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LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
[By Recorder.] Official programmes issued by sports associations ■ are usually fairly correct. That issued by the New 1 Zealand Association for the championship tournament contained lists of the winners ;of previous championships, and these lists were printed in many of tho. Dominion newspapers, but not in tho ‘Star.’ Tho men’s doubles for the years 1888 and 1889 were omitted from the official list. The winners for those years were 11. D. HavmanF. Wilding and M. Femorike-F. Logan. The Dominion tennis critics with one accord draw attention to the small number of entries received for the recent championship tournament. They quite overlook the fact that there was no handicap tournament to follow—an unfortunate omission—which would have induced extra entries for the big events. The excuses given by certain well-known Dominion players mainly related to Dunedin’s climatic reputation. Ono ex-champion lady stayed away because she had heard that it rained regularly every year right through Christmas week without a. stoppage. The lady referred to has never yet been south of the Waitaki. As it happened, these northern players who did como south were extremely delighted with the weather, and those who took part in the previous tournament held hero, 1904, can say that tho conditions were equally good then. Miss Gray, ladv champion, admitted to the writer'that she found the heat fairly trying, and tho courts, especially Nos. 3 and 4, a. bit too fast for her ; and bo it remembered that Miss Gray hails from sunny Auckland. The courts were equal to Any ever played on in New ealaucl, and the male competitors instanced their appreciation of Mr Watson’s care of them by presenting him with a, small token of their satisfaction.
The 'Otago Association have serious cause for complaint against local players and enthusiasts for the miser able support accorded to the tournament, and Mr T. Bcgg, president of the. New Zealand and Otago Associations, voiced his feelings on the matter when speaking prior to presenting the trophies. Affiliated to the Otago Association there are probably 1,500 players. Of there about 1,000 reside in Dunedin, and these produced 14 entrants—-eight ladies and six men. It is the men who arc to Ire blamed. For several years these have cried out : Why don’t you get the New Zealand championships in Dunedin? We want to play in them, and see the cracks at work! The Otago Association have been disappointed yearly since 1910, owing to their efforts to have the tournament played here being passed . over fit headquarters, At last, when onr turn came, the local men who made the most noise quite failed to materialise either as players or spectators, and it was very noticeable that some A graders preferred to support the Oamaru tournament rather than the one in their own City. The northern players were few in numbers, but the quality was not lacking. It must not bo forgotten that these have a grievance against Otago players, because the latter fail to visit the northern centres for the championships. The support of the New Zealand Association’s Executive and Management Committee was naturally looked for. Of nine vicepresidents, Mr A. Borrows was the only one present. The Management Committee of seven were represented by Mr WhiteParsons, and yet this committee were, according to the programme, to manage the tournament, with the assistance of the Otago Association’s committee, of 12 members. The question has been asked ; Where were the Otago Committee, and what did they do? Well, four of them failed to put in an appearance during the four days, three (Messrs Wilkie, R. fraud S. N. Brown) were taking an active part in the play and assisting as umpires when asked. As for the rest, when present, they offered practically no assistance to Messrs T. Begg (president and referee), J. S. Nicolson, and T. Paterson during play. Mr Maneon rendered valuable services before the tournament began. The selection of committees by the delegates at tho annual meetings is a wondrous performance. Some members seem to be chosen owing to their aptitude for slaying away from a biig majority of the committee meetings and all tournament and intcrprovincial matches. Mr Arthur J. Petherick (New Zealand Association secretary), wht> looked after that body's interests, was paying his first visit to Dunedin, and he quickly made himself very popular amongst.competitors and all others with whom he cam© into contact.
Mr A. Borrows, tho old Otago and Canterbury champion, won the men's A grade singles handicap at Ashburton from the owe 304 mark, and his son won the B grade singles., A. W. Dunlop lias joined the London special police force, and is to be seen by his friends when on duty. The specials help to relieve the pressure and shortage caused by many of the regular police having joined the colors.
LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
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