Sport: The Cup Stays Here

Atop the stadium at Forest Hills fluttered the flags of the U.S., Australia, the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association and the West Side Tennis Club. As grave and important as Cabinet ministers, tennis' venerable scribes and pharisees sat in the marquee. It was a state occasion. On a table at the edge of the spotless carpet of green turf, looking not unlike a pretentious wedding cake, stood the piece of silver that all the excitement was about: the Davis Cup. This was the first challenge round in the U.S. since 1939.

The pairings for the opening singles matches—the U.S.'s Jake Kramer v. Australia's...

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