(From Our Special Correspondent.) LONDON, June 18. » The Olympic Games Tennis Tourn*. ment has been robbed of a good deal ol its interest by the regrettable fact that neither Australasia nor America wiU take part therein. Apparently there are ' men of both nationalities prepared to play, but the entries have closed without any official nominations having been received from these countries, which means that the Americans, Wylie Grant and R. H. Palmer, if they come over aa intended, and A. F. Wilding, who, of course, is here already, will be unable to play whether they want to or not. Concerning this matter, "Baseline" of the "Sportsman" remarks: —"As to whether Australasia and America have been influenced by their inability to play full strength, it is not in my province to say, althought it would seem a pity if such considerations should be allowed to carry undue weight, having regard to the fact that, according to the governing conditions, the Olympic tournament is an individual one," and not necessarily a na« tional one in the broad sense of the term-" Notwithstanding the defection of Auetralasia and America; the Olympic en* try is really remarkable~-and striking testimony to the world-wide popularity of the game. We are to have competitors from Austria, Bohemia, Canada, Hungary. Germany, Holland, and South Africa, and the gathering at Wimbledon next month should be unique in the annals of the game. As to the British Isles selections, the Lawn Tennis Association, nominated no fewer than twenty-six players, fourteen gentlemen and twelve ladies. The names of the Dohertys are in the list, and "R. F." has definitely promised, and "H. L., w although he "has not yet signified hia intention to play, may be put down as a "highly probable." As regards the "Davis Cup," com. petition, it had been hoped in America that England would send a team to play the preliminary round in Philadelphia.;' the winners then proceeding to Australia for the challenge round. The Dohertys, without whom the British team could not be considered representative, have, however, declined to go to America, but express their willingness to make a trip to Australia. This means that either America will have to send her team to Australia to play the preliminary tie, or drop out of the competition. The visit of the Dohertys to Australia will provide one of the most interesting sporting events of the dec- ' md the meeting between Norman okes and hie championship conquers . "H- W will, one imagines, draw the biggest crowd ever seen at a tennis tourney under the Southern Cross. . ' "H. L." has been accused of "funking" Brookes, but methinks there is neither "yellow streak" nor white feather in the composition of "H. L." or his brother. "H. L.'s" willingness to go to Australia in quest of the cup does not at any rate suggest that he fears Brookes.
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ANGLO-COLONIAL TENNIS., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIX, Issue 172, 20 July 1908
ANGLO-COLONIAL TENNIS. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIX, Issue 172, 20 July 1908
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