OPEN TENNIS OPENLY ARRIVED AT
In recent years unilateral action has become unfashionable, to say the least, in international political circles. But one case of unilateralism meets with our qualified approval. It is Jack Kramer's worldwide campaign to make tennis open—with or without the consent of the ancient Pooh-Bahs of big-time amateurism. The Pooh-Bahs had a chance last summer to negotiate an honorable peace with the advocates of open tennis. They haughtily refused.
So now Kramer is ruthlessly and systematically buying up all of the good amateurs. Once the Davis Cup competition is over, Kramer probably will get the last holdouts. Amateur tennis, thus decapitated, has no discernible prospect of survival, but only the chance of resurrection—in mixed, realistic company. Those clinging to amateurism, even at the cost of mediocre tennis, must learn to coexist with legitimate professionalism. The Davis Cup, Forest Hills, the Wimbledon championships should be open to pros and amateurs, just like the biggest tournaments in golf.
We do not intend here to crown pragmatic Jack Kramer as the idealist of tennis. But we do thank him for taking a big step forward against the forces of hypocrisy and narrow self-interest.