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Laivn Tennis.

[By Hue a.] The inteTclub matches are down (weather permitting) to start to-day, when one cup match (junior contest) and two pennant matches (third-class) will be played. These events have been placed for the Day's Bay courts, which are in very fair playing older —in fact, are in Teally good older considering the time given to' prepare them. Four entries have been received for the senioT cluunpionfahip, the following ciubs being represented : Wellington (present holders of championship), Brougham Hill, Victoria College, and Newtown. Five entries have been received for me junior cup and four entries for the pennant matches. BTougham Hill meets 'Karori at Day's Bay in the cup contest, and Brougham HuL A plays Victoria College The former's B team also plays Wellington ior the pennant championship at the Bay courts. The senior contest does not start until next Saturday, when Brougham Hill meets Victoria College, and Wellington meets Newtmvn on the following Saturday. Seemingly thero is to be only one round in all th© classes; therefore the association, which has twelve courts at Day's Bay, will have plenty of time to get the events off. The Thoindon Club (one time the champion club) has not entered a team, for any event this year. The Pahiatua Club intends holding a tournament about New Year time, and tennis playeis who cannot visit the big meeting at Chrlstchurch could not do better than attend this meeting, which has been a great success in past years. Mr. MacShane is the hon. secretary. The Auckland Association has played its school events, and Miss Parry, by defeating Miss Freeman, in the final, won the racket presented by the Grammar School governors for the senior grade. There weie thirty other competitors. Mies Bongard won the junior trophy. Tennis at the Auckland schools has gone ahead since the annual competitions were started by the association. The Brougham Hill Club brought the men's handicap singles and the .adies' event to a close last week. Mibs Aitlur (receive 14) beat Miss Farmer (receive 18) in the final, 40—33, and H. V. Howe (receive 8) baat L. Hawkins (owe b), 50—26, in the final for the men's event. The club now has the men's, ladies', and combined doubles in progr-ebs. < Although it is known that H. A. Parker won the Westralian championship, tho complete results aTe not yet to hand. He won his first match 6—0,6 —0, 6— 0, 6—3, from J. G. Greayer. Dr. GTiliiths, \ .j was debarred from playing for Westralia against New South Wales, beat R. M. Kidston (New South Wales), 6—l, 6-L4, 6_o. (Kidston won both his singles in the inter-State match against Westralia.) Miss Ross and H. A. Parker were beaten, in the first Tound of tho combined championship by Mis. Walsh and E. F. Parker (Western Australia), 7—5, 7—5. H. A. Parker (owe 40) beat Coombe- (receive 15), 6—4,6 —4, 6—2, in the first round of handicap singles. The following players have been chosen by Messrs. Brookes, Wimpole, and Koch, the selectors oi the Victorian team,' to practise for the Buckley Cup, and for the inter-State matches with South Australia and New South Wales: —Messrs. Addi&ou, E. T. Barnard, Blair, Brookes, Campbell, Dunlop, Fraaer, C. and R. Heath, Lycott, Murphy, Spence, and Sntchell. Only four are required for the team. It has been stated that Miss Douglass had not lost a set in open singles this season. Such is no.fc a fact, tis in the. semi-final of tho championship at Eastbourne Mrs. SteTry took the second set frcm tha clunnuion. at 10 —8 MissDouglacs won toy 01-^,O 1 -^, B—loj 6—2. Then m the final for that event Miss A. M. Motten took the first set from Miss Douglats, although the latter lady eventually won the match, 3—6, 6—3, 6—2. A. F. Wilding ba3 played at 25 tournaments this year, and at nineteen has won the op::i eingles—a striking proof of consistency and endurance. But the fact that he has won some hundred matches docs not place him on the tamd mark as H. L. Doherty, who has won (and played) but three. A review of the season's lawn tennis players has appeared in the London Telegraph, and the following will interest colonials : —"H. L. Doherty comes first', although he played but three matches —the two inter- • nationals against Messrs. Little and Ward, and the challenge round against F. L, Riseley. Little took two sets from the champion, and Riseley secured one. Doherty is still first, but the gap has narrowed between him and his nearest opponents; his game is less severe and rather less consistent than in the two yeara before." (Should' Wilding and Brookes go to England next year it is quitely possible that the champion's colours will be lowered.) F. L. Riseley is placed second. He won the all-comeTs' singles, the NortHerns, the "Europes," at Leicester, and the Irish championship. Twice he has beaten Smith and Gore, and once Wilding. At Wimbledon he lost to Doherty, and 1 at Surbiton to Wilding. He strained his arm at Wimbledon, and has pla3-ed little since. S. H. Smith comes third. He lost twice to'Riseley

