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Sitting on the far side of Segura was Sam Canter, who is Connors' business manager. He keeps a chart on every point Connors plays, marking down what happens on a small fold-back paper pad. He has been doing this since the Bretton Woods tournament in New Hampshire and through the earliest rounds at Forest Hills. Afterward, the brain trust of Segura and Canter (who according to Segura is a fine club player) meets with Connors and they go over the chart to see what areas of his play might need work, or if any discernible patterns turn up in an opponent's strategy.
In the Borg match Canter thought he had spotted a pattern in Borg's defensive response to Connors' rushing the net. He conferred with Segura, and then yelled out at Connors, "Six times out of seven he hits your cross-courts down the line! Hey, Jim, six times...."
Connors' response was unexpected. He put a finger to his lips to suggest that Segura quiet down. He turned to the baseline and set himself for a Borg serve. Segura's monologue went on; his chair creaked under him; he peeked out from between his fingers.
When the match was over, Connors having prevailed, the three men signaled amongst themselves with V-for-victory signs, jumping high so they could spot each other over the heads of the spectators rushing onto the court.
Hamilton Richardson had just finished playing a mixed-doubles match. He had been paired with Althea Gibson, who had won the National in 1957 and '58, and they had lost to a team many years their junior, Linky Boshoff and Jasjit Singh, a young Sikh player who kept the yard-long length of his hair wound up in a knot on the top of his head. To unsettle him a bit, Richardson mentioned that he and Althea were considered quite a pair in Singh's home country—they had twice won the Indian championships.
"Well, yes, indeed," Singh had replied. "You beat my mother in the semifinals."
"That slowed me up a few steps," Richardson said. "There were only about 50 people watching—we played out on one of the field courts—but it was fun. Althea especially enjoys overheads. Whenever she sees a lob coming at her I can hear her say, 'Hot dog, look at this, oh my, lemme at it!' "
He looked out at the court. Nastase and Ramirez were warming up, the crowd buzzing in anticipation. "I had my best match out there in 1954," Richardson said. "I beat Lew Hoad in the quarterfinals when he was the best player in the world. I especially remember the set point of the second set...he backhanded a lob of mine at an incredible angle and I managed to get to the ball and hit a winner down the line that went outside the net posts. Right there! Holy Cow!" he said, thinking back on it. "The crowd got up off its feet and cheered for two minutes."
"Maybe that's what you miss. When my son Kevin was 12 years old we asked him, 'What would you like more than anything else?'