U.S. Open Notebook
Sanchez Vicario by any other name
Posted: Wednesday September 09, 1998 07:30 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Say good-bye to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Now, it is Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
Many Spanish women routinely add the maiden name of their mother to their last name as a matter of tradition and respect. That's what Sanchez- Vicario did after winning the 1989 French Open, to give her mother full credit.
Now, she has requested a further change in Spain. In case she is married and has children, she would want them to be known as Sanchez-Vicario -- with a hyphen between the two names -- in case they add their mother's name to their family name. The WTA Tour said it had accepted the change.
Three more woman players are calling it quits after the U.S. Open.
Annie Miller of Midland, Michigan, decided to leave the WTA Tour to continue her studies at Michigan. The 21-year-old Miller turned pro in 1995 and moved up to No. 45, once beating Lindsay Davenport in a tournament but never winning a singles or doubles title on the main WTA circuit.
Also leaving the WTA Tour are Ginger (Helgeson) Nielsen of Alpine, California, and Patricia Hy-Boulais of Canada. Hy-Boulais has been on the circuit since 1985 and has been a member of both the Hong Kong and Canadian Fed Cup teams. She became a Canadian citizen in 1991.
No computer nerd
Help comes in small packages. When the chair umpires have a problem with their electronic scorepads on court, 14-year-old Christo Wilson comes skateboarding to their rescue.
Wilson, in an oversized IBM shirt, will be called to court when the umpires report difficulties and are unable to keep the statistics electronically.
He says that the referees were a bit reluctant at first to accept the advice of a 14-year year who looks more like a ballboy than a computer helper. But gradually, they got used to the idea.
Things have improved since the start of the tournament, although the weather is causing problems now with the electrical connections.
"Before I was going out 4-5 times a day," Wilson said. "Now most of the errors we have are with the power that spontaneously changes from one day to another."
Wilson now has to give up his day job and go back to school. But he will return for the weekend.
While other players possessed only a passing interest in the Mark McGwire feat, Martina Hingis was right on top of things.
McGwire's 62nd home run happened shortly after her victory over Monica Seles Tuesday night, and Hingis was already aware of details concerning it.
"I think if you see other athletes doing well, it's just very motivating. That somebody is also doing great," Hingis said. "I mean it's a great record and there are still so many games to go. So he can even put the record higher."
Hingis said people were following the homers in the locker room during rain delays earlier in the day.
"Everyone was watching the game when he and [Sammy] Sosa were playing," she said. "When he scored his 61st [Monday night], everyone was like, 'Don't change the channel.' Nobody wanted to watch tennis."
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