He seems to have steeled himself for the big job ahead. He knows if he is to be a great champion he has to work at it. During this tournament he went out with the attitude: "I'm going to be the best. I dare you to beat me."
He played the finals against Richardson with an extremely bad cold. But he never once mentioned it. He never once "alibied." I think that is another good sign. I hope he takes his "indoor game and attitude" outdoors.
Richardson showed a continuation of the improvement which was so marked in his case last year. He's coming and he's going to be better. He still has one major problem. He can't soften his second service with the result that he makes too many double faults.
Ham serves his second shot with almost the same speed as his first. He has been doing this for so long that he. is afraid to go back to a three-quarter pace for fear he would be more inclined to miss than with his "hard, fast, first one." But this bug can be worked out. A singles berth on the 1955 U.S. team is Ham's immediate goal and I think he'll make it.