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LAWN TENNIS.

Wilding -was playing in France at the end of August, and was 'billed as the "star" .performer at the Evian les Bains tournament. He won the Singles Ghampionship there with comparative ease, beating Micard, the French player, in the final by three sets straight, 6—3, 6—o, 6—l. Pockley, who ihas represented New Soirfh Wales in many inter-State matches, was also a visitor and performer, and was successful in winning the Doubles Championship, partnered by Micard. Pockley is a good doubles player, and in the final they defeated Wilding and J. Ralli three sets to one. Wilding also won the "Mixed" with Mrs Edgington.

The Wellington Association is fortunate in having secured the' services of Mr E. Salmond on its management committee for the season. He is an enthusiast in all matters relating to the sport, and his experience on the New Zealand Association should be a valuable asset to the local body. Salmond is identical with the player of that name who, together with C. G. White, was many times doubles champion of Otago. He is very popular in tennis circles in the city, and plays for the Wellington Club in its inter-club engagements.

H. Ponanga, who toured Australia with the Maori Rugby footballers, is blossoming out as a tennis player. He is a member of the Hutt "C" grade team, and for two consecutive Saturdays has been the only man on his side to win a rubber, scoring in his single on both occasions.

The Palmerston Lawn Tennis Club intends to hold its annual tournament during the Ne\y Year holidays. The initial meeting held, last year was a great success, and with such a capable secretary as Mr. J. T. Picket* to organise the tournament it will undoubtedly pan out quite as , satisfactory again , . ' '

The Pahiatua Club has elected the following officers for the ensuing year:— President, Mr. To3swill; vice-presidents, Messrs. Burgess, S. Bolton, D. Orewe and J. Osburne, Lilly; hon. secretary, Mr. J. Swainson; hon. treasurer, Mt. Eccleton; hon. auditor, Mr. J. V. Howard; management committee, Messrs. Chambers, W. E. Collins, Eecleton, Ulrich and Reeves.

The executive of the Wellhrcrton Provincial Lawn Tennis Association is constituted as follows for the 1910-11 season: —R. St. J. Beere, chairman (Victoria College); E. Salmond (Wellington); F. P. Wilson (Victoria College); C. A. Lawrence (Brougham Hill); A. G. Duncan (Petone); A. G. Henderson (Karori); J. McDowell (Victoria College); D. M. Kean (hon. secretary); J. W. Barclay (hon. treasurer).

Newtown was the only ■senior club to offer any opposition to the new system of inter-elulb competitions, and as a result the club for the first time in many years ia not represented in the weekly contests. Two of its members, Nagle and Lewis, joined the Muritai Club, which was thus ena/bled to compete in first-grade tennis for the first season in its existence, and at the same time retain the services of Wright, -who had intended joining , Newtown to get into the senior team.

The retiring committee of the New Zealand Lawn Tennis Association (Professor T. A. Hunter, Messrs. F. R. Laishley (chairman), J. C. Peacock, A. Young, E. Sahnond, R. N. K. Swanston, and G. A* Hurley) had such a buffeting from some of the Provincial Associations during its term of office that none of the members were very keen about nomination for re-election, and at present the government of the sport in New Zealand is in the hands of a provisional committee (Messrs. Beere, Fisher, Gore, Dart, J. S. Wilson, Gray, and Hurley) until gentlemen enthusiastic enough are found to accept office permanently. In view of the consternation in Christchurch over Davis Cup affairs, it is about time headquarters were shifted south, in order to give the Canterbury people an opportunity to do something .for tennis, instead of eternally agitating. M. E. M'Loughlin is, according to recent advices, itill making rapid improvement in his game. At the end of August he won the Singles Championship at Southampton, Long Island, from a large fi-eld of first-class players. In .the semifinal he met an old-time rival in Thomas C. Bundy, of Los Angeles, who has been playing in such splendid form in the United States Championships. Bundy is said to have started off like a racehorse, and put the first set to his credit at 6—3. His reverse twist service bothered M'Loughlin, and his lightning-quick volleys scored regularly. His anticipation of MTjoughlin's strokes was marvellous. In the second set M'Loughlin handled Bundy's service with much more accuracy. He drove off it, and wore Bundy down gradually, winning the second sot, 6—4. In the third set Bundy made a good start, but got a streak of double faulting, and M'Loughlin broke through the service i twice. Playing in whirlwind style, he won the third set, C —2. In the final against Colston the terrific game put up by M'Loughlin opened the eyes of the spectators. The young inter-nationalist was right on the top of his game, and never gave his opponent a chance. Serving like a streak, he forced the net at every opportunity, and his opponent's drives were killed unmercifully by volleys, which left Colston stra.no>* high and dry yards out of reach. Ho forced Colston yards off the court with his tremendous service, and the lattcr's returns found him planted at the net, the result invariably being a kill. M'Loughlin seemed invincible, killing off deep and short lobs alike with the utmost ease, and volleying with deadly precision off drives which looked like clean passes.

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LAWN TENNIS., Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 269, 12 November 1910

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LAWN TENNIS. Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 269, 12 November 1910

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