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LEVELS OF THE GAME by John McPhee

LEVELS OF THE GAME

By John McPhee

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1969
ISBN: 0374515263
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From The New Yorker where it appeared as a two-part profile, this is the kind of job that Mr. McPhee did on Bill Bradley (A Sense of Where You Are -- 1965) and gives an on and off court photomontage of Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner at Forest Hills. Both are players on the U.S. Davis Cup team and consider that match much more important; both work hard -- Ashe is an Army Lieutenant, Graebner's with a paper company; both had strongly supportive fathers (Graebner's played with him until he was outdistanced) although it took some $200,000 from combined sources to develop this scene. Ashe, who is black, is a bachelor, dates "girls in three colors," was his own protege and has a fantastic backhand. Graebner is married and is a "straight, true Republican." Both are exponents of the Big Game and have an overwhelming serve and a savage attack at the net. And both seem highly attractive -- as is this supple, fluid, graceful account. Your advantage.