Sport: When It Rains, Eat Light

"My game's as good as ever, maybe better," admitted scar-faced Tennistar Pancho Gonzales. "I'm O.K. on passing shots and return of serve. We go along neck and neck, each holding service. Then he wins." From Milwaukee to White Plains, N.Y. and on through Pittsfield and Springfield, Mass., it had been as simple as that. When his pro tour with Big Jake Kramer reached Washington, D.C. last week, Gonzales was hollow-eyed from loss of sleep and the humiliation of 17 defeats against three wins.

On the green canvas of Washington's Uline Arena, Gonzales got his lumps in a hurry. Big Jake polished him...

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