and once to Dr. Eaves at Newcastle. At Surbiton he beat Uore, and in the international matches defeated Little and WaTd. A. W. Gore has had a great season, and secures the fouTth place ; he s,eems always able to beat Wilding and Doherty. Iliseley and Smith have been the only men to beat him.. A. F. Wilding is entitled to the fifth place. Once he beat Riseley. Doherty he has not met, but Smith, Gore, and Eieeley have had wins from him. Gore beems to- exercise over him a- kind of terror, but experience will le&sen that. Wilding has beaten everyone chrem Kngland and on the Continent, as well as several in the American team. Next yeaT Wilding has booked for Cannes for his first meeting, and the Daily Telegiaph has it that "there is hardly a limit to what he may do in the championship. 71 (The All England championship that is, no doubt.) B The same paper alho says that if F. Brookes and Wilding decide to cross over and play together, it wilt take good English or American teams to keep the Davis Cup from Australasia. It is to be hoped that every endeavour will be made to gei these two players to compete for the Davis Cup next year. Roper Barrett and Bouchen are placed sixth and seventh respectively, Ritchie is eighth, Dr. Eaves ninth, and Efflyard tenth. K. F. Doherty is not classified, but it is said that he shows every indication that if he did play singles he would displace every player on the list. Wilding played tennis right up to his last day — last houT nearly, to be exact — in England. He played for five days at the covered-in court championship m London, and lie won rhe- championship, after playing light up to dusk on the Friday night. He then caught the mid : night train at Paddhiglon, which connected with the" s.s." Paparoa at Plymouth. It is a pity so-mojof our pfomient New Zealand players acre not equally enthusiastic. Wilding beat Simond (a covered court player of long experience) in the first round 6—2, 6—2, 6—2. The colonial's drives were deadly, and Simond was frequently nonplussed by his opponent's service. A. H. Lowe was the next to fall, 4—6, 6—3, 6—l, 6—4 ; then F. (J. Lowe, the Clare representative, was beaten, 6—l, 6—4, 5—7, B—6. Flavelle fell in the fourth Tound, 6—3,6 — 3, 6—2,6 — 2, 6—4;6 — 4 ; and the same afternoon Wilding finished off Esccmbe, 6—l,6 — 1, 6—2,6 — 2, 6—4.6 — 4. Then came the final against G. A. Caxidia, and Wilding won, 6—3,6 — 3, 6—o,6 — 0, 6—l.6 — 1. Looking at Wilding's performances o'i' late in England one cannot help but think that he must have a great say for the Australasian and New Zealand championships. H. A. Parker's chances against him are freely discussed, and it is admitted that the former will have to play the game cf his life to win. If Wilding can get fit and well Brookes will have his wcTk out out. Wilding is duo here about the 24th of this month. H. A. Parker, Dr. Pockley, H.-Rice, Gore, Wright, A. B. Jones, and R. Anderson have been selected to represent New South Wr.fCs against Victoria for the "Mart Buckley" Cup, with Galbraith and Dr. Bowker as emeTgencies. S. Doust was not selected, he having left for England. li, A. Parker is qualified to play for New South Wales as from 7th NoVember. Parker beat- Dbust, 6—2, 2—6, 6—2, 6—2,6 — 2, in the final of the West Australian championship. Doust and S. Jones beat E. F. Parker (Western Australia) and Cramond in the final of the doubles, B—6,8 — 6, 6—4, o—6. Mies Payten and Doust beat Mrs. Walsh and E. F. Parker (Western Australia), 6—o,6 — 0, rj — 4, in the final of the i combined championship. Miss Payten (New South Wplcs) won the .singles championship. Miss Jones (New South Wales) defaulted in the final. Misses Payten and Jor.cs iron the Indies' doubles from Mrs. Blcckniorc and Miss Roes, 6—o,6 — 0, 6-2.

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Laivn Tennis., Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 120, 17 November 1906

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Laivn Tennis. Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 120, 17 November 1906

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