Marion Jones Farquhar
|Country (sports)||United States|
November 2, 1879|
Gold Hill, Nevada, USA
March 14, 1965 (aged 85)|
Los Angeles, CA, USA
|Int. Tennis HoF||2006 (member page)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||W (1899, 1902)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1902)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1901)|
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. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.
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. 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. 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.
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. In 1961 she moved back to Los Angeles, where she lived until her death.
Grand Slam finals
Singles : 2 titles, 2 runners-up
|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-up
|Runner-up||1901||U.S. Championships||Grass||Elisabeth Moore|| Juliette Atkinson
|Winner||1902||U.S. Championships||Grass||Juliette Atkinson|| Maud Banks
|Runner-up||1903||U.S. Championships||Grass||Miriam Hall|| Elisabeth Moore
|6–4, 1–6, 1–6|
Mixed doubles : 1 title
|Winner||1901||U.S. Championships||Grass||Raymond Little|| Myrtle McAteer
|6–4, 6–4, 7–5|
- Marion Jones
- "Marion Jones Farquhar". www.tennisfame.com. International Tennis Hall of Fame.
- "Women's tennis tournament". The Philadelphia Times. June 20, 1899. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)).
- 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.
- "Marion Jones Farquhar Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- "Wimbledon players archive – Marion Jones". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.
- "Tennis play for U.S. Championship". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 15, 1898. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)).
She plays largely a back court game, which is steady and strong, and her back hand and forward strokes are of good quality.
- 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.
- "Marion Farquhar – lyricist". www.ibdb.com. The Broadway League.
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