Lawn Tennis. (By Huka.)
W. C. Rensbaw, the winner of the Irish Championship in 1880-81-82, and the All England Championship in 1881 to 1386, also in 1889, is dead. The sport has thus lost a player and a general allround enthusiast whose name will always be written large in the annals of lawn tennis. When the sport was losing ground, he came to the front and put such power into his work that he not only caused both players and spectators to be infected with a sort of magical enthusiasm, but gave the game such a fillip that it has gone ahead ever since. Of the man himself, none but could admire his kindly heart, charm of manner} modesty of character, and the absence of anything approaching "side." Ho was a- thorough sportsman, and all tennis players will hear with the deepest regret of the death of one who will always be handed down to posterity as the man who did more to revolutionise lawn tennis than anyone either before or after him, and to whom all players, past and present, owe a deep debt of gratitude. Mr. P. A. Vaile's book on "Great Lawn Tennis Players: Their Methods Illustrated," will be published shortly, and should, from all accounts, be, a volume of considerable value and interest W followers of the game. A. F. Wilding, the New Zealander, has by winning the Championship *of Scotland at Moffat pufc up. a performance that at once stamps him as a player considerably above the average,* and he can be expected to even better that performance before he returns to these shores. M'Gregor and Baird, the Scottish stars, both fell to him, and the Americans, Grant and Wright, were also in' the contest. Wilding met F. W. Payn (the holder) in the semi-final, and won 6—4, 2—6, 6—3, B—6. Then in the final he defeated C. J. Glenny 6—l, 6—l,6 — 1, 6—2.6 — 2. In the semi-final of the championship doubles Mackay and M'Gregor beat Wilding and Sanderson 3—6, 6—4, 6—3, 7—5. Miss W. Longhurst and Wilding won the combined championship from Miss Ferguson and Mackay 6— 4, 6—l. At the Buxton tournament G. W. Hillyard beat Wiiding 7—5, I—6, 6—4 for the Championship of Derbyshire. W. V. Eaves won the championship, beating Casdagli (the holder) 6—3, 6—l in the fourth round, and C. V. Jones in the final. Wilding (owes 15) won the handicap singles, beating Casdagli (owes 15) by 6— i, 6—3,6 — 3, and taking the final from Burton. Miss Douglass and Wilding won the combined doubles of Derbyshire, beating Eaves and Miss W. Longhurst 6—l, 6— o. The latter pair had put Hillyard and Mrs. Hillyard out in the fourth round 3—6,3 — 6, B—6, &-6. The New Zealand team returned on Wednesday evening, and all are loud hi the praises of the treatment they received in N.S.W., both hi Newcastle and Sydney. They admit that the Sydney people were taken aback at the New Zealand team's win, as they had hardly expected to see their players pushed to any ex* tent. The play of the team at the tournament held after the big event was slack and not up to their true form. Parker's defeat by Pockley was unexpected by everybody, but without doubt the better player on the day won. Pockley beat Parker . by getting to the net first, and why Parker did not "go up" when he found himself being beaten remains a question. Brookes, the Victorian champion, was in Sydney when the New Zealand team arrived, but did not compete at the championship meeting, which seems a pity. On the whole the New Zealanders are quite satisfied that they can hold their own against the best on the other side, but there are more first-class players in Sydney than in the whole of New Zealand, and in all probability three or four teams of about equal strength could be picked. A general summary of the tour will be given next week. The Wellington Association held its annual meeting on Monday night, and a lively time was passed. The entertainment of the visitors at the Easter meeting was a vexed question, and caused heated discussion. Without doubt the Wellington Association has not done much in the past to make the stay of visitors at the Easter meeting very enjoyable, and could well take a leaf out of the book of some "of our country clubs, ,who cannot do enough for their visitors. One delegate, who condemned the ball that was held, found himself in"Queer-street" when a letter from his own club was read asking the support of tennis playera or the Association to auch a function to be held as the wind-up of a proposed gathering which is to be managed by his club. As the meeting has been adjourned until Monday next, other matters of interest will appear next week, and space will be- given to the discussion re the Public Schools' gathering, as some of, the delegates seem to have an idea that the constitution of the Association does not provide for the encouragement of the young. Yet it plainly says that one of its objects is to foster the sport. Mr. ( Hurley has thrown flown the gauntlet, and will no doubt do his utmost to bring the young players more into the sport. A few pounds spent in teaching the young idea would be of more benefit than many pounds trying to make champions of the older ones, who have really no chance | of even being moderate players.
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Lawn Tennis. (By Huka.), Evening Post, Volume LXVIII, Issue 80, 1 October 1904
Lawn Tennis. (By Huka.) Evening Post, Volume LXVIII, Issue 80, 1 October 1904
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