BY "HUKA" THE DAVIS
GREAT BRITAIN IN FINAL
The Davis Cup matches are slowly but surely being completed, and are now down to the final stages. In the lower half semi-final of the European Zone contest, between Hungary and Great Britain, the series was played at Budapest during last week-end. B. yon Kehrling beat DivJVC. Gregory in a great five-set match, 5-7, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 —29 games to. 24. ■• Gregory made a great bid to win in three sets, but evidently just failed to do so, and then the Hungarian came to light, winning the fourth and fifth sets somewhat easily. The loser is a very stronglybuilt athlete, and many consider that his lasting powers were his greatest assets, but in this particular match it would appear that his- opponent outstayed him. Last year in the Davis Cup match, Holland' v. Hungary, H. Timmer beat, yon Kehrling 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, and yon Kehrling beat "A. Diemer Koo'l 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, .6-1, the latter player retiring in the fifth set when the games were 1-all. Tilden beat yon Kehrling last year.at Wimbledon- in the third round, 6-2, 6,3, 6-1. Yet Yon Kehrling beats Gregory, England's best player, and still some writers in England contend that Tilden is done. He may be done if compared- against himself when at the height of his form, but as compared with Gregory or champions of that class, Tilden is far from done. If Tilden is done, : then Gregory possibly haß not arrived yet. Tilden this month won-the championship singles of Holland at The Hague, defeating Hunter (U.S.A:) in the.final, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, and on one day played -and won three matches without leaving the court. He ■won a singles match mi three sets, then a mixed in two sets', and-finished up with a doublesMnatch inthree sets. Not so bad for-a player o£>36. He must have at least played 48 games.in those three matches. B. von'Kehrling is not on the young side either, as he was playing before -the war, and has represented' Hungary, since 1924. In 1925 he defeated >in the match against France,... and the same year was in the semi-final of the doubles championship; and won the AllEngland Plate at Wimbledon. He represented Hungary at Paris in 1926 and 1927, and at Wimbledon in 1926, 1927 and 1928, so it can be taken for granted that he is an experienced all-round player of high class. H. W. Austin beat I. de Takacs, 6-4, 8-2, 6-2, which looks an easy win. The doubles also went to Great Britain, Gregory and Collins beating yon Kehrling and Aschner, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Great Britain with a lead of 2 matches to 1 were in a good position for success, which was recorded by cable later. Yon Kehrling proved conclusively that his .win from Gregory was fully merited by defeating^ Austin, 3-6,. 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 21 games to 14. The matches were 'now 2 all, but Gregory had no trouble from Takaes, and won in three sets straight
Great Britain is now: in the final of the European Zone-for the first time since 1926. If Czechoslovakia beats Germany, there will be a battle royal between the winners and Great Britain. The match will have to be played at Prague not later than 15th July Last year, when Italy ; met Great Britain, de Morpurgo beat Gregory, 6-1 6-1, 6-2, and the winner also teat Kazeluh (Czechoslovakia) in the final of the zone contest, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0. Now Moldenhauer, the youthful German player, has .this year, beaten Kozeluh but Gregory's win from the German last year by; 3 sets to 2, is not a great guide, as the match was" played at
Edgbaston, on a very damp ground. It is quite on the cards that Great Britain will have a hard task to beat the winner of the German-Czecho-Slo-vakia tie. B. yon Kehrling, by defeating Gregory and Austin, has' come into the limelight again, and Kozeluh will probably repeat the dose should he meet the Britishers, but as Czechoslovakia's second player is weak, the doubles' result will decide the tie Great Britain should just about get home. ■ • University Matches. From a. letter received in "Wellington from the well-known player, Russell R 1. Young, who,, by the way, is doing well m his studies at Cambridge, as well as on the university's playinogrounds, the following has been gleamed. The contest between Oxford and Cambridge v. Harvard and Yale now played alternately, in England and the United States, was started in 1921. This year the match is to be played at Newport, in America, and the combined Oxford-Cambridge team, captained by R. R. T, Young, left England by the s.s. Berengaria last Saturday. N G Farquharson and E. E. Avory, both of Cambridge University, H. G. N. Cooper the Oxford captain, and two other Oxford players, complete the team. The tour is one that will be full of interest for the visitors, as a number of places will be visited. The following engagements have been made for ' the visi-tors:—lnter-collegiate tournament at Merion (near Philadelphia), on Monday 24th June; team match at Cider.hurstteam match v. Pineeton and Cornell Universities; team match at Seabrighttest match v. Harvard and Yale at Newport^ and invitation tournaments at Seabright, Southampton, and Newport. After a pretty full six weeks, the team leaves New York by the Berengaria on 7th August for England. The following are the results of the matches to date:—l92l, at Newport (U.S.A.), Yale and Harvard won by 5 matches to 4--1922, at Eastbourne (England), Yale and Harvard won by 15 matches to 6--1823, at" Newport, Yale and Harvard won by 12 matches to 9; 1924, at Eastbourne, Oxford and Cambridge won by 15 matches to 6; 1925, at Newport, Yale
and Harvard won by 11 matches to 10; 1927, at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne,, on 30th July and Ist August, Oxford and Cambridge won by 11 matches to 7 —3 matches being unfinished owing to rain. In Ayres's "Lawn Tennis Almanack," Austin (Cambridge), Olmsted (Oxford), and Russell Young come in for praise for their doings in tie 1927 match; The report runs as follows: —"These two —meaning Austin, and Olmsted—and Russell Young, the Now Zealander at Cambridge, ■were the heroes of the first and second day, at the end of which both cauntrvts wes<i" level at six matches all. T&ey-had i«m'e both in singles and doubles, the latter department considered to be Harvard and Yale's governing strength. Young had shown his fighting capacity by pulling up against M'Cook Bead in the opening match, the American forcing hisi way by fast drives to 5-1 in the second set, only to see this commanding lead melt away." Young beat M'Cook Eeaa, 6-3, 10-8, and beat T B. M'Glinn, 6-3, .1-6, 7-5, and, in the doubles, Young and Olmsted beat Watson and Hill, 8-6, 2-6, 11-9. . The Late Frank Curtis. Tennis players of Wellington, and especially those of the Newtown Club, have lost a good friend in the late frank Curtis. "Forehand Drive" Curtis, the cognomen he was known by ,to the older tennis school of Wellington was a great worker for his club and the game generally. When in his prime he played a steady all-round game,' and' won matches for his side by his experience, when better stroke players lost to the same opponents. When he was compelled to rest from the activities of the court, he devoted his energies to the planting of trees around the grounds and to generally improving the area where the Newtown. tennis courts now are. He was a genial companion a real sport, and a lover of Nature. One felt all the better after having had a yarn with him, realising that they i>ad met a man who never endeavoured by anything but fair means to gain a victory on the court or' in an argument off the court. He will be missed but long remembered by those who were fortunate enough to be able to call him "a friend of mine."
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