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LAWN TENNIS.

' '■ " " . ."' *'..' : '~'..; '" " '■'-'";- The final of the men's championship singles was played.pff"at the West End Courts on Saturday; Svhen S. Upton beat W. Grossmann by 3 sets to- 2:—6—2, 5-r7, 6—B, 6—2, 6—3. The ground was heavy aaid slow after the recent rain and the surface was by no means good; in fact accurate play was mostly out of the question. Upton had all the best of the first set. but in the second seit Grossmann managed to. get. up to the'service . line a good-deal and volleyed: effectively* The third set was a very close struggle. Upton driving .hard and. constantly.passing Brossmann as he came in to volley. Grossmann improved towards, the end of tlie set and won .it,. B—6, getting a fair lead in the fourth set. Upton- then hit •• and drove better tlian-ever; -and won..the ,set ~6—2, also, establishing,a.,.„ lead of. in the, fiftKiset.;.-The. light . had been had for some time and .heavy ... rain now came on, making IE almost impossible, to get about the court. a Grossmann worked Jiard, but could not catch Upton, who secured the final set,- 6—3. The interest-of, the game was largely spoiled by ..the, unfavourable conditions, but,,on. the. play .Upton certainly..-; de:.... served,-his win....; It was .difficult ;for.,, either player to do much but nit from the back line, and in this style of game - Upton is certainly one of the best singla players in the Dominion. ~„...-;>.

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LAWN TENNIS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 81, 5 April 1909

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