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You say "Having two or three of the world's best doubles combinations on our side, the odds are Australia's way for that often vital match."
The record shows that Trabert and Seixas have defeated Hoad and Rosewall four matches to one this past year, and Rose and Hartwig have gone down before them three to one. This gives the American pair the claim to being the best in the world and certainly the masters of any combination Australia can field.
You bring up incidents of last year involving American players and say their reports of treatment by Australian galleries are greatly exaggerated.
I would like to call your attention to an article in the Melbourne Argus which says, "If Americans take the Davis Cup home with them from Sydney few Australians will complain as long as we see the same sportsmanship being displayed at home. The American Davis Cup team has given its Australian opposite a lesson in temperament right in our own backyard." And this didn't just happen by chance. Before we left America, I talked to the boys and we all decided that last year's unpleasantries were an object lesson, and that we would work to prevent a recurrence this time.
By contrast, Hoad's petulant, indifferent attitude in his match with Vic Seixas brought from the Australian press the comment: "The most shocking exhibition of court manners since Art Larsen played here four years ago." Also, his play was called "woeful," and Hartwig's performance was described as "shocking."
You say, "Hoad again will defeat both Trabert and Seixas."
If you know this to be true you could ease the minds of five selectors who are fidgeting in red plush seats and gnawing their nails over Hoad's colossal reversal of his form of last year. You say, "Rosewall will beat Seixas and at the same time I certainly don't concede the Rosewall-Trabert encounter." Well, I certainly don't concede the Seixas-Rosewall match either. Vic came within a hairsbreadth of winning the fourth set match with Rosewall in the Victoria championship. He knows the answer for beating Rosewall and is working hard to achieve it. Seixas was a long time winning at Wimbledon and Forest Hills and his next match with Rosewall may give him the third crown in a cycle of lessons learned the hard way.
NO WILLIE MAYS
You say, "With luck, Australia could sweep all five challenge round matches." On the record it would take a great deal of luck to produce such a sweep. Leo Durocher did it with the Giants against Cleveland in the World Series, but you don't have a Willie Mays or a Dusty Rhodes.
This has been a crazy tennis year with no individual or nation dominating the field. However, at the moment, the Americans seem to be in a comfortable position and from where I sit I think it will be a 3-2, 4-1, or 5-0 victory for Uncle Sam, as you predict it will be for the Aussies.