All you ever wanted to know about the West Side Tennis Club from its inception in 1892 on Central Park West . . . through its relocation in Queens in 1913 . . . and up to its emergence as ""America's Wimbledon."" Forest Hills--the chief source of income for the USLTA as the site of the national championships and many Davis Cup and Wightman Cup matches--remains a ""place of gentility and decorum"" despite its circus-like atmosphere (cf. Marty Bell's recent Carnival at Forest Hills) and crowds of over 150,000 during the Open tournament. Author Minton surveys the famous Open champions over the years from Bill Tilden (7 singles titles), Molla Mallory (8) and Helen Wills Moody (7) thru Budge, Perry, Marble, Kramer, Connolly, Gibson, Trabert, Laver, Court and Billie Jean King. You'll be interested to know that something new will be added at Forest Hills this year when the matches will be played on green clay rather than the traditional (and often soggy) grass. A sedate coffee table pictorial.