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The Week of June 28 at a glance
Posted: Tuesday June 29, 1999 12:11 PM
Jelena Dokic shocked No. 1 Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-0
Mirjana Lucic defeated No. 4 Monica Seles 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4)
Cedric Pioline stopped No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, retired
Lorenzo Manta beat No. 5 Richard Krajicek 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 4-6, 6-4
"I used to own it, but Sampras has taken over the keys. He is the new owner." -- Boris Becker, talking about Centre Court at Wimbledon.
"That's Jim's strongest quality -- his heart. He's going to lay it on the line and fight as hard as he can." -- Pete Sampras, on Jim Courier.
"I couldn't have picked a better partner." -- John McEnroe, about Steffi Graf after they teamed up to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
"I'm not sure what went wrong. A lot of things happened." -- Martina Hingis, after a first-round loss to Jelena Dokic.
"It's not her body that's hurting, it's her heart." -- Martina Navratilova, on Martina Hingis.
"I think Martina needs a mother more than anything else at the moment." -- Chris Evert, on the split between Martina Hingis and her mother, Melanie Molitor.
"The only time I felt slight nerves was the second I stepped foot on the court. There was a big roar and the ... stadium seemed to spin a little bit." -- British qualifier Danny Sapsford, playing on Wimbledon's Centre Court.
"I'd like to be No. 1, no doubt about it. But I think there are 10 guys who can be No. 1." -- Patrick Rafter .
"I am the Rip Van Winkle of tennis. I love my sleep and get plenty of it." -- Greg Rusedski, who said he sleeps 10 to 11 hours a night.
"The decision was made two years ago, but we happen to be the guinea pigs now." -- John Newcombe, complaining that the Australia-U.S. Davis Cup tie in July will be played in the United States instead of Australia.
When Australian siblings Annabel and Ben Ellwood took to the court to play mixed doubles, they were on opposite sides of the net. Annabel teamed with Mahesh Bhupathi of India to beat brother Ben and Sweden's Asa Carlsson in three sets.
Rod Laver, the only man to win the Grand Slam twice, will be honored during the Mercedes-Benz Cup tournament in Los Angeles July 26. Laver, who won the Grand Slam in 1962 and 1969, presented Andre Agassi with the French Open trophy when Agassi captured this year's tournament at Roland Garros. By winning at Paris, Agassi became the first player since Laver to win all four major tournaments during his career.
The season-ending ATP Tour Championships is on the move again. After being held in Hanover, Germany, since 1996, the round-robin tournament for the top eight-ranked players will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2000 and in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2001. Others cities bidding for the tournament were Barcelona, London, Las Vegas, Milan, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro and Valencia.
Michael Chang, who has had a rough 1999, has decided to start at the bottom again. Ranked 58th in the world, Chang has entered the Safeway Challenge, a $50,000 USTA tournament in Aptos, Calif., that begins July 12. After falling to 141st in the rankings, Andre Agassi played in two Challenger events to begin his comeback that peaked earlier this month when he won the French Open.
Billie Jean King has reminded Wimbledon executives that female players may stay away if the tournament doesn't pay men and women equal prize money. For now, WTA Tour officials have ruled out a so-called "girlcott." "Treating women as less valuable than men generates ill-will that is disproportionate to the amount of money you are saving," King wrote in a London newspaper. The men's purse this year was $890,000 more than the women's -- a fraction of the reported $52.8 million in net profit Wimbledon generated last year.
While commentating on the BBC, Pam Shriver said 16-year-old Jelena Dokic seemed to be getting signals from her father during her second-round match. Tennis rules don't allow coaching during play. Dokic insists there was no coaching. "No signs, I mean he didn't tell me how to play," said Dokic, who stunned top-seeded Martina Hingis in a first-round match.
Former British Cupper John Lloyd has turned heads at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Lloyd, insisting a more even playing surface will improve the play, has called for the grass courts at Wimbledon to be replaced. Lloyd said the backlash from converting the world's premier grass-court tournament into a synthetic court event would be short-lived and the essence of Wimbledon would survive. "This is not meant as a snub to Wimbledon, which is the greatest event in the sport, but it is not the grass at Wimbledon that makes it so special," Lloyd said. "Digging up the grass would cause a slight blip and then it would be quickly forgotten. Wimbledon would be so much better on a medium-paced surface."
Tournaments This Week
ATP and WTA Tours
The Championships, grass, Wimbledon, England (second week)
Tournaments Week of July 5
$525,000 Rado Swiss Open, clay, Gstaad, Switzerland
$142,500 Torneo Internazionale, clay, Palermo, Italy
League play begins
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