We've got the when & what covered, but I'd appreciate any help with the who & where.
When: 1907 - written in ink under the photo is "Tennis Hong Kong 1907".
What: The ladies look as though they are taking a break from their game, and the four dainty teacups on the right are waiting for them. There must be other people around too, as we can see empty chairs, a couple more tennis rackets, and a man's jacket behind the lady on the left.
Who: The lady on the right appears in several photos from this collection, so we'll be seeing more of her. From other photos I'll guess that she's British, but that's about all I know at this point. It's a long shot, but if anyone reognises her or the other ladies, please let us know.
Where: Where would you go to play tennis in 1907?
The Hong Kong Tennis Association wouldn't start for another two years, so no point looking there.
The Ladies Recreation Club (LRC) has already had tennis courts for over twenty years by 1907. The shape of the land in this photo doesn't look right to me for the LRC, but I'm happy to be proved wrong
Maybe a private court? Some of the wealthier families' houses had their own courts, eg Jean Gittins writes about their house on the Peak:
Father [Sir Robert Hotung] bought a cluster of three houses from a retiring businessman: two, separated by tennis courts on two levels, for the family and a large staff of servants, and one for his own use.
There's a building with a chinese-style roof in the background, maybe related to this court. Can anyone recognise the building, or suggest any other likely places to play tennis in those days?
How: Before we let them go back to their tennis game, I have to ask - How can they move around Hong Kong dressed in all these clothes, let alone play sport? Ankle-length skirt, long sleeves, plus hat (veil optional!).