Sport: Defeat Down Under

Only a pathological optimist would have wagered a wooden nickel on U.S. chances to bring home the Davis Cup. The best men U.S. Captain Bill Talbert could muster for the challenge round against Australia were young (22) Barry MacKay, U.S. intercollegiate champion, and Old (34) Master Vic Seixas, who left his best tennis on the center court at Forest Hills back in 1954. Aussie Captain Harry Hopman made the most of a bountiful supply of stars by calling on 22-year-old Mai Anderson, proud owner of the U.S. championship, and Ashley Cooper, another youngster...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!