XEMBER 13, 19:59
THE 11IICHIGAN DAILY
CEMBER 13, 1959 r~vg~f f~2flhI~A~ DAILY
Touted Wolverine Tennis Star
To Appear inMiamiTourney!
By DON STAMMER
A promising young freshman
tennis star will return to the scene
of former conquests during the
coaming Christmas; holidays when
he plays in the Orange Bowl Ten-
nis Championships at Miami
Striving for renewed honors will
be husky Ray Senkowski. Senkow-
ski entered the University this fall
rated as one of the top junior
tennis players in the country. He
is another product of Hamtramk
High School and played there with
Gerry Dubie who is presently
Michigan's number one varsity
When 'Senkowski was a sopho-
more and Dubie a senior at Ham-'
tramk they teamed up to win the
National Interscholastic Doubles
Championship and led their high
school to a National Tennis Cham-
However this is just one of many
titles that Senkowski has had a
hand in winning. Only two years
after first picking up a tennis
racket, Senkowski won the River
Forest Tennis Club title for 11-
year-olds and younger. With this
match under his belt he went to
Miami Beach and won the 13-and-
under Doubles Championship with
Dubie. Following this first Orange
Bowl victory the. young veteran
went on to capture the Canadian
National and Michigan State
singles and doubles championships.
The sandy-haired young star then
continued on to cop the United
States Singles Championships and
repeated as Canladian National
Singles and Doubles Champion for
the 15-year-old class.
By the time Senkowski had
reached high school age he was
well equipped in the ways of ten-
nis and contributed greatly to his
school's net program. In 1957 and
1958 he spearheaded Hamtramk's
drive toward two consecutive Na-
tional High School Tennis Cham-
pionships. Enroute he won the
National Interscholastic Singles
title and the National Junior In-
door Doubles Championship to
round out his already full list of
Senkowski's most recent accom-
plishment was two weeks ago in1
St. Louis when he paired up with
Frank Froehling of Coral Gables,
Florida, to once again take the
National Junior Indoor Doubles
Upon graduating from highl
school Senkowski had many offers
from all over the country from
schools who thought he could con-
tribute both to their academic and
athletic programs. After narrow-
ing down the field to a school in
the mid-west Senkowski decided
"If tennis had been first in my
mind I would've gone to a school
in California because of the ideal
weather conditions for tennis and
the stiff competition that is made
possible by the year-round play-
ing. Here at the University," con-
tinued Senkowski, "I found a
happy medium between academics
"The University has a. lot of
tradition," said Senkowski, "Coach
Murphy, who is one of the best
coaches in the country, plus the
good solid tennis set-up are some
of the reasons why I chose Michi-
For his future here at Michigan
the 6'1" tennis hopeful is looking
forward to Big Ten play and the
incentive that it provides. Be-
cause Senkowski won't be eligible
for varsity competition as a fresh-
man he plans to keep in shape
playing in the summer tourna-
ments and with other squad mem-
"I'm really grateful for the
chance tennis has given me to
meet people and to see all parts
of the country," said Senkowski.
He added that he owes his start
in tennis to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Hoxie who were his coaches in
Hamtramk. "They are really won-
derful people," Senkowski con-
tinued, "and any teaching there
was to be done they did it."
The University FM radio sta-
tion, WUOM (91.7 M. C.), will
again broadcast all Michigan Big
Ten basketball games plus many
of the Wolverines' hockey contests.
Bill Stegath, WUOM sports di-
rector, will be at the microphone.
All broadcasts will begin at 7:55
p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.
The complete schedule:
JANUARY: 8 - MICHIGAN
TECH; 15-MICHIGAN STATE;
16-at Michigan State.
FEBRUARY: 9 - at Michigan
State; 16 - MICHIGAN STATE;
26 - MINNESOTA; 27-- MINNE-
SOTA, third period only starting
around 4:00 p.m.
MARCH: 1-DENVER: 11-12-
WIHL Playoffs, time to be deter-
mined; 17-19 - NCAA champion-
ships at Boston, Mass. (if 'Michi-
gan wins playoffs).
JANUARY: 9 - at Michigan
State; 11-INDIANA; 30-at Pur-
FEBRUARY: 1-at Ohio State;
6-ILLINOIS; 8-PURDUE; 13-
NORTHWESTERN, 4:30 p.m.
EST; 15-at Indiana, 8:30 p.m.
EST; 20-at Minnesota, 4:30 p.m.
EST; 22 - WISCONSIN; 27 -
MICHIGAN STATE; 29-at Illi-
nois, 9 p.m. EST.
MARCH: 5-at Iowa, 8:25 p.m.
