At the beginning of the century, Rackets courts at Eastbourne, Oxford, Torquay, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leamington and some private courts had gone out of play. Existing in 1914, in addition to those at public schools, were courts at Queen’s (two), Prince’s, Lord’s, University College London, Manchester, Cardiff, Cambridge, RA Woolwich, RMA Woolwich, RE Chatham, BRNC Dartmouth RMC Sandhurst, Aldershot, Colchester and Shorncliffe.
A unique event took place in 1908 when Rackets for the first and last time was included in the London Olympic Games. The competition was played at Queen’s and comprised both singles and doubles.
In 1912 World Champion Charles Williams was on his way to America to play his US challenger George Standing for the World Championship. He sailed on the maiden voyage of the Titanic when she struck an iceberg and sank on 14/15 April 1912, with the loss of 1513 lives. After spending nine hours adrift in a small boat before being rescued, the match was called off. By 1913, Standing had retired and Williams agreed to meet Jock Soutar in a home-and-away match. Soutar won the subsequent match over the two legs.