May 31, 2005
Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor defeated Pierrik Ysern of San Diego, 6-2, 7-6 (6) Monday to win the NCAA Division I tennis championship, an event contested since 1881. Past champions of the events since 1941, the year the NCAA took over sole control of the tournament from the U.S. Lawn Tennis Assn: * 1941, Joseph Hunt...Navy * 1942, Fred Schroeder...Stanford * 1943, Pancho Segura...Miami * 1944, Pancho Segura...Miami * 1945, Pancho Segura...Miami * 1946, Bob Falkenburg...USC * 1947, Garner Larned...
August 2, 1993 |
He still travels as smoothly across the tennis court as he did when he was in his prime. Back then, when he won the Australian Nationals and Wimbledon in 1959, Alex Olmedo didn't just run, he sort of flowed. At 57, it's not a fast-moving river any more, which Olmedo has no trouble admitting: "I am slow motion." But he gets there just the same. Olmedo won his second consecutive USTA 55 age-group national hard court championship Sunday at Lindborg Racquet Club in Huntington Beach.
July 24, 1994 |
His forehand still pops. His backhand still has eyes for the cross-court opening. And his drop shot still stops as if it had fallen softly off the edge of a table. Alex Olmedo is 58, but his tennis game is still silk. The smooth, crisp strokes--well-known on the pro tour in another era--have not deserted him, even if age has made him a step or so slower. "Not bad for an old guy, huh?" said Olmedo, the 1959 Wimbledon champion who lives in Encino.
April 13, 1989 |
Gordon Davis took his first tennis lesson at the age of 13. It was a private lesson. So private, in fact, that Davis was not even there. It was 40 years ago and Davis was walking through a park near his Santa Monica home when he spotted an instructor giving a lesson on a public court. Davis did not know the instructor, but he liked what he saw. He admired the smooth motion of the serve, ending with an explosion of power. So he crouched behind a bush and watched.
February 21, 1987
Billie Jean King and Sweden's Bjorn Borg were among five players named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Stan Smith, Dennis Ralston and Alex Olmedo also will be inducted into the Hall July 18 in Newport, R.I.