But such comeback talk is misleading. In the last couple of years Laver has lost his aura of superman. Newcombe, Rosewall, Anderson and Court have been around a good while. What is happening is a revival of tennis players, not a revival of Aussie tennis—almost as though the Yankees pumped up Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and Whitey Ford and ran them into the lineup for a few games. The young players are not there, and even if Australia does win the cup in December, its future in tennis is still bleak.
The revealing, superclinging swimsuits worn by the East German girls who routed the Americans in the world swimming championship (SI, Sept. 17) revived stories about the advantages of swimming in the nude compared to swimming in a suit, even a suit as shy and retiring and disappearing as those the East Germans wore. One report from Munich had Gerhard Hetz, a West German coach, saying that the East Germans trained in the nude and in competition hypnotized themselves into thinking they had no suits on, that if his girls could swim bare they would break records right and left, that he had timed eight of them swimming nude, that they weren't at all abashed standing around naked waiting for the starter's gun, and so on.
Tracked down in Germany, Hetz clarified things. Last spring he and a German magazine did conduct tests. There were five girls and four boys, but the sexes were tested separately. There were no spectators at all, except for one photographer, and suits were discarded in the water, not at poolside.
He did agree that the East Germans have tried training in the nude (although the hypnotizing bit was news to him) and that his swimmers went faster unencumbered. But the suggestion that they would break records swimming that way was exaggerated; his swimmers were only about three-tenths of a second faster in a one-minute test.
About the only other thing in the Munich story that was correct is that the girls in the test said swimming naked was a lot more fun than swimming in a bathing suit.
PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
Poor Colorado State University. Six straight losing football seasons, and only one winning year in the last 13. After it lost its 1973 opener to Arizona, someone altered a highway sign to read: "Interstate 80, CSU 0."
Races between horses are fun, but duels between jockeys can be a lot more exciting. At Del Mar in California, James Felton and Rudy Campas were riding in the same race. Felton and Campas do not like each other. When Campas carried Felton wide on the first turn, a degree of anger was apparent. Spurring his charger on, or whatever jockeys do, Felton took off after Campas. As the field turned into the stretch—their horses were eighth and ninth in a 10-horse field—the battle was joined.
Felton, on the rail, reached over and swung at Campas four times with his whip, hitting him three times for a .750 batting average. He is a right-handed whipper. Campas, stung by this insult, reached over after they crossed the finish line, grabbed Felton by the neck and pulled him from the saddle.