THE OPEN EGG
I certainly can find no fault with the premise developed in your article (The Egg and the Net, Feb. 18). However, one point that was not brought out but which, in my opinion, is extremely essential, is that the resolution adopted opposing open tennis was approved over the objection of every officer of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association with the exception of one, and that of both immediate past presidents. It was also done over the objections of Mr. William Kellogg, who is a member of the Committee of Management of the International Lawn Tennis Federation representing the USLTA.
In my opinion, the action taken was extremely ill-advised and harmful to tennis, and I am sorry that the sections which supported this position made no attempt to poll either their clubs or players in regard to this particular policy. It is important, I think, to note that the Midwest area, which did poll its clubs concerning the question of open tennis, found that over 82% were in favor of our holding an open tournament.
EDWARD A. TURVILLE
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Your indictment of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association should have been directed against the majority of the top sectional leaders of the country rather than against the individual clubs.
The Chicago Association, the largest district in the USLTA, through the wisdom of its president, polled its member clubs and the "press" on the anti-open resolution later passed by the annual meeting of the USLTA. Of 75 replies from newspapers and TV stations in the Midwest, 74 favored open tennis. A past president of the Chicago District and of the Western Section had tried previously to persuade the western officers to support the resolution without a club poll, on the assumption that their association was opposed even to "national home rule" on the question of open tennis. As it developed from the poll, that man's own club reported that apparently every member of the club except this one man favored open tennis.
March 4, 1963
It is doubtful from the discussion at the USLTA meeting whether many, if any, other local associations polled their own clubs. Apparently the decisions were made largely by the officers or the executive committees of the various associations. Hence your indictment of those responsible for the present position of the national organization should be, for better or for worse, against the majority of the sectional leaders and not against the clubs as you imply.
Past President, Western and Chicago
A lack of suitable courts is the trouble with tennis in my section of the country. Most of our courts are poorly constructed asphalt. Those are intolerably hot in summer, not adequately shielded in winter, and not provided with shelter and refreshments and comfortable chairs for watching and resting. If we had one quarter of the money spent on golf, tennis would go over the top.
I believe our recent emphasis on exercise for health is going to help tennis. No other sport offers so much exercise for one who is limited in the time he can spend each week for recreation. Probably no other sport requires as much mental concentration as the modern attack game of tennis.
W. S. PENNINGTON, M.D.
My reasons may be peculiar to myself, but I do not get much enjoyment out of watching people do something that I can do myself, even though they do it much better than I can. Following this line, I would never pay to see anyone bowl or play bridge or play tennis. However, I will gladly pay to see ice hockey or football or baseball, because there is no way that I can presently participate in these sports. I guess what it all boils down to is that it is more fun to participate, even though poorly, than it is to sit and watch the best.
JOHN E. STEVENSON JR.
Congratulations on your new series, Secrets of the Short Game (Feb. 18, 25), by Jerry Barber. It is wonderfully detailed and presents its subject in the clearest and easiest-to-understand manner I have ever seen. But then so did My Secrets of Putting (Feb. 20, 1960) by Billy Casper and The Modem Fundamentals of Golf (March 11, 1957 et seq.) by Ben Hogan. Your golf editor has performed a real service for golf and golfers with the presentation of such articles in your magazine.
I am not a golfer—had never attended a golf tournament prior to the PGA of 1961 at Olympia Fields. We all know the story now—that miracle on the third hole of the fourth round, and those three incredible putts on 16, 17 and 18. The last was the 60-footer, and it seemed to take five minutes to wend its way to that small hole. It may well be that Jerry Barber may never win another major tournament, but it was a pleasure to find him chosen as the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED instructor of the short game. He earned this honor on that warm July day in 1961 by proving that to be short in stature is no handicap—if one is long on heart.
STUART G. MORRIS
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
In your article, The Egg and the Net, you state the number of Americans who play tennis is estimated at more than 7 million, while golf can boast no more than 6 million. Even the most partisan tennis buffs will admit that the aggregate number of hours consumed, the number of casual and also of avid players and the total number of participants are greater in America in golf than in tennis.
DORING C. DAHL
Downers Grove, Ill.
•Statistics compiled by the nonpartisan Athletic Institute over the last six years, based on estimates by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association and the National Golf Foundation, have shown tennis to be the leader in total number of players, both regular and casual.—ED.
I would like to add a little fuel to the 24-second-rule controversy and particularly to straighten out two of your readers, Ron Gelfand and Roger Kennedy (19TH HOLE, Feb. 18).
I do not understand Mr. Kennedy's statement that a stall is not a show of class. Most good teams know how to break up a stall. Illinois should have been booed for not knowing how to handle a strategic maneuver. Cincinnati is hated for the same reason that people root against the baseball Yankees. They are too good and win too many championships.
RALPH L. WITTE
La Habra, Calif.
To me, any team that can hold and stall the ball for five or more minutes in basketball is showing its best. A stall also wears the other team out and gives the stalling team a rest. I'm for the stall a hundred percent all the way.
Regarding Clemson Coach Frank Howard's stated hope that rules will be changed to allow the use of one-year sports scholarships (SCORECARD, Feb. 18), I hope to see no change. The maintaining of the four-year scholarship system puts the responsibility for choosing deserving and capable players in the lap of the recruiters, where it should be. If the coaches cannot foresee playing potential, they will continue to be embarrassed by having to keep players who cannot play and moan about the athletic scholarships they misused. If this won't help to straighten out the recruiting difficulties by keeping the spotlight on the college recruiter, I don't know what will, save abolishment of the entire system.
The only way that a lot of boys can get through college today is on an athletic scholarship, and Mr. Howard is actually saying: if you don't produce, then forget it. There has been much squabbling about athletes on scholarships actually being professionals, because they receive compensation for their talents. If Mr. Howard's plan were to be put into effect, then the squabbling would be over—there would be no doubt about their professional status.
I have known a few college coaches, and I'm happy to say that most of them show interest in their players from academic as well as from other points of view besides that of football.
LULLWATER RUNS DEEP
As his trainer and caretaker I am very much disappointed in your very brief article on Great Lullwater's win of the $40,000 Prix de France (FOR THE RECORD, Feb. 11). You stated that Great Lullwater had not done much of renown for years. I'll tell you why. He has never been a sound horse. As a matter of fact, after one race at Roosevelt Raceway during his 1962 campaign Great Lullwater went dead lame, and was supposed to be done for the season. But with a lot of hard work and a big heart, he got back to the races and even won a feature race at Yonkers just before the season ended. Last but not least, Great Lullwater proved how big a heart he has by setting a track record.
New York City
I find no mention in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED of the death on February 2 in Fayette, Iowa of John E. (Doc) Dorman, D.D.S., who was football coach at Upper Iowa University. Doc was an exponent of razzle-dazzle football long before the term became part of the language. He was an improviser and tactical genius who probably invented the trap play and may have been the first coach to use the shovel pass.
Surely we should note the passing of the man who spent 63 years at one college as player, coach and athletic adviser—who was a member of the Helms Foundation Football Hall of Fame and a contemporary of Stagg, Warner and Yost.
F. E. BRECKNER
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
BEAUTY AND THE BEST
I should like to take exception to your claims for track star Jutta Heine as the world's most beautiful (A Dash of Style for Track and Field, Jan. 28). Miss Heine, while streamlined enough for the indoor boards, would be strictly at sea matching contours with Marly Sinn (left), the world's professional marathon swimming champion.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Germany's 22-year-old Jutta Heine may well be "the most decorative woman sprinter in the world." as you said. However, if you want to see a real beauty, take a look at 18-year-old Kent State University gymnast Marie Walther (right). Marie, who, incidentally, is also one of the best, will be representing the U.S. in the Pan American Games at Sao Paulo, Brazil in April.
New York City