Such declarations make Mayfair sound like an automaton, but he's actually a big softy. He choked up during the trophy ceremony, dedicating the victory to Renay Appleby, the wife of Tour player Stuart Appleby, who was killed on July 23 in a freak traffic accident in London. Renay and Mayfair's wife, Tammy, were frequent tennis partners, and the couples were close. They had dined together following the third round of the British Open, only five days before Renay died.
Following the dedication Mayfair talked about perspective, and perhaps that's what it takes to appreciate him. In a world blinded by flash, Mayfair offers something more elusive. "He gets the job done," says Stricker.