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plays a brilliant, hard-hitting, and sensational rounded, aggressive game. Phil is a most game that at its best is capable of extending attractive figure on the court-modest, yet many of the leading players. Unfortunately, full of individuality. Wood is prone to erratic streaks that cost Far up in Seattle is a youngster of sixteen, him many a match that on his ability he who, in my opinion, will some day be one of should win easily. Time and tournament the great players of the world, providing he experience will correct this fault.
receives the opportunity to play around the In the Pacific Northwest and in California, big tournaments and gain experience by meetone finds many young players of great ing the leading players. This boy is Armand
promise. The ability to play virtually all Marion. He has an excellent stroke producyear
round tends to develop the game tion, which experience will improve. more rapidly than in the East. Let me Among the boys just out of junior age mention but two outstanding figures among limit are several figures that stand out prethe juniors from those districts.
eminently. Chief among them is Marshall Phillip Bettens, of San Francisco, seems to Allen of Seattle, Washington, who combines me to give promise of becoming a logical suc- terrific speed with one of the keenest athletic cessor to "Little Bill” Johnston. Betten's brains I have ever met. Allen only needs game is closely modeled on the lines of the seasoning in tournament play to make him a famous little Californian. He has a terrific serious contender for the highest honors. forehand drive of great severity and remark- Phillip Neer, of Leland Stanford Univerable accuracy for so fast a shot, while his volley sity, Inter-Collegiate Champion of 1921, and and overhead are severe and, in the main, his partner, J. M. Davies, are two youngsters reliable. His backhand, when last I saw of infinite promise. Both of these boys durhim, was defensive; but at the time he was ing the present season have carried several of working on an offensive flat drive which, if the great stars to the limit, before acknowlacquired, will give him a magnificently edging defeat.
Australia, so that my opportunity for studying conditions in these nations has been quite extensive. My own work among the junior tennis-players of America, with whom I have been in touch for some seven years, has given me a standard to judge by, and by it I measure the work in the various countries.
England, just at present, presents the least promise. The schools of England, for years wedded to their conservative team games of cricket and football, are loath to break down the bars of tradition and allow golf and tennis to take the places they deserve. The boys themselves are not the aggressive, assertive type which one finds in the Antipodes or in America. They are more easily regulated and easy-going, following school policy rather than setting that policy themselves. The result is there are no school-boys playing organized tennis in England. The few boys who do play the game are the product of clubs to which their parents belong and where the boys pick up the game, or are the
Photo by Edwin Levick
Carl Fischer, of the University of Pennsylvania, the famous left-hand star of the Philadelphia district, and holder of the 1921 Middle States Championship, has advanced into select company by leaps and bounds. He seems destined to figure largely in future years.
From these few outlines of some of our youngsters, it is easy to see that America may well face the future with pardonable pride in her tennis prowess.
I see no reason to doubt but what the term of the future, made up from such boys as I have mentioned, will far exceed the ability of our own Davis Cup Team of 1921. So firm is my trust in the future, that I dare to prophesy that having retained the cup this year, it will remain in America for fully a decade. But what of the other countries?
The future of the game of lawn-tennis rests in the hands of the boys and girls of the world. All athletics are only as strong as the interest they create among the youngsters of the various nations. It is for this reason that organized athletics are part of the educational system of every country.
During the years of 1920 and 1921, I hav played on the American Davis Cup Tennis Team in France, England, New Zealand, and
Photo by Edwin Levick
sons of tennis-players who own courts and teach their children at home.
Young Dicky Ritchie, son of M. J. G. Ritchie, one of the most famous of English Davis Cup stars, is a boy of the latter type, and bids fair to follow in the footsteps of his
poses to coach
famous father. Dicky is now only eleven. This was the general appearance at the Stade
J. C. Parke, the famous champion-beater, Français, St. Cloud, where the American who has defeated Brookes, Wilding, Mc- team arrived for its daily practice. Loughlin, Williams, and Gobert, has a young It is a healthy, inspiring people one finds son of about two years of age, whom he pro- recovering from the effects of the Great War. the game. André Gobert,
The French are the French player, is the father of a boy of
always volatile, the same age, and the great Park-Gobert
and nothing serimatches of the past should be resumed about
ous depresses 1940.
them. Sport is Yet while she may produce individual stars
essential to them. in the future, England faces a serious situa
They will have it. tion for the years to come, for they have no
To Englishmen it organized system of development for the boys
is essential, but and girls, and only by this can the standard
businesslike in its of tennis be raised. There are no young
methodical preplayers between the ages of fifteen and thirty
cision. in England to-day except Max Woodman, the
There are not new Davis Cup player. Yet I have that
many very young implicit faith in England's ability to cope
boys of great with any situation that allows me to rise
promise in French above pessimism.
teams at the moFrance is quite the opposite of England.
ment, but there is Childhood in sport is almost a fetish in France.
a vast mass of poTrue, they do not have highly organized
tential material scholastic competitions, such as one finds in
from which may cricket in England, but the Clubs afford
come a champion ample opportunity for play, and these chances
of great class. are quickly grasped by the children. Boys
The leading players of France are
all young. They Photo by Webster-Stevens
are about the ages ARMAND MARION
of the leading American stars. André Gobert is almost thirty; Laurens, his partner, is twenty-five; Marcel Brugnon and Mlle. Lenglen, the famous girl-champion, are both twenty-two.
Max Decuges and Alfred Germont, the veterans of French tennis and heroes of many a Davis Cup match, are each well under forty, so one sees a marked difference from England, where, almost without exception, the leading players are well over thirtyfive. A. R. F. Kingscote is the only star in England who has not yet attained that age.
