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Caution. If you see the vehicle shown with this article cruising around SLV, be circumspect. The car has been sold to a dealer and I am no longer identified with this auto and will not be held responsible for the occupants’ action. I had this notorious sports car for 10 years and have been subject to various accusations. Now I am free of any allegations that may arise. The pleasure of driving to tennis was exhilarating; however, this vehicle makes one do strange things on an off the court, so proceed with caution. I loved it. Weather. As the weather becomes more of a factor in our play, we have to be considerate of the courts. We all want to play, but sometimes the freezing and thawing can cause strange things to occur. They may look good for play but have soft spots without any rain, etc. To play when these conditions occur can be detrimental to the court surface and in, some cases, harmful to those playing. If such things transpire while playing, please notify the AC. The Code. No system of rules will cover every specific problem or situation. If players of goodwill follow the principles of The Code, they should always be able to reach an agreement, while at the same time making tennis more fun and a better game for all. Code 5. Player makes calls. A player calls all shots landing


“Six white boomers, snow-white boomers, Brings Santa Claus through the blazing sun, Six white boomers, snow-white boomers On his Australian run!”

CHRISTMAS IN AUSTRALIA is different. It is warm summer weather sometimes very hot. Many families used to take their annual holidays at that time—and we were no exception. School was out, my dad had holidays and we all headed for the beach. At Christmas, as the song goes brings Santa on his sleigh pulled by six large white kangaroos. The day after Christmas in the British Commonwealth is “Boxing Day.” Every Boxing Day in the fifties my father and mother would be glued to the radio. This was the day of the year when Australia defended the Davis Cup. Back then all the other countries had a playoff in different zones around the world for the right to challenge for the cup. Australia,

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who were the previous year’s champions, and retainers of the cup only had to play one match—called the Challenge Round. During this time under legendary Coach Harry Hopman the Aussies developed a Davis Cup dynasty. The Challenge round was contested in front of huge crowds on fast grass courts. Later, as I got older and started playing tennis, I got to ball boy for some of these momentous matches.

For several years in the fifties my parents rented a cottage for the Christmas vacation at Ocean Beach— about a six hour trip from our house in the northern suburbs of Sydney. This trip involved travel by train and bus along with lots of other people getting away to the seashore. I remember vividly having to stow our baggage on top of the bus that would take us all to Ocean Beach from Gosford station. Ocean Beach was a beautiful Oceanside small town with a

few shops and a movie theater. Back then

there was only one traffic light.

The Davis Cup lasted for three days. We turned in the radio at about two p.m. each day—each point was described by two commentators in detail—this was before television and the radio was it! I always loved the doubles as described on radio as the points were quick and the crowd ecstatic. We had great doubles pairs at that time as always, including Sedgeman/McGregor, Hoad/Hartwig, Hoad/Rosewall, Frazer/ Emerson, Laver/Emerson and later Newcombe/Roche. The radio broadcasts were so exciting to listen to and got us all out on the courts playing tennis trying to emulate the greats of that era.•

on or aimed at, the players side of the net. Code 11. Requesting opponent’s help. When an opponent’s opinion is requested and the opponent gives a positive opinion, it must be accepted. If neither player has an opinion, the ball is considered good. Aid from an opponent is available only on a call that ends a point. Code 15. Audible or visible calls. No matter how obvious it is that an opponent’s ball is out, the opponent is entitled to a prompt audible or visible out call. Heard on the Court. Game score is 15-30 when team A serves. Team B returns the serve and after a few exchanges Team A player hits a ball long but it can’t be seen by the hitting team, only that it is very close to the back line. No verbal or visible signal is heard or seen. Before serving the next point Team A announces the score as “30 all.” Team B challenges the score saying it should be “15-40” since the last ball was out. Team A explains that no call was made so that means it was good. Team B says they are making a late call and the ball was out. What is your opinion concerning the correct score “30-30” or “15-40”? Think about Code 15 above. Plaudits. Clarke Stearns was involved in a tough race for Sheriff of McCormick County. As a new man to the area, a great Patriot and tennis family member he ran a robust race and won.


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