Crimson posted a 13-4 record
Yale team that performed
Bowditch and Sullivan have been nip and tuck for the top ranking so far this Spring, and may well spend the rest of the season unsuccessfully trying to prove that one of them has a clear-cut superiority over the other. Sullivan secured the first spot for the Southern trip with a victory over his opponent in the fall practice sessions, but since then Bowditch has been doing slightly better against the same opponents. He finally pasesd Sullivan this week. Bowditch's game makes good use of a powerful service, and should improve as the weather warms up. Sullivan also has a strong service, but he relies more on explosive reactions and quick movements around the court.
Playing together at a number one doubles, the two should provide a major part of the solution to one of last year's most perplexing problems. Good doubles mean many hours spent practicing with the same person, but last year consecutive matches often saw the Crimson with radically different doubles combinations. Barnaby is still experimenting, but this year his dilemma is having too many, rather than too few, possible pairs. Adelman and Kal Pollen, a junior who did not play last year (but who won the New England boys championship before coming to Harvard) have been playing well together, but so have Walter and Martin. Other strong combinations are Adelman with Smith, or Smith with Woodbury.
Much or the jockeying for the high positions will probably take place under the Intercollegiate set scoring system, a novelty in college tennis this year. Briefly, the system stakes matches on a single, extra-long set. To win it, a player must take at least 12 games. But ekeing out a dozen games while the other man wins eleven is not enough: to win an intercollegiate, as in a regular set, a player must have two more game victories than his opponent.
The arguments in favor of the proposed scoring system are that it would make matches of more predictable length and that it would make players pay more heavily for early mistakes. Those who do not like the intercollegiate set feel that it needlessly changes a vital and fundamental part of the game.
And yet the introduction of the intercollegiate set apparently will have very little effect on the outcome of matches. Some colleges--Dartmouth, for example--have been using it extensively all year, but have yet to find two people who come out one way under traditional and the other under intercollegiate competition rules. The appalling length of tennis matches is inarguable--the Crimson's first match this year took three and a half hours to complete. The time consideration alone speaks strongly for the intercollegiate system.