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LAWN TENNIS.

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. DAVIS CUP. The International contest has started, And Australasia has been successful in winning its first match—that against Austria. Brookes and Wilding seemingly are our representatives, which proves that they have been reckoned better singles players than Dunlop and Parker, and also better as a double than any other' combination worked out from our {our men. It waa clear that Brookes and Dunlop were not quite class enough as a double in the All-England contest, although they did get to the final, and uvidently all has beerf risked by playing tVilding and Brookes together. The Austrian representative (C. Yon Wessely —best player in Austria) and R. Kinzl are very good players, but are not quite the class of Smith, Riseley, or Gore. Last year H. Roper-Barrett beat Wessely 6—4, 6—06 —0 in the Austrian Aampiomhip, and Ritchie beat Kinzl f> —3, 6—3.6 —3. Barrett is ninth on th© ;Ussificatkm list of England, and he has 5—65 —6 from the Doherty Brothers. Barrett and Frost also beat Kinzl and Wcasely in the doubles at Prague in 1904 6—3, 11—9. Australasia will now meet the winner of the top half—probably Ameruxi —on the 37th, 18th, and 19th. America and Belgium were to hay© played on the Bth, 10th, and 11th, and the winner was to have played Franc© on the 13th, 14th, and 15th, but no news so far has come to hand, vet it is almost certain that America would win the first match, and unices a surprise has been sprung, should have also beaten France.

The early train from Masterton to Wellington to-day reached its destination an hour and a half late. One of the engines broke down between Cross Creek and the Summit, and th© train was at a standstill until another engine arrived from th© former rtation. Ihe accident caused th© blocking of tho line for a tin?.

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LAWN TENNIS. Evening Post, Volume LXX, Issue 14, 17 July 1905

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