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Becker Is Davis Cup's Marathon Man : McEnroe Loses in 6 Hours 20 Minutes; West Germans Lead, 2-0

July 25, 1987|LISA DILLMAN | Special to The Times

Originally, ESPN was not going to broadcast the Boris Becker-John McEnroe match live because of a scheduling conflict with the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. ESPN aired the first match, Tim Mayotte vs. Eric Jelen, and then proceeded with the golf. However, rain interrupted play at Edison, N.J., so the cable network picked up the Becker-McEnroe match in progress. . . . McEnroe, obviously not knowing about the change in weather, made a comment to ESPN's Fred Stolle during the second game of the second set. Hearing some noise from the broadcast booth, McEnroe made a motion, pretending he was turning a knob on a television set. Said McEnroe to Stolle: "It's not even on now. Women's golf is on. Wake me up when it's over." . . . More Mac: Looking back, he claimed that the United States' 3-2 loss to Paraguay in the opening round of Davis Cup last March did not surprise him. "I thought we'd beat Paraguay, but I started to have bad feelings when I realized we'd have to depend on (Jimmy) Arias and (Aaron) Krickstein," he told Bud Collins of the Boston Globe. "I knew that was trouble."

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