Sport: Underdog v. Hard-Lucker

He was a big, lean kid, an ex-G.I. whom few tennis fans had ever heard of. Tom Brown got his schooling in the game on the San Francisco public courts, and had never played "the circuit." He was unranked nationally. He had entered national tennis tournaments twice before — and had been knocked out in the first round. As a mortar gunner with the 20th Armored Division he had packed a tennis racket all over Europe, never got a chance to play.

The fans began to notice him first in the quarter-finals last week at...

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