I don't know anything about the USLTA, but I do know this guy Dennis Ralston is a spoiled brat (SCORECARD, Sept. 11). I've seen him on many occasions pull some baby act that made him top candidate for a punch in the nose.
If the Davis Cup depends on this type of individual, then leave it with the Aussies.
Your editorial made no mention that Ralston was already under probation for misconduct in 1960 during the Irish championships in Dublin, the junior championships at Kalamazoo and the Australian championships. We of the USLTA are endeavoring to operate a democratic organization, not an autocratic one where hasty decisions are made. Ralston was suspended as promptly as possible after the Amateur Rules Committee was furnished with detailed charges from the official referee at Cleveland. As president, I could not have acted without this committee's approval. Moreover, the committee and I felt that it would be unfair to Ralston's doubles partner, Chuck McKinley, to remove him from the doubles, since his own suspension had been lifted only a few months before.
As you presented it, the 1,600 people who booed Ralston and the many thousands of your readers will think that your publication condones bad behavior in sports.
GEORGE E. BARNES
New York City
What you say about the ineptitude of the USLTA is true, and many of us tennis players are aware of the situation.
Until they oust the small-thinking old-timers from positions of influence, the organization, along with all of U.S. tennis, will remain at a standstill.
The article on the Forest Hills amateur tennis championships (Strategy, Strokes and Style, Sept. 4) was the best thing that's ever been in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. It is fantastic that Bill Talbert could go that deep into the stars for a real story, not just the typical run-of-the-mill article.
NADIR WITH TRAEH
I have heard it said that Nadir could have been the greatest horse of all time if he only had heart. Well, Ridan is Nadir all over again, with heart.
Whitney Tower did not give Ridan nearly the billing he deserved (Fine Young Thoroughbreds, Sept. 4). We of the Chicago area are sure that he is already the fastest horse in history, besides being the strongest and most beautiful! How about a picture?
Congratulations on the funniest article that I have ever read (The Week They Try to Catch the Babe, Sept. 11). Jack Olsen shows that his ability to tickle the funny bone is matched only by the hitting talent of Norm Cash.