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March 10, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Jay Berger has had his moments, but none quite like Wednesday. Berger continued a string of upsets in the $415,000 Du Pont tennis tournament, surprising top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden, 6-0, 7-5, in a wind-swept match at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "You can't get too much bigger than beating the No. 2 player in the world," said Berger, ranked 70th.
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November 1, 1997
Printing the pictures of Times' columnists is a nice touch. However, you've cropped Bill Plaschke's picture too tightly. We can't see his little cap with the propeller on it. JAY BERGER Northridge
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September 2, 1985 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
The registration clerks at Manhattan's St. Moritz Hotel probably had another good laugh Sunday night. The Berger family from Plantation, Fla., is checking back in . . . again. This is the third time they have had to reissue the Bergers a room key. Why? Because the 18-year-old tennis-playing member of the family, Jay, refuses to check out of the men's competition at the U.S. Open. What started out as a pleasant little foray to New York has developed into a long-running adventure for the Bergers.
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July 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jay Berger breezed past Leif Shiras, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the Players International tournament Tuesday at Toronto. The top three seeded players--Andre Agassi, Brad Gilbert and John McEnroe--begin play today. Berger was playing his first tournament after a six-week rest. He had taken off after the French Open, skipping Wimbledon. He fished. He played golf. He just hung around. It was therapeutic.
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November 1, 1997
Printing the pictures of Times' columnists is a nice touch. However, you've cropped Bill Plaschke's picture too tightly. We can't see his little cap with the propeller on it. JAY BERGER Northridge
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January 29, 1990 | THOMAS BONK
Jay Berger was selected Sunday to replace injured Aaron Krickstein in next weekend's first-round Davis Cup match between the United States and Mexico at La Costa. Berger, ranked No. 9 in the world, and No. 4 Brad Gilbert will be the U.S. singles players. Gilbert was also a substitute. He replaced Michael Chang, who separated a bone in his hip in December. U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gorman said he contacted Berger after Krickstein pulled a groin muscle in the Australian Open 10 days ago.
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March 18, 1988
Jay Berger, recently named to the U.S. Davis Cup team, eliminated fifth-seeded Andres Gomez of Ecuador, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, Thursday in the second round of the $2.1-million Lipton International Players Championships. In another upset, 10th-seeded Joakim Nystrom of Sweden lost to Mel Purcell, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5. But second-seeded Jimmy Connors had little trouble advancing in a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jaro Navratil of Czechoslovakia.
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July 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jay Berger breezed past Leif Shiras, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the Players International tournament Tuesday at Toronto. The top three seeded players--Andre Agassi, Brad Gilbert and John McEnroe--begin play today. Berger was playing his first tournament after a six-week rest. He had taken off after the French Open, skipping Wimbledon. He fished. He played golf. He just hung around. It was therapeutic.
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May 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Unseeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain ousted fifth-seeded Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1 in the third round of the $1-million Italian Open men's tennis championships today. The 37-year-old Connors was no match for the hard-hitting 18-year-old Spaniard, who took less than an hour to beat him. Connors is Bruguera's second upset victim in the tournament. In the first round, the 85th-ranked Bruguera ousted No. 13 seed Andres Gomez of Ecuador. Connors had struggled in his first two matches against qualifiers Cedric Pioline of France and Italy's Massimo Cierro.
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April 9, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Jay Berger defeated Peru's Pablo Arraya in a five-set marathon Friday to give the United States a 1-0 lead in their Davis Cup American Zone semifinal match at Lima, Peru. Berger, ranked 37th in the world, outlasted Arraya, who is 134th, 7-5, 6-1, 5-7, 1-6, 7-5, in a match that lasted 5 hours 45 minutes. The second singles match, between the U.S. team's best player, Andre Agassi, 17, and Jaime Yzaga, 19, was suspended because of darkness after the two players split the first 10 games.
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February 3, 1990 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it over yet? It seems that the first day of a Davis Cup match that is supposed to last three days is sort of early to say it's truly over, but Brad Gilbert said just that. The United States took a 2-0 lead Friday night over underdog Mexico behind Gilbert and Jay Berger, which meant just one thing to Gilbert. As darkness descended on La Costa, Gilbert said the curtain had just descended on Mexico. Has the U.S. won already? "I think it's pretty much a lock," Gilbert said.
