Sport: Watch Pancho

One summer of ripening on the big-time Eastern tennis circuit had done wonders for California's easygoing Pancho Gonzales. Last week, on successive days, he vanquished three of the game's brightest stars—Jaroslav Drobny, Bob Falkenburg and Frank Parker—to reach the semifinals of the Pacific Southwest tourney. Then he went down before 26-year-old Ted Schroeder, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, who in turn bowed to Big Jake Kramer, the champ.

Since Davis Cuppers Kramer and Schroeder plan to join up with the pros before the year is ended, Pancho at 19 is obviously a rising amateur who...

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