Sport: Abdication of a Pro

For years, whenever anybody asked why amateur tennis was floundering, the sport's white-flanneled bigwigs have had the same answer: Jack Kramer—king of the professionals, enemy of amateurism, exploiter of the sport. As boss of a touring troupe of play-for-pay pros, Kramer was luring away top amateurs with fat contracts and destroying the game's appeal.

Last week Kramer announced that he will abdicate his throne and turn control of his pro tour over to the players themselves.

Kramer's decision to quit was good business: he is busy building a plush racquet club in Rolling Hills,...

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