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LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915
LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
FINAL DAY. The attendance was satisfactory on Saturday afternoon, but it was marked by an almost complete-absence of local tennis players as spectators, and Mr T. Begg (president N.Z.L.T.A.) referred to this regrettable, fact at the presentation of tho prizes. —Men's Doubles. Hopes ran high that somo _ highgrade tennis would be witnessed in the final of tho Men's Doubles, when G. Ollivier and F. S. Wilding (Canterbury) eesaved the task of dethroning tho holders, A. G. Wallace and C. J. Dick'io (Taranaki). Ollivier won the toss, and began with the service from the Cavors'uam end and lost, to 30. Dickie annexed hi* service to 15, and tho North Wanders next took Wilding's service to love, and k.d 3-0. The Canterbury pair opened their account _by takmg Wallace's service and winning Ollivier's -both vantage games. 4-2 Taranaki leads was brought. vp by Dickio again wanning "his .service' to 15. The seventh game, Wilding serving, w-as severely contested. It was 0-30. "then 40-30, and 40 alb At tho second vantage. Wilding double faultod-douee again—-but took tho next two aces, ami brought up 3-4 Wallace leads. Wilding won service, 5-3. Ollivier, who was playing very iinely, captured the ninth game ou service—-the tenth 5 all, and got tho lead to 6-5, Winding winning service. Wallace won service to 15—6 all. Ollivier serving was 30 love | —it was soon 30-40, and after three vantages Taranaki again led at 7-6. The i'ourl teeuth was another long game (Dickio serving), and winning it took the first set, 8-6. Features of the play were Dickie's fast first services, hid lobbing, and low volleying. His crouching attitude when receiving service was like that of a panther when preparing to spring on its prey. Wallace strong overhead and on tho drive, 01livior'a beautiful placing to the side lines near the'net. Wilding began in very uncurtain fashion, but gaining confidence markedly improved after tho first, few gamt'S. Wilding began serving in tho second set, and won to 15—next, Wallace's servico was taken. Ollivier served, was 30 love — then lost four -successive aces. These was another struggle- for the important fourth game, which would hoist 5-1 or 2 all. Dickio serving, it was 15-40. Wallace got two aces by splendid cross-court, smashes — three, vantages followed before Taranaki made it 2 all. Wilding's service was won to 15. Sixteen aces were decided before i Wallace's service was eaptmed. A featuro of the ficverith game was a magnificent volleying rally. All four men were close to tho net, and therefore to each other—too close to hit hard. Seven times the ball passed from racket to racket, then Oilivier 1 stood oft' and smashed through the Taranaki. pair. Dickio again won service—3-5 Canterbury leads. The. ninth game, Wilding serving, was the longest, so far played. Taranaki ' got to 50, Wilding doublefaulting, but Ollivier scored thrice by grand volleys, 40-30. Wallace deuced, and Dickie got vantage only to be lust again. Five deuces followed before Canterbury got the two :-uccc:--ivc aces, which gave them game and .-. i. 6 3. Finer tennis lias never been .-;-.: '. ' -in ain, and the spec- j tators had 1a i t.> great excitement, j Canterbury <■ *-••' third set well, j Having tak. i: - servico Wilding's j followed ;■( : •...:•• won to 15, and Ollivier t» :■<... ji Ollivicr-Wikling iead. By aga.i,i < .Liiimriiig Wallace's deliveries, and Wildings to 15-5-1 was called in favor of the Bhick-uud-Reds. The set scented over when it was 30-40 against Dickie serving, but Wallace camo to tho rescue with great smashing, 5-2. Collaring Ollivier's service and then winning Wallace's very luckily, for at 30-40 Ollivier volleyed a ball shoulder high when standing on the base line, the Taranaki men, by fine combined play, proceeded to capture their fifth successive game, and obtained the lead at 6-5 amidst tremendous applause. It had been an uphill fight_ from 5-1 asrainst them, Ol'uvkr won service to love, 6 all. Wallace to 15. 7-6. Wilding to 15, 7 all, Dickio to 30. 8-7, Ollivier to 30, 8 all. Wallace next- dropped service to love, and Wilding winning his to 30 gave his tide the third set and tho lead of 2 sets to 1. During the tenth game of this set there was a remarkably long exchange of lobs, volleys, and drives, which appeared ended by a Canterbury lob right. on the base-line, the Taranaki men being close to the net. Both sprinted after it, and one of them, Dickie, got it back by a splendid lob from the wire-netting, and they won the ace. It was a marvellous get," as the legs, arms, and rackets of Wallace ami Dickie were very considerably mixed up. It wu* a living and moving instance, of combination —two men playing as one, and few could say for certain which one returned the pilule. Wallace-Dickie, realising tho seriousness of the position, nit tied, oft' the- first, three games of the fourth set. Wilding stayed the tide by winning his service, to 15, but Dickie