Last year, when the matter of the injustice of the regulations of the Tennis Association in regard to the tenure of courts came up, the lateness of the season was urged against any radical change. Men had already gone to considerable expense in rolling and marking out their courts, and any material change in the existing state of affairs would be unfair to them. The justice of this plea was recognized and in the desire to observe the rights of individuals the rights of the body of tennis players were left to a considerable degree uncared for. This year, however, the case is very different, while last year the number of tennis players in college was not largely in excess of the accommodation in the way of courts, some slight alterations in the rules made it possible to put matters in a much fairer condition. But since that time, Holmes field, which supplied the greater number of the courts, has become practically useless, and will probably remain so for some time. As a result, all those tennis players who owned courts on that field are now obliged to seek elsewhere. The number of the courts which are left in college is very small. Under the existing rules, these courts belong to a few men who have the first right of playing on them during certain hours of the day. The only excuse that was offered in the past for their monopoly no longer exists. It can not be urged that the owners of these courts have gone to any expense this year, as the season has not opened as yet. This being the state of affairs, it is very plain that the time has come when a new arrangement can be made that should satisfy everyone and will be unjust to no one. As the ground belongs to the college, there can certainly exist no individual proprietorship. Our idea is essentially the same that we advanced a year ago. The courts shall all belong to the Tennis Association, who shall see to their rolling and marking. The cost of maintaining the courts shall be provided for by the fees of the members. Every member of the university who pays the necessary fees shall be eligible to membership. These fees should be just large enough to pay for keeping the courts in good order and the expenses of the college tournaments.
As the courts are to be held in common, no one has a prior right to any one of them. The first man who comes can play on any court he finds vacant, and cannot be dispossessed of the court unless it can be shown that he is injuring it in some way.
We offer this plan, fully convinced that the present one is radically wrong, and that this year the injustice will be greater than ever before, owing to the small number of the courts. A system so absurdly unjust as the present one must go some time, and the present is the best time to do away with it without injustice to any one.