August 2, 1992 |
American men on Spanish clay. The very imagery was gilded in gold and silver, the colors of the Olympic medals that Jim Courier and Michael Chang would carry in shoulder bags their next time through El Prat Airport. Courier was 13-1 on clay this year and has won the world's biggest clay-court tennis tournament, the French Open, twice. Chang won the French Open in 1989 and smiled when he likened the red-brown powder at Vall d'Hebron to "Nestle's Quik," soft and smooth and sweet.
May 16, 1993 |
Jim Courier did his part to set up a dream final in the Italian Open at Rome on Saturday. But Pete Sampras didn't. Sampras and Courier, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, were seeded to meet in the first all-American final in the 50-year history of the Italian Open. Second-seeded Courier, the defending champion, defeated sixth-seeded Michael Chang, 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, in the semifinals, but Sampras, seeded No. 1, was eliminated by No. 4 Goran Ivanisevic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
August 2, 2010 |
Reporting from Carlsbad — Dinara Safina attacked any short balls that came off the racket of Alona Bondarenko. Any Bondarenko shot that landed in the middle of the court, Safina pounced on it, grunting loudly with the effort of pummeling the return, sweating through towel after towel even in the cool evening. Safina is a work in progress this summer. A year ago she was ranked No. 1 in the world and defending that position to the critics who pointed out that she hadn't won a major tournament, that whenever she played then second-ranked Serena Williams, she would get pounded.
June 10, 1989 |
He's so young, he's so small and his serve is so-so. So how is Michael Chang doing it in the French Open? Is he hotter than cafe au lait? Tougher than a week-old baguette? After four hours nine minutes of some glasnost with rackets Friday, Chang was only slightly higher than the bottom of the Seine. The muscles cramped in both his legs so badly that he had to be carried out of a television interview room. "I should be OK for Sunday," said Chang, who was certainly OK on the court Friday.
June 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Paris One man came seeking history, the other redemption. Both got what they wanted Sunday, though only one took home the trophy after a stirring match that will go down as one of the finest finals at Roland Garros in recent memory. Rafael Nadal, the world's No. 1 tennis player, won his sixth French Open, a feat of clay that puts him on par with Swedish great Bjorn Borg. The Spaniard was at his muscular best, powering to a 10th Grand Slam title in four tough sets against his biggest rival, Swiss maestro Roger Federer, the only active men's player with more majors to his name.
July 25, 2001 |
Sixth-seeded Robert Yim of Glendale was beaten, 6-0, 6-1, by top-seeded Brian Baker of Nashville, the No. 4-ranked junior player in the nation, in the fifth-place match Sunday at the United States Tennis Assn. Super National Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships in Louisville, Ky. * The seventh-seeded team of Jessica Nguyen of Chatsworth and Alli Krasnopolsky of Los Angeles fell, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to fourth-seeded Sophie Grabinski of Carmel, Ind. and Monica Milewski of Park Ridge, Ill.
July 19, 2001
Sixth-seeded Robert Yim of Glendale and 17th-seeded Matthew Loucks of Irvine advanced to the round of 16 in the U.S. Tennis Assn. Super National Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships with victories Wednesday at the Louisville Tennis Club in Louisville, Ky. Yim defeated Jason Hazley of Bradenton, Fla., 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, in the fourth round. Loucks beat Hans Plukas of Lincoln, Mass., 6-2, 6-4. * At the U.S. Tennis Assn.
September 30, 1991 |
Instead of recording another feat on clay, Jose Luis Noriega came up with feet of clay Sunday. The University of San Diego senior was a 6-4, 6-4 loser to Mohamed Ridaoui of Mississippi in the finals of the National Intercollegiate Clay Court Tennis Championships in Wilmington, N.C. Third-seeded Noriega had won the title in 1989 and is ranked fourth on the Volvo Tennis/Collegiate Rankings.
November 19, 1989
Jose Luis Noriega, a sophomore at the University of San Diego, advanced to today's championship final of the National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships on Hilton Head Island, S.C. with two victories Saturday. Noriega defeated unseeded Jeff Chiang of Columbia, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals and then beat top-seeded Al Parker of Georgia, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Noriega, seeded fourth, will play No. 5 Steve Bryan of Texas in today's final.
April 28, 1997 |
Michael Chang won his fourth title of the year and the 30th of his career when he defeated South Africa's Grant Stafford, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, in the $289,250 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships on Sunday at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Top-seeded Chang needed 1 hour 44 minutes to overcome unseeded Stafford and collect the top prize of $37,500. Ranked No. 3 in the world, Chang is expected to move up to No. 2 in the ATP Tour rankings today.