Congratulations to you and to Don Budge, Billy Talbert and your excellent
artist, Mr. Vebell, for the best, most concise instruction article I have ever
read (Now You Can Play Better Tennis, SI, June 10). Tennis champions and
teachers have tried for years to achieve the simplicity needed for easy
learning and most, like myself, have failed in this attempt. That which is
relatively simple to demonstrate seems almost impossible to write. Don and
Billy have done this, and they deserve a great deal of credit.
What is most
amazing about the article and the illustrations is the fact that women can
learn from reading the piece. Don't misunderstand me; one of my own teachers,
Harwood White, was a man, but he had rather unique insight into the limitations
of women in tennis or in any sport. Most of us do not have the muscular control
or physical strength to do what many male teachers suggest. Budge and Talbert
have done what I considered for years the impossible.
? Alice Marble was
four times U.S. women's singles champion and in 1939 won at Wimbledon.—ED.
Your article on tennis is superb! The action drawings of Don Budge
demonstrating the various strokes are especially good.
Terrific! How do you do it? Your articles consistently hold my attention, but
this week more so than ever. I attend a small school where there is no
professional instructor, and I appreciated this chance to learn from the
TV BASEBALL: IN
The broadcasting difficulties of Phil Riz-zuto (E & D, June 3) strike home
to us Tiger fans.
Three years ago
we too were lucky enough to have an ex-ballplayer help describe the Tiger
games: good ol' Dizzy Trout. Like Rizzuto, he too made mistakes in his
descriptions and used the wrong kind of English. So what happened? Why, they
fired Dizzy during Detroit's newspaper strike and there never was any
explanation as to why he was canned.
Three cheers for
Phil Rizzuto and taps for ol' Diz Trout, who used the word "ain't" one
time too often.
TV BASEBALL: FINE
It seems that everyone is criticizing his hometown baseball announcers about
the way they broadcast the games (19TH HOLE, June 3 and 10).
Around Chicago I
think we have two fine announcers in Bob Elson and Don Wells. There are some
announcers who won't give the scores of other games for fear the fans won't
listen to scoreboard shows that usually follow the games. But Bob Elson and Don
Wells tell the scores as soon as they get them. All in all they do a fine job,
and so does your magazine.