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Lawn-Tennis in England.

A CANTERBURY PLAYER'S COMMENT.

The following extract from a letter by a Canterbury Lawn-tennis player to a friend in Christchurch will prove of interest to tennis players generally, especially when it is mentioned that the writer is an excellent judge of the game, and no mean performer himself : —"I went last week to see the final heat for the championship between Lawford and E. Eenshaw. I Avas disappointed with the play, as E. Renshaw played a strictly defensive game from the very commencement, and allowed Lawford to make the play suit his own style. W. Kenshaw has a tennis elbow and cannot play, and I don't think Lawford ought to hold the championship. He plays nearly all the time from the back line, and sends the ball back hard every time. Tl ou know Harinan's stroke across the court from the right-hand side. Well, Lawford plays that stroke, only by twisting his own body he is able to place it all over the court. He returns very hard, and both he and Renshaw would often return the ball seven or eight times from ono left hand to the other, pitching the ball to within two yards of the back line, Lawford returning much harder than Renshaw. There was altogether much more vice in his play. They both served badly, Re"nshaw especially. If he failed in -his first service, he sent in a lob for the second. I wish I could see Ross or Wilding play against some of these men. They would- make a decent show, I think/ 1

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Lawn-Tennis in England. Star, Issue 6017, 27 August 1887

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