The Advocate's revised plan for the consideration of the Tennis Association seems to us to be an improvement neither on the one already adopted nor on the one as presented some weeks ago, from which the main idea of the Advocate's suggestion is taken. The amendment which the Advocate offers to our plan is that for two hours in the day the courts be reserved for the exclusive use of the owners. This, it seems to us, would simply bring about a return of the old state of affairs. All the owners would choose to keep the exclusive use of their courts in the afternoon, and the old spectacle of courts without players and players without courts would again be presented to our eyes.
It is easy, of course, to find objections to the present plan, but no plan could be devised that would be satisfactory in all points. The only thing to be done is to give the new plan a fair trial. The objections raised by the Advocate are not without force, but our observation has been that the new arrangement has already led to a much more general use of the courts with little dissatisfaction to the owners or other members.
The fear expressed, in that members of the Tennis Association can hand down their courts to others by evading the rules, as is done in the case of college rooms, is unfounded. Under the rules of the Tennis Association, no such transfer will be possible, as a member on leaving the university has to give up his court, which will then be assigned by lot.