The plan proposed a few days ago by the executive committee of the Tennis Association, for the reservation of four courts on Jarvis field to be used by the sixteen best players of the college in a league match, deserves to be adopted. While this plan would subtract from general use a rather large proportion of the good courts, the loss would be more than counterbalanced by the advantages gained, and especially the stimulus to better play. It will become an object not only to win future tournaments, but to make a creditable showing in them; and thus many of the less prominent players will be spurred to harder work, and the general standard of tennis at Harvard will be raised. To the best players the advantages will be equally great, for they will be able to engage in a constant struggle with their equals, and not have to fall back upon weaker men for practice. The general body of students also will find compensation for the loss of a few courts in the certainty of always having an interesting match to watch, when they are not inclined to exercise.
Moreover, the sacrifice will not be so great as may at first appear, for the sixteen players would probably occupy several courts even if none were reserved. Since the benefit from the plan will be so great and its inconveniences so small, no one ought to allow mere selfishness to interfere with its adoption.