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Presidential approval

Clinton spends afternoon at U.S. Open

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Updated: Friday October 13, 2000 11:54 AM
  President Clinton President Clinton tosses an autographed ball to a spectator while watching the match between Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt. AP

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. (CNN/SI) - It was a busy Super Saturday for President Clinton, who watched the U.S. Open men's semifinals between signing hats, tennis balls and T-shirts tossed into his VIP box.

The president came to the Pete Sampras-Lleyton Hewitt match after a morning meeting with Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak and lunch at a Midtown delicatessen with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and fund-raiser Terry McAuliffe.

Clinton had been in New York since Tuesday night for the U.N. Millennium Summit. The president sat in a box with U.S. Tennis Association president Judy Levering. He was joined by National Economic Adviser Gene Sperling and tennis great John McEnroe, among others.

Fans threw balls, hats and shirts to the president, and he signed them and tossed them back until a Secret Service agent moved to the front of the box and ordered a halt. Nevertheless, it continued with people dropping shirts and hats from above.

Later, Clinton was to join wife Hillary at their home in Chappaqua and return to Washington on Sunday morning.

Clinton is not a tennis player and had never attended a major tennis match. He and daughter Chelsea, in New Zealand during a summit with Asian-Pacific leaders during last year's Open, called to congratulate women's champion Serena Williams.


 
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