retaliated' after a, long game, '4-1. Wallace leads. Ollivier brought up 4 2, but Wallace made it | 5-2. Wilding again won service, and | tho Canterbiiiv pair then made it. 5 all i by annexing luVkic'.s s'-rvke and adding Ollivier's m their score. Tho Taranaki men made it 2 sets all br winning the 11th and 12th games, both'to love. The excitement was intense when the final set began. Dickie began well by winning service to love. Ollivier evened. The third game should, mi the law of averages, have gone to Taranaki, as Wallace got to 30 love on service, and later had vantage, but tha chanco was allowed to slip, arid the game was lost. The fourth game was sensational. At 30 love, Ollivier" serving, the ball was smashed out of court over the base-line. Wallace stepped aside and allowed the ball to land yards out. In doing so his racket struck his leg. The. base-line umpire, Mr Seay, jut:., said that the ball struck Mr Wallace. The latter said that it did not do so. and tho word of such a thorough sportsman should have been accepted. There can bo no doubt that tho ball did not touch Wallace, who was between Mr Seay and the ball. Tho chief factor is that it was not the duty of Mr Seay to raise the point. His duties were concerned with footfaults and outs on the base lino only. The central umpire adjudicates on any breaches, and unwittingly erred in, giving a let. If he did not see the ball "strike Wallace he should have given him the stroke, especially as both Ollivier and Wilding were perfectly satisfied to accept Wallace's word. On replaying the stroke Ollivier won, and brought up 40 love where it should have been 30-15. It was singularly unfortunate, for earlier in the match Wallace hit a ball over tho base line, and on looking for the same umpire's decision he was not in his place. Tho ball landed out about six inches—the Taranaki men both saw it. However "let" was called, and when Ollivier served again Dickio simply patted it down in front of himself, and tho spectators duly noted his sportsmanship. The incident of the ball which did not hit Wallace very seriously affected the play of both Wallace and Dickie—they scored two aces only in the. 4th. sth, and 6th games. Wallace won the 7th game, and the pair had a glorious chance to retrieve matters in the Bth, being, on Wilding's service, 15-40. Wilding maintained the family reputation, however, by aiding in. ma'king up tho leeway and taking the gfuno, and with it match and championship. It was a thrilling .contest all through, except for the unfortunate fourth game of the final set. Ollivier was almost perfect in every branch—he rarely made a mistake. Wilding was not expected to shine in such company, but he roso to the occasion—he always got up and safely volleyed tho hardest returns of his service—he was safe overhead, but not too sure' off the ground. Wallace had lapses, but at the nut ho was dcadliost of all—his cross-court smashes were particularly fine. Dickio ia the opposito to Wallace. Ht always returned Ollivier's services high in tho air, whereas Wallace drove them, and ha does a tremendous amount of volleying up, which is not considered good in doubles, as it invites the smashing return. Ho covers a large aercage in a long match, some of his gats being miraculous. In tha second game of tha last set he made a terrific smash at a running lob, misa&d it, and went down on. one fTTuja, yfa-jp Bg_j\ T \_jjni_ft_Jliiflh. . J gn ri ,_j'*i.th_,
a splendid scoop got in a grand lob. Dickie and Wilding carried off the service honors. Summary : Sots. Games. Aces. Ollivier-Wilding (won) 3 33 212 Wallace-Dickie (won) 2 28 191 —Services.— Won. Lost. Dickio 12 3 Wilding 12 4 Ollivier 10 5 Wallace 8 7 --Mixed, Doubles.— * Goss and Miss Baird obtained a wellearned win in the Mixed Doubles. The winners had tho best combination. Goss w-as very deadly at tho net, and his anticipation as to where his opponents would return the ball invariably brought him to the right spot. His partner played admir--1 ably, frequently getting past 'Jennings's long rca-ch. Miss Brewster was at times brilliant, but became unsteady under Goss's searching gaze. Jennings was both good and. erratic. He got in somo fiiao winners, lint was too often out of place—in the middle of the court—no man's land. —Presentation of Prizes.— At the. conclusion of the games the prizes were presented by" Mr T. Begg (president^of tho Now Zealand Lawn Tennis Association). In a brief address he expressed regret that more- of tho local players had not attended during the matches. Tho standard of play, ho said, had been well up to that of former years, and tho conduct of tho whole meeting reflected great credit on tho Management Committee, and on Mr Arthur Petherick, the secretary. He thanked tho players for their punctuality in getting games off, and the umpires and other officials for their services. —A Substantial Profit.— The profit from the tournament, wc understand, will amount to between £4O and £SO.
LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915
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