Sport: The Menace Scratched

His temperamental tennis-court out-hursts have earned moody, meteoric Dennis Ralston. 19. the U.S.'s third-ranked amateur player, the nickname "Dennis the Menace." A racket kicker and net pounder whose uninhibited language has occasionally curled the hair of spectators and court officials. Ralston was sentenced to one year's probation last winter by the august U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for his displays of temperament in the U.S. and Australia. Despite his adolescent antics. Ralston's graceful style and big serve made him one of the top favorites to beat out Australia's Rod Laver for the U.S. singles...

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