Lawn Tennis. (By "Huka.")
The Wellington Association has asked for an expression, of opinion from its clubs as to retaining the courts at Days Bay. The courts have been played on and given attention to for two years. By this coming season they should be better than ever, and the owners have expressed willingness to extend the ground, so that more room will be available at the back of the courts. It is almost impossible to secure any grounds in or around the city whereon ten or twelve courts can be put down for the coming season— that is, liard courts— and it is impossible in tho time to get grass courts ready on any other site. Club players will be wise in voting for securing the Days Bay courts ; otherwise many who played in club matohse last year will have to stand down mi. 5. aS tt ° BSO matches are concerned. .Tho Bay courts are an outlet for the overflow of members in the clubs, and until other grounds are secured, it is only natural that those now available should be retained. To the majority of ■tennis players in the city, the Bay courts are the only ones where they can get grass practice, and unless players as a whole move actively in the matter, these courts may be lost to them. Club committees generally are against the idea of playing matches at the Bay, for the Simple reason that some of their beat players do not like to be sent across the water, and in some cases refuse to go, thereby weakening teams ; but t"hat should not be the only point considered. If some players are pleased to go — and there are many who speak of the enjoyable outings they had on the grass courts last season — then they should be considered. The inter-club matches have improved the lower grade players considerably in the past, and it is the duty of all clubs to consider their members as a whole, as it is also their duty to foster the sport. Some of the dubs at their annual meetings instructed their committees to support Days B*.y last season, and those committees must be guided by that now, and are in honotir bound to follow the instructions. If the other way inclined, they should call a special meeting of their members for new instructions upon the mattor. THE ALL ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS. A. W. Gore, won the final of the Championship Singles, beating H. RoperBarrett in ,the final after a five-set go— 6—3,6 — 3, 6—2,6 — 2, 4—6,4 — 6, 3—6, 6—4;6 — 4; 25 games to 21. Brookes being absent, no challenge round took place. The Doherty Bros., Smith, and Riseley seemingly did not enter, and the crack American players, who wer« much in evidence last year, were also absent. This is the second time Gore has been hailed as the All-England champion, his previous win being in 1901, when he beat R. F. Doherty. Gore was 33 years of age when h» first won the championship, and is therefore 40 now. Barrett, who defeated Wilding, and then fell to Gore, is not quite so old. He is an allround sportsman, has been a lawn tennis international, and a. Corinthian footballer. Wilding is 25 years of age, and although ho has failed to win the Blue Ribbon of the tennis world this year, there is ample time for him yet. In 1899 Go>-o won the All-comers Singles, but was beaten in the challenge round by R. F. Doherty, and last year tho present champion got to the final, only to be beaten by Brooks. His performance is truly a wonderful one, and he plays splendid tennis, seemingly being still in his prime. Ritchie and Wilding took the All-Eng-land Doubles Championship, beating Goreand Roper-Barrett — 6—4,6 — 4, 6—2, 4—6,4 — 6, 4—6,4 — 6, 9—7;9 — 7 ; 29 games to 25. It was anyone'e match up to the last stroke, and was most desperately fought. The Anglo-New Zealand pair did splendidly to defeat such a couple, who last year, in the Davis Cup oontest, put Brookes and Wilding out. Brookes and Wilding won the Doubles last year, so Wilding has one all-England win to his credit again this year. With Mrs. Chambers (nee Miss DoUglas), Wilding took the open mixed doubles, which is not an all-England cnampionship. The. All-England Mixed Doubles was played at tho Northern Tournament held at Liverpool, , starting on Ist June. Brookes and Mrs. Hillyard were the holders, and so I far no result has come to hand. The All-England Ladies' Championship Doubles are played at Buxton, starting on 10th August. WILDING AT WEISBADEN. The time of the Wiesbaden Championships this year coincided with that of the German Emperor's visit to the popular inland watering-place. Consequently tho tournament attracted many sightseers. A. F. Wilding, tho holder of the Wiesbaden Cup and the Championship of Weisbaden — two separate events — was there, of course, and although not quite recovered from his attack of cold, which played him out at the covered court championships, he won both events easily, taking tho cup (valued £60) and the first prize of £15. His win in the Wiesbaden Championship gave him a prize valued £20. Wilding, with Simond, also secured the Doubles Championship, the prizes being valued at £10 each. He got to the semi- • final of the combined with Frl. Othborg, but lost 6—4, 6—4.6 — 4. The combined value of his wins total £105— not bad for one tournament ! H. L. Doherty seems to be doing little at tennis this, year, but has been heavily engaged at golf. He entered for the Amateur Golf Championship last month, and from accounts to hand it is doubtful if the famous brothers will b6 available for the team that is expected to play the Americans for tho right to challenge Australasia for the Davis Cup.
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Lawn Tennis. (By "Huka."), Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 10, 11 July 1908
Lawn Tennis. (By "Huka.") Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 10, 11 July 1908
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