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Lawn Tennis.

(By "Huka.") PASSING EVENTS. April 17th, 18th, and 20th— Brougham Hill Open Championship and Handicap Tournament, at Brougham Hill courts, Wellington. April 17th, 18th, and 20th— Gii-borno Open Championship and Hanuicap Tournament, at Kaiti, Gisborne. April 17th, 18th, and 20th — Canterbury Championships and Handicap Tournament, at Liuwood Club's courts, Uhnstofaurch. April 18th and 20th— Hamilton Club's Open Championship nnd Handicap Tournament, Hamilton. April 18th and 21st — Inter-University Championships, at Kaituna Club's courts, Dunedin. April 17th 18th, and 20th— Otago Championships and Handicap Tournament, at Otago, Kaituna and adjacent courts, Dunedin. April 17th, 18tb, and 20th.— West Coast Championships and Handicap Tournament, at Hokitika. April 18lh and 20th.— Hastings Open Handicap Tournament at Hastings. Throughout New Zealand almost from north to Bouth, tennis players will be hard at work competing in championship or handicap events. Late as Easter is this year, that has not prevented tennisplayers from taking tho risk as to the weather, though, of course, grass play is completely off, and hard courts are being used for tho matches. University players from Auckland, Wellington, and Canterbury have left in large numbers for Dunedin, to compcto at the annual University championships. Several local club players have taken the chance of competing at meetings oulsfde of Wellington, and, as U3ual, a number of visitors have been attracted to tho Easter championship and handicap meeting at the Brougham Hill courts. The local tournament will bo a good one, and some first-class play should be witnessed. Already tho championship events have been dealt with during the week, and now for a glanco at tho handicaps. Of course players generally will pull the handicapping to pieces — they always do; but taking the events aa a whole the handicap committee has done it 3 work well. In ■ the writer's opinion the back markers could havo baen started at owe 25 or 30, then the middleweight players could havo been hotter placed; but one and all must remember that the events are framed at so many points up, and it is indeed an almost impossible task to handicap tho two extremes satisfactorily, unless tho points are 100 up. Also, the events are to be got oft' in throe days, therefore the matches must necessarily bo sprint events, the players receiving odds must go to win from tho jump, and if they do so the handicaps will not be far out, but if they will play safe, then players like Fisher and Uo. could givo thorn double the start and still win. Of course in some individual cases some players look well in, others appear hopelessly lost; but when all is decided it will be found that but few errors havo been made. Competitors should always, give handicappers some line to go upon, as there aro but few enthusiasts' who keep a record of every tennis playor. Tho players who do not give the necessary information should be treated aa doubtful, and should be kept near the scratch mark. Now, who will win the men's handicap singles? Gray, with 35, if in form, looks good, «o does Duncan with 56, both the Wyhourne Bros., havo a good chanco, but P.J., on 20, if in his old form, should work well through. Styche, of Ohristchurch, on the 30 mark is a, strong- favourite. In tho men's doubles Lawrence and Duncan havo 36, Harley and Gray 35, Styche and Jameson 25. seem nicely' placed, but the Taranaki pair, E. D. and P. J. Wybourne must have & great chance with 25.' The ladies' handicap singles will take somo picking-. j Mis 3 Howard, with ' 21, should be close up at the finish. Mr 3. Wagpf 16, Miss Ross 14, Mibs D'Emden 13, and Mi3s Vcitch i 5, aro on gocrd marks. In the ladies' handicap doubles tho Misses 11. and L., K. Hughes, from Pahifttua, with 20 points, must have a say ; but-Alisses Travers and Wellwood should bo able to give tho start they are asked to and just about win. If they beat Misses Chrisp and Greenwood, with 34-, the first match, they eho>uid win tho