Re: Astor Cup
Found some more info in the editorial of Lawn, Tennis and Badminton of 1 August 1906.PLACE AUX DAMES
THAT the announcement which has been lately made of the intention of certain generous donors to offer an International trophy for competition by the respective ladies of this country and the United States should be hailed with the greatest satisfaction by everyone is to us a matter of no surprise, and is moreover a project which has our most cordial and sincere support. For, in our opinion, the gigantic strides which lawn tennis has recently made in the estimation of the public, the general interest created by the holding of almost every tournament throughout the country, and the undoubted improvement in the general standard of play, is in no small measure attributable to the support given to the game by the fair sex of this country. We therefore feel that it is only right and fair that they should be afforded the opportunity of sharing the honour of representing their country on similar lines as is now done by the members of the sterner sex. It is as yet but a matter of speculation as to the exact form the gift will take, but we think it is probable that, like the Davis Cup competition, it will be open to all nations to compete, and will thus be emblematic of the World's Championship. The high standard of play shown by Miss May Sutton, and her sensational overthrow of everyone except the present lady champion, should alone be sufficient guarantee that the task before the ladies of this country is no slight one, but will be one which will tax their powers to the utmost degree. We believe that the average standard in Singles play among American ladies is a great deal higher than is realised by most people. Indeed, according to the opinion of a well-known American player, an International contest between the ladies of the two countries would be likely to engender the closest kind of matches, with the result in doubt until the last stroke. Few will deny that the moment chosen for inaugurating this important additional contest is most opportune; for not only does there exist a plenitude of able talent amongst the ladies at the present time, but the friendly spirit of rivalry has never been kindled to better advantage than at the present day. There is, therefore, every reason to believe that the proposed competition will prove a great and lasting success, and while it should afford the ladies of this country a further opportunity of studying the methods of their transatlantic sisters, it will also be the means of forging an additional link in the chain of the already great brotherhood of universal sport.
LTAB, 1 August 1906, p.303