The compiler of "Ayres* lawn Tennis Almanack" appears to have adopted a very simple policy with regard to the war, and that is to ignore it. True, there is a brief reference to the abrupt wind-up through the upheaval of Au- : gust, but generally the season is "lived over again" without concern for the j troubles of the future. And that, in ! a book whose purpose in the future will j be to remind us of lawn tennis, and not of war, is not a bad thing. But some refereneo to 1915 would have been appropriate. While the editor "places" the world's best ten in order of merit, Mr. F. R. Burrow ranks the English players. It may be interesting to give their placing 3 side by side:— ! j THE WORLD. ENGLAND. Owes M. E. SlcLonghlln 1 J. C. Parke 1/5 |N. E. Brookes.... _ F. G. Lowe 5/0 |A. F. Wilding.... 2 A. W. Gore 4/0 ,0. Froltzhelm... 4 A.H.Lowe 4/C I li. _. Williams... 5 T.Jl.Mavrog'dato 4/0 ,J. C. Parke V, A. E. Beamish.. .3/0.: •A. U. Lowe 7 Hope Crisp 3/tt ;P. G. Lowe 8 C. P. Dixon 3/6 ill. Klelnschroth.. 1) A.R.F.Klngscote 3/0 ; M. Decugls 10 ; There is nothing in these lists to cause ' undue swelling of English heads. Froitz- ■ heira is placed fourth because, ** while ; lacking the volleying powers requisite . for a successful raid against Wilding,' i he has the necessary ground stroke control for a level duel with either Brookes or McLoughlin- J. C. Parke, a veteran, is set to owe 15 at the top of the English list, yet among the world's players he is preceded by two Americans, two Australians, and a German. And among all the Englishmen there is not one who can be called a youngster in the same ' sense as McLoughlin. When the world's championships will be contested again is a matter of guess-work at present, but it is evident- that, whenever that ' may be, either the rising generation ! must have shown a consistent disposi- . tion to rise at last, or England will be : found in a position several degrees in i the shade.
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