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A moment of silence

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Posted: Monday September 17, 2001 11:09 AM

Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim will answer your tennis questions every Monday. Click here to send a question.

Dear readers:

Barely a day after the last ball was struck at the U.S. Open, I looked out the window of my Manhattan apartment as two airplanes rendered the dual pilasters of the World Trade Center shards of steel and concrete dust. I then watched as my neighborhood has become enshrouded in posters and fliers seeking help for lost relatives. I have heard hundreds of stories, one more heartrending than the next, of people like Rich Lynch -- a husband, father and former hitting partner of John and Pat McEnroe -- who are among the missing. Tennis never has appeared more trivial.

Next Monday we will return to our regularly scheduled programming, our inane top-five lists, our quests to identify long-lost siblings. But out of respect for 5,000-plus families, like that of Rich Lynch, that are still seeking real answers, I'm going to hold off on your questions this week.

Thanks for understanding.



Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim, author of Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women's Tennis Tour, is a regular contributor to Click here to send him a question or comment.

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