, England Oct. 11–20 Wood
1921 Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Copenhagen, Denmark Apr. 2–10 Wood
1922 Saint Moritz Palace Lawn Tennis Club, Saint Moritz, Switzerland Feb. 16–25 Wood
1923 Palacio de la Industria, Barcelona, Spain Feb. 1–11 Wood

Champions[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1913 New Zealand Anthony Wilding France Maurice Germot 5–7, 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
1914 not held - World War I
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919 France Andre Gobert France Max Decugis 6–3, 6–2, 6–2
1920 United Kingdom Gordon Lowe United Kingdom Walter C. Crawley 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
1921 France William Laurentz United Kingdom Alfred Beamish 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
1922 France Henri Cochet France Jean Borotra 4–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–0
1923 France Henri Cochet United Kingdom John B. Gilbert 6–4, 7–5, 6–4

Women's singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1913 United Kingdom Helen Aitchison Leisk France Katie Gillou Fenwick 6–4, 6–2
1914 not held - World War I
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919 United Kingdom Dorothy Holman France Germaine Regnier Golding 6–3, 6–4
1920 United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree 6–2, 5–7, 9–7
1921 Denmark Elsebeth Brehm Jørgensen Denmark Ebba Meyer 6–2, 6–4
1922 France Germaine Regnier Golding France Jeanne Vaussard 6–2, 7–5
1923 United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish 6–3, 4–6, 6–2

Men's doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1913 France Max Decugis
France Maurice Germot
Germany Curt Bergmann
Germany Heinrich Kleinschroth
7–5, 2–6, 9–7, 6–3, 6–1
1914 not held - World War I
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919 France Andre Gobert
France William Laurentz
Romania Nicolae Mishu
Romania H. Portlock
6–1, 6–0, 6–2
1920 United Kingdom Percival Davson
United Kingdom Theodore Mavrogordato
New Zealand Alfred Beamish
New Zealand Francis Fisher
4–6, 10–8, 13–11, 3–6, 6–3
1921 France Maurice Germot
France William Laurentz
Denmark Paul Henriksen
Denmark Erik Tegner
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
1922 France Henri Cochet
France Jean Borotra
Switzerland Charles Martin
Switzerland Arman C. Simon
2–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
1923 France Henri Cochet
France Jean Couiteas
Denmark Leif Rovsing
Denmark Erik Tegner
6–1, 6–1, 7–5

Women's doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1913
no women's doubles
1914 not held - World War I
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919 United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish
United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree
United Kingdom Dorothy Holman
United Kingdom Phyllis Howkins Covell
6–3, 6–4
1920 United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish
United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree
United Kingdom Doris Craddock
South Africa Irene Bowder Peacock
6–3, 7–5
1921 Denmark Elsebeth Brehm Jørgensen
Denmark Ebba Meyer
Denmark Vera Forum
Denmark Jutta Steenberg
6–2, 4–6, 6–2
1922 France Germaine Regnier Golding
France Jeanne Vaussard
France Yvonne Bourgeois
Switzerland Canivet
walkover
1923 United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish
United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree
France Germaine Regnier Golding
France Jeanne Vaussard
6–1, 6–1

Mixed doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1913 France Max Decugis
France Katie Gillou Fenwick
Sweden Gunnar Setterwall
Sweden Sigrid Frenckell Fick
7–5, 12–10
1914 not held - World War I
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919 France Max Decugis
United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish
France William Laurentz
France Germaine Regnier Golding
6–3, 6–3
1920 New Zealand Francis Fisher
South Africa Irene Bowder Peacock
Australia Stanley N. Doust
United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree
walkover
1921 Denmark Erik Tegner
Denmark Elsbeth Brehm
Denmark Harald T. Waagepetersen
Denmark Agnete Goldschmidt
6–2, 6–2
1922 France Jean Borotra
France Germaine Regnier Golding
France Max Decugis
France Jeanne Vaussard
6–3, 6–4
1923 United Kingdom Walter C. Crawley
United Kingdom Kathleen McKane Godfree
United Kingdom John B. Gilbert
United Kingdom Geraldine Ramsey Beamish
4–6, 6–2, 6–3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Max. Jack Kramer, ed. The Encyclopedia of Tennis: 100 Years of Great Players and Events. pp. 32–34.