event. Tho combined has Vi large field. Mise Weihvood jiud Hawkins should bo eblo la> do well from scratch, but to givo 32 out of 50 to Mrs. Brown and Do Rose is a fairly largo order. Mrs. Wagg and Purdy 30, Miss Sullivan and Stycho 30. should bo closo up. Tho Brougham Hill Club finished off its club championships last Saturday. J. A. B. Howe and. Quinnell beat Watkins and H. Howe, after a close throe-set match, in tha championship doubles. Mesdamos Goldio aurl Howe won the final of tho ladies' championship doubles easily j from Misses Dempsoy and Archer. Quinne!l and Mrs. Uoldio beat Watkins and Mrs. Howe, 6—2, fr— l, in tho final of tho combined championship. At the Wellington courts Missos Travers and Ward had a great fight ii* the ladies' championship singles of tho Wellington Club. Miss Travors wdn tho first set, 6—4, then Miss Ward evened with tho tamo soora for 'tho second sot. When six all and dcuco the third set tho plaj'ers had to stop owing to tho light failing. The match will bo replayed after Easter. "Volley," commenting- upon the Thorndon championship final between Swanston and Peaoook, says that tho winner, tiwanston, has up 'cr been considered in the first flight of stnglo players. , Any ono I that caror. to think baqk each year to 1902 i I will find that S-.vanston has always been ! in tho firpt flight of New Zealand tennis. | In 1902 Swans-ton did belter against Parker than I'isher or Peacock, at tho New Zealand championship mooting. In 190* Swanston was ono of the six picked to ropresent Naw Z»aln:id against Now South Walos. In tho 1905 New Zealand mooting ho beat Ifieher 6 — 4-, 6 — 2, 6—4. (Fisher had beaten Quill 6—4, 6—2, 6—l in tho pv-pviouti round). Swauston has always hold his own against tho lopnolehers in singles generally, and whoro tho confusion may have arisen is that thoso who havo seen most of his play huvo always said that ho was better in doubles than in singles, but no ono with any knowledge of hia play would put him anywhcio but in tho PtEt flight of singlo players in New Zealand. Tho follosonß is culled from an English paper: — "Among co'onial visitors to Enjfliflh tournaments this sca?on will bo numbnrrd H. A. Pnilcor and Quill, both of Now Zealand. Parker lias improved sinco hia visit in 1905. (Juill is iv younger and les3 powerful exponent, but nono tho less a powerful exponent, but nono Ihe less a player of promko." Wilding won tho Monlo Carlo championship singles after jroinjr through fivG rounds. Ho boat Ritchie 6 — l, 6—3, 6 — 3 in tho Fpmi-finnl, nnd Eavo« 6 — 3. 2 — 6, 6—3, 4—6, 6—o in tho final. With Ritchie ho also won tho doubles, boating Eaves, r.nrl Bail-Greenn 6—4, 6—2, 4—6, 6—3 in Iho final. Doherty and Mins Ea'tlako Smith put Now Zoalandor and his partner, Mtillo. de Mactsraez, out, 6—4, 6 — 3, in tho semi-final o>f tho mixed doubles. At San Krmo Wilding won tho pintrlcs nud now challougo cip. ITo hlfo took, with Wills, <ho handicap doubles from owo 40.

TTo hitcl rotiinipd from (ho colonies mid qjono down to Iho old villago of his boyhood. ITo Jind many questions, and, continuing, oi'quir^d, "And Tom Shuttle — how's ho /foiling on? JIo wan wiMcinnr out will) M(>rv T ni"i)!;i:»— is ho st ill )>a>'iii({ his (ii(A:ili<iiis to ImW ' "No. Hliit'K u!I (ill." rp|)li<>d tlio l;nVlloid oT tho inn. "Tlioy don't cither of 'om pay any attontion lo tho other now — Ihoy'ro nuirriod." On n sultry summer i'ny, nller thunder nnd showora had provniled in tho oorly morning, a wodding parl.y tho oluirch from a distant portal). Whon tho ro/mtor had boon signed, tho vioar askod tho bridoproom : "Have you had any hail this morning?" Tho inun blushed and hositatod, but at length replied: "Well, Rir, wo did just have a gla&s i upicoo afore w« i&Lrtad."

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Lawn Tennis., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 92, 18 April 1908

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Lawn Tennis. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 92, 18 April 1908

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