August 13, 1988 |
Kevin Curren upset fellow American Tim Mayotte, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, Friday to reach the semifinals of the Player's International tennis tournament. Curren, seeded 14th, won each of the last two sets on service breaks. He said endurance was a key factor, with temperatures in the mid-90s and a swirling wind blowing balls off line. "It was just one of those matches where you had to hang tough," said Curren, who is coming off an injury and said he was not yet in peak form.
March 31, 1989 |
Top-seeded Ivan Lendl continued his straight-set streak today, sweeping Kevin Curren in the semifinals of the International Players Championships. Lendl won 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, in one hour, 50 minutes. He has yet to lose a set in six rounds. Lendl will play in Sunday's final, against the winner of tonight's match between 12th-seeