3) Standardize the playing surfaces—preferably concrete—on which the major tournaments are played.
4) Influence good juniors with natural talent and the concentration and determination to go with it to attend good schools with tennis weather to match. I may be prejudiced but I think Southern California is the best place to develop tennis talent.
"Assuming you were giving advice to a group of promising 16-year-olds," Kramer was asked, "how should they go about improving their game?"
"If they already had all the basic strokes at 16—together with the real desire to be champions—I'd give them a few very basic instructions:
1) Develop body speed and stamina. By body speed I don't mean pure sprinting speed, but general agility.
2) Perfect your service to the point where you don't even think about your forehand until you can control, not the first, but the second serve.
3) Work on your net game with emphasis on the volley after service.
4) Practice on your weaknesses, not the strokes at which you already show normal proficiency.
"All this, you understand, isn't going to develop a winning Cup team overnight. But it's a start. A junior program must succeed if it's properly run. When that time comes, our boys will be champions again."
Jack Kramer smiled politely and walked out. In a half hour he was out on a court playing with an old friend by the name of Don Budge.