However, in the matter of players doubling in official capacities Ham Richardson set a new record. Not only did he play the doubles, but he also handled TV commentary for the singles—which is approximately equivalent to Don Drysdale working with Vin Scully on the nights Sandy Koufax is pitching. What is more, Richardson was primarily responsible for rounding up the guarantee that caused the match to be held in Dallas in the first place.
Despite his play in Dallas, Ashe at present is not scheduled to play next weekend, when the U.S. meets Spain, the European Zone winner, in Barcelona. The matches in Spain will be held on clay, and Ashe's game is geared for faster surfaces—cement or grass. Captain MacCall is leaning toward Frank Froehling, who has had a spectacularly mediocre year but who is the only U.S. Davis Cupper who has played the European clay circuit. Stockbroker Richardson, who came out of seven years of Davis Cup retirement to play against Mexico, is returning to high finance, so Ralston's doubles partner in Barcelona probably will be Clark Graebner, another pretty good clay man, or Marty Riessen, who usually plays doubles with Graebner. Or it may be Graebner and Riessen, who have had considerable success together.
With all this uncertainty ahead, it is easy to understand why MacCall's mother-in-law, when he told her he wanted to be Davis Cup captain, simply asked: "Why?" When other people persist in asking him, he always begins, "That is a very good question." MacCall, an insurance salesman now, was a commercial airline pilot for almost 20 years—certainly a pair of contrasting vocations—but it is doubtful that anything could prepare him sufficiently for the job he now holds.
Winning in Barcelona will be tougher than it was in Dallas. Manuel Santana will be favored to win both his singles matches, and Santana and Lis Arilla are a good doubles combination. Even Juan Gisbert, the second singles player, will be a challenge on his home surface. Make no mistake about it. A U.S. victory in Spain would be nothing short of a rousing upset, even with Arthur Ashe in the lineup.