February 7, 1993 |
They came from places that tennis does not. Charlie Pasarell from the heat and streets of Puerto Rico, Arthur Ashe from the segregated courts of Richmond, Va. Theirs was a brotherhood born out of struggle, a brotherhood that began, shyly and tentatively, on a tennis court in Miami in 1955. "The first time I saw him, I played him," Pasarell recalled Saturday night from his home in Palm Springs. "It was the Orange Bowl Juniors and we were both 12. It was the quarterfinals and I won, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
December 23, 2009 |
For the last several years, officials at the Indian Wells tennis tournament, now the BNP Paribas Open, played the role of gracious hosts to software billionaire Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle. This March, when the high-profile event takes place, Ellison will be doing the hosting. That's because he has purchased the event. The tournament, as close as you can get to Grand Slam status without the actual designation, has been principally owned and operated for its 35 years in the desert by Charlie Pasarell and Ray Moore, former tennis pros whose company is PM Sports Management.
March 15, 1999 |
The Who's-No. 1 soap opera that played out here in the Newsweek Champions Cup tennis tournament will be repeated in the next two weeks at the Lipton in Key Biscayne, Fla. Carlos Moya's loss to Mark Philippoussis in Sunday's final here left Moya 37 points ahead of Pete Sampras. Moya will remain No. 1 for two weeks no matter what, since there is no ranking change on the middle Monday at Lipton, same as at the Grand Slam events.
May 30, 2006
On Monday, Benjamin Kohlloeffel became the 10th NCAA singles champion from UCLA. The others: Jack Tidball (1933), Herbert Flam (1950), Larry Nagler (1960), Allen Fox (1961), Arthur Ashe (1965), Charlie Pasarell (1966) Jeff Borowiak (1970), Jimmy Connors (1971) and Billy Martin (1975).
December 20, 2011 |
The tennis tournament that has positioned itself as the next-best thing to the four majors on the tour calendar took another step to solidify that status Tuesday. The BNP Paribas Open, the Indian Wells event that gives Southern California an annual claim as host to all the sport's stars, announced that it would pay both men's and women's singles champions $1 million. That will make it the first combined men's and women's tour event to do so. The four Grand Slams, which are run by the International Tennis Federation rather than the ATP and WTA tours, pay seven-figure prizes to the winner, as do each tour's season-ending championships.
March 13, 1996 |
The phone rings. Charlie Pasarell answers it with a sigh. It might be Pete Sampras wanting a tee time at one of the area's golf courses. It might be Steffi Graf looking for an early-morning practice court. Maybe one of the players' mothers is unhappy with the hotel room he got for her. Some player may have forgotten where he parked the courtesy car. Perhaps someone collapsed from the heat--or from a previously undiagnosed disorder--out on the grandstand court. He glances up at a TV monitor.