Sport: Ready or Not?

Early in the tennis season, hunch-shouldered Ted Schroeder felt he had to make a choice. He could defend his Wimbledon title in early July, or he could stay home and help defend the Davis Cup against the Australians in August. The U.S.'s top-ranking amateur was too busy earning a living (as a salesman of refrigeration equipment) to do both. Much to the relief of the Davis Cup selection committee, Ted decided to stay home.

Even so, his July play had been nothing to wreathe the faces of the Davis Cup committee in smiles. Ted's heavy-artillery attack was misfiring, and he found himself...

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