April 27, 1992 |
Thomas Muster of Austria put his back problems behind him in beating Aaron Krickstein, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, Sunday to win the $1.2-million Monte Carlo Open in Monaco. Muster was on the massage table until about five minutes before the match and wasn't sure he was going to play. "Then I went out there feeling loose and I was able to play," Muster said. Muster put away Krickstein in 1 hour 40 minutes to win his 11th career title and earn $170,200. Muster is ranked 37th in the world, Krickstein 24th.
April 26, 1992 |
Aaron Krickstein, the last of the seeded players in the Monte Carlo Open, moved into the final Saturday with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Goran Prpic of Croatia at Monaco. In today's best-of-five final, Krickstein meets Thomas Muster of Austria, who beat Arnaud Boetsch of France, 7-5, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Prpic took the opening game but didn't win another until eight games later, at 2-1 in the second set.
April 24, 1992 |
Aaron Krickstein knocked top-seeded Boris Becker out of the Monte Carlo Open on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-4 third-round rout that took only 72 minutes. Becker's famed serve failed him and he heard derisive whistles from the crowd as Krickstein, seeded 16th and the last American in the tournament, dominated the match. "The problem was my serve. It was going in fast, but I couldn't win a game," Becker said. "It didn't really happen to me before like that.
September 3, 1991 |
Unofficially, it was old-timers' day at the U.S. Open, where Jimmy Connors had a busy Monday afternoon. First, he turned 39, then he played five sets, stayed on the court 4 hours 42 minutes, beat somebody 15 years younger and arrived in the quarterfinals with a finger-pointing, fist-pumping, swearing, laughing, riotous act that left just about everybody breathless. Except, of course, Connors, who had a few words left. "For me to pull out another stunt like this, how can you not laugh about it. .
September 2, 1991 |
Jimmy Connors celebrates his 39th birthday today by playing Aaron Krickstein in a fourth-round match. Krickstein, who is 0-5 against Connors, says he doesn't think he will be psyched out by the Connors mystique. "I think a lot of guys . . . you get a five-time U.S. Open champion . . . if you read into it, you think about it too much," Krickstein said. "Then you can be in awe of him. We grew up watching him on TV, so it is kind of weird to be playing him (in important matches).
July 30, 1991 |
Is this bad luck? Aaron Krickstein is in a taxi in New York and it is sideswiped by another car, cracking his ribs. Krickstein is in Paris getting out of a car and his father slams the van door on his hand. Krickstein is in Deerfield Beach, Fla., and he steps on a tennis ball, twists an ankle and is out for six weeks. In his career, Krickstein has had surgery on a knee and foot and near-countless injuries to ankles, elbows, ribs, hands, fingers and neck.