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• I [By Recorder.] ■ I An esteemed correspondent has sent ; j me hj note regarding the Blenheim tourna- ; ment held during Christmas week i The entries were very large, totalling 340. ■ 1 notice that R. V. Bundle (late of the Anderson Bay Club) took part. In the Marlborough ' Singles Championships his first match was against Dr Bennett, a ■ leading .Marlborough player, and Bundle ; won 6-5, 6-1. In the Handicap Singles, ■ Bundle was on rec. 18 points, but after ids win over Bennett ho was put back to scratch. a strange custom certainly. Hohnwood free. 20) accounted for Bundle in the third round. Bundle figured in the Mixed Doubles final, which was won by Lampo and .Mrs Hulme 60-54. Lampe ! (Wanganui) was the star player, and he ! figured in all finals. My opinion is ex--1 peeled on questions which arose during the j tournament. Lampe, who cam* from a ! distance, sent in his entries on the con- | dition that he would not Lo asked to play j till midday on Saturday. Players could j please themselves as to playing on j Christmas Day. The first mistake was I made by the committee. They should not i have allowed any entrant to make condli lions. If one could do so, why not the ' lot. It's the old story of the tail ■ wagging the dog. Lampe and Mrs Huime ! got to the final of the- Mixed Doubles j, and had to meet Brock 1 and -Miss Rogers. Then the trouble began, I for the committee had early in the tournai merit informed Miss Rogers that she j could get away on the Monday night, and I she had arranged to leave. As only four i courts were used, and the entries were verv large, Lampe was not able to play the final on what should the last dav of the tournament. No protest was entered by either pair, and neither i would scratch. The committee, it appears, ! did not know what- to do. as the tournai ment dates were over. Brock offered to i toss for the prize, and was willing to I donate his to the association if he won. ; Lampe refused. Brock was anxious to win I for his partner's sake, so he asked another I lady (a weaker player) to fill Miss Roger's 1 place. Such is the position, created ap- • patently through lack of knowledge of the rules and regulations for the governing of tournaments.’ One shilling purchases annually the Lawn Tennis Guide, which contains everything of the latest pertaining to the game, and it is a good invest- ! merit. Dealing with, the questions which j arose; In the first place the player who i was granted a concession when he ! entered should have been prepared to j pday almost continuously—probably he did —till he made up for lost time. .If a pdaver is unable to complete one. or more finals on the last day set apart for the tournament, it is the "duty of such player to concede a bye to the opposing side, and if not prepared to do so, then the referee, who should have full powers (not the committee) should do his duty by using the scratching pen. The Mixed Doubles final should have been awarded to Brock anil Miss Rogers, for they were waiting the arrival of their opponents. There is an important regulation which is to this effect: “The committee or referee managing a tournamentbas no power to extend the time for completion of any tournament. If the finals have not been reached by the time play must cease, the tournament shall be abandoned. All unfinished finals shall be divided ; nr, in other words, if it is a, Doubles final the prizes shall ho equally divded between the four pLayersi, -and if it k- a championship event each of the four players would have their nauies enrolled as champions. Supposing, for instance, stress of weather or any other cause had prevented Ollivier and Jennings contesting th« final of the Dominion Champion* Iship Singles on the fourth day, the referee I could not have fixed a data for them to | meet. The championship would have been ! divided, or held by Loth. - and both nnniea | would have been engraved on the Ghali lengo Cup. and the value of the first and | second prizes equally divided. There are very good reasons for such procedure. Courts may not be available, or bad weather may continue for several days; ono player perhaps could not stay, which j j would Lie the other's opportunity if ho j were not a. tints sport, and why should a | player benefit because his opponent's leave had expired with the last day set apart for tlio tournament. Do, may have to play in another centre next- day. Therefore, under the. ir-gulaiions, finality is clearly aimed at and provided for. Flayers hav« rights which muM bo recognised. The question of playing a substitute is quickly disposed of—substitutes are not allowed--1 ha-ve -with ibe-sc rjU’Os-r.ions fairly \ j fully, as limy eorm to crop up very {to- J i, quenl-iy at ti.-uniatnents, and mainly be- j ; cause, so few are conversant with the rules ! i and regulations. i l The tournament at Marten was favored \ with splendid weather, and many visiting | players took pan. A. Powdreli beat >L j G. -Swainsou. 6-2. 6-1. in the final of the j Championship Singles. B. and A. FowdI roll nor. the Doubles Championship from i !.. W. Hawkins and Hunter. 6-2. 6-0. j Hawkins and Mis* C. Beckett- beat. Thynno and Miss Hughe?, 6 4. 6-2. in the Uom- ; bine,! championship. The Ladies’ Singles ■ Championship went, to Miss 0. Beckett, ! who beat Mrs Marshall, 7-5. 6-0. ■ The Fabuuua tournament attracted 160 entries, and was a, great success. A. Powdreil. of Wanganui, won tha Singles Championship, and Miss Curtis, of Petone, captured the T-adies-’ Championship Single?. Dm".- and Swainson. of Pahia.tuii, took r.ho Doubles, and I’nwdreil, with Miss Warren, of Pabiatua. had a great win in Championship Combined.—Wellington ■ Pi-it.’

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LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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LAWN TENNIS Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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