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LAWN TENNIS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909
COMING EVENTS. Easter — Otaso Open Championships and Handicap Tournament, at Dnnedin Eaeter — Canterbury Open Championshipsand Handicap Tournament, at Curistehurch Easter — Waikato Open Championships and Handicap Tournament, at Hamilton Easter — Wellington Open Provincial Championships, at Wellington Easier — University Championships, at Wellington Club's Courts The West End smgles championship and the Eden and Epsom doubles championship are etill in the final stage only, the wet weather preventing their conclusion last week. These events should not be protracted into April, as the short evenings prevent men at any rate from getting the requisite mid-week knock-up to keep their eye in. A start should be made in December, and all matches got off the board as soon as possible, finishing not later than the beginning of March. The Thorn'don (Wellington) Club championship was due to finish on Saturday last. The winner can safely style himself the champion of the provincial district, as every player with any chance of success is a member of that club. The final rests between J. C. Peacock and Swanston. The latter beaf Fisher 4—G, 6—3, 6—l, 7—5, thus silencing some critics who thought that "the M.P. should have been first string for Wellington in the Canterbury match. Peacock had two five-set, matches, one with Young and the other with Smythe. The last-named accounted for Laishley, 6 —2, 6—3, 6— 4.
The New Zealand team of lady players will probably leave Wellington on Friday, April 16, for Sydney. The match with New South Wales will be played on the 22nd and 23rd or the 23rd and 24th. It is to be hoped that the latter will be chosen, or preferably the following Friday and Saturday, as with only one day intervening after four days at sea our representatives will think that the Sydney courts are laid out on gently undulating ground. The State championship meeting will commence on April 26, and no doubt many of the New Zealand team will remain over for that event. April in New South Wales is not nearly as wet as it is here, nor will the heat be very intense, so that the climatic conditions should not upset the New Zealanders. Miss Nunnelly will be playing with Dr. Pdckley in the Mixed Doubles. It is a pity a New Zealand team of men is not going, though New South Wales never returns the compliment by sending a team here. Wilding, Cox, Peacock, Swanston; Fisher, and Ollivier could give a very good account of themselves.
L. Jennings, whose play -was favourably criticised after the Aucklahd-Taranaki match, has been again proving his calibre by beating A. G. Wallace (two sets straight in a recent Hawera-Waverley match. He took a set from Fisher in the Taranaki championships at New Year. Wilding, Parker, and Fisher say that Jennings is in a class by himself so far as the younger players of New Zealand are concerned. The members of the Mt. Eden Club are opening their pockets in good style to meet the cost of formation of three more courts, to be ftiseii teltnfer ifor croquet of tennis. The advantage of good grounds is a very great one, and is one reason why players in some suburban clubs do n(ST make the progress they should. The Mt. Eden people will be wise to make a good deal of sacrifice to keep their club together, and in doing so will do a service to players in general, as the courts are always in demand for open tournaments. In view Of the fact that the club has never denied the Association on any occasion on which the courts have been asked for, the delegates may see fit, if in funds, to show a monetary appreciation of the sportsmanlike policy of Auckland's historic club. I have received the following letter regarding the notes appearing weekly in this column: — •Sir, —I would be pleased if you will give this space in your tennis column next Saturday regarding that column. I have noticed iri the past that a good deal of the column each "Saturday contains something about Upton or Grossma *ji. almost every stroke played being commented upon. It \b very pleasing to read, but really I think the next best players, or real good close matches in other clubs, should receive some attention and' the little defects pointed out. A short time ago I read that Upton was to play Grossmann for the final of Eden and Bpsora, but that Upton would be playing golf next Saturday, and the following Saturday he would not be available, so that the match "would probably be played off in three weeks' time. I am sure that we tennis players are not anxious to know Upton's movements. I am sure that Messrs' Upton and Grossmann have had their fair share of your column, and I would suggest that they (Upton and Grossmann) should, as experts, point out through the tennis column defects which the next, best players should remedy to become as they are (Upton and Grossmann). champions. In cricket circles senior 3 used to be everything; but now the juniors are given a fair share of the press, and there is no reason why prominent junior tennis players should not be coached by players such as Messrs. Upton and Grossmann, through your columns, instead of filling it Saturday after Saturday regarding the play of these uxvo gentlemen, who, 1 believe, have been c-hampions of Auckland for some years. —I am, etc., D. K. P. Our correspondent is in some confusion of mind in~ascribing to this column a reference to the golfing engagements of a particular player, which certainly appeared in a morning paper a week or two ago. In any event, it was, like the domestic cat, harmless and unnecessary. As for the rest, "D. K. P." is in error if he imagines that most followers of the game are greatly interested in the details of other than good matches between men or ladies with some claim to prominence. Championship results of every club in the district will receive due notice if the club secretaries care to send them in for but the limits of space forbid their receiving the detailed treatment which is sometimes warranted by matches between the local cracks. If Messrs. Upton or Grossmann cared to give a series o,f articles dealing with the merits and demerits of individuals, "D. K. P." might learn something thereby; but the main purpose of this column is to afford followers of the game something of more general interest. The performances in the best matches interest the public, and it is only when a player gives indications of promise or figures in (i match worth reporting that occasion arises for any special reference to him or her. There are so "many hand-
books and works of reference on the game that we cannot fill up space with general principles and rules, except to occasionally dwell on points which players are apt to overlook.
LAWN TENNIS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909
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