(By Httka.) A. F. Wilding still keeps on winning championship events. His latest win was at the North Cumberland Tournament, held at Carlisle, where he secured the new challenge cup for the singles, and, with Miss A. M. Ferguson, also won the open mixed. There were 352 entries, and the management was perfect. Wilding tasted defeat at Bournemouth, being defeated, in the final of the singles by E. R. Allen, who is in great form. The Allen Brothers (the twins) beat Wilding and Abbott in tho doubles, and C. G. Allen and Miss Stawell Brown beat Wilding and Mrs. Winch in the open mixed after what is termed a "terrific struggle." The score itself tells a tale, and is as follows: — 9—7,9 — 7, (j — 8, 6—4. Wilding (owes 15) gob to fourth round of handicap singles. Mr. T. G. Ritchie, the well-known English player, has again won the championship of Germany and the championship of Hamburg, beating Wessely in the first event 6—4, 6—o, 10—8, and in the second 6—3, 6—o, 6—3. Ritchie also won the cup event from Wessely, 6—2,6 — 2, 6—2, 6—2. Miss E. Lane (England) won the lady's championship of Germany,, Ritchie and Lane carried off doubles championship, and Ritchie and Miss E. Lane were also successful in the mixed doubles. In fact, the two from England won all the championship events and some of the handicap events as well. To show how things are done at tournaments on the Continent to make the guests' stay enjoyable, the following deserves space: — "The annual dinner and ball given by the Gilde was followed next evening by an excursion on the Alster to watch the fireworks. The Gilde chartered two steamers for the purpose. Most of the guests being put up at private houses of the members, their stay was of a most pleasant description." That speaks for itself, and surely some of those who grumble at the visitor being given a little enticement to attend a meeting a second time will admit that after all the sport is for social enjoyment. The players most spoken of are C. Yon Wessely and Froitzheim, both young players. The former is spoken of as one who, if he 'continues his career, should soon be bidding for Wimbledon honours. At the big meeting at Homburg G. C. Ball-Greene is in the final, and will meet the winner of the Payn and Eaves match. A party of Americans who were lately competing at the. North of Scotland travelled all the way tp Homburg, and will now visit the Hague, Brighton, and Eastbourne meetings. No wonder they become good players. The New Zealand Championship Meeting, to be held in Dunedin at Christmas time, is already attracting attention. The programme has been submitted and approved, and will be in circulation next week. The entries for the championship events close on the 20th December and on the 14th for the handicaps. The meeting will be held on the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th of December. Eight courts have been in preparation for some time now on the Carisbrook ground at Caversham, and from all accounts should be in excellent condition. The prizes will be of the same value practically as alloted last year at Napier. Competitors are warned that entries must go through their club secretary. The Brougham Hill courts were in full demand last week, and play was of the hard and fast order, all seemingly being anxious to catch the Match Committee's eye: Yet from all account? this club has adopted the ladder system for picking its teams outright, therefore the selectors will have little to do by the way of comparing form, and the players will be all eager for a scramble for first challenges. The Newtown Club is working very quietly, but can be reckoned on to be in iorm when the time comes for ounting wins. By next week the entries for three classes will be public property, and then a better opinion can be formed as to the success of interch'b events. Interclub e-ents should really be the principal attraction of the game, and until more attention is given to this department the sport will not secure that permanent foothold that it has in England. 1 •■'■ ji
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