Sport: Rumanian Rhubarb

At times, it looked more like street rioting than Davis Cup tennis. Indeed, the cup finals, won by the U.S. last week on the rust-red clay courts of Bucharest, seldom even resembled the mannerly game perfected in 1873 by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield as a diversion for English society.

The U.S. had previously won the cup four years in a row. But this year few experts gave Captain Dennis Ralston's charges much of a chance of defeating the wily and temperamental Rumanians, Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac, on their home grounds. In the face...

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