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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - July 10, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePage 18 the stars and stripes by John Williamson a myth has been exploded shattered into millions of Little pieces and thrown to the four winds so that it can never be put Back together in any credible fashion. What myth the myth that Tennis fans especially British Tennis fans Are polite hand clapping non partisan connoisseurs of the sport who attend the matches for the purpose of seeing the game played by experts and who impartially applaud Only the Good shots and May the Bette player the explosion took place last week in of All places the 15,000-seat stadium that houses the famed Center court at Wimbledon where amateurs and professionals were for the first time battling with each other for the most coveted of All world Tennis titles. I Don t know the exact minute that the big Boom occurred. Unfortunately i have to work for a living and i could not follow All of the tournament that was so Well presented on television by thee Rovision network and the British broadcasting company. But i saw enough to know that by thursday the fuse had been lit an that by late Friday afternoon the explosion had taken place. Let s take thursday for example. That was the afternoon that american professional Billie Jean King crossed rackets with British professional mrs. Ann Jones in a semifinal match of the women s singles. Billie Jean was the meet s defending Champion and top seed. But she did t look like either As mrs. Jones took the first set of the match and jumped off to a 5-3 Lead in the second set before Billie Jean found her game and played the British girl off of her feet to pull the match out 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. It s not really significant that mrs. King won the match. What assumed much More importance at least to me was the attitude of the fans packed into the Arena during the crucial second set when it appeared that the upset of the tournament was about to take place. It was the first time in my experience of watching Tennis that the fans have Ever applauded for Points won or lost on an error by one of the players. It was t thunderous applause butt was there. Each time that Billie Jean would miss the Baseline on an easy Chance or slam an easy kill into the net the Crow would answer with a rippling of hand clapping that would spread and then suddenly subside As though each of the spectators had suddenly realized that it was not the sporting thing to do. Could be a reason i could hardly believe my ears. Then i began to ration Alize the whole thing away. After All Here was a British girl the last of the British players with a Chance for a title about to pullout a stunning Victory Over the bouncing Billie Jean whose out spoken criticism of the stiff necked Tennis officialdom has Don Little to increase her popularity with the Correct Tennis fans. Maybe the crowd was just a Little too carried away with the occasion to subdue its natural partisanship. Again maybe it was the fact that thursday was american Independence Day and that after 192 years the yanks were about to receive their comeuppance. At any rate i dismissed the whole thing As an unnatural Phenomena a fleeting Mirage that i had heard but not really that was before Friday. By Friday afternoon it was obvious that the bomb had gone off and that Tennis fans had lost forever their sacrosanct right to peer Down their noses at the rowdies who attend other sporting same Billie Jean was on the court teamed with Rosemary Casals another american professional in a semifinal match of the women s doubles against australian amateurs Lesley Bowrey and Judy Tegart. The americans had dropped the first set 8-1, an then came Back to cop the second by the same score. The final set produced some of the Best womb ii s Tennis have Ever seen. It went nip and tuck right Down to the wire before the american duo finally won it at 10-8, but again it was the Crow reaction and not the play itself that astounded me. The Ripples i had heard the Day before had turned into full grown error on the part of Billie Jean or miss Casals virtually brought the House Down not merely with the conventional hand clapping but with full throated roars How in ten dislike. On the other hand an error by either of the australian girls was greeted with Long drawn out moans of sympathy. The real clincher came when the crowd gave one of its biggest ovations to a double fault by Billie Jean at a crucial Point in the set. Can you imagine even Arnie s army composed of those avid unruly fans that follow Arnold Palmer around american Golf courses breaking into a resounding cheer if Jack Nicklaus were to miss an six Inch putt lest 1 be misunderstood let it be known that i am not against partisanship 1 am not against rooting i am not against vocal expression of favor for one Side or the other in an athletic things Are an important part of american sports tradition. You pays your Money and you makes your you Root loud and Long for your favorite and Welcome any misfortune that May befall the opposition. But Tennis we have been constantly reminded is is not for the masses. Tennis is above the Roar of the crowd. In fact we have been led to believe that sportsmanship As applied to the Tennis fan has a meaning of its own. Well it might have had but no More. Tennis fans have proved the Yare Only mortal and will cheer for their Choice right or wrong. 