INTRODUCTION: American Hank Pfister and Victor Amaya are off to a promising start in the Braniff Airlines World Doubles Championship being played at London's Olympia Stadium.
GV: Mottram serving from far end. Ball returned to Mottram's backhand, and American pair wins point. Mottram serves again and short rally at net ends with McMillan/Mottram winning point Crowds applauds (2 shots)
GV: Mottram serves and Pfister returns over Mottram's head and out of court. Scoreboard shows 30/40 4/5 (2 shots)
GV: Mottram serves and after rally, McMillan puts ball into net losing first set. Scoreboard shows 4/6
GV: Pfister serves to Mottram and after rally, Americans win point. Scoreboard shows American leading second set 5/3 40/0
GV: Pfister serves and, after short rally, Mottram puts ball out of court giving seconds set to Americans. Crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV: Pfister serves to Mottram, who returns. McMillan plays passing shot to win point. Scoreboard shows Americans leading 5 games to 4 and trailing 15 to 30
GV: Pfister serves, Mottram plays lob shot to Amaya, who slams ball into Mottram's forecourt, winning point. Scoreboard shows 5/4 40/0
GV: Pfister serves to McMillan, who returns into net, losing match Players shake hands at net
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Background: INTRODUCTION: American Hank Pfister and Victor Amaya are off to a promising start in the Braniff Airlines World Doubles Championship being played at London's Olympia Stadium. The more-experienced U.S. team proved too strong for Buster Mottram and Frew McMillan in the opening match of the 5-day tournament. Pfister and Amaya, the French Open doubles champions, won the match in straight sets: 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
SYNOPSIS: McMillan and Mottram, serving from the far end were making their first appearance together, and were not expected seriously to threaten the Americans. McMillan wearing the white cap, has taken almost every major doubles title, teamed for the past 14 years with Bob Hewitt. His experience with Mottram was limited to one hour's practice on the day of the match. So the new team was far from disgraced, showing some sharp form at the net.
Mottram's service also caused problems for Hank Pfister in the first set. On several occasions he could not control the return.
The English pair held an early lead of 3 games to 2, but Pfister and Amaya took advantage of their opponent's lack of confidence to take the first set: 6-4.
In the second set, Pfister used his powerful service to take control of the match. Pfister, at 6-feet 4 inches (1.93 metres) and Amaya, at 6-feet 7 inches (2 metres), are known as the giants of the court, and using their height to maximum advantage, they captured the second set, 6 games to 3.
Mottram and McMillan staged a tremendous recovery in the third set including this fine shot by McMillan.
But the towering height of Amaya made opportunities like this one just too good to miss.
After fighting off 3 match points, the smaller pair finally lost the match at the end of a tiring third set. With more experience behind them, the pair could be a powerful force later in the round-robin competition.