COMING EVENTS. Easter — Otago Open Championships "ad Handicap Tournament, at Dunedln Easter — Canterbury Open Championships and Handicap Tournament, at Chrlst- ' church Enster — Waikato Open Championships and Handicap Tournament at Hamilton 1 Easter — Wellington Open Provincial Championships, at Wellington Easter — University Championships, at I Wellington Club's Courts
The final of the Eden and Epsom men's j I championship between J. P. Grossmann and S. Upton provided one of the best and most evenly contested matches of the season. The day was bright, the turf dry, and the wind, though of moderate strength, not variable to any I great extent. Grossmann won the toss, and took the serve. It was apparent from the start that he was going to mix his game a good deal; in fact in the j first game be did not volley a single I shot, though he won by game to Jo. He also won the next with a love game. Upton was getting bis eye in by bard, free bitting, (apparently trusting to later stages to recover himself. He won the third game after the score had run to deuce, but only scored one point in each of the next two, but did precisely the reverse in the 6th and 7th, and made the score 4 all in the next. Grossmann, however, wojar the next two, taking the set 6—4. He kept back a good deal more than he usually does, and frequently scored by waiting till his opponent made a mistake. In the second set, however, Upton was driving splendidly, and as Grossmann, abandoning some of his caution, began to attack more at the net, Upton brought off many beautifully placed drives down the line and across !the court. Some of his passing shots, when Grossmann ran in on his own serve, were particularly well placed, constantly rushing right across his opponent's bow, well out of reach. Grossmann j won only the second and fifth games in j this set, Upton winning the last game I without losing an ace. He was serving, I and, three times running, drove Gross/raann's return hard back out of reach, | winning the last shot with a strong serve. | into tbe back baud court. This set was ) something of a walk over, there being only two deuce games out of tho eight. \ Tbe third set was one of tbe hardest fought of the match, as, though Gross'mann won by 6 to 4, the score in every Igame was not less than 30 to the loser, ] five being deuce games. In the fourth!
set Upton re-asserted himself, and won the set o—3, thus making the sets 2 all.
In the fifth and last set Upton made the first game a love one off his own serve, and also won the next. In the third Grossmann led at 40—love, but Upton pulled up level, and led with the vantage point twice, but, with an ominous 3—love looming in front of him, Grossmann won three points in succession, making the score 2 games to 1. Hβ also got a love game from Ms serve in the next, and also won the next two, thus leading by 4 to 2. Upton won the next, Grossmann the next, and ao alternately until Grossmann, in the 10th game, after three deuce scores, won the game, sot, and match, the complete score boing G—4, 2—o, o—4, 3—6, 6—4. It will be seen that in games his total was actually one less than Upton's. The winner displayed a good deal of judgment in departing from his stereotyped volleying tacti-os. Experience has taught him (1) that he must wait for o proper opening before exposing his side lines to Upton's accurate driving, and (2) that, when he does come in ho must do it more resolutely than he has done, in some of his previous matches against the Auckland champion, aa he has on other occasions given the impression, after being repeatedly passed, of coming up expecting to see the, ball go by out of reuch. The wind appeared to interfere in some measure with Upton's accuracy, but a certain drag which Grossmann was giving to the forehand ehots was also in some measure a disposing cause to the inaccuracy of the returns. Upton wisely came in to the net whon his opponent was driven right out of position, and many of his smashes were powerful and well placed. He has not nearly the accuracy however, in that department that he has off the ground, and fn low volleying is weak. JMorpeth fell an easy victim to Grossmann at West End in' that cluVs championship semi-final, aa, though a hard hitter, he has not the side line shots necessary to defeat such an active volleyer. Upton now meets Qrossmnnn in the final, and, if both are .fit and well, their third and final meeting of the season should be as interesting as the one just voported. Wellington and Canterbury fought out their annual match on the Thorndon grounds this month. The teams were six men aside.—Swanston, Fieher, Pencock, Smythe, Brown, and Young representing Wellington, and OUivier, Goss, Quill, KJver, Pearse and Bonnington playing for Canterbury. Six singles were pluyed, the units of the two teams meeting each other in order namedThree pairs of doubles nlso did battl<» Peacock and Fisher, Swanston and Brown, Young and Smythe tersus Goss and Kiver, Ollivier and Quill, Bonnington and Pearse respectively, being , the draw. On paper the Wellington team looks much the stronger, but it was only on the vantage games of tlie last set of the last match that Wellington drew ahead and won the rubber. Ollivier, the young Canterbury crack beat Svanston 2 sets to 1, Fisher and Peacock beat Goss and Quill in their singles, eac-h two sets straight. Kiver beat Smythe in the 3rd set and Pearse disposed of Rrown o—4. G— i, Bonnington also beating Yonnsr 2 sets to I.' In the singles Canterbury thus led by 4 to 2, but Wellington won the three" doubles. In the Inst event ployed, Goss and Kiver met Peacock and Fisher, and after set all (6 4 in each case) led at s—l m the 3rd set. The two big Wellington mon, however made a fine recovery at this stage and eventually won the set by 10 games to R. Ollivier has sprung into the first flight of players in Xβ w Zealand. He is a hard accurate driver and a clever player to boot. Peacock and Quill had some brilliant rallies at the nets but -the former'e pace was the deciding factor in the contest. the ex-Aucklander winning fl—3, C—4. Had Wilding been playing, the laurels would in all probability have been with Canterbury. The contractor has started work on the eight courts which are being In id down by the City Council in the Domain near Maunsell-road. The soil is looking remarkably well, being a heavy volcanic. The Remuera Club is laying down a further three courts, as their membership is too large for their present accommodation. L. Longuet beat Hume in thie club's championship, in trie semi-final round. Hume has an attractive style and plays a good free game, and with more experience and good practice should do very well.
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