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Tennis great Donald Budge doesn't want fan interaction

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Tennis matches like the one between Jimmy Connors and John Newcombe will always have an appeal. There is an excitement about the game when two fine players are contending.

I am pleased to see the increased interest in tennis, which started in 1968 when professionals were first allowed to play at Wimbledon. It is healthy for the game that more good players can make a comfortable living from it. I do have reservations about some of the directions that tennis is taking. I do not enjoy watching one-set matches. Even the best player can lose a set. Also, I do not like what they are calling audience participation. The language sometimes used between players and spectators is embarrassing and tends to bring the game down to a mediocre level. Still, tennis today is superior, and I am sure that the problems can be worked out.

Donald Budge , ACAPULCO, MEXICO