John Feinstein seems to think that, in order to qualify for greatness, a professional tennis player needs to have the charisma of a rock star and the personality of a movie actor. It also helps if he obeys the impulse to climb over people in the gallery in order to hug his friends and relatives.

I submit that all this emphasis on theatrics is a lot of nonsense. Tennis players are not entertainers; they are athletes, and they should be judged on their skill. Perhaps Feinstein should be reminded that few of the tennis "immortals" have been endowed with much charisma. Among the dullards would be Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Jack Kramer and Arthur Ashe. Women players totally lacking in theatricality were Helen Wills Moody, Margaret Court and Chris Evert.

As a tennis writer and commentator, Feinstein seems to have his priorities reversed. He places on-court and off-court antics first and subordinates tennis-playing skill. According to his standards, the volatile Pat Cash is the wave of the future in tennis. The genuine tennis buffs consider Cash a flash in the pan. We will see which standard prevails. Herman Kniep Washington

Eat at Home

After reading Tony Kornheiser's silly comments ("Wimbledon's Still Wedded to Tradition," July 2), I am compelled to write and complain. Part of England's appeal to me and, I am sure, countless other Americans, is the charming adherence to a number of delightful traditions.

Although most of his article was churlish, to complain about the price of strawberries and cream seemed particularly so. I would imagine a hot dog and a coke at the Super Bowl to be a bit overpriced, as well, but then, that's hardly the point.

Perhaps in future, Kornheiser should take his meals at home and leave the coverage of world-interest events to someone a bit more cosmopolitan. Nancy Rogers Donnalley Alexandria

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