The Times-Tribune from Scranton, Pennsylvania on February 8, 1976 · 41
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Sunday, February 8, 1976
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H V b - 0 . . (rr r' THE SUNDAY TIMES, FEBRUARY 8, 197&-SCRANT0N, PA. , Rose To, Great Heights irx 1975 D-7 , - i ; r 1 V By MURRAY OLDERMAN STOCKHOLM, Sweden (NBA) Arthur Ashe was the belt tennii player in the world at end of the year 1975. Arthur even dressed the part when he was here for the season-ending Commercial Union Masters. He went out one brisk Arctic day and bought a bearskin coat for 5,000 Swedish Kroner (about $1,150), which he con-lidered cheap the store owner knew Bjorn Borg, a national hero, and gave Arthur $500 off. . It was a rare indulgence for Ashe, who aaya that he ahuna materialism and hai capitulated to whim only one time in his life. "I was in Hong Kong," he reminisced, "and I always wanted a watch. So I just went out and got it, the most expensive Rolex made. Its quadrupled in price since, retails for about $2,800 now. Somewhere in a bank vault, Arthur also has a gold tennis ball worth $33,333.33, part of the loot for winning the WCT last May. "That, he said, is not an . Indulgence," Birchwood T ournament Rich burns,' a young freshman tennis star from East Stroudsburg State College, was the winner in the first major tennis tournament at the Birchwood Racquet Club in South Abinglon Twp. The event attracted 26 singles players and 16 doubles, ea witl Trophies were awarded with Preston Grubbs, another East Stroudsburg star, coming in second . In picture above Grubbs is at left, Ed Yablonski, pro at Birchwood and tournament co-ordinator, in the middle, and Burns at right. ft. n 3Gx: .... aeviieuriFM' It may have been hovering around the sera mark outside, but inside the Birchwood Racquet Club it was a comfortable, srorm afternoon for tennis. ' Preston Grubbs, the So. 1 player at Last Stroudsburg State College, shows his form in returning serve. Grubbs ended second in the event. Ashes Enthusiasm for His 'Game Never Fades Arthur was reflective as he finished out hit most satisfying year on earth. At the age of 32, he is the best, the winner of the Martini & Rossi award by an international panel-of-experts. Even Hie Nastase, the ribald Romanian who won the prestigious season-ending M a s t e r a , agreed. Arthur, who had a history of finishing second since he became a ranking player in 1963, won at Wimbledon and . also picked off seven other tournament championships, in addition to the WCT finals. 'Tennis," be said, "is becoming more of a profession in every sense of the word. Life on the circuit is a lot different than it was in the amateur days. You didnt play nearly as much them You played more for the love of the game than you did for the bread and butter. I dont think one took the game as seriously 10 years ago." How has tennis shaped him as a person? "If Id spent most of my life in Virginia, Id have an entirely different outlook on t h . life. Id speak with a different accent, too." (Arthurs speech it virtually indistinguishable for origin.) Why did he achieve stability suddenly in the last year after so many years as a world class player? I dont even try to analyze it. I could care less. It hap Ashe Stuns Ramirez RICHMOND, V. (AP) -Top-seeded Arthur Ashe of Richmond took advantage of a disputed linesmans call and beat third-seeded Raul Ramirez of Mexico 7-5, 6-2 Saturday In a semifinal match of the $60,000 World Championship Tennis tournament. The 5 match Saturday night sent second-ranked Tom Ok-ker of The Netherlands against Brian Gottfried of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Ashe-Ramlrez match was tied 5-5 in the first set when Ramirez, serving at -30-15, hit shot that appeared to touch the baseline. A group of spectators attracted a .. . s pens, it happens. Im gratified, but I'm not going to sit down and figure out why. The reasons dont matter to me. At the age of 32, does he still have the same enthusiasm for the gameT "No. I cant be as enthused as eome 19-year-old whos just come out to try the cir- However, the linesman called the ball out, squaring the set 30-30. Ramirez, after protesting, doublefaulted twice in a row to lose the game, giving the point to Ashe. Ashe then served out easily to win the set. In winning the second set, Ashe broke Ramirez in the third and fifth games. Of the disputed call, Ashe said, "It was so close it could have been out or in. After you ask the linesman are you sure?' and he says he is, what else can you do? Raul wasnt cheated as I heard view tournament from lounge area. The event large crowd at the Abington facility. , - V Here, Rich Burns, the tournament t Duane llewlilt of Clarks Summit battles this return serve. "cuit after two years - of . college. That doesnt mean Im not as dedicated. I'm Just not as excited. To me, ita just like a job. Its like your first reporting assignment. Youre not like some graduate student coming out of Columbia for his first assignment." him say he was during the changeover." Ramirez said, "I thought I had the match; then that call - came up and I was so upset that it threw me off my game the rest of the match. It was just a terrible call and Arthur knows it. CLEVELAND (AP) - Top-seeded Virginia Wade of Britain beat Russias Olga Morozova 6-1, 7-6 Saturday and moved -into.. the final of a $75,000 womens pro tennis tournament. - Evonne Goolagong of Australia, who beat Miss Wade for the championship in the A - f; ? i I ' A champ, sncaits return. VV X X ' i - r - - ""v his twin brother with --As bachelor without any obvious ties, and with only a small apartment In New York as home, doesn't be miss settling down? "No, Im a nomad anyway. Why does one have to have a house with things in it cars and so forth? If you buy a house, you Udt compelled to in Richmond Chicago tournament last week, met Rosie Casals of Sausalito, Calif., in the second semifinal match Saturday. Miss Wade took the first set easily, holding Miss Morozova, her doubles partner, to just nine points. That set took 15 minutes. However, in the second set, Miss Wade had to go to a tiebreaker before winning. That set took 40 minutes. In the second set Miss Morozova took a 2-1 lead by breaking Miss Wades service, then saw Miss Wade even it up by breaking her service in the next game. n r '! I ? Mara H iliiams, four years old, of Scranton, is more interested in relaxing than any tennis tournament. J.' Dane Hewlitt nearly use it. Just like a car. I dont have a house; I dont have a car. I can sort of do what I want to do. Has greed crept into the game of tennis? I think youre being naive if you think, with the game mushrooming as it is, there arent gonna be people who Each held service the rest of th way until the tiebreaker. Miss Wade took 3-0 and 4-1 leads in the tiebreaker and finally won 5-3. i it BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Eddie Dibbs of - Miami Beach, Fla., won a $17,000 tournament counting for the World Championships Tennis competition, beating Cliff Drysdale of South Africa 6-1, 6-1 Saturday in the title match. The match, which lasted only 57 minutes, was held at the indoor Barcelona Sports Palace and was watched by a" crowd of about 3,500. n v t I Photos by Phillips J. i biles his tongue as he shows -- of the game. try to make a fast buck out of it. I could have told you seven years ago (when Open tennis began) that was going to happen. Its .part of the . professionalization o f any sport." Since Arthur is one of the prime movers in the players organization (the Association of Tennis Professionals), ' what is needed to complete that professionalization? "There are gaps in the system, in officiating, for instance. In administration, in player bebavior, consistency and uniformity of rules and regulations all over the world. But we're getting there. The recitation revealed very little of Arthur Ashe the person. He is polite but diffident, amiable but detached, thoughtful but trite. But a lifetime in tennis has shaped unique personality from a spindly black kid who grew up in Richmond, Va. Without that experience, he never could have sauntered off, trailing, "Ciao." f03Pickup 6 pt. line , Newspaper Enterprise f05 (Newspaper Enterprise Association n "V-' Butler facia I intensity c I )

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