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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 1966 — A party of young Bri­tish ten­nis play­ers, an of­fi­cial team being sent to the South African cir­cuit, has been in­structed not to play in Rhode­sia next month. The de­ci­sion reached the Rhode­sian Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion yes­ter­day, and was made by the Bri­tish LTA.

But RTLA pres­i­dent, Mr Andy Kerr, said in Bu­l­awayo he was con­vinced “a source higher than the LTA in Eng­land’’ was be­hind the ban.

The team — eight promis­ing star­lets, in­clud­ing Stan­ley Matthews Jnr, son of the for­mer English soc­cer star and man­ager, John Bar­rett — was to have played matches in Bu­l­awayo, Gwelo, Sal­is­bury and Um­tali next month.

The ex­pla­na­tion given to our Lon­don cor­re­spon­dent last night by Mr Basil Reay, sec­re­tary of the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion, was that the team has to be back in Bri­tain by the end of Jan­uary.

He was clearly up­set at sug­ges­tions that the play­ers would be banned from vis­it­ing Rhode­sia for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

But the sched­uled date for the Rhode­sian visit was next month, writes Martin Lee.

Says Mr Reay: “When the Rhode­sian visit was sug­gested by our team man­ager, we thought it bet­ter to con­cen­trate on South Africa be­cause of var­i­ous prac­ti­cal com­pli­ca­tions, like cur­rency dif­fi­cul­ties. But even with­out that there would sim­ply be not enough time to fit in Rhode­sia as well.”

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