Sport: Tilden's Predecessor

Court tennis, the sport of kings, is almost as old as sport itself, but the game of tennis as played today is so young that one man's lifetime spans its entire history. Last week that man, prim old Bostonian Richard Dudley Sears, who helped establish the modern game of lawn tennis and was its first U.S. champion, died in Boston at 81. To Boston and Newport porch-sitters and nostalgic tennists everywhere, Dick Sears's death represented the end of an era of ruffles and parasols, roped-off lawns and sunny afternoons, lopsided tennis bats and the...

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