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(By Huka.) Tennis, even on hard courts, has been out of tho question during the bad spell of weather lately, but tennis has been talked, and tennis players have had euchre parties, etc., to make up for it. Last Wednesday tho Wellington Tennis Club had _ a most successful evening at progressive euchre and bridge. The prizes wero most handsome, and were keenly contested for by the largo gathering of tennis players and their friends. E. Marriner, the well-known Brougham Hill tennis player, leaves for Dunedin on Monday. His transfer to the southern city means promotion, and therefore, although his many friends are sorry that ho is leaving Wellington, congratulations and good-byes are being heaped Upon tho genial "Cie.' J Marriner, who wa* a prominont player in Auckland some few years ago, and has represented tho Brougham Hill Club of this city since its inception. Ho ia one who plays the game for the game's sake,' takes his wins lightly, and whon defeated is tho firet to congratulate his victor. ALL-ENGLAND COMBINED DOUBLES. The All-England combined doubles championship wa? played in conjunction with the Northern Association championships at Livorpool. Doust and Mrs. Armstrong were regarded as having a good chance, but the former was off colour in the final against P&rke and Mrs. Larcombe, and the latter pair won 6-2, b-2. Doust missed many easy kills, and was not bo quick at getting position at the net aa usual. Mavrogordato and Mrs. Parton, the holders, were beaten in the challenge round by J. C. Parke and ; Mrs. Larcombe, 6-0, 6-8, 6-2. The Northern doubles championship wont to Mavrogordato aud -Doust, who beat Gas- , dagli aud Charlton in the final, 9-7, 6-0, ! 64. Tho meeting had a splendid entry, but the weather was wretched, only one day being fine. In the' singles Doußt gob to the semi-final and there retired to Parke. Tho latter beat Mavrogordato in j the final, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 64. EAST CROYDON. The East Surrey championships, played j at Croydon, saw 1/. Bonnington, » Christchurch player, in the contests. Bonning- I ton won his tint round from Brown, 6-4, 6-2, but wont out to (j. A. Thomas, 6-2, 6-4. Thomas gave 0. P. Dixon (the ultimate champion) a shako up in the next round, the score being 6-i, 6-4-. Dixon won the final from Zimmerman (a young player of great promise), 6-0, 1-6, 6-5, .7-5. Zimmerman beat Ritchie in the Bemi-final, 6-4, .5-7, 6-4, and is ipoken of as a coming champion. At any rate, he shook up England's; best singles player in the final. This youngster is lull to overflowing of vitality, and the possessor of absolutely every shot in the game. His boundless energy and his beautiful strokes make him a most attractive figure. He beat Ritchie on a wet court after a very hard fight, but it was against Dixon in the final of the singles that he revealed a real genius for the game. Dixon was playing beautifully, and never slacked off for a moment — that is how Zimmerman, the "another hope" possibly to lift the Davis Oup from Australasia, is spoken of. With, so many acoounts of coming champions given us from England, one wonders how the veteran Gore 'ever won the all-comers' singles at Wimbledon. It must be understood that England is looking, and looking hard, for some young wonders to come along and take the place of the famous Doherty Brothers— and then! well, lookout Australasia, for of all things wanted to boom the gate at Wimbledon, you have it— tho Davis Cup. GEfrTING IMTO FORM. Some athletes are training for football, hockey, or cross country championships at present, but a mysterious two have been eeen doing come heavy work' on fine evenings up and around Mount Victoria way. It hat been discovered that they are tennis players getting into good sound condition for the coming season. The pace they set would astonish tome of our long-dietanoe runner* of this city, and their exampl* ii a fine one to tennis players 'generally, who Are anxious to show well up to the front this coming season. Remember, the Australasian and New Zealand championships will be hard to win this year, go do as the mysterious two are doing— make an attempt to get 'fit. SOUTH AFRICANS. After the sensation of C. L. Winslow beating W. H: Laurentz, the French bby wonder at tennis, another surprise was sprung by Winelow and H. A. Kitson, of South Africa, at Parish ■ They beat Deougis and , M. Gormot -in a, five-set match, but later on'Froitzheim and Kreuzer beat Gpbort.and Laurentz three sets, straight, and' going on beat ■ Kitson. and Winslow in the final, ;4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3/ So' after ull the Paris hard court meeting was one of strange happenings.. Klunschroth beat Gobert, 63, 6 : 3, 64, and Frpitzheim beat Decugia, 64, , 6 : 3, . 4-6, 6-4. ' The Continental players ' give some very strange in-and-out play, and if there were betting going on,-ono would be inclined to ask for an enquiry as to inconsistent playing. SERVICE RULES. The service rule is still causing trouble in England. Umpires and linesmen are not inolined to foot-fault players— moro especially the extra good players. Why? For the simple reason that ii a linesman foot-faults a champion player there is trouble The champion complains to the committee or some one in power, and the linesman is quietly retired to give place to some one who will blink at the faults made. It is wretohed to think that such doings exist, but they do, and if tho linesmen would only think that by not footfaulting a player they are simply cheating his opponent, and that they ought to be penalised for being so grossly unfair, then they might either tell tho truth when at their posts, or give the duty up for eror. I One player when foot-faulted said, "Oh, I was only an inch on the > line; 'that is drawing it fine, for it gave me no advantage." Tho umpire replied, "Right oh, ! whon your opponent's drive ia an inch outside I will call it right,"" but 'that was quite a different matter, and tho footfaulter for once saw reason in adhering to rules. There is a proposal that only one service bo allowed, but how that is going to better matters aa far as foot-faulting i« concerned puzzles a few. New Zealanders. as a whole serve very fairly, but over in Australia, foot-faulting is general, and it is no uncommon .sight to eeo a player in tournaments standing with both feet inside the base line when serving. Are such offenders pulled up? No fear. No one troubles about such little matter* there. It was noticed that Brookes "and Heath when serving in practice on the Tborndon Court placed one foot as closo as possible . to the base- line, seemingly with the idea of being as near as possible to the starting place, if a, rush for tho net wero necessary. Both players at times shuffled the foot on to the line with the action ot serving. One and all admit that the present rule is hardly ever observed, therefore is it better to wipe it out and frame something less objectionable to the champion, or make tho service so free and easy, that there will be such an outcry that tennis players generally will ma k 0 a matter of honour to «ervo fairly and equarely at all times?"

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LAWN TENNIS., Evening Post, Volume LXXXIV, Issue 24, 27 July 1912

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LAWN TENNIS. Evening Post, Volume LXXXIV, Issue 24, 27 July 1912