Three items of rare South African tennis player signatures from c1932.
1. Signature of Norman Farquharson partially across his photograph.
Norman Gordon Farquharson (18 July 1907 – 11 August 1992) was a male tennis player from South Africa. In 1931 Farquharson and his compatriot partner Vernon Kirby were runners-up in the doubles final of the French Championships, losing in straight sets to the American pair George Lott and John Van Ryn. In 1937 they again reached the doubles final in which they lost to the German pair Gottfried von Cramm and Henner Henkel in four sets. Farquharson won the singles title of the South African Championships on four occasions (1934, 1935, 1936, 1938). Between 1929 and 1937 he played in twelve ties for the South African Davis Cup team. The best team result during that period was reaching the semifinal of the European Zone in 1935 against Czechoslovakia. Farquharson had a Davis Cup match record of 13 wins vs. 10 losses and was more successful in doubles (9/3) than singles (4/7).
2. Union-Castle Line RMS Edinburgh Castle notepaper with four signatures: Colin J J Robbins, Farquharson, Bob Kirby & JJ Condon.
John Joseph 'Jack' Condon (9 September 1909 – 1 January 1967) was a former male tennis player from South Africa. In 1924 Condon and his compatriot partner Ivie Richardson competed in the men's doubles event at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and reached the semifinal, defeating the American team of R. Norris Williams and Watson Washburn in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal they were defeated in four sets by the French team of Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet and in the bronze medal match lost in straight sets to René Lacoste and Jean Borotra. Condon won the singles title of the South African Championships in 1926, defeating compatriot Cecil Blackbeard in three straight sets, and was a finalist in 1923, losing to Louis Raymond. In 1927 and 1933 he played in five ties for the South African Davis Cup team. The best team result during that period was reaching the semifinal of the European Zone in 1927 against France. South Africa lost the semifinal, played at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, England 0–5 against the French team consisting of the famous Four Musketeers Lacoste, Borotra, Cochet and Brugnon. Condon had a Davis Cup match record of six wins vs. five losses.
3. Eight signatures South Africa W Province, Tennis Teams 1932-3 January 1933 Rondebosh C.T. - signatures Bob Kirby, Norman Farquharson, Minnie N Lowe, Audrey de Simett, Billy Robbins, DR Tapscott and two others.
Daphne Ruth "Billie" Tapscott (31 May 1903 – 1970) was a South African female tennis player. She was born in Kimberley, South Africa. In 1930 she married South African tennis player Collin John James Robbins. Her best singles performance at a Grand Slam event was reaching the quarterfinals of the 1927 French Championships in which she lost to eventual winner Kea Bouman in straight sets and the 1929 Wimbledon Championships losing at the same stage to Elsie Goldsack. She caused some furor at Wimbledon in 1927 when she played without stockings and white socks. In 1929 she was a runner–up at the singles event of the Irish Open, losing in the final in three sets to compatriot Bobbie Heine Miller. Tapscott won the South African Championships singles title in 1930, 1933, 1934 and 1938. Her brothers Lionel and George were both cricketers who played in Test matches for South Africa.
PLUS on the reverse five signatures for the Western Province Soccer Team 1933 to include Whitaker, Walker, Jaffer, Cochrane and one other.
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