1 JUNE 1934, Page 6

* * * * The wholesale slaughter of the pick

of British tennis- players at Paris this week is a pertinent sequel to the Oxford and Cambridge match three or four days earlier. For there is one feature of the Varsity contest on which I have seen no comment anywhere. Out of the twelve players who took part precisely four came from Great Britain. The achievements of Rhodes. scholars at Oxford are familiar, and that no doubt accounts for the fact that four of the six Dark Blues hail respectively from Sewanee, Duke University (two of them) and the University of North Carolina. Cambridge drew mainly on the Orient, for though her captain was an American, from Columbia, three of the team were Asiatics, one from Siam, one from Lahore and one from Hong-Kong. British tennis has fallen on strange days.