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The Scorecard Poll
Edited by Alexander Wolff
September 11, 1995
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September 11, 1995

The Scorecard Poll

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Who are the great over-and underachievers on the tennis tour? We staked out the clubhouse lounge and practice courts at the U.S. Open and posed the question to two dozen players, coaches and commentators. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (above left) was the clear choice as the woman who does the most with the least, while Thomas Muster, whose career nearly ended when his leg was run over by a car in 1989, edged out Aaron Krickstein and Michael Chang for that honor among the men. "There's no one I'd less rather play," said newcomer Van van Lingen of Muster, who has fought off match points in five of the 10 events he has won this year.

As for the Bart Simpsons of the tour, the maddeningly inconsistent Goran Ivanisevic (above right) and Michael Stich finished in a tie, while Natalia Zvereva was the woman named on the most ballots. Zina Garrison-Jackson Minsk-ed no words in discussing Zvereva, a 24-year-old Belarussian. "She could be No. 1," Garrison-Jackson said. "She can maneuver on the court and has a great one-handed backhand and serve." Several voters picked 22-year-old Lisa Raymond of the U.S. as the biggest underachiever. One of them was coach Nick Bolletieri: "She's a great athlete and she moves well, but she needs someone to get out all the ingredients, to find the recipe for success." Trolling for a client, Nick?

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