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A. F. Wilding, who last year won the French covered courts tennis championship single.?, and with J. G. Ritchie alse secured the gentlemen's doubles chaifr pionship, hns successfully defended TxiHi titles this weey in Paris, says our London correspondent on April 4. Tile fiM really serious opponent Wilding met in the singles was the young American, Mr I). P. Rhodes, whom he encountered m the semi-final. The New Zealanderwon the first set easily at 6—2, but Rfcpdis, played a much better game at the seconi tirxie of asking, and, with Wilding* trifle erratic, the Yankee managed to secure the set at 6—4. In the decider. Wilding played a cool and confident game, aud won at 6—3. thus qualifying to meet Max Decugis. who had beaten', Ritchie in the semi-final round by/t*° sets to one after a. tough fight. InW final, Wildin? ran up against Decrtgis m his best form, and, but for the_Belgwn meeting with an accident, the New Zμlander might have had to play second fiddle. Decugis took the first set;?' 6_4, but Wilding had matters mupb more his own way in the second, wiitji. he won at 6—l. In the third, however.,-;-, Deeugis was positively brilliant, and efc ■■■ cued the set at 6—l. The fourth proved the last, for, after four g»»% had been scored against him by "Wilding*' Dpcu"is strained his back, and was coin: pdled to retire. Probably W ild "#f superior stamina would have enaolw him to win in any case, but a.t the tun* of the accident Doeugis had won tiro B the three completed sets, and fourteen out of the 29 games played by the con\ testants. _ . In thr> Gentlemen"? Doubles WildHV and Ritchie had little difficulty in quafc fyinir to meet D.-cugis and M. Germ?? in the flnnl, which was decided the,USX after Decugis"s accident. The >'{<*', seemed to have quite recovered,'and/Wi and his partner put vp a very g<H»:. game against the British pair, *; however, won by three sets to l° Te >*T 18 games to 10, the scores being: or*>--6—4, 6—2. _ •■•the / Decugis again opposed Wilding J?""-" fiual round of the Mixed Doubles pionsrnp, in which the New Zealand": was partnered by Miss Eastlake SmM?» Dceugirf having Madame Fenwick ° n - side. There was little to choose the couples, but Wilding and his enr won by two sets to love, beattf£ their opponents by 7 games to 5 "V Thus Wilding "came out on toe" atWi tlivee championships- - • •■■■*'.

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LAWN TENNISES, Auckland Star, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 118, 18 May 1907

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LAWN TENNISES Auckland Star, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 118, 18 May 1907