The tennis question is one which seems to be beyond solution. With the present limited grounds it is difficult to devise any arrangements which can give universal satisfaction. But, in spite of the difficulties of the question, it is one that should be grappled with, and for this reason any suggestions should be considered. More men are probably directly interested in tennis than in any other sport in college and the subject should be considered as of at least as great importance as any branch of athletics. While we do not propose to suggest any complete revolutionary scheme, there seem to be a few points which might be touched upon with advantage.
In the first place, the rule heretofore has been that if a man once gains possession of a court, he is allowed to hold that court as long as he is connected with the university. His right to the court continues whether he plays on it regularly or only at rare intervals. If be owns the court at the close of the fall season he still has a right to the court in the spring, even if he does not play on it until June. This seems to be an unreasonable privilege. Only men should have courts who use them. The season for tennis playing is now fully opened and many courts have been in use for nearly a month. But as yet there are many courts simply lying idle, as their owners have not yet commenced to play. In our opinion, some regulation should be made on this point. The Tennis Association has full power and can easily pass suitable rules. Let it be understood that those men who own courts in the fall can claim them in the spring up to a certain date, and that if, after that date, the owners have not claimed their courts, the ground is open to the first comer who wishes the court. This will do something towards lessening the injustice of a custom which allows a man to own a court who never uses it or does not use it for weeks after the season has opened.