Sport: 4 to 1

When U.S. Davis Cup Captain Billy Talbert led his team to Australia this fall, he was feeling pretty chipper about U.S. chances. After all, he had the U.S. champion, Tony Trabert, 23, and the Wimbledon champion, Vic Seixas, 30—a nice blend of youth and experience. After his champions had been bounced out of a couple of Australian warmup tournaments, Captain Talbert stiffened his lip and switched to a "don't-count-us-out" attitude. But confident Aussie bookies decided they had seen enough, counted out the Americans as 3-1 underdogs in the Davis Cup finals with Australia—assuming the Americans got past Belgium.

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