Our London correspondent writes, under date of February 23rd: — When Wilding, the Sew Zealander, won the tennis championship last summer in a tropical temperature, enthusiasts went seriously into the obvious necessity of altering the rules of this contest to provide that the holder of the title should be obliged to play his way right through the contest instead of waiting fresh to meet the survivor of the other competitors. Wilding himself, ivho showed no exultation over his victory last summer, was sport enough to wish that the rules might.bo amended as suggested, he also holding the opinion that it was only fair that the champion should undergo the wear and tear of the whole competition as ■well as the challengers. He wrote to the All-England Club asking if in the next championship meeting lie might be permitted to nlay through. To that request the All England Club has returned an uncompromising refusal. It has come to the conclusion that there is no unfairness in the present system, and mat on no occasion has the championship been undeservedly won. Wilding's own statement after the last contest with Roper-Barrett might be a corrective of this opinion, but the AllEngland Clur> has. decided. And, moreover, as the club remarks, quite ingentionsly, "they would not feel justified in making such a revolutionary alteration at a time when a very large number of seats had already been disposed of."
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LAWN TENNIS., Press, Volume LXVIII, Issue 14321, 4 April 1912
LAWN TENNIS. Press, Volume LXVIII, Issue 14321, 4 April 1912
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