Sport: First Serves

There will be a 1942 tennis season. And it may be the most exciting in years.

Ordinarily, at this time of year, top flight U.S. tennists would be warming up for the Seabright tournament, classic curtain raiser of the Eastern grass-court season. This year, for the first time in half a century, there may be no tournament at Seabright. But Longwood, Rye, Newport and Southampton hope to carry on in their traditional roles as tune-ups for the National at Forest Hills, and with rationing (three for each match) there will be enough balls to last the summer.

In 1918, nine of the first...

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