Sport: The Jones Boys

Unlike most top-notch junior tennis players from Southern California, Herbie Flam has a clumsy-looking cramped stroke, often hits his forehand while awkwardly facing the net. Last week at Kalamazoo, Mich., skinny, 17-year-old Herbie did something more characteristic of his region: without dropping a set, he won the National Junior Championship for the second straight year, beating Floridian Buddy Behrens in the final, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2. He also kept a record straight: since 1933, only Southern Californians have won the National Junior.

It was an occasion for Southern California to recapitulate what it has that makes champions: 1) cement courts, which favor an...

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