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New York Commission to Keep Bias Probe of Tennis Club Open

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Dr Alfred J. Marrow, chairman of the New York City Commission on Intergroup Relations, said today the commission’s investigation of the admission policies of the West Side Tennis Club of Forest Hills was not closed.

The question of the suburban club’s admission policies became a public issue when Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, United Nations Undersecretary for Special Political Affairs, disclosed last July that the club had refused membership to his son because it barred Negroes and Jews. The club board subsequently stated that there were no such restrictions on memberships.

Dr. Marrow told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that the commission planned to look into the tennis club’s records “in about a year” to determine whether admission policies were free of bias. He said that the club’s services and fees were so attractive that its membership rolls were usually full and resignations rare, requiring that the commission wait a substantial period for development of evidence on admission policies.

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