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BIG PLAY AT NICE.

MR BALFOUR AND WILDING.

{.TBOU OtTK OWN CORKEsrO.VDENT.) LONDON, March 20. A. F. Wilding has won tho international lawn tennis tournament at Nice, defeating Gordon Lowe in tho final, G-4, G-4, 1-6, 6-2. In the semi-final round ho met A. F. Poul-n, and previously he defeated Craig Biddle. _Mt A. J. Balfour and A. F. Wilding arrived at the semi-final stage of the men's handicap doubles. The contest which brought them to this position was a stiff one, and for tho first time in the tournament a third set had to be played. Their opponents were A. and H. Visart de Bocarme, two Belgian players who are known as a couple very hard to beat. "We scrambled through somehow,' Mr Balfour is reported to have remarked to Lord Charles Hope—a previous victim —who waa congratulating him. After a great struggle Mr Balfour and Wilding wore beaten in tho final by But.er and L. Boys. In the first set Wildingdid practically all the work, winning by sis games to three, and possibly be tired himself at tha ont6«t. The second set appeared to be an uphill one, and the score was 4-4 when at the eleventh gam© a contretemps occurred. At first it was arranged to contin uo the set, making it a long one, wherein two games lead has to be obtained by the winnere. A twelfth game was played, ai_S m it Mr Balfour and Wilding were successful. The score stood 6 all. After consultation with the umpire, and after some delay, it was onnonnccd that Butler and Boys would be regarded as having won the second set by 6-5, the twelfth game being declared voidIn the third set superb play was witnessed, Wilding bringing it to 5 all, but after this the other two players were superior in stamina, and finally won the set and the match.

"What a pity we wasted all that play!" remarked Mr Balfour at the decision regarding the second set.

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BIG PLAY AT NICE., Press, Volume L, Issue 14952, 27 April 1914

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BIG PLAY AT NICE. Press, Volume L, Issue 14952, 27 April 1914

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