Voices of dissent such as you raise in The Egg and the Net (Feb. 18) are frequently heard these days over the policies of the United States Lawn Tennis Association, its handling of our Davis Cup team, its stand on the open tennis question, etc. And almost always the loudest cries come from non-USLTA members.
Many USLTA members would agree wholeheartedly with several of your criticisms of their organization. You could have noted in your article that although the vote at the USLTA's annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was 44,766 against open tennis—36,481 votes were cast for it! The decisions of the USLTA have always reflected, and will always reflect, the wishes of the majority of its members.
VICTOR C. TANNEHILL
President, Northern Indiana Tennis Association
Fort Wayne, Ind.
?Except, of course, where that reflection is distorted by the wishes of local and sectional leaders who fail to canvass their membership.—ED.
My, Whitney Tower is really sold on Candy Spots and Never Bend (A Good Colt Is Hard to Find, Feb. 18)! I don't recall Mr. Tower ever having written with greater conviction. He seems to feel that those two colts, only one having won around two turns, will make a shambles of the Kentucky Derby at a mile and a quarter. (Never Bend had two races around two turns, losing one, and Candy Spots had but three starts, all sprints.) Moreover, this supposed runaway is to occur on the first Saturday in May, yet neither has begun his sophomore campaign. What your Mr. Tower says may be entirely possible, for it is not the possibility but the probability that I am refuting. Until these two "whirlwinds" can prove themselves in the pre-Derby classics, I cannot believe cither will win the Derby.
Valley Stream, N.Y.
As Olympic time draws near, my blood pressure begins to go up whenever the sports pages of our newspapers inform the sportsmen of this richest country of the world that the United States Olympic team is again having difficulty financing its participation.
Since the Federal Government cannot technically underwrite the financing of the Olympic team, why cannot all sports organizations throughout the nation, amateur and professional, set aside one-tenth of l% of the gate receipts from each sports event, said sum to be forwarded to an Olympic-Fund, administered by a group designated by the President of the United States or the Attorney General or some other person or persons respected by the sportsmen of this nation?
Every sports fan in this country would feel he personally helped in the success or failure of our Olympic team every time he purchased a ticket to see a sports event.
The Bronx, N.Y.
SMALL CRAFT WARNING
Thank you for publishing my letter in the 19TH HOLE (Feb. 25), thus giving our Bethesda Institute of Interior Decoration's fine basketball team some well-deserved publicity. I guess you New York sportswriters aren't too bad after all.
For those of your readers who follow the fortunes of our team I have some disastrous news to report. Our great 4-foot 9-inch center, Jumpjn' Jim Filvarin, has been lost for the remainder of the season. In fact, he probably won't return to school in time to resume his usual spot as our track team's No. 1 high jumper. He has been hospitalized with a severe case of overexposure.
Jim decided to participate in the hiking craze, but unfortunately he had misunderstood the requirements to be 20 miles in 50 hours. He completed the first 19 miles in six hours and 12 minutes, then noticed that he was way, way ahead of schedule. Being the grand sportsman that he is, and not wanting to cut corners in any way, he sat down at roadside for the next 43 hours, planning to then complete his hike. As you people there in New York may know, we've had a very bad winter here in Bethesda.
WILLIAM C. BUSCH