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Lawn Tennis for Ladies   By: (1878-1960)

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[Illustration: Mrs. Lambert Chambers]

LAWN TENNIS FOR LADIES

BY

MRS. LAMBERT CHAMBERS

WITH TWENTY THREE ILLUSTRATIONS

First published in 1910, London

TO MY FATHER WHOSE KEENNESS AND ENCOURAGEMENT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SUCH A GREAT HELP TO ME DURING MY LAWN TENNIS CAREER

PREFACE

As a rule an author writes a preface to explain or to apologize for a book. I shall do neither: I have tried to explain my meaning simply and clearly in the book itself, and I am optimistic enough to think that my favourite game is too popular to require an apology for increasing its literature, however unpretentious the attempt may be. Moreover, I am still too much affected by the "brilliant and feverish glow" of enthusiasm to dream of offering one.

Two things only I wish to say. First, that I am writing with no academic pride, but only with a passionate fondness for what I consider a great sport, and with a keen desire to make others equally devoted. Secondly, I should like to thank all those who have assisted me with suggestions and the loan of photographs, especially my "arena colleagues" who have rallied round me so graphically in the last chapter.

DOROTHEA LAMBERT CHAMBERS

CONTENTS

I. ATHLETICS FOR GIRLS II. PRACTICE, AND HOW TO IMPROVE III. MATCH AND TOURNAMENT PLAY IV. RACKETS, COURTS, DRESS, AND TRAINING V. TOURNAMENT AND CLUB MANAGEMENT VI. SOME PERSONAL REMINISCENCES VII. MY MOST MEMORABLE MATCH (BY LEADING PLAYERS)

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

MRS. LAMBERT CHAMBERS

WIMBLEDON, 1905: MISS MAY SUTTON WINNING THE LADIES' CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME From a photograph by Bowden Brothers.

THE FORE HAND DRIVE

THE BACK HAND DRIVE

SERVICE From photographs by Dexter.

MRS. G.W. HILLYARD AND MR. NORMAN BROOKES MISS PINCKNEY AND MR. G.W. HILLYARD

MISS D.K. DOUGLASS AND MR. A.F. WILDING MISS EASTLAKE SMITH AND MR. R.F. DOHERTY

MISS MAY SUTTON, WHO WON THE LADIES' CHAMPIONSHIP AT WIMBLEDON, 1905, 1907 From a photograph by Bowden Brothers.

ON TOUR: THE LATE MISS C. MEYER, MISS PINCKNEY, AND MISS E.W. THOMSON (MRS. LARCOMBE)

GROUP PLAYERS AT THE NEWCASTLE TOURNAMENT, 1902

AFTER THE LADIES' FINAL AT WIMBLEDON: TEA ON THE LAWNS From a photograph by Bowden Brothers.

A TOURNAMENT HOUSE PARTY AT NEWCASTLE

"MY SISTERS AND MYSELF" A picture postcard sent to Mrs. Lambert Chambers by Miss May Sutton from her home in California.

AUTOGRAPHS FROM MY ALBUM SOME OF THE FRUITS OF VICTORY

THE CHALLENGE ROUND AT WIMBLEDON, 1905: MISS SUTTON (AMERICA) v . MISS D.K. DOUGLASS From a photograph by Bowden Brothers.

MOTOR CARS WAITING OUTSIDE THE ALL ENGLAND GROUND AT WIMBLEDON DURING THE LADIES' CHALLENGE ROUND, 1906

WIMBLEDON, 1906: MISS DOUGLASS (now MRS. LAMBERT CHAMBERS) WRESTING THE CHAMPIONSHIP FROM MISS SUTTON, THE HOLDER

MRS. HILLYARD MRS. STERRY MISS V.M. PINCKNEY MISS D. BOOTHBY From a photograph by G. & R. Lavis, Eastbourne.

MRS. LARCOMBE MRS. LAMPLOUGH MISS A.M. MORTON MISS A.N.G. GREENE From a photograph by G. & R. Lavis, Eastbourne.

LAWN TENNIS FOR LADIES

CHAPTER I

ATHLETICS FOR GIRLS

I hope and believe there are comparatively few people who will deny that athletics have done much for the health and mind of the modern girl. Exercise in some form or other is essential, and although I am quite ready to admit that games of the strenuous type, such as hockey and lawn tennis, can be and sometimes are overdone, yet the girl of to day, who enters into and enjoys her game with scarcely less zest than her brother, is, I am convinced, better in health and happier in herself than the girl of the past generation. What are the objections to games for girls? It seems to me the chief arguments against them are (1) that they are injurious to health; (2) that they impair the womanliness of woman; (3) that they mar her appearance. There may be something to be said for these contentions, but to my mind the pros materially outweigh the cons ... Continue reading book >>




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