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ADVANTAGE OUT FOR FATHER
Jonathan Rhoades
August 27, 1962
The most important rule for the father-and-son tennis tournament was unwritten, but it was well understood among all the members of the Shadyside Swimming and Racquets Club, Ltd. Harvey Rhoades, that staunch sportsman, followed it to the letter, though Harvey did not enjoy losing. Occasionally, however, someone ignored the rule, which is how all the trouble started
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August 27, 1962

Advantage Out For Father

The most important rule for the father-and-son tennis tournament was unwritten, but it was well understood among all the members of the Shadyside Swimming and Racquets Club, Ltd. Harvey Rhoades, that staunch sportsman, followed it to the letter, though Harvey did not enjoy losing. Occasionally, however, someone ignored the rule, which is how all the trouble started

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"Well, isn't that a nice break," Father said. "We get to play each other again."

"Should we get on with it?"

Father said, "But don't you and Larry want to practice a little?"

"No, it's gonna be a long day, and we'd like to save our strength for later."

Father spun his racket. "Rough or smooth?" he said.

"Rough," said Mr. Brock.

"Wrong," said Father, and went back to serve.

Now Father choked his racket about halfway up, threw the ball a foot or so in the air and awkwardly patted it toward the net on a high, lazy arc. It bounced twice before hitting the net. Father took his second serve, this time barely ticking the ball. Mr. Brock shouted "Love-five."

"Oh, I'm sorry," Father said. "I thought you knew I was taking two practice serves."

Mr. Brock walked back into position and said huffily, "You starting now?"

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