"Great tennis players have one indefinable quality in common," said U.S. Tennistar Bill Talbert. "I call it 'x.' I haven't got it myself. But Budge had it. Vines had it. And so did Perry and the other greats." Whatever "x" is, the quality was sadly lacking at Wimbledon last week, as the All-England tennis championships got under way.

Of the men, only Australian Champion Frank Sedgman, 22, seeded No. 1 among Wimbledon's contenders, seems likely ever to reach the stature of a Budge or a Vines. Sedgman plays today's "big" game of constant attack. Best of the Americans (in the absence of...

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