Sport: Uncourtly Manners

Bad manners became fashionable in big-time tennis after World War I. Suzanne Lenglen and Big Bill Tilden set the style —and the pace. One day on the French Riviera, so the story goes, a hot-tempered Austrian almost outdid everybody when he won a tournament; openly sneering at the tiny silver trophy that was presented to him, he set it down in midcourt and squashed it flat with a roller. Last week, in Paris, tomboyish Patricia Canning Todd, No. 4 among U.S. women players, did her bit to keep the tradition alive.

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