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WTLDIXG WINS AT MONTE CARLO.
(From- Our Special Correspondent.)
London, February 23, 1912.
The lamons Xew Zealand lawn tennis player, A. F. Wilding, scored heavily at the" Monte Carlo International Tournament conmleted last Saturday. He was at the top of his form throughout the tourney, and not only won the men's singles, but he and Fraulein Rieck carried off the mixed
By winning the singles (Monte Girio chanipionï.hip).for the third time. Wilding added another splendid cup to his gallery of tennis "trophies, the Challenge Cup, be- ing valued at £120. By far the most dan serons of Wilding's competitors in this event ivas Max Decugis. whom the _ New Zealander vanquished in the semi-final round after losing a very tough first Pet at 9-11. Excellent lawn tennis, with some exhilarating volleying by both men. saw the second set go to Wilding at 7-5, but in the third Decugis "tired to nothing," and. was beaten bv 6 games to 1.
In the final Wilding had an easy task to beat C. Moore, who could onlv claim three games out'of 21 played, and rethed de feat ed by 3'sete to love-6-3, 6-0. 6-0.
In ihe mixed doubles Monte Carlo chara pionship. Wilding and partner encountered Count Salm anti Miss M. Tripp in the semi-finals. A'fine first set saw the New Zealander and Miss Rieck win at 8-5, bul the second went to their rivals at 6-3 Their efforts in this set, however, left them very tired,-and Wilding and partner, stay ing much better, played them off theil feet and won, 6-1,
In the final their- opponents were A Walli« -Myers and Miss I. Tripp. .birt thh pair could do 'little -«.gainst Wilding and Miss Riek. "who beat them, -6-0, 6-3, with-
out much trouble. J",
Concerning the bout between Wilding and Decugis in the semi-'iinal round of the «ingles, the special correspondent of th« London "Daily Telegraph" says:
"Wilding started rather anxiously, and was lucky to win the first three games In the fourth game he was 40-0 on hi own service, but at this stage Decugi? struck his game, and thenceforward until the end of the third set the men were dead level» In the main the rallies weie conducted from the back of the court, and it was the champion's creator steadiness that ultimately pulled him through. Wild ing came "to the net ¡it his peril, aud latei on he abandoned rallying altogether. > Or. the other hand Decugis made «-everal bril Jiant coups at short r-ipge, especially shin ing wÄli his forehand cross volley, a' fine parry to Wilding's backhand drives. The winner's only fault was a tendency to tost too freely to anything in the nature of a short Volley. Wilding was. within a point of the first set, and ,must be applauded foi carrying it so far," lor-he had a nasty fall when Decugis led at 5-5, blood stream
: over the handle of his racket. Tn the «second set the champion was always
game to the fore. It was keenlv contested; but after Wilding led 4--;5, Decugis. -re ali«.ing that his chance of victory had gone obviously stopped. The victory'pr-qved very popular among the Large English crowd, and the champion was given, a rousing re-
ception at the finish.''
' STICKING TO TRADITION.
The All-England # Lawn Tennis Clnl> has considerably surprised followers of the game bv ite decision to retain the challenge round in the All-England. Championship. There are. of course, differences of opinion among lawn tennis players as to the ad- visability of allowing (he champion to stand down until the challenge round, but when the matter was discussed after Roper Barrett's physical- collapse when nfaving Wilding at Wimbledon last year it was understood that, providing Wilding, the holder ot the championship was tgrev able to a change, the champion would be called upon to play the competition. As Wilding had won his title under certain conditions it was felt that changes could not be made without his consent. Later it became known that Wilding was not
only willing himself to play through, but thought it the more equitable system, and, in fact, lie "brought the question before the All-England Club in a manner that coula not be ignored by formally requesting that the holder of the championship should in future have to stand on aa equal footing n-ith' the other players.
On,the strength of this request most people interested took it"for granted that the change would be made. But the All England L.T.C. committee have decided otherwise. Tn comrmunicating their de- cision to ? ' r. Wilding, the committee stated that the arguments 'in favor ol' change in the conelitionu of the champion-
ship do not appear to be of sufficient' weight to justify departure from, the tra- ditional system, and that from the evidence Vforo ttiein they are not able to decide whether either player in the challenge round has an advantage.
At the annual general meeting last Tues- day a number of reasons against the change were put forward by Mr. A. W. Gore in his presidential speech, but some of his re- marks suggest that the question of gate money had not a little to do with the com- mittee's decision to stick to the traditional system.
ORROROO, March 27.-'The lawn tennis cJub met in the institute yesterday evening. There wau a good attendance. The secretary rcportea that the team membership totalled 40 members. The balance-sheet showed a credit balance of £2 10/. It was agreed to arrange a tournament soon after Easter. Votes of Hunks were pasi-cd to Jlr. J.« Bills, and other gentlemen, as well as tho ladies, vvho provided afternoon toa.