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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
April 25, 1966
MODEL IN CLAYSirs:As a faithful reader, I have enjoyed very much your coverage of Cassius Clay during his colorful career. I was, therefore, very pleased to see the beginning of A Case of Conscience, April 11 et seq., Jack Olsen's new series.HANK STEVENSGreenwood, S.C.
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April 25, 1966

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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I suspect that not only Rosewall but any of his contemporaries is equipped with more shots than the whole Tilden-era crowd put together. I doubt that the Tilden set could stand up to the present-day pros any more than milers of the Roaring '20s could match Snell, Elliott or Jazy.

Compared to Rosewall's lob, the Tilden era lobs had all the control of a stringless balloon on a windy day. Rosewall has in fact turned this stroke into a kayo counter-punch that usually travels too high to be volleyed and too low to be smashed. He can practically drop a lob down the back of an opponent's neck, making even the biggest player behave like a demented Watusi dancer.

So, with all due respect to Mr. Tilden—allowing for the inferior tennis rackets of his day—let's give the players of the Kramer-Laver era their due.
EUGENE G. DOWNEY
New York City

Sirs:
It was indeed exciting to see these truly talented men play at the Garden. However, I cannot help but deplore the unfortunate circumstances that provide them with such limited opportunities to play and make good money as professionals. There is no doubt that the amateurs of tennis live off the fat of the land. This may be fine, but where does it leave the professional?
MARJ GALLUN
Milwaukee

THE FANS OF DONG HA
Sirs:
This letter is to inform you that the soft-ball season began at Dong Ha Air Force Station, Republic of Vietnam, on March 12. In the first game, the officers of Detachment 1,620th Tactical Control Squadron soundly trounced the noncommissioned officers 10-5. Since Dong Ha is the northernmost American military installation in South Vietnam we undoubtedly have the record for the northernmost game ever to be played in South Vietnam. Incidentally, there was an SRO crowd of 35 bewildered, laughing Vietnamese children, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
1ST LIEUT. THOMAS A. FALLON, USAF
Dong Ha, South Vietnam

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