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Gossip columnists linked Don Budge, whom they dubbed ''the Romeo of tennis,'' to actress Olivia de Havilland romantically. Gossip columnists linked Don Budge, whom they dubbed ''the Romeo of tennis,'' to actress Olivia de Havilland romantically. (Jeff Budge)
By Jan Gardner
April 26, 2009

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The Davis Cup match on July 20, 1937 was a contest of epic proportions. It was America against Germany, democracy against fascism. Millions around the world listened on the radio as Don Budge, a working-class player from Oakland, Calif., faced Gottfried von Cramm, an aristocrat under surveillance by the Gestapo. Von Cramm was a closeted homosexual who refused to join ... (Full article: 571 words)

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