March 11, 2002 |
This time, there were no obstacles Andre Agassi couldn't handle. The top-seeded Agassi changed his three-year run of bad luck in the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic by beating Juan Balcells, 6-2, 7-6 (2), Sunday for the 50th title of his career at Scottsdale, Ariz. "It means a lot now," said the 31-year-old Agassi, who last year became the oldest player to finish in the ATP's top three since Jimmy Connors in 1984.
April 16, 1993 |
Two of the top players of the 1970s, Roscoe Tanner and Ilie Nastase, will play a best-of-three exhibition tennis match Saturday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks to benefit Child Help, a national charity to combat child abuse and neglect. Tanner, club pro at Sherwood, said it has been 10 years since he faced Nastase. In 1980, Nastase eliminated Tanner in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, winning the fifth set, 7-5.
September 7, 1992
Scott Davis of Newport Beach and David Pate, who reached last year's men's doubles finals at the U.S. Open, were eliminated Sunday by John McEnroe and Michael Stich, the Wimbledon champions, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in a third-round match. Davis and Pate were seeded 12th, McEnroe and Stich sixth. Rick Leach of Laguna Beach, the 1988 doubles finalist, and Kelly Jones had more success against McEnroe's younger brother, Patrick, and Jonathan Stark, advancing with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory.
August 21, 1986 |
As expected, Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova have been seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open, which begins next Tuesday in New York, the U.S. Tennis Assn. announced Wednesday. It is the first time that Lendl has been seeded first in the 100-year-old tournament, breaking John McEnroe's string of five straight years as the top-seeded men's player. McEnroe, who recently returned to the circuit after a seven-month layoff, is seeded No. 9. Jimmy Connors is No. 6.
November 19, 1985 |
Ivan Lendl needed 57 minutes to polish off the subbing Vitas Gerulaitis, 6-4, 6-1, in an exhibition tennis match Monday night at the Forum. Displaying a sharp baseline game, Lendl repeatedly hit passing shots beyond the reach of the charging Gerulaitis, who was a substitute for Jimmy Connors. Connors withdrew from the match last week with a back injury. Lendl broke Gerulaitis in the sixth game and took a 5-2 lead before Gerulaitis won two games in a row.
September 11, 2006
U.S. Open men's champions. Before 1968, the United States National Championships was an amateur event. It became the U.S.
May 21, 2007 |
Roger Federer had the perfect response to questions about his status as the world's top-ranked player -- he ended Rafael Nadal's 81-match winning streak on clay. Federer beat Nadal, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, in the final of the Hamburg Masters on Sunday to win his first clay-court title in two years and snap out of a slump during which he failed to win a title in four events. It was his worst run since he became No. 1 in February 2004.
June 26, 1990 |
When he glanced into the standing-room section at the top of the stands of Court 2 Monday afternoon at Wimbledon, Vijay Amritraj couldn't believe his eyes. There was Premjit Lall watching his match. "I couldn't believe it," said Amritraj, an Indian countryman of Lall. "I had a flashback to 1969 when I stood and watched him play (Rod) Laver here. Prem was ahead, but lost." Laver went on to win the Grand Slam, the last male player to do so.
April 23, 1993
A handful of area basketball standouts have been named to the roster of a City Section all-star team that will take on a team of area Southern Section stars at Pierce College on Saturday night at 8. Leading the City boys' team are Shawn Bankhead of Cleveland and Joe Wyatt of Kennedy, both All-City 4-A Division and Times' All-Valley selections. Demond Callahan of Canoga Park, an All-City 3-A choice, also is on the team.