Sport: Top of the Pole

When young (22) Pancho Gonzales turned pro last fall, U.S. amateur tennis lost the top man on its totem pole—and the only player in sight who might have sat it out for a while. At Forest Hills last week, the low men were scrambling for Pancho's old spot. The result was a good deal like the confusion in the heavyweight division when Joe Louis hung up his gloves.

Theoretically, this should have been Australia's year. The Aussies had just trounced the U.S. (four matches to one) for the Davis Cup. But in the National...

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