Cleveland's tennis facility, site of three Davis Cup Challenge Rounds and three Wightman Cup events, had to be sold because it was located on much-needed school-board property. Indianapolis was able to pick up a real bargain—a like-new seven-year-old stadium at one-third the cost of building a new one.
When it is put back together on Indianapolis' north side, the stadium will form the core of a $750,000 tennis complex planned for completion in time for next August's U.S. Clay Court Open. It will seat 8,000, have lights and be second only to Forest Hills in size and style. The new stadium will be surrounded by field courts to accommodate large tournaments, but unlike privately owned Forest Hills it will be strictly a public facility.
Stan Malless, secretary of the USLTA and chairman of the U.S. Clay Court tournament the last three years, hopes to snare the Davis and Wightman Cups, too, and he envisions a series of women's matches with a country "other than Great Britain," presumably Australia.
"Our biggest job will be dismantling this thing in Cleveland, moving it and then reassembling it here in Indianapolis," Malless said. "It's happened so quickly, we have what you might call instant stadium."
Like "great," "classic" is a word badly overused in sport. Properly, it is a "work of the highest order," a truly superior game, for instance. Or it can justly be applied to a famous traditional event. But nowadays every other golf tournament is a "classic." and a basketball get-together that isn't a festival of some sort is classic, too.
Perhaps the trouble comes from sports' close association with the clothing industry, which likes to refer to a classic suit. But a classic suit is nothing special: it is really something standard, even ordinary.
Don't tell sports promoters that. How would you like it if people went around calling your basketball tournament the Mountaineer, Cornhusker, Sunbowl, Bayou, Kentucky, Marshall, Jayhawk, Cowboy, Cable Car, Queen City or Sunshine Ordinary?