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Lawn Tennis.

(By Httka.)

B, L. Doherty, tho worlds champion, K>at Larncd, the American crack, in the tournsjnent at Southampton, Long Island fNew York) in tho final of the Singles by 6—l, 6»-2, fy— 1. The champion hau shown matrrelloluly consistent form in America, for he won the final round of the United States Singles ' Championship, {footing Clothier (6—3, 6—2, 6—3), and hi tbe challenge round dusted out W. A. Lamed (the holder) by b— o, 6—3, 10—8. fl. L. Doherty i» tho first Englishman to win the American championship. Referring to his victory over Lamed in tho

International Match, the Boston Globo saya':— >"Strokes wero co marvellous that not infrequently hats w«re tossed in tho air, and hundreds stood (up and wildly chosred. A most extraordinary ovation wis giv«n H. L. Doherty as ho slowly walked to the clubhouse. Although tho other match w«» going on, 5000 people 1 Arose as one, and gave this stronger in a strange land a cheering reception, ntich a» no foreign Athlete has ever received in this country." Afc tho end -of tho struggle Dohferty van in perfect condition, showing no effect of the great strain he had been under for more than two hours and a' half. The reception seemed to dazft him, and ho was serin to falter as he walked to tho clubhouse, bAifc oh his return he wn.i tile same nonchalant player as ho was before tho victory." W. V, Eaves is showing quit© his old form agoin> and won the Until of the Singles at th» Folkestone (England) Tournament; It will bo remembered that the Doctor was the Australian champion last year, and some little time back whs "beaten by Wilding, the young New Zealander. The Wellington Association has given notice to the {lew Zealand Lawn Tennis Association that the proviso lately added to iulo 50 be deleted, and that the following words be added to rule 43— "And no competitor may represent an Aesoek1 tion juntas ho has been a bona-flde resident in the district of that Association j for at least one calender mouth prior to the meeting, but until so qualified may play for. the Association in whose district he previously resided. " A special general meeting of the N.Z.L.T.A. is to be held on tho 11th November to consider the matter. The Wellington Association bids fair to reach. tho thousand first as far as activo playing club members belonging to on Association are concerned for the seaj son, although Auckland and Canterbury | ore running close up. \ Tho Shield matches are to start on the 24Ui of thin month,. I believ*. and clubs have. their teams all going strongly now. Tho Wellington team has been tipped to m<Jet the holders, but Victoria College and Brougham. Hill are to bo reckoned with. Now that so many young clubs have joined th» Association, why riot dlvido them into classes to play one another, and then botete practice would be secured, besides uaying the growl fchab strong teams indulge in when fclioy have to meet very weak one*. It could be dono during the off time, and then no time Would 1 be lost at the beginning of next season. Tho New Zealand' Championship Meeting, to be held at Napier during Ghristtmm week, is attracting great attention, and the programmes are already being anxiously asked for. They should bo obtainable next week. Miss Nunneley, the holder of the ladies' championship, is to play right through the Championship Single!) and it is to be hoped that tho ladies wilt enter freely for that event, if for nothing else than to gain experience against that noted player. The Council of th» New Zealand Association was of the opinion that ladies were anxious to meet tho holder, and it now behoves players to back the governing body up by entering in large numbers. A query from the country : "Which is the propor side of the racket to take a backhand stroke with?" Answer : Tho position of the body iff the great thing in tie backhand stroke, and the body must be at almost at a right angle to the net. The ball is struck with the opposite side of the racket to that which is used in making the forehand stroke. Many good playei-s use tho snmo side for both backhand and fore-hand, but they have cultivated the biicklwmd wrongly, and it would probably be Impossible for them to attempt to rectify their error. R.F. and If/. L. Doherty, the noted English champions, have published a book as a guide and help. Tho Hon. Secretary, of tho New Zealartd Association will no doubt give you information about it if you wrße to him. Wilding went through two rounds of th<j Shropshire Championship Singles, but felt to E. R. Allen ill the third round, 6-3, 6—o.

The Petono Club's grounds are looking very trim and true, and should mako players take an extra interest in the game out that way tbia. ewason. I have not yet heard when tho club intends to open the season. The Khitndallah players are slowly but surely getting to work, and intend, I be1 lieve, to open on Labour" Day. Sevemi good players havo left tho district, but tho club hoa plenty of good young material to bring on if they caro to' attempt ■ it. ! The TaitA Club is silent, as is Also Karori and Wellington. 1 Tho Willrs-street, Mount Cook, and Clyde-quay School Clubs have ucoepttnl the offer of tho Brougham Hill Club to practice on tho courts, «fod teams from tho three schools are to be seen at practice every Saturday morning on tho Lloyd-street courts. H. A. Parker rofairns to Wellington this week, and intends setting about his preparation for tho championships at Napier. Should ho win the Singles, that vftluablo gold cigarette case presented by Slazonger and Sons will be his own property. Good, solid, active opposition the champion wul havo from many quarters of New Zealand, besides, it is not unlikely that a team will como over either from Nofr South Walee, or Victoria, p6rhaps from both States. Laishley is also getting 'down to active work, Swanatan and. Cox I have not heard about. As soon as the gross courts open no doubt they will all wnke up. It is quite on the cards that the championships this year will bring forth some surprises.

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Lawn Tennis., Evening Post, Volume LXVI, Issue 88, 10 October 1903

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Lawn Tennis. Evening Post, Volume LXVI, Issue 88, 10 October 1903

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