New Zealand and Australia present the
usual aspect of young countries, progressive, Photo by Webster-Stevens
aggressive, and interesting. True, they are MARSHALL ALLEN AND WILLIAM T. TILDEN, 2D
not yet far along the path of organized devel“Everywhere one goes there are new players, many of them not out of their teens, who handle
opment, but the example of such great stars a racket with the poise, skill, and strategy of
as Norman E. Brookes, the late A. F. Wilding, a veteran. Players like Marshall Allen, of Rodney Heath, Horace Rice, and others, offSeattle, who carried me into a 11-9 set, appear
set to a great degree by inspiration the need to be developing in all parts of the country.”
for organization. New Zealand has a marZenzo Shimidzu.
velous youth in their land. The type of boy and girls with tennis-rackets are to be seen in one finds in New Zealand is the wide-awake, all directions, as well as boys in track-suits, active, keen-thinking youngster one is accusrunning, pole-vaulting, putting the shot, etc. tomed to meet in America. Physically mag
THE GIRLS' TENNIS CHAMPION TENNIS courts, both in the East and on the Pacific Coast, have been the scenes of conquest for Helen Wills this last summer. This fifteen-year-old member of the Berkeley (California) Tennis Club not only won the National Girls' Junior Tennis Championship at Forest Hills, Long Island, in August, by defeating Virginia Carpenter of Philadelphia, but paired with Ceres Baker of South Orange, New Jersey, annexed the doubles' title in a fast match with Adelaide and Helen Hooker of Greenwich, Connecticut.
In September, she acquired two more titles. Playing in the California women's tennis tournament, she won the state title from the Pacific Coast champion, Miss Helen Baker.
Miss Anna McCune, champion of the University of California, was the next to bow to Miss Wills' prowess when her title of Bay Counties'.champion went to this young wizard.
A Californian tells us that Helen Wills is one of the best girl players the game has ever produced, and he says some of her success is due to the fact that at the Berkeley Club she has played mostly with the older men, thus acquiring strength and speed in her play.
By HILDEGARDE HAWTHORNE
We train and work and study for various tiniest insect is a subject for wonder, where ends. Be healthy, wealthy, and wise, we are you could never exhaust the possibilities of a told, and agree that the advice is excellent. single acre of meadow or woodland, here it is It takes knowledge and horse sense and appli- not the world that is a bore, it is yourself who cation to achieve these three things, certainly, insists upon being bored despite the hundred but the gain is worth the effort. So we give thousand calls on your mind, on your sense of our best years and strength to the job. beauty, on your emotions. Your mind has a
But there is another job which is somehow million windows through which you may look apt to be overlooked. We seem to believe out upon marvelous and thrilling things, if that to achieve success in that direction we you keep the windows open, if you learn how neither need to take thought nor to put forth to open them. Even though the work you effort. Success that way comes or fails to do gives you happiness in the doing, it is not come, and little we have to do with the mat- enough, because our possibilities for happiness ter. Yet without that item, the other three are endless. You want to cultivate as many are not what they are said to be.
of them as you can.
You want to remember Is it possible, then, to train and work and that nothing worth while comes for nothing. study for happiness as you do for the other To get the joy of music, for instance, you good ends of life? Why not?
need to know something of that art. The There are certain definite things that make more you know, the greater your delight in it for happiness. There is, for instance, work. will be. It is the same with painting and If happiness is important, then the work you sculpture. There is keen joy in these things, do should be of the kind you love doing. It a joy that is developed by study and reflecshould be work that uses the best of you, that tion and understanding. I have seen people interests you constantly, that keeps you keen look at the Victory of Samothrace or the and fit. You should do it for the joy of it- Milo Venus as blindly as though there were self, not for what you get out of it in a money no eyes in their heads. These forms of perfect
Pay you should get, of course, self- beauty gave them no thrill of exquisite desupport, independence. But of two working light. For them the splendor of great art did roads before you, you should choose the one not exist. They have failed to find one great that leads to a full development of your source of happiness. Bored and dull, they talents and your brains, rather than the one stand before these mighty stones, which man's that brings in the greater money return. genius has transmuted to immortal spirit, For if you lose your joy in work, you have and know it not and feel nothing. paid a higher price for money than it is worth. Beauty, as we well know, is another of the
If you take your happiness job seriously, definite items that bring happiness to the then, you will give a good deal of thought and human being Not only the beauty of art, plenty of time to selecting for your life's em- but all beauty. If happiness is worth achieveployment something that is going to be de- ment, then cultivate your appreciation for lightful to you. Probably the larger portion beauty. Rejoice in it. Think how imporof your life will be spent at that work. You tant it must have been considered, since so can see how important a part it must play in much time and detail is given to it in the securing happiness for you. Happiness is building of the universe. Do you know that not a slight thing, a thing of the moment, of a numberless tiny and intricate bones are laughing day or a pleasant companion. It is placed in a bird's throat so that it may sing? a great and precious thing, built up on the Song is sheer beauty. Not only is the bird's very foundations of your being, part of each throat marvelously made to sing, but your moment of your existence.
ear is wonderfully made to listen to that song. The man or woman who is bored is not And the viewless air is fashioned to bear happy. To have work that interests you and those notes from throat to ear, and so comkeeps you alert in mind and body is a great plete the amazing circle. safeguard against boredom. But there are Truly, the more you think about beauty other safeguards. Here, in a world crowded and its tremendous place in this world, the with tremendous interests, where even the more your astonishment grows. Think of