Lawn Tennis. [By Huka.]
Somo readers of tho notes that appeared on the 17th inst havo taken it that the game in Canerbury was not being carried on as actively as it might bo ; but such was not insinuated. The sport in Canterbury has been more active generally this winter than in most of tho centres throughout New Zealand. Most of tho clubs have a full membership, and tho courts are full on every playing day. Right through thie winter club tournament matches and interclub matches have been held. The Cantorbury Association has also been active, and for somo time past has had sub-eom-mittced drawing up new rules for the association, ruleß to govern inter-club matches, and in promoting a schemo to run a public school tournament. Mr. Erio Tayler, the hon. secretary, has always been looked upon as one of 'the most energetic tennis enthusiasts in New Zealand, and it is in fairness to him and to his committee that these few lines arc penned. The Wellington Association's meeting of , delegates, held on Tuesday night, was not altogether well attended. Tho Association has about ' 32 clubs affiliated to it, and consequently the delegates number ovor 35 ; yet at this meeting seven clubs at the most were represented, there being about nine delegates present. As far as can bo gathered, the following are tho clubs represented: — Victoria ' College," two delegates ; Brougham ' Hill, two delegates ; Wellington, Palmerston, Newtown, Foxton, and another '(namo not obtainable), ono delegate each. The lack of enthusiasm shown by absent delegates, who are selected by their . clubs to represent them, is neither fair to tho clubs nor the sport, aud must be most discouraging to the officers of the association, T3he time is ripo for tho officers to suggestrthat a management committee shall "bo the executive of tho association. At this last meeting one thing is certain — the affairs of tho association were managed by about seven clubs — just about one-fifth of tho association's strength. It was resolved, in reply to a club, that the association had no power to place a defaulting subscription player on the defaulters' list. In the association's constitution the following might have been used to cope with the case, until a rule had been passed bearing direct on this important subject: — "Tho control and advancement of lawn tennis in Wellington provincial district of New Zealand." Now that lawn tennis is openly confronted with the defaulter trouble, ' these rules might with ad van t ago be adopted by associations: — (1) "That no player shall be allowed to. play in any match o» tournament in the province if his or her subscription or other moneys due- to any affiliated club is unpaid ; that unless tho treasurer of each club furnish tho management committee with a list of defaulting members, .and amounts owing, within ono month of the arnual general meeting of tho association, no claim for arrears shall br> recognised by the management com initteo. Any person posted to the associa tion must pay the amount into the hands of tho treasurer of the association. (2/ That before any protest by a player poßt ed as a defaulter is considered the amount alleged to be owing by the player posted shall bo deposited .with the treasurer of the association.' (3) Tho player posted shall be disqualified by the management committee, who shall acquaint all clubs affiliated to the association, and shall also report the disqualification to the secretary of tho New Zealand Lawn Tennis Association" — so that the resolution can be made general throughout New Zealand. The New Zealand Association ha 3 a rule (No. 30) which was inserted to meet the cases ' of dofaultorß, etc. Ono thing is certain — tho Wellington Association should by all means- back up its clubs in this matter, as no player should bo allowed to get his sport on tho cheap, or at the expense of others. Now South Wales defeated Queensland at Brisbaiib in thu annual intei-Stato match 'by 11 matches to one, 23 sots- to- S. Tho results are as follow (it will be l nofea H. A. Parker was not in the Now South Wales team): — . SINGLES.
Queensland won last year, but New j South Wales sent the strongest team this time. ; . | H. Rice beat H. A. Parker in the final of the championship of (which Wilding won at Christchurch last Chrietmas), 6—3,6 — 3, 6—4-,6 — 4-, b-A. It was thought here j that Pntker would have almost a walkover for the event, as Rice was reported as unablo to sparo tho time for the 'trip to Brisbane. Parker beat Rice at Strathfield, but the latter proved superior in the contest for tho New South Wales championship, and has now proved himself a better man by winning th« big event in 'Australasia. He secures the 75-guinca cup pre- j sented by the Queensland Association, j Parker and Greggj both of New South Wa.les, boat tho Sydney pair, Rice and Wright, 6—2, 3^-6, 6—3, 6—2, in the doubles. Gregg is a, younsr player and is showing great promise. He represented New South Wales against Queensland last yoar, as well as this season. Miss Payten boat Miss Mant, the Queensland champion, 6—l,6 — 1, 6—l.6 — 1. ALL ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES. The final of doubles between' Brookes and. Wilding v. BeUs Wright and Karl Behr (America) was a, hard fight, 'yot the former paiir won oasily. Although it is