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NOTES ON NEW ZEALAND PLAYERS (From Our Own Correspondent.) LONDON, March 5. Mr C. P. Dixon, writing to the Standard on the games in New Zealand, says:--" Of the New Zealanders, Mr G. Ollivier, is clearly the most promising player. Of the three rubbers which were won by our opponents Ollivier had a hand in each. He defeated Lowe at Auckland, Beamish, at Christchurch, and, in union with Fisher, defeated Beamish and Lowe in one of the doubles at Auckland. Swanston, though a good base-lino exponent, must be accounted somewhat lucky in having won the New Zealand championship the week .previous to our playing at Christchirrch. Fisher had defeated Ollivier, the winner's most for-, midable opponent, in a previous round, and in the final Swanston defeated Fisher after the latter had been two sets up, and again 3—o in the fourth set. Swanston is to bo complimented on a very fine performance, for ho played consistent!}' well in the ohampionships, but even his most ardent supporters would scarcely bo so bold as to place him up to the same mark a 6 Ollivier, who, on the form shown against us, is in a class by himself in Now Zealand "Mr Ollivier contemplates a visit to England this summer, and it is sincerely to be hoped that it will materialise, for wish some first-class practice in our tournaments previous to Wimbledon meeting he should render a very good account of himself in our championships. Ho lias 'an undoubted talent for the game, and, as ho is oh the right side of 26, there is ample time for his skill to develop. Ho is to a certain extent handicapped at present, as he is .unable to {?et .practico .with better players than himself. Hi 6 powerful American service, coupled with his deadly vollevs mako him an opponent to be feared. Not the:least interesting feature of his game is the neat way ho picks up the balls at his feet, Both his low volleys and half-volleys are a treat to watch.

o " Mr F. M. B. Fisher and Mr R. N. K. Swanston I. should place on the same mark and next in merit Ollivier. Fisher is the tactician and genera] of the New Zealand brigade. Where he fails is not in design, but m , oxeoution. Ho possesses a fine power of anticipation. For a left-hander he is uncommonly neat in many of his volleys, but he errs in being too much of an artist, or he is often persuaded to go for. the lines when an easier etrokc would suffice. His sen-ice, modelled on that of H. A. Parker, the reverse Amerioan, swervesaway very quickly, and is particularly effective", as. being left-handed, it comes to most payors on their backhand. He is not quito severe enough off the • ground, but, with thq exception of Swanston, this failing is universal among New Zealand players, lusher, however, is essentially a volleyer, and when things are coming off for him in this line he is capable of extending any player. The pity of it is ho plavs. ono very good game sandwiched in between three or four indifferent displays. " Swanston possesses a better forehand drive than, any of his compatriots, but his volleying is distinctly weak when he essays it, which, is very seldom. His methods resemble verv much these of Horace Rice, with the difference that Swanston :s right-handed. Both players direct their attack- from the base 'line, and are untiring and persistent in' this respect. Mr J. C. Peacock T dace after Fisher and Swanston, and very little inferior to them. His backhand drive down the side line is one of Jus best strokes, and ho is well equipped with scoring strokes all round. Peacock's reverse smash is another powerful weapon in his armour of strokes, 'and there is tremendous forco behind it. Luckily for his opponents he is not always accurate with it, but when it falls within the prescribed limits it is very rarely returned. His service was also modelled on that of H. A. Parker, but it is not so effective as Fisher's. When he has conquered his frequent liability to fluff the easiest of returns he ,should rapidly improve his game.

"Mr W. Goss, the veteran Canterbury player, is steady rather than brilliant. His iorehand top spin drive is tho best stroke, and he is a stickier from tho back of the court. Considering their limited opportunities for first-class practice, the New Zcalanders favourably impressed me. Putting aside Mr Norman Brookes in a single, and he and Mr A. W. DunJop in the doubles, the four best New Zealand players would make a fine showing against the pick of Australian tennis players. On his form in Now Zealaod I would place OUivier on the same footing in a handicap a 6 Mr A. B. Jones and Mr. R.. Heath. Bach might beat tho other on his day. One bright feature in connection with tho New Zealanders is shown by their adoption of the English grip for the backhand drive. This is lacking in many of Australia's leading exponents,. who use the same face of the racket for both the forehand and backhand 6troke."

