1938 Grand Slam champion
New York City
Yes. He qualifies because he has lived in this country for the specified time. Selecting Olmedo isn't saying there is something wrong with our tennis. However, we should stimulate more interest here to match Australia's.
This is an article from the Oct. 20, 1958 issue
U.S. Indoor champion 1919, '23 and '24
New York City
No. It is a sad commentary on American tennis. What's happened to our boys? Alex is a fine player, but why make an exception for him? Pancho Segura of Ecuador, a really great player, never represented us.
THOMAS O. PEIRCE III
Student, Claremont Men's College,
That's a tough question for me because Alejandro Olmedo is a very good friend of my sister. He gave her the last big trophy he won. My answer is a reluctant yes, because he might give Ann the Davis Cup if we win it.
MAUREEN CONNOLLY BRINKER
1953 Grand Slam champion
San Diego, Calif.
I'm torn between two views. It's sad for a great country to ask an outsider to play on its team. But Peru has no Davis Cup team, Alex is a fine boy, and it would be wonderful for him to get the chance for Davis Cup play.
Secretary-treasurer National Tennis Hall of Fame
Olmedo has lived in the United States for five years and is accepted by his friends and by his college as one of us. If he is good enough, I'm definitely in favor of his selection for the team. It is not as though he has been here only six months.
1939 U.S. and Wimbledon champion
Although Olmedo is qualified, we would be showing our weakness to select him. Recently, I advised him to refuse if selected and eventually play for Peru. That would give Peru world-wide publicity. Olmedo could become world champion.
BRIG. GENERAL ROYAL HATCH JR.
Deputy for National Guard Affairs
Yes. I've watched the tournaments at Forest Hills and it seems to me it would be highly unfair to scratch a sportsman like Olmedo. Besides tennis is a form of international relations and Olmedo meets our standards.
HELEN WILLS ROARK
Seven-time U.S. champion
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
In the past only U.S. citizens were chosen. I think that's a good rule because it encourages them to play. I see no point in selecting others, although it would be nice if a sportsman like Olmedo qualified as a citizen.