I saw that match, as I have seen Borg and Nastase play many times before. Borg was not unusually cool, nor was Nastase more jittery than usual; the plain fact is that Bjorn simply surprised everyone—Nastase included—with his superb grass-court play. To say that he revolutionized his game between the French Open and Wimbledon is not an understatement. Give credit where credit is due. Bjorn Borg is a great talent. If he maintains the level of play he achieved at Wimbledon, he could dominate the game for many years to come, which may well be the real message of Wimbledon 1976.
Your Wimbledon story was particularly enjoyable because it did not play up the ludicrous demand of the Women's Tennis Association for equal pay. The women's game is so weak that only two players are even worthy of mention. This demand is only one more ridiculous result of the Women's Liberation movement. The women do not deserve the pay they already receive.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Curry Kirkpatrick's Wimbledon story was masterful, the kind that has established SI as the great sports magazine it is. But your marvelous picture of Bjorn Borg's moment of ecstasy should have been on the cover. Wimbledon is a special event, and Borg a special athlete.
It's a shame that countries won't withdraw from wars because of their enemies' politics with the same regularity as they withdraw from international athletic events (SCORECARD, July 12).
Get the politics out of sports and let the athletes decide among themselves who is the fastest, strongest, etc. Olympic competitors should perform in neutral uniforms, and there should be no reference to the winners' nationalities on the presentation of medals. The opening and closing ceremonies would then be a display of world harmony.
THOMAS F. LESTER
Colonial Heights, Va.
I thoroughly enjoyed Douglas S. Looney's article on basketball hoops (VIEWPOINT, June 28). There isn't a basketball court in my neighborhood that is perfect. But who really wants the regulation 10-foot-high hoop—the little kids who just shoot for fun, or the adult basketball player?
As the wife of a 34-year-old basketball freak who has played every Sunday morning with "the guys" for the past five years, I congratulate Douglas S. Looney.
Mr. Looney's trials and tribulations putting up a basketball hoop because "this is the American thing to do" really hit home. It made me relive the two entire days my husband recently spent putting one up on the garage for our 6-year-old son. Even my husband, who didn't laugh at all during those two days, found Mr. Looney's article refreshing, true and hilarious.
IN THE SPIRIT?
Was it just a coincidence your issue of SI dated July 5 had 76 pages?
Cherry Hill, N.J.