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1 Forsooth a pleasant game for men and maids.'
Minor clubs in Sidney have shown sufficient activity during the last week or two. We have to note particularly matches between the University (represented by Messrs. Hutton, Wostenholme, Dangar and Allen) and the Grammar School (with Messrs. Huntley, Lamb, Orr and Garnsey). The University team won the day with 5 sets to 4 sets (51 games to 52 games). The masters of the school on August 17 were soundly beaten by the Devon- shire Club (32 games to 62 games). An uninteresting match was played between the B teams of the Wahgunyah and Devonshire Clubs, the latter winning 55 games to 22 games. On August 24 the Wahgunyah B team played the Balmain B team, winning 5 sets (36 games) to 4 sets (36 games). Leibius is pretty sure to win the Single Handicap now being played off on the grounds of the Strath- more Tennis Club. He is a very promising player with a good style. At the Association Ground a fair muster is generally to be been on Saturdays. Our men require all the practice they can get if tliey hope to be victorious at Melbourne in October.
We hear from Bathurst that tennis is still weft to tlie fore in popularity. The Bathurst Club recently played All Saints College. Messrs. Antill, C. and L. Sloman, and Dangar succumbed to Messrs. McConaghy, Monro, Lydiard andTibbets, winning only 19 games against 72 games.
An exciting match has been played at Armidale between the Armidale and Tamworth teams, the former club winning by 117 games to 109 games. Armidale was represented by Messrs. Allingham, Armstrong, Chard, Phillips, Snape and Taylor; Messrs. Daly, Blythe, Dewhurst, Docker, Hole and Newman playing for Tamworth. The new courts at Armidale have just been finished, and will prove an additional attraction for players in that rising city.
The matches between the different Melbourne clubs have been numerous, and altogether there is a commendable enthusiasm for the game which perhaps can hardly be said to exist to the same extent in Sydney.
The first place must be given to thc ladies. Place aux- dames ! They are commendably energetic, and we have to record several of their matches. The ladies of the Moreland and Gascoigne clubs met, the Morelanders winning 72 games to 36 games. A closer match was that between South Melbourne and the Kew, the South Melbourne ladies winning by a single game (34 to 33 games). The Shawmut ladies beat the Oyamaites by 37 to 25 games, the latter club beating the ladies of Gascoigne by 5 games (45 to 40 games). The match for the first
class trophy between South Yarra and the University resulted in a victory to the former club, which won 58 games to 46. For the second-class trophy the same club was again successful (69 to 41 games). Other matches have been as follows : Windsor v, Melbourne, Windsor 70 games, Melbourne 27 games ; I. Zingari v. Richmond, I. Zingari 43 games, Rich- mond 30 games. A good match was played between the University and Melbourne clubs on August 24, some capital play being witnessed. The University was victorious, winning 63 games to 50 games.
Their team was composed of Messrs. Balfour, Shuter, A'Beokett and Peebles, the Melbourne club team
being Messrs. Bartram, Bayles, DeLittle and
In tennis circles in Melbourne the chief subject of conversation is the Melbourne Cricket Club Tournament. The second round has just been played off with the following results :-Chomley beat Martin ; Fairbairn beat Beecher ; Michie beat Allen; Astler beat Must ; Cramond beat Raleigh; Ord beat Sanders ; Bayles beat Armstrong ; Gregory beat Highett ; Anderson beat Walker ; Bartram and Fox byes. Most of the matches were very even, and some good play was witnessed.
The second annual tournament instituted by the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association has just been commenced. The programme includes seven events. The entrance fees are low, and prizes to the value of £20 are offered. An innovation is the fact of the tournament being this year open to all-comers. Members of the Casuals, Indooroopilly, Toowong, Oxley, Zingari and country clubs will thus be able to compete. A close fight is anticipated for The All-comers' Singles, the winner of which will be called upon to meet A. Taylor. For the Open Doubles among the best pairs are Taylor and Fowles, E. Gilligan and P. Macgregor, and F. Baynes and W. M'Gaw. It is hoped that the Association will arrange for the playing off of the finals on a public ground, gate money being charged as in Sydney. The standard of play in Brisbane has very much improved of late.
The various Brisbane clubs are competing for a valuable challenge shield presented by the Queens- land Lawn Tennis Association. In a recent match the Brisbane Club gained an easy victory over the South Brisbane Club (70 games to 51 games). Con- siderable impulse would be given to Sydney tennis if there were a similar challenge cup or shield to be played for here.
The final for the All England Championship has resulted in a victory for W. Renshaw, who had to meet his brother Ernest, regaining the proud title lost in 1887. The scores were 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. The weather was showery in the morning, so large tarpaulins were erected over the court to shelter it from the wet. In the last set W. Renshaw's play was extremely brilliant. He went for his stroke every time, and nearly always suc- ceeded with it. In the first five games of the set his brother only won five strokes ; in the sixth game deuce was called four times before W. Renshaw secured the game. The match is, how- ever, described as disappointing. W. Renshaw forced the game from the commencement, running up to the net on nearly every service. Occasionally Ernest would pass him, but more often the ball went flying out of court or into the net. When the latter lobbed his brother invariably 'killed,' and at last the champion became thoroughly disheartened, and quite lost his form. W. Renshaw won 131 strokes and lost 98, the games being in his favour by 21 to ll. The statistics are curious and in-
W. BENSHAW. E. BENSHAW. Eeturned out of court ... 28 37 Played, but not returned over
the net . 54 44 Not played, i.e. passed by
opponent ... -. 14 44 Double faults . 2 6
Total . 98 131
W Renshaw won 27 ground strokes, 21 volleys, and 13 services, 16 of his volleys going into the net and 5 out of court. His total of 62 strokes out of a total of 131 is remarkable.
It may be of interest to mention that the first championship match was won in 1877 by S. W. Grore, and in succeeding years by P. P. Hadow, 1878; J. T. Hartley, 1879, 1880; W. Renshaw, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886 ; H. F. Law- ford, 1887; E. Renshaw, 1888; and W. Renshaw,
During the meeting some capital matches were played. We have only Bpace to give the results of the third and fourth round, thus giving our readers an idea of who are the leading English players this year. In the third round Hamilton beat Lewis, Barlow beat Hillyard, Renshaw beat Goodbody, and Lawford beat Z'ffo. Tn the fourth round the match
between Barlow and Hamilton (the Irish champion) resulted in the latter's defeat, much to the general surprise. The scores in the Lawford v. Renshaw match turned in favour of Renshaw, who beat Barlow in the final round, and challenged his brother, Ernest Renshaw, with the results given
The Ladies' Championship was won by Mrs. Hill- [ yard, better known by her maiden name of Miss Bingley-. Miss L. Dod, the former holder of the: championship, was unable to contest. The winners since the championship was founded are Miss Maud Watson, 1884, 1885 ; Misä Bingley (Mrs. Hillvard), 1886; Miss L. Dod, 1887, 1888; Mrs. Hillyard,
The Four-handed Championship was again won by the brothers Renshaw, who have held the title seven times. They defeated E. W. Lewis and G. W. Hillyard. -
We notice that P. C. Fenwicke, a New Zealand player, is going to take part in the Northumberland County Tournament (England). It will be recol-. lected that Fenwicke held the championship of his colony for three years. His partner in the doubles is F. Logan, a member of the Napier club.
We wish to remind secretaries of the different lawn tennis clubs in Australia that this column is especially intended to serve as a record of club doings in these colonies, and it is hoped they will
send in from time to time accounts of their matches and notices of fixtures, together with any suggestions or questions relating to lawn tennis.