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February 3, 1990 | MIKE PENNER
Against a backdrop of Spanish tile roofs, red-white-and-green flags and raucous chants of Me-HEE-co, Me-HEE-co, the U.S. Davis Cup team ventured into the first round of the 1990 World Group tournament Friday afternoon. On its home court. Some advantage. No Michael Chang, no Aaron Krickstein, no John McEnroe, no Andre Agassi and now no discernible edge in the all-important crowd-support category. The bracket read "Mexico at USA" but the racket erupting around courtside said otherwise.
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February 2, 1990 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If this is the Davis Cup, there must be turmoil, so leave it to the United States to get the ball rolling. The U.S. team, which hasn't won the Davis Cup in eight years, starts searching for it again today as the heavy favorite in a first-round match against Mexico. But first, some questions need answering: --Where's Andre Agassi? Probably color-coordinating his shirts at home in Las Vegas, where he chose to remain after being passed over.
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January 29, 1990 | THOMAS BONK
Jay Berger was selected Sunday to replace injured Aaron Krickstein in next weekend's first-round Davis Cup match between the United States and Mexico at La Costa. Berger, ranked No. 9 in the world, and No. 4 Brad Gilbert will be the U.S. singles players. Gilbert was also a substitute. He replaced Michael Chang, who separated a bone in his hip in December. U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gorman said he contacted Berger after Krickstein pulled a groin muscle in the Australian Open 10 days ago.
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September 7, 1989 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
Consider now the Boris Becker serve. When struck, the ball travels with such speed that players who are not fortunate enough to hit it back often find solace in mere sightings. Here is Becker serving Wednesday night against Yannick Noah. . . . Want to see it again? Against Yannick it was supersonic. Becker blasted his way into the U.S. Open semifinals on the strength of his serve and simply overpowered Noah, another of tennis' power brokers, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
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August 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Jay Berger upset top-seeded Stefan Edberg, 6-4, 6-2, and John McEnroe took another step in his drive to regain the world's No. 1 ranking by defeating Aaron Krickstein, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Hardcourt Championships at Indianapolis. McEnroe, seeded second, plays Berger, No. 5, in today's title match. Berger had to wait through a rain delay of 2 hours 40 minutes to defeat Edberg, the world's third-ranked player.
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May 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
Andre Agassi scored two straight-set victories within four hours Friday, and top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden was upset by Jay Berger in the Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome. Agassi, seeded No. 2, reached the semifinals and became the favorite after Wilander lost, 6-3, 6-4. Berger was beaten later in the day. Wilander, who has not won a tournament since September and has slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the world, complained of his inability to concentrate. "I wasn't really into the match at all," he said.
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August 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Jay Berger upset top-seeded Stefan Edberg, 6-4, 6-2, and John McEnroe took another step in his drive to regain the world's No. 1 ranking by defeating Aaron Krickstein, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Hardcourt Championships at Indianapolis. McEnroe, seeded second, plays Berger, No. 5, in today's title match. Berger had to wait through a rain delay of 2 hours 40 minutes to defeat Edberg, the world's third-ranked player.
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June 1, 1989 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
With a wave of his hand, Jimmy Connors walked off Stadium Court to a round of cheers late Wednesday afternoon, after 4 hours 26 minutes of tennis had left him defeated but also strangely exhilarated. Disappointed, too? Well, sort of. "I was trying to reach the five-hour mark," Connors said. "I wanted to see if I would still be standing." Connors, 36, was a second-round casualty at the French Open, where he lost to Jay Berger, 14 years his junior, who now adds his name to the growing list of younger players who have defeated Connors in the early rounds of recent tournaments.
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May 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
Andre Agassi scored two straight-set victories within four hours Friday, and top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden was upset by Jay Berger in the Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome. Agassi, seeded No. 2, reached the semifinals and became the favorite after Wilander lost, 6-3, 6-4. Berger was beaten later in the day. Wilander, who has not won a tournament since September and has slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the world, complained of his inability to concentrate. "I wasn't really into the match at all," he said.
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