? Wimbledon Favorite
It was Louise Brough who ended Althea Gibson's first sudden spurt to tennis fame in 1950. Last week in the Northern England championship at Manchester, Althea had her revenge, beating Louise for her ninth straight European title and marking herself as the clear favorite for Wimbledon.
In the same tournament Australia's slam-banging Lewis Hoad failed to emerge from his so-so spring season, lost in the finals to 35-year-old Jaroslav Drobny, the Czech refugee now living in England.
?Try, Try Again
For the second time in 26 years of trying, British women won the Curtis Cup from U.S. lady golfers. Trailing two matches to one after the first day's pairs in foul weather, the British shone with the sun next day to take four singles matches. Only U.S. singles winners: Barbara Romack and Margaret (Wiffi) Smith.
Experts expect the Pirates to "find their own level" somewhere in the second division. But don't discount the fervor of a crew of young professionals currently playing like game-loving amateurs. Says Right-hander Bobby Friend (10 won, 3 lost): "We're out to make history."