THE DAYIS CUP DRAW. The draw for tho Davis Cup was made at the offices of the Law;i Tennis Association yesterday. Seven nations have signified iiieir invention to compete for tho I'ignt 10 play the holders, the British Isles, lor the trophy. This number is a record - tor tho competition, the iormer highest in number being in 1906, when iive challengis were sent. . The two former holders of the cup, Australasia and the United States, are drawn together in the first round. These nations have met six times iu Davis, Cup contests, and Australasia lias been, euccesgtul on lour occaions. It may bo mentioned that it is considered unlikely that Norman Brookes will take part in this year' competition. The draw is as follows:— .Australasia v. United States. Germany v. Franoa. South Africa v. Canada. . Belgium, a bye. ' - Germany and Canada have challenged for tiie first time, and although South Africa challenged in 1911 they afterwards found themselves unable to send a team. Tho first round has to be played by June 21, the second round by July 14, and the final tie by July 21, The challenge tie, in which the winners of the preliminary competition will meet the British Isles (holders) will be, played on July 25, 26, and 28. Each tio consists of four singles and one doubles match. According to the regulations for tho competition, " Competing nations shall arrange among themselves for tho playing of their respective ties upon a ground or grounds and upon a date or dates convenient to those concerned; but, in the event of an, agreement not being arrived at, the pre-, liminary tie or ties shall bo played in the country of the champion nation, upon a ground or grounds and upon a date or dates to bo fixed upon by the Committee of Management." TENNIS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. By beating Decugis in the semi-final round, Mr A. F. Wilding secured a further lease of tho Monte Cano Cup, for when the final round was played the New Zealaridcr was much too goo'd forPoulin, and he fulfilled anticipations by winning as he chose, the Frenchman • making a, few good backhand passing shots down tho side lines. Writing of the semi-final round, a local correspondent says: "Last year, in the same round, Decugis won 'tho first set against Wilding, and this year ho repeated that distinction, but to-day's Singles was not nearly so tenso or tho play of such a high quality. The badly constructed court yielded many false bounds, whilo the two men were' novor at their best. Wilding virtually presented the first set to tho Frenchman,.serving double faults and driving over tho baso line. Braced by these concessions, Decugis hit freely, but .ho did not score his points by winning shots. The Frenoh- section of the crowd cheered heartily when their champion drew first blood. Four of the eleven games ran to dcuco, and the rest were taken easily. Decugis made a valiant effort when defeat seemed imminent, executing a sequence of marvellous shots from losing- positions. Wilding did not respond tc this spurt, and lost thrco' games, but he regained his steadiness in tho ninth i'ame, and ran out from 30. Ho was safe without over being brilliant. Decugis 'was brilliant without ever being safe. Tho score was; 3—6, 6—o, 6—3.

In the final round of the Open Mixed Doubles, Mr Wilding and 'Miss S. Ryan defeated Mr A. Wallis Myers and Miss J. Tripp, 6-*, 6-3. In the final round of the Mixed Doubles, Messrs Wilding and R. Klemtchroth opposed Messrs Eabe and H. Kleinschroth, and a fine match was seen, the close volleying being superb. 11. Kleinjchrofh was tho best of the four, and lie and his partner defeated the New Zealander and his partner by three sets to one—2—6, 6—2, 6—3, 7—5. Now the International Tournament promoted by' the Mcntone Lawn' Tennis Club Ims started, and A. F. Wilding is one of the entrants.

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LAWN TENNIS, Otago Daily Times, Issue 15736, 12 April 1913

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LAWN TENNIS Otago Daily Times, Issue 15736, 12 April 1913

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