8. Germantown Cricket Club (1921-1923, 1934)

Germantown Cricket Club
Germantown Cricket Club, 5140 Morris Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia also took on hosting responsibilities for a few years, hosting women’s singles from 1921 to 1923 and men’s and women’s doubles in 1934. Founded in August 1854, the club is often considered the second oldest in the country and was one of the city’s primary cricket clubs. The clubhouse was designed by McKim, Mead & White and was designated a National Historic Landmark. The club continues hosting private tennis, squash, and swimming events.

All three women’s singles finals at the club included Molla Mallory, a Norwegian tennis player who won a record eight singles at the tournament. In a particularly controversial showing at the 1921 tournament, Mallory’s opponent Suzanne Lenglen informed the official she was too ill to continue playing after losing severely, which led the USTA to accuse her of feigning illness. Mallory would win the 1921 and 1922 singles events but lost in 1923 to Helen Wills, who won 31 Grand Slam tournament titles throughout her career.