The Tennis Association has completed the arrangements as regards the marking of courts. Members of the association can have their courts marked out, if double, for fifty cents; if single, for thirty-five cents. The charge hitherto has been $1.25 for doubles and $1.00 for singles. It has been decided that two persons may be allowed to hold a single court that cannot be made into a double court. Those wishing to have their courts marked out are to apply to the secretary of the association, paying at the same time the necessary sum, and the courts will be marked out as soon as possible. According to this arrangement all members of the association will contribute in part to the marking of courts and will receive in return the right of using any court when unoccupied by its holders, while the holders of the courts will still pay the larger proportion in return for their privileges. The association desire to arrange matters as if the present rules had been in force from the beginning of this spring's tennis season. They will, therefore, refund to those joining the association all that they have paid for the marking of their courts this spring in excess of the present charge of fifty cents for a double court and thirty-five for a single court. Those who have already had their courts marked out but have not yet paid can pay on joining the association the amount charged by the new arrangement and the association will see that the marking of their courts is paid for.
The income received by the association will thus be largely expended in paying for the marking of courts. In addition to this, the association has slight expenses, on account of belonging to the Inter-Collegiate Lawn Tennis Association and to the National Lawn Tennis Association. A small part of the income received from the entrance fees will also go to defraying part of the expenses of the spring tournament. The larger part, however, of the expenses of the tournament will be paid from the entrance fees (which have been reduced this spring from one dollar to fifty cents for each man entering). The association hope also to be able to pay, at least in part, the expenses of those who will represent us in the inter-collegiate tournament.
It is hoped also that some arrangement can be made in regard to the rolling of courts. By having all the courts rolled at the same time, the charge, which is at present high, can probably be much reduced. It may be found possible for the association to assume the whole expense of rolling the courts.
These statements are made in order that the tennis players in college can see exactly the objects the association had in view in passing the new rules in regard to the holding of courts. It is hoped that all will second heartily the endeavors of the association. By the new arrangement our tennis affairs can be brought into a systematic form this spring, and next fall the association can start on a firm basis. The rules for the tenure of courts can then be perfected and any new measures that seem advisable can be introduced.
R. D. SEARS, Pres.
J. S. CLARK, Vice-Pres.
G. W. BEALS, Sec.
A. C. DENNISTON, Treas.
R. S. CODMAN, '83.
G. R. AGASSIZ, '84.
A. W. HOYT, '85.
J. H. RATHBONE, '86.
Executive Committee of the Tennis Association.