1 see this As an important breakthrough in human relations after All if Tennis snobs will condescend to leave their self erected pillar of righteousness and join the rest of us slobs in unrestrained enjoyment of their favorite sports then some sort of rapprochement is within the realm of possibility Between even the most alienated of factions in our troubled world. Let s All Hull an explosion that May be us important As that of the first atomic bomb. Calls owners meeting Modell says nil facing Long disastrous strike Chicago a Art Dell owner of the Cleveland Browns and president of the National football league said monday night that pro football faces a Long and disastrous strike and called for a full meeting of owners in Chicago tuesday to formulate plans forthe 1968 season. Modell s statement came after the nil players association said the two sides had failed to resolve its differences Over a pension dispute and left Day Long sessions still in the air. A spokesman for the association said negotiations had broken players statement on their stand never was forwarded tothe owners negotiating commit tee. It was read to the committee by newsmen after which this statement was issued by to Dell despite having granted 21demands of the players Union pro football faces a Long an disastrous strike on the sole is sue of granting pension benefits Weiskopf 2nd in Golf race Palm Beach gardens Fla. Up Tom Weiskopf moved past the once magical $100,000 plateau in Golf earnings this week but today that s Only Good enough for no. 2. Weiskopf the lanky Ohio belter who won the Buick open sunday and $25,000 along with it now has earned $117,136. He still trails Billy Casper Winner of $130,185. . Open Champion Lee Trevino is third with $92,795 and George Archer is fourth with$87,559. The top 10, Ullh tournaments won i parentheses 1. Billy Casper 4 $130,185. 2. Tom Weiskopf 2 117,136. X la Trevino u 92,796. 4. George Archer 2 87,559. 5. Miller Barber 1� 71.408. 8. Jock no Claua 0 00.428. 7. Bobby Lunn 2 07.238.8. Corgo Knud flon 2 82,727. 9. Don january 1 60.249. 10. Frank Beard 0 68,302. Cleveland a to Weiskopf who won the $125,000 Buick open Golf tournament sunday enlisted in the army reserves in Columbus monday. Prior to the Buick open the25-year-old pro said he was in formed there was an opening Ina Columbus unit. Weiskopf took his physical in May Here an was classified 1-a. Joining a Reserve unit mean Weiskopf won t serve two years Active duty but six months be sides being in the ready Reserve for the next six years. His obligation would include a weekly Reserve meeting in Columbus. Weiskopf said he was told he would have to report in late sep tember or Early october for six months duty either at it. Knox ky., or it. Jackson . Weiskopf plans to compete inthe $200,000 greater Milwaukee open invitational this weekend. Alfred Koskell die founder of doral open Miami a Alfred Kas Kell founder of doral country club and the famous doral open Golf tournament died Here after suffering a heart seizure. Hews 69. Kaskell came to the unite states from Poland in 1920 and soon made a Fortune in real estate and the construction Busi Ness. Aside from the posh doral he built several Miami Beach hotels. Pete Rose. Officially out Rose placed on minus list for 21 Days Cincinnati a Pete Rose Cincinnati s leading Bat Ter was placed on the disabled list monday for a fractured thumb and will not return to the lineup for at least 21 Days the reds announced. Rose who is batting .329 handled the league in hitting Early in the season injured his left thumb As he Dove for a Ball in Cincinnati s game Friday nigh with los Angeles. The fracture was not discovered until a Ray were made about 24 hours later. Rose who throws right handed and bats both ways at first said the thumb did not bother him too much but later said he could not grip a Bat very Well. 2 Colts sign Baltimore a fullback Tony Lorick flanker Jimmy Orr and defensive Back Preston Pearson have come to terms for the 1968 National football league season the Baltimore Colts announced. In 1968 to players who on the rage will not be eligible o Benelly the Union s leaders have taken the position even thous owners explained to the that they cannot conclude such a agreement until the merger with the american football league is completed and o feed in addition a formula guaranteeing that no players i 1968 and 1969 will have any additional pension benefits be cause negotiations Mav not be concluded until 1970." Modell refused to say a strike actually was on and preferred to Call it an impasse betwee the two groups. T the players group headed by John Gordy of the Detroit Lions issued a statement that Weare ready willing and Able to meet with the owners at any time to resolve the issues " however Tom Vance spokesman for the players group said As far As the association is concerned negotiations have ended at this Center of the dispute is additional pension funds which the players Are demanding immediately and the owners want to hold off until 1970. Training Camp ran because of the dispute Model has ordered nil teams not to open their training Camps until the matter is settled. The san Francisco 49ers had planned to begin last sunday and several other teams including the Champion Green Ray packers were scheduled to open this week. Vince Lombardi. Genera manager of the Tureen Bay packers said that if there is no settlement the All Star game will have to be delayed or he said the packers need three weeks to prepare forthe games. We be always put great emphasis on physical conditioning with the packers and we Are not going to put a team on the Field without it be ins in p""16physical condition Lombardi said. Ail Star game aug. 2 the packers Are scheduled to meet the College All stars in Chicago aug. 2. George Strickler sports editor of the Chicago Tribune which sponsors the All Star game said we have a contract with professional football including the National football league and the american league. Our coaches Are Here Ardour squad will assemble thurs Day and begin workouts a Navy Well fulfil our end of t lie con tract and we hoi e professional football will _ Marcellina takes putt championship Louisville by. A Bob Marcellina of washing ton putted his Way through 144 Boles in 235 strokes this weekend and took Home the $2,000 Winner s share of the $10,000 professional putters association National championship defending a a Champion Vance Randall of Chattanooga Tenn. Finished out of be Budian of Henderson . Finished second final108 and 119 for a 227 total and $1,300 in prize Money. Finishing third was Bob polite. Cleveland with a we or11,000. Web do Geneva Dover Ohio was fourth with 229 for 1900

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