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May 27, 1990 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's see, now. What are we to make of this? The future of women's tennis is 14 years old, wears men's size-8 1/2 sneakers, hits the ball so hard it leaves a vapor trail, was a millionaire at 13, has no idea of the words to the national anthem, knows the rap song "Busta Move" by heart, loves pink, thinks negative vibes are gross, practices so hard she gets callouses on her hands and already has an idea of how she wants people to remember her.
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May 27, 1990 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's see, now. What are we to make of this? The future of women's tennis is 14 years old, wears men's size-8 1/2 sneakers, hits the ball so hard it leaves a vapor trail, was a millionaire at 13, has no idea of the words to the national anthem, knows the rap song "Busta Move" by heart, loves pink, thinks negative vibes are gross, practices so hard she gets callouses on her hands and already has an idea of how she wants people to remember her.
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March 5, 1990 | From Reuters
Jennifer Capriati, a 13-year-old hailed by Billie Jean King as the best young player of any generation, makes her eagerly anticipated debut in the world of professional tennis Tuesday. Such is Capriati's reputation already that she has signed endorsement deals reportedly worth more than $5.5 million even before her first professional match in a $350,000 tournament in her home state of Florida. The tennis prodigy showed her promise by winning the junior French Open and U.S.
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November 21, 1989 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, who have won 184 tournaments between them, fired a few tennis balls around the court just for fun Monday night at the Forum. Just for fun? Wasn't that Connors roasting a linesman with the classic line: "Are you watching the same match I'm playing?" And wasn't that McEnroe trying to plant his racket in the blue rubber court after what he thought was a bad call? Spread around those outbursts was the Michelin Challenge exhibition match, which McEnroe won, 6-4, 6-4.
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July 5, 1992 | THOMAS BONK
Is Mac coming back? Could be, said John McEnroe, who at 33 produced a semifinal appearance in his 14th Wimbledon, as he did at 18 in 1977. "Even before the tournament I said that was a possibility," McEnroe said. "It's certainly encouraging to get to the semifinals. So I think it's certainly a possibility that I will play."
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June 24, 1990 | THOMAS BONK
Monica Seles can win her sixth consecutive tournament beginning Monday. Unfortunately for her, the tournament is at Wimbledon. It has been 32 matches and 15 weeks since Seles has lost, but she has been playing on hard courts and clay, not the grass on which she will be standing at the All England Club. Chances are, she won't be around very long.
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June 13, 1993 | THOMAS BONK
She is 36, she has played five matches since the last part of February and she lost last week to somebody ranked No. 179, but Martina Navratilova may have the best chance of anybody outside of Steffi Graf to win at Wimbledon. How can this be possible? To find out how Navratilova might become a 10-time Wimbledon champion, ask three-time winner Chris Evert. "Physically, I think she stays in very good shape," Evert said. "She's got nothing to lose.
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March 4, 1990 | THOMAS BONK
Pete Sampras got his first pro tournament victory last week, so the 18-year-old player from Rancho Palos Verdes figures that maybe he won't have to hear the P-word any more. That's P for potential , which is the word used for a player who hasn't won anything yet. But when Sampras beat Milan Srejber, Andre Agassi, Tim Mayotte, Mark Kratzmann and Andres Gomez to win the U.S. Pro Indoor Championships, he credited a new, rigorous training program as well as workout partner Jim Courier.
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October 1, 1989 | Thomas Bonk
The line of succession among Sweden's tennis stars had been drawn long ago, for all to see. After Bjorn Borg, after Mats Wilander, but before Stefan Edberg, there was Anders Jarryd. Jarryd, the craggy faced native of Lidkoping, was 23 years old in 1985 when he reached the semifinals at Wimbledon--and lost to eventual champion Boris Becker. Buoyed by his fine showing at Wimbledon, Jarryd's ranking reached No. 5 two weeks later that July.
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January 15, 1988 | MIKE SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
Don't ask Sandy Reitan if she gets the point. She does . . . but she's just a little weary of puns and barbs (oops) about her chosen profession. Reitan, 34, is a professional dart player--not just any dart player, mind you, but the premier female darter in the United States and one of the best in the world. In her 10 years as a competitive darter, she has won it all, including the prestigious World Cup.
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September 6, 1987 | JOHN FEINSTEIN, Washington Post
He had his legs stretched out in front of him, afraid that if he bent them or crossed them, he might cramp up. The heat was oppressive, but he didn't want to go inside where it was air-conditioned. Again, cramps. "I've done a lot of things in my career," Jimmy Connors said, rubbing a leg. "But I've never quite figured out how to stop the aging process." Looking at him, one might be tempted to argue.
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