Olmedo is the first player to win the Davis Cup for the U.S. practically single-handed. It was done for France by Cochet in 1931 and for Australia by Sedgman in 1951, but never for us. If the doubles is counted as half a point, Olmedo earned 2� out of a total of 3 U.S. points. Tilden won 2� for us three times, Budge and Kramer each once, but in each case our total was 4 or 5 points.
Olmedo's feat is all the more remarkable when it is considered that in the same year of 1958 he lost tournament matches galore, including all three meetings with Ham Richardson, the last one of which was the final match of the Japanese championships (6-2, 6-1, 6-1). It certainly proves the worth of Kramer as a coach for players of world stature. He is the best since Tilden in my opinion.
Could we see more of your handsome Peruvian tennis player and wife hunter?
I shouldn't think he would be too lonely—we think he is terribly attractive.
New Haven, Conn.
TRACK: FOREIGN IMPORTS
So the Big Ten collegiate track and field coaches want to bar alien students from the U.S. national amateur running and swimming titles (The Proper Study of Sportsmen, SI, Dec. 22).
I think it's time we realize that we can't be the best in everything, no matter how hard we try. There are a lot of people in the world who can do things better than Americans can.
Should a foreign student also be barred from making the honor roll, a fraternity or anything else the school offers because he is a so-called alien?
What will be the attitude of these coaches toward our Davis Cup victory since Alex Olmedo is from Peru?
OH, THAT APPLE!
Your picture of Miss Applebee, or The Apple, as everyone calls her (PAT ON THE BACK, Jan. 5), brought back a soul-shattering remembrance.
At hockey camp she thought I was not playing defense the way I should, so she whistled the game to a halt, strode out on the field and grabbed my stick to illustrate her point.