Bill Talbert's article in this issue on the championships at Wimbledon emphasizes again that reporting the world of sport means also reporting the sport of the world. And this, in turn, means travel.
Sport and travel have a way of going together, I think everyone will agree, whether it's only a few miles to your home golf course or across half the globe for an African safari. This certainly holds for many of SI's writers; and perhaps you will be interested in where in the world some of them have lately been.
Talbert, of course, is just back from England, readying the Davis Cup team he captains for another trip he'll take in August to Forest Hills, a short subway ride from here. John Bentley is in the middle of his European tour, an eyewitness to the summer's quick succession of grand prix races. (Next week he reports the race at Rheims.) And Herb Wind no sooner left England and the Walker Cup matches than he crossed the continent for the U.S. Open.
While travel to the major and far-flung events at home and abroad is a week-by-week part of the job of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, some of the traveling represents the kind of exploration into foreign areas which serves primarily to give background and scope to the world of sport. So it happens that farthest from home last month was Coles Phinizy, visiting Australia with an eye on next year's Olympics. Meanwhile Horace Sutton cruised the Greek Islands for a view of this fast-growing yachting center and exciting new vacationland.
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Abroad, SI has the additional advantage of being able to call upon the resources of TIME Inc.'s 15 overseas news bureaus. In our Aug. 15 issue, for instance, Madrid Bureau Chief Tom Dozier writes a closeup of Juan Belmonte, the bullfighter who revolutionized the sport early in this century.
Finally I should mention the many free-lancé writers everywhere who have been enthusiastic about writing for SI. One of these is David Mayer, SI's first man to get into Russia, who is in Moscow for the U.S.-Russia chess matches, which end this week. Barring a Russian checkmate, Mayer will naturally be looking for other stories on Russian sports.
From Wimbledon to Australia to Moscow to next week's All-Star game in Milwaukee—it adds up to a lot of travel for SI's writers all over the wonderful world of sport.