LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Your report of the final day’s play in the tennis championships is. generally speaking, an excellent one. Perhaps, however, you will allow me to refer to the unfortunate incident which occurred in the final set of the men's doubles, and to which your reporter has attached a good deal of importance. We are told that Wallace stepped out of the way of a ball which landed beyond the base lino, and tliat lie would have been credited with the stroke had. not Mr Seay (the base-line umpire) stated that the ball struck Wallace before binding. We are further told that in reality the ball did not strike Wallace ; that at the moment Wallace was between the line umpire and the ball, and also that it was not the duty of the line umpire to adjudicate in this matter. Your reporter’s last contention is probably correct; the two preceding statements, however, are very much open to doubt. I myself was standing immediately behind Wallace at the time, and 1 am positive of the fact that the ball passed between the player and Mr Seay. I am also strongly of opinion that the ball in its flight struck Wallace’s racipiot. In this latter opinion 1 am supported by Mr Goss, who was standing near, and whom I 'heard to remark that ho thought the ball struck the racket. Your reporter adds that Wallace states the ball did not strike him, . and that the word of so good a sportsman should have been accepted. This is sheer nonsense. At the conclusion of the game Wallace’s racket. In this latter opinion j al\-uded Vmt Vie ceTtainW xruvde tyo eAMxlemeut to the umpire on the point during I the course of the game. _ In this course he undoubtedly evinced his sense of good sportsmanship, for surely no umpire is justified in allowing his judgment to bo affected by the opinion of a player.—l am, etc., H. Chapman. January 4,.
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LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS., Evening Star, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915