The Davis Cup preview concludes with glowing anticipation of the match: "It should be fun." Now, look at the first sentence of your article on the results: "...if this is the best [they] can amuse themselves with, then the Establishment is on shaky ground." About face!
"Second best is good enough" is pure hindsight and sour grapes. It is easy to be a poor loser. But wait—we won!
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.
I agree wholeheartedly with your two observations regarding the Davis Cup. The competition must be open to everyone—pros, registered players, amateurs and whatever other classifications there are. And to have the defending champion wait all year for a challenger is tantamount to having the New York Jets take an 11-month vacation until someone emerges to challenge them in the Super Bowl.
Despite this, I witnessed and enjoyed the final day of competition in Cleveland; that is, until 4-0 in the fourth set of the Arthur Ashe-Ion Tiriac match. At this point Tiriac walked to the side of the court, and the referee announced that due to a previous agreement, Tiriac had to "retire" because the Rumanians had to catch a plane!
A full 15 minutes passed with Tiriac talking to Dell and to others on the court, and then came another long delay with the USLTA officials waiting for both teams to come back on the court for the presentations. From the time the announcement was made of the "retirement" until the Rumanian team finally walked off the court following the ceremonies, 40 minutes had elapsed!
What time was that flight, anyhow, fellas? It was strictly a bush climax to the 1969 Davis Cup Challenge Round.
Please tell Juan Peimbert (SCORECARD, Sept. 29) that the notice of the trademark "Super Bowl" has been published in the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office, and it also has been registered in Mexico by professional football. Should Juan wish to come to New Orleans, we would be pleased to have him attend the Muy Gran Juego.
JAMES L. KENSIL
New York City