Sport: The Old Men

Ever since hard-hitting Pancho Gonzales followed Jack Kramer onto the professional trail, U.S. amateur tennis has become an old man's game. Going into the semi-finals of the national indoor tennis championships last week, 31-year-old Billy Talbert, who has won some 20 national titles in his time, sadly took note of the fact: "If the Davis Cup team were picked right now it would probably be composed of three old men, Ted Schroeder [28], Gardnar Mulloy [35] and me."

Next day it looked as though Veteran Talbert was unduly pessimistic about the youngsters. Stepping onto...

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