Tennis: The Ace

The Mexicans were exultant. The draw for the first match in the Davis Cup zone finals in Dallas two weeks ago paired their most experienced player, Rafael Osuna, 26, against the least experienced U.S. player, U.C.L.A. Tennis Star Arthur Ashe, 22. "It is exactly what we wanted," crowed Mexican Captain Pancho Contreras. "Winning the first match is a psychological advantage!"

Ashe thought so too. Unleashing the strongest serve in U.S. amateur tennis, Ashe aced the abashed Osuna 15 times, volleyed with unerring accuracy, and walloped his opponent 6-2, 6-3, 9-7. Beamed U.S. Team Captain George McCall: "Today Arthur became a...

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