Big Ten Swimming Champion-
ships here will be broadcast March
4-5. The times are to be deter-
ULLR Ski Club To Provide Action;
Includes Excitement for One and A
Michigan's ULLR Ski Club is
ready to begin another of its suc- trips to the north to meet in rac- receive their usual enjoyment,
ing competition, which includes arrangements are usually han
cessful seasons, providing enjoy- events for the girls as well as for by the club itself.
ment for both new and old skiers. the men. This doesn't mean that inex;
The club was organized almost Besides this, numerous weekend 'ienced skiers are not welcome,
a decade ago when Mr. Everett trips are made to Cabrefae and the contrary, anyone who ha
Kircher, owner of Boyne Moun- Boyne in order that active mem- desire to ski is able to becon
tain suggested that colleges or- bers can maintain their skill and 'club member.
ganize their own competing ski
eams. Soon colleges from all sur-
rounding areas complied with: *U.Ur. Au~~aa
Kircher's suggestion and toda *Broken lenses duplicated
the sport has grown to be one of
the most popular winter tasks en- Frames replaced
ggaed in by college students.
Presently the ULLR organiza- es id s
tion is a member of the Michigan
Intercollegiate Ski Association, ,
which supervises competitive D
events among the state's schools. CAMPUS OPTICIAN
.<And every winter the club takes 240 Nickefs Arcade NO 2-9116
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WINTER FUN - Michigan's Ski
Club is a useful, interesting and
exciting campus organization.
Nine years ago skiing was intro-
duced to this campus as a com-
petitive sport and every year
since then the turnout has be-
come greater and greater. Above,
a group of young inexperienced
skiers are being taught the fun-
damentals of skiing while below,
one of the Club's more diligent
pupils shows off his newly-ac-
the game's the.thing!.
Fred Katz, Associate Sports Editor
The Reluctant Ruler
THERE ARE NO THRONES available at Ann Arbor High School, so
the Empress of the Courts relaxed on a folding chair in unqueenly,
Nor did she have jeweled tiara and velvet robe. Ebony leotards
and bulky cardigan divided by green skirt were elegant enough.
It was hardly the picture of a ruler.
Then again, Althea Gibson is a relative newcomer to royalty. It
has taken time for this citizen of Harlem to fully appreciate the
magnitude of an empire whose boundaries expand each day. .
One wonders if she ever will-or wants to. But this is for certain-
hers will never be a head that lies uneasier for having worn a crown.
It wasn't so long ago that the Empress-to-be was chastised for
her brashness. She spotted a vacancy in the palace of the greats and
set sail due north, damning the torpedoes as she went. The biting
winds of unpopularity failed to steer her off course.
The palace gates opened for her at Wimbledon two years ago.
With her departure went the reign.
Althea's days of struggle for power are past. Now she casually
endures the homage paid her by seekers of the autograph.
You can find
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Only the Present
SHE NO LONGER worries about what lies ahead; nor does she revel
in by-gone glories. Hers is the world of the present.
She watched and laughed at the antics of the Harlem Globe-
trotters, with whom she is currently touring, as heartily as the Ann
Arbor kids who were seeing Abe Sapperstein's clowns for the first
time. And it's the same show she had seen last night for more than
But it is with less than this exuberance that she talks about her
past accomplishments that have made her one of the world's most
independently-wealthy young women.
A top supporting role in the John Wayne-William Holden picture,
"The Horse Soldiers," was "a lot of fun." Nothing more, nothing- less.
N Her autobiography "I Always Wanted to be Somebody" (1958),
r ~"must be doing all right because the publishers are happy with its
sales and if they're happy, I am too."
She "liked" the idea of singing several times on Ed Sullivan's
television program. But she has no idea if she'll sing again.
Her full preoccupation now is with tennis. That is the only one
of her talents she'll talk about with any degree of excitement.
t ' Cy -,And that happens to be the one talent she need not talk about:
her actions tell the story. It's obvious that Saperstein is not paying
her $100,000 for the 23-week tour on the basis of her abilities alone.
On the court, be it clay, grass or wood, she's the Empress. Even
4 the glamorous Karol Fageros, her sparring mate, can't divert attention
MA from her for long.
(L' Althea parlays the grace of a champion with the showmanship of
Sa seasoned actress, the latter learned prior to her movie debut.
She shakes her head as she slams one too deep in the back court.
She misses another point. This time she surveys the crowd as she
., walks back to serve once again. She verbally applauds her opponent
when a volley gets past her.
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surprise when a linesman's call differs with her opinion: she stops
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But true to royal protocol, a smile begins its development at the
corners of her lips that captures the fancy of the fans. Her composure
is regained swiftly.
Althea never again will have to worry about being "somebody."
She's the Empress of the Courts who rules with a racket as her
scepter, the opponent as her slave and the crowd as her subjects.
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