Tennis: American Twist

Australians have won the Davis Cup so regularly (eleven out of the last 13 years) that nobody else remembers whether the silver monstrosity holds one magnum of champagne or two. The U.S. had not reached the Challenge Round since 1959, and the last time it won was in 1958—when Peruvian Alex Olmedo took the Pledge of Allegiance with his fingers crossed. But last week an American team finally took the cup home—and on its own.

It was done by Dennis ("The Menace") Ralston, 21, a red-headed firecracker from Bakersfield, Calif., and Chuck McKinley,...

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