West Germany were due to start their first challenge appearance in the 70-year history of the Davis Cup tennis competition today(Saturday) when they met the holders, the United States, in Cleveland, Ohio.
GV Ashe practising in B/G
CU Ashe warming up
MV Richey in action
SV Rear shot -Richey
SV Lutz in action
SV Smith in action
GV Above four in action
SV Lutz & Smith at end of rally
MV Kuhnke in action
GV Kuhnke & Bungert
MV Bungert in action
SV Bungert at end of rally
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 13: STOLLE: "Yes, well, my job is to get out there and practice with them because the boys who are going to represent the United States (have) got big serves and hit the ball pretty hard. Well, if I'm serving well, I can do pretty much the same with my serve that Arthur(Ashe) can do with his, or Stan Smith, or Cliff Richey, (or)whoever they pick. And its just a matter of getting them used to it. And that's the same as the U.S. boys employing Ray Ruffels, as he's a left-hander, to give them the type of serve that Kuhnke may be expected to serve down."
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Background: West Germany were due to start their first challenge appearance in the 70-year history of the Davis Cup tennis competition today(Saturday) when they met the holders, the United States, in Cleveland, Ohio. On Thursday, both teams were filmed during their final strenuous work-outs.
The United States have the same quad which defeated Rumania 5-0 in last year's challenge round -- veteran Arthur Ashe and hard-working Texan Cliff Richey in the singles, and Bob Lutz and Stan Smith in the doubles.
After two weeks of strenuous training, coach Dennis Ralston, himself a former Davis Cup star, is confident that his team will win through.
But West German left-hander Christian Kuhnke could make things difficult for his opponents. None of the Americans have yet faced the 31-year-old attorney, who has a powerful serve and is agile around the net. His singles partner is 31-year-old Wilhelm Bungert -- a Davis Cup mainstay for the last 11 years. Kuhnke and Bungert may also team in the doubles.
The West German challenge is masterminded by their coach, Australian Davis Cup veteran Fred Stolle: