LAWN TENNIS AND THE WAR
PROMINENT PLAYERS IN UNIFORM. When the annual meeting of the Lawn Tennis Association is held in London in a few days reference will doubtless lie made to the ready response given by lawn tennis plavers to the national appeal for recruits (says the 'Daily Telegraph' in November). Without claiming to have done more than the exponents of other games, or more than their dutiful share, the fawn tennis community acknowledge with pride that nearly every prominent player of serviceable age in the country has* exchanged the racket for the rifle and is engaged in the common task. Four days after war broke out the English international players who had gone to Boston for the final round of the Davis Gup left America on a convoyed liner for this country. All are now in the Army. Mr J. C. Parke, captain of the team, has become Lieutenant Parke, of the Leinster
Regiment. Mr Arfcliar Lowe secured a commission, and is now at Salisbury. Mr A. R. F. Kingscote, who was a "gunner" on furlough at the time of the outbreak, is training units in Kitchener's New Army. The fourth member, Mr T. M. Mavrogordato, despite his small stature, was readily enlisted in the Public School Corps, stationed at Epsom, where his keen intellectual abilities—Mr Mavrogordato won academic distinction at Oxford—have already been recognised in organisation. The opponents of the Knglish team - in the " War" match at Boston were Messrs Wilding and Brookes, of Australasia, the past and present champions of the world respectively. Immediately ho had set foot in England Mr Wilding had his eyes on the front. He had formerly held a commission in the King's Colonials, and this fact and his splendid physique doubt- i less expedited the success of his quest. As I a lieutenant in the Royal Marines the exchampion went out to France with the Naval Brigade, and met with strenuous j
experiences, which must, despite their danger, have gladdened his heart. His court colleague, Mr Brookes, had intended to return to Australia this month, but he has now indefinitely postponed his departure and, instead, has joined Lady Bud ley's Australian Ambulance Hospital. Mr Brookes had already sent his motor to the front. I* a few days he goes out himself as a driver. To give anything lik» a complete list of players who hare become soldiers would require a column «f space, but, in addition to those mentioned, the fighting units include Messrs Iv. Powell (already in France), Hope Crisp, C. J. Tindell Green (fcho present Irish champion), R. J. M'Xair, N. S. B. Kidson (at the front), H. C. Eltringham, E. 17. Yencken. P. J. Watts, R. S. Barnes. J. Ganzoni, M.P., L. E. Milburu, J. M. Hillyard. Archdale Palmer, A. Henriks. E. G. Parton, and W. P. Haviland. Mr H. L. Doherty, it may be added, has joined the Auto AircraftNaval Reserve.
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LAWN TENNIS AND THE WAR, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915