Sport: Indoors & Out

Next to eating Mexican food, the thing California-born Richard A. Gonzales probably enjoys more than anything else is taking life easy. When the mood hits him, "Pancho" plays tennis, but he is not the man to fret long hours over improving his backhand, or his serve, or his volley. Says he: "I just want my whole game to get better all over." At 20, strapping (6 ft. 2 in., 195 Ibs.) Pancho is the most thoroughly unstudied champion ever to win the U.S. National singles crown.

In Manhattan last week, Pancho experimented with something new....

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