noted that in the first set Wilding was erratic, so that tho Americans scored only two aces fewer than tho colonists, but later thn superiority of the winners was marked. Wilding was "rocky" at tho start, and did tome unorthodox things overhead. But Brookes was great, and tho man of tho match, so Wilding's early sins of commission and omission did not count for much, although thoy assisted tho Americans to make a close thing of tho first set. Wright started «firvinjr, >mt lost tho game; Brookes served down the centre, and Wright lost th'o last ace by netting. Wilding won 'his service, as did Behr, despite a double fault by tho lattor. Brookes served noxt, only to see his opponents take the lead 40—15, Wright's cross-volleying being* now deadly. Tho Victorian's twists and twirls made it deuce, but America took tho -tead again, and Behr, with a brilliant passing shot caused 2 all to bo called. Wright served and volleyed splendidly in tho noxt game, which was a lovo ono to -Anierica. Wilaing, and then Behr, won on thoir services, the score being 4—3,4 — 3, the Americana in the load. Brookes wok his service easily, and on Wright's service tho Americans led 40 — 30, but the server made two double faults and missed an easy ornash Thus the end came. The colonials now made a groat effort, having tht, leau 5—4, and Wilding's service. The Americans lobbed splendidly for all they were worth, but it w»s no use. Wilding's service was too good, and tho sot went to the colonials. In the second Bet Wilding did bettor, and Brookes was — jnet Brookes. They were tho better pair, without a doubt, and it was duo to occasional flashes of brilliance by Wright, rather than anything exceptional on the part of Bohr, that tho score stood at 4 all. This was tho crucial point. Up to now the games ho-d' gone with tho service, but Behr lost the ninth after loading 30— love. Ho let a ball igo that he might havo returned, and wound up ingloriously with a double fault. It was not Behr's day. Ho was singularly erratic, and, nothing oame off for him. His luck was dead out. Brookes finished off tho sot at 6—46 — 4 by making a lovb game by service of the last. After "2 air in the third sot Wright had hard luck to lose hiß service game almost entirely through Behr'B mistake. Three times it was "'vantage in," and Behr then lost the stroke. Brookes Mid WiloiUKi playing in a most determined
fashion, took the game, and they settled the issue by winning the next three and set at 6—2. As S. H. Smith and F. L. Risely, the holders, did not defend the title, Brookes and Wilding won the championship without playing 1 a challenge round. "Wilding won the All-England plate from fifty-one other competitors, beating Wessely, the Austrian champion, in the sixth, which was tho final round, by 6—3,6 — 3, 6-4. The open mixed doubles (not All-Eng-land championship, as that was won by Mrs. Hillyard and Brookes at the Northern Championships) went to Miss Sutton and Wright. The winners put Mrs. L. Chambers (nee Miss Douglas) and Wilding out in the third round, 3-^-6, 6—3,6 — 3, 6 — ♦. The American pair won their other matches easily. Tho only event won by England was the open ladies' doubles (not AllEngland championship). Mrs. Chambers and Mies Wilson beat Mrs. Sterry and MJSB Morton in the final, 7—9, 6—3, 6—2. The Sportsman sums up the situation as follows: — "The Wimbledon meeting came to a close, and a large crowd attended the • burial of English hopes. It makes Etrango reading, does tho Wimbledon record of 1907. England only won- one event. Wo daro not analyse this solitary English suocess If" we did, we should find that no colonial or foreign pair, with the oxcep tion of tho Austrian juveniles, the Misses Klima, entered for the event ; it is a mercy they did not win." Miss Sutton has advanced to the final round of the Championship of Wales by beating- Miss Wilson in the semi-final, 6—2,6 — 2, 7—5. If she beats Miss Lowther in tho final she will win the handsome cup outright. Misa Wilson also had two wini. in for the cup, 'and made a desperate fight, leading by four games to one in the se-. cond set against tho American. Had she been successful this year the cup would 'have become her own property. Brookes,- in his -match against Wilding" for the All-England Championship, served in. a wonderful manner. Out of 22 services he had not one double fault, yet his second service was often, as fuse as, and more cleverly placed than, his first. Often the ball, when Hying through the air from his service, appeared quite contorted, and ono never knew where it would go after landing. Sometimes it would bound to tho Tight, often to the left, and the wonderful part was that you could not detect any change in tho service. Davis cup descriptions are crowded out.
fciee (X.S.W.) v. Gill, 7—5, 6—l. Wright (N.S.W.) v. March, 6— 4, 6—4. Dr. Pockley (N.S.W.) v. Fowler, 6—l, i—l.i — 1. Gregg (N.S.W.) v. St. John, 6—4, 6—l. Turtou (N.S.W.) v Crouch, b— 2,. 9— 7. Sayers v. Thurlow, 7—5, 2—6/6—l. DOUBLES. Rice and Wright (N.S.W.) v. Marsh and Sill, 6—3, 4—6. 6—2. Turton and Sayers (N.S.W.) v. Fowler md St. John, 6—3, 6—4. Rice-Wright v, I'owles-St. John, 7—5, >— 0. TocHey-Gregg v. Marsh-Gill, 6—l, 7—9, — "• * Turton-Sayers v. Orouch-Thurlow, 6—7,6 — 7, ►-2, 6—o. • ' . ' Pockley-Gregg v, Crouch-TWurlow, 6—3,