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V C7119 FLASHLIGHT ofa I QQ sf
worked with the coach in conditioning Phil for the big meet, which
was only two weeks off. The first week was taken up in practice
of serving. Phil served. and served until he thought that his arm
would come off: and as a result. he had the hardest straight Ameri-
can service that had ever been seen on the local courts. The next
week was taken up in driving and lrack-court work. which rapidly
improved each day.
At last it was time for the trip to the capital at Austin. where the
big event would come off. Phil was delighted with the fine clay
courts where he would play: and when he entered his first match
on them. he was more delighted than ever. He was opposed by a
boy from the southern part of the state first. and easily defeated
him, 6-3. 6-2. His next match was a little more difficult when he
nosed out a representative from Benton 7-5. 3-6. He entered the
quarter finals with a victory over YValling of Apache by the score of
When he had progressed thus far. he was watched by experts
as one of the finalists of the meet. Phil barely won out in the semi-
finals when he had to bring into play every stroke that he was master
of. He played Banks of Lafitte and won by a score of 8-6. 4-6, 7-5.
Banks had entered the finals the year before and was now out of
the running. After this match. Phil sailed into the finals by winning
the next match 6-4. 6-4.
Philis driving and volleying had been looked upon as the fea-
ture of the meet and it was evident that if he won. it would be on
these two types of play.
The finals were to be played at two o'clock. At one thirty
Phil and his dad had their last little talk before the match.
"Phil," said Mr. Gardner. "never lose confidence in that drive.
If you win, that will be the big reason. You can drive. and l want
to see you do it. Win or lose, driv-e them in theref'
PhiVs opponent, one of.the best school-boy players. was the
winner of the title the year preceding. His long. lean body woun-i
around his racquet, and it was said that when he hit a ball, it cried.
His name was Long. and the name suited his height. He repre-
sented Crocker High.
Long started serving and won the first game. ln his turn Phil