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LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914
[By Eecoeder 7 The war has caused a general cancellation of tournaments in England and on the Continent, and as each round of the Davis Cup matches was concluded in America those players from England, the Continent, and Australia at once occupied themselves in searching for safe passages to their respective countries. Froitzheim and Kreutzcr, th© Germans, secured passages on r. boat bound for Spam. Krenl/. -r was unlucky enough to ho captured and taken to Gibraltar, but Froitzheim seems to have eluded the search for reservists. Captain Kingscote pot safely back to England, and has joined his Indian regiment in Franca. The remaining members of England’s team got safely to England on board the Baltic. Dunlop and Mrs Dunlop and Brookes and Mrs Brookes all returned to England m September, mainly because they had left their children there. Broolo-s has evidently concluded that there will be no championships at Wimbledon in June next, for ha had planned to leave England again at the end of September for Melbourne via America, Wilding took a short vacation after the Cup matches. He wem to the Adiror.dacks and then to the Canadian! woods. He was to leave Montreal for England on September 5. It ifi cabled to the Australian papers that the champion—for he still retains three of the four world’s championships—is now actually in the fighting fine in France, This is confirmed by a later cable that he has been promoted to a. licutenaqcy for gallantry, but there may be no truth in the- statement, as Wilding was a lieutenant before he left England. His friend and tennis foeaian Robert is fighting with the Fiench aimy against th© Kleinschroths, R-ahe, and other well-known German tennis cracks.
K. Powell, Eltringham, Hojo-Ciisp, and several others well known to Wimbledon are with the British army in France or (perhaps by the end of the month) Belgium.
Brookes’s lucky escape from defeat at the hands of J. C. Parke in America is generally admitted. Even “ Austral,” of the- Sydney ‘Beferee,’ candidly admits it. In the ninth game of the fifth set Parke, leading 5-5 and 40-30, was waiting at the net to kill a soft return by Brookes. Parke had only to put the ball over th© net to score, for Brookes had been driven right off the court. The ball struck the wood and dropped at the Irishman’s feet. In the tenth game Parke killed and would have been 40-15, but he at once drew the umpire e attention to the ,lact that he had struck the net. No one, not even the umpire, had noticed it. Parke’s action was that of a. true sportsman. Ajs ho won the following stroke, had he not “given him--1 self away ” it would have been game, set and match to Parke, instead of 40-30. The Otago team are to be congratulated on their victory over Canterbury. 1 made no attempt to forecast the result, for at last writing I did not know the composition of the teams. There has been a good deal of cavilling at Otago’s choice, and the fact that our team won does not justify th© selection. Undoubtedly those who on last season’s form were overlooked have grievances, but it must not be foigotten that the selection was to some extent made hastily and in the dark. There was no time to do anything ©lew, for Gantennny had played German —i.e., invaded us at short notice. It has been said that at least three members of th© Otago Club should have been chosen. Miss Roys© was actually selected, but an injustice was undoubtedly done to Miss W. Hislop, who on all past form is much ahead of most of the ladies who played. The inclusion d .Miss Fletcher was a surprise. Neither 1 Jacks justified themselves in t lie pureiv ladies’ events. As lor the men. J cannot agree with those who range t.liemseives aganst M’Duugall and G. Blacks inclusion. M Dougall as a .‘-ingle.-, pi,aver is. in rny humble judgment, not lower man third or fourth in Otago, lie mav not .be so good in doubles, but ho is rapuliv improving in that branch. Black is less experienced ; ho has several fine strokes winch are often nullified by impetuosity —a common fault with young pm vers, lie may not be in the first six vet— he should be later in the. season Apart train actual form, Black assisted ids province hy lorming one of the lr-ain that visited Christchurch last season- — without him there would have been no team. Under such circumstances tuc player who will go to expense and iisc-m----verlience to help his province should have preference over those who are always quite willing to play in their own backyard:— at no expense. Was there a man left out who can owe Black two-sixths? I doubt it. Th© Canterbury team were undoubtedly weak, taken all round. Seay (who bea't Olhvier recently), Greenwood, Pearte, Shepherd, and Miss Goodman were all unavailable Ihe veteran c-x-Utugo t nampion Borrows proved just too good for S. N. Brown, and, with Mrs Berry, proved superior to M'Dougall and Miss R. Bag ley. Borrows is still a general of the first order. It. S. Brown, so I learn, played excellently against the veteran Goss, but Bray struck Ollivier in good mood. ’There were instances of poor form. R. S. and S. N. Brown, as a pair, were not beaten on their real merits, neither was M;.-s Campbell. That is where the injustice to players cam© in, through playing the match before th© season had commenced. Mies Campbell had not played for many months, with the result that in her singles match her length was bad. I feel quite sure that had our champion been in form she would have defeated Mrs Lord comfortably.
Miss'Ragley is still improving, and with continued good coaching .should make a tennis name. Her back-hand requires more freedom of execution—it Ls too stiff. Miss White and Miss Gramoud placed solidly. The ‘ Star’s ’ report _ staled that this i's Otago’s first win, and from another source wc "learn that for a number of years when Borrows was here Victory usually rested with Otago. Such is history, 'manufactured mostly on hearsay.
LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914
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