WINDS OF CHANGE
Upset over the All-India Tennis Federation's refusal to allow the Indian Davis Cup team to face racially segregated South Africa in the championship match, Anand and Vijay Amritraj said last week they would not play for India again. The Amritrajes, who got India where it was in the first place, felt they should have had a greater say in the decision.
Thus an already confused situation becomes further muddled. There is guarded hope, however. From three corners of the earth recently have come hints that the days of apartheid may be numbered.
In Australia, where he played through a heated demonstration by aborigines and their supporters, Gary Player said he thought that very soon now black pros would be competing against whites in South Africa, and Danie Craven, president of the South African Rugby Board, had similar news. Replying to a French suggestion that a team leaving for Europe a week later should include non-whites, Craven said that the time was too short for a change in government policy, but added, "We are, however, hopeful that they will do so for our next visit overseas. We are saying this because the government's sports policy is continually unfolding itself."
Putting it stronger, Alan Paton, the South African author of Cry, the Beloved Country, said in New York, "Our ruling politicians have come to the realization that the days of apartheid are over." He hoped the end would come peacefully, and not through revolution. Let us hope, too, that Player, Craven and Paton are accurately mirroring what is in fact occurring in their country and not merely what they fervently wish would happen there.
GIFTS FOR GAB
The 1960-61 Boston Celtics became known as the team of coaches. Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman, K.C. Jones, Bob Cousy, Jim Loscutoff, Satch Sanders, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Gene Guarilia and Gene Conley all coached at some level of basketball after their playing days were over. With the recent appointment of Oscar Robertson as color man on CBS basketball games, the 1962-63 Cincinnati Royals are making a play for the title of team of broadcasters. The Big O is the eighth Royal to go into the business. The others: Jack Twyman, Tom Hawkins, Arlen Bock-horn and Bob Boozer, all at one time or another color men on pro or college games. Dave Piontek is president of radio station WNOP in Newport, Ky.; Wayne Embry did color on Celtic and Milwaukee Bucks games before becoming general manager of the Bucks; and Coach Charley Wolf did the play-by-play for Thomas More College and occasional Philadelphia 76er games after quitting the sport.
The three other members of the team were not exactly strong, silent types, either. Bud Olsen became chief of officials in the ABA; Adrian Smith an assistant vice-president of the Central Trust Bank in Cincinnati; and Hub Reed a high school counselor.
WHO ATE THE ALMONDS?
A Rock Hill, S.C. restaurant believes in giving its patrons a sporting chance. Its French menu offers truite aux amendes, or "trout with apologies."
WHAT TO DO