TENNIS: BY LOVE POSSESSED
May I offer a word of commendation on James Van Alen's remarks on deemphasizing the service in tennis (Down with love, SI, May 26).
This interview fell on fertile soil as far as I am concerned, for I recently had the pleasure of seeing the two top men, Gonzales and Hoad, in action against each other here in Toronto.
After each took a set of good tennis—a little on the dull side because of the almost complete absence of rallies—the third set developed into a straight battle of the big serve.
For 24 games, each won his service by sheer power, frequently at love. In the 25th game, Hoad blew an easy smash, then double-faulted twice, and it was all over.
While I was very glad to see the two big shots in action, I must confess that if a return match were billed here in the near future I would pass it up.
H. B. GILBERT
Down with down with love.
Shortening the service court or moving the service line back would make the player's height a still greater factor in serving. If a player were tall enough he could still smash in a big serve. This change would limit tennis championship play to the tall men, the way basketball is now limited.
HORACE KEESEY III
I can see only one way to restore the breathtaking type of tennis as played by the greats of yesteryear, and that would be to make it illegal for the server in a singles game to follow his serve to the net.
In my opinion, the joy of tennis is cleverly conceived and well-developed strategy which results in winning a point.
I would therefore suggest that James Van Alen's recommendation concerning the de-emphasis of the serve be given serious consideration.