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LAWN TENNIS.

WILDING SEEN AT HIS BEST. The finah of the Kent Championship Tournament, on June IS, drew a. record crowd. For the ten weeks preceding. A. F. Wilding had been unable to show form in keeping with his jjreat reputation, lint in the Kent final he put. up a game that is described by the "Sporting Life" as "bewildering in its brilliancy." Bitchio was his opponent, and there lias probably never been so sweeping a victory in a final for a good many year?. * For a player of Ritchie's ability to'obtain only three Raines in three sets speaks volumes for tho form of his conqueror, but when one states that Wilding won the first H games off the reel, it seems almost incredible. .Moreover, Kitchic was not playins badly. Some people said lie was very much off-colour, bilt one is inclined to think that he. was playing as well as his opponent would let him. The value, of net-play was never more, fully demojistrotpd than in this particular match. Wilding finished off nearly every rally by an insidious volley, but Ritchie wasted innumerable openings by his fondness for the base-line. As a result, AVildiiif; always had plenty of lime to recover from the most difficult position. For two sets and a half the champion made- practically no mistake. His drives never lacked _ vigour, and were placed with the precision of a machine, while his jiidginout was never at fault, and ho chose exactly the right moment In come in and finish oft' the rally. Ritchie tried hard tho whole time, but could makn no impression on the aggressive tactics of his opponent.

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LAWN TENNIS., Dominion, Volume 4, Issue 1194, 1 August 1911

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LAWN TENNIS. Dominion, Volume 4, Issue 1194, 1 August 1911

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