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Ideal conditions ruled this afternoon for the fi) st of the series of matches between tho visiting New South Wales players and the Wellington representatives. Tl« games are being played at Thorndon courts, which are in first-class condition. There was not a very large public attendance at the opening game, due no doubt to the fact that the games,1, m spite of their attractiveness, were but little advertised. The play will be continued to-morrow afternoon. The first two gamesHhis afternoon were between Beid (N.S.W.) and D. France, and Pike (N:S.W.) ; and Barkman. Beid and France opened on the No. 1 court. Beid served, but'lost the first set through netting. France took the games up to 4-2 in his favour, and Beid then won-the seventh to love. There were a few very pretty cross court placements, but in most cases the games were" won on the other player's faults. Reid brightened up then, and, placing very well, took the lead at 5-4. France evened on his service, and secured the advantage by taking the next game from Reid's service. Reid's returnß were tod hot for France in the next game, and he led 40-15, but France recovered, took the game •; to deuce, had one, advantage against him, but finally took the last game with two brilliant placements. Hard driving and good placing,with a generally improved showing, characterised the second set. There were a few'very fine rallies; mostly played from the base line. Reid $ook control of the scoring, and, placing brilliantly, took the score to 5 : 1, and winning the second get with a love game to 'finish. France changed to his third racquet" in the third Het, taking out a steel: .■ He also changed his tactics, and played a lot of cut balls and eased down his driving. With the games at 1-all, France took service, and a very long game running into over half a dozen deuces resulted' before France- outplayed Beid finally. Reid; won the next, the winning shot being a beaiytiTul side line placement. Reid' carried the set to 5-3 in his favour with a burst of pretty strokes. He frequently went to centre-court and volleyed with benefit to his ecore. ■

Reid beat France, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.

' The game between Barkman and Pike was one of long rallies, with little hard driving, except when Barkman was worked out of position, and Pike had a fair amount of room. For the most part the game was decided from the base line. Pike, who is a left-hand N player, went the more frequently to the net, but Barkman is always capable of covering a lot of court, and as often as not Pike's visitß to the net did not gee- Barkman at any. disadvantage. The rallies frequently drew well-earned applause. ' The final result was a win for Barkman. 3-6, 7-5,. 6-4. ■.■•'■■■

The gafiies for to-morrow, are :— ' 1 p.m.—Reid v. L. France. Pike v. Wheeler.

2 p.m.—Peach v. White-Parsons, Poulton v. D. France. ' ' ■*. p.m.—Reid and Pike v. Parker and White-Parsons. , 4 p.m.^—Goodman and Poulton v. Bark-

man and Wheeler. 4;30 p.m.—Reid and Pike v.* France Bros. „- |

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LAWN TENNIS, Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 7, 9 January 1924

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LAWN TENNIS Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 7, 9 January 1924

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