Sport: On the 12th Try

The turf was green and firm; the weather was good; the flags flapped gaily; everything was right for the 63rd National tennis championships—except for an acute shortage of championship-caliber tennis. Of the 32 entrants in the men's singles at Forest Hills last week, 16 were servicemen-on-leave, four were juniors, several were near-veterans. But with the help of three Latin Americans, this wartime talent nevertheless managed to put on a good show.

At the start, most experts picked Ecuador's flashy Francisco ("Pancho") Segura as the ultimate winner. Pigeon-toed Pancho of the two-handed drive delighted the crowd with audible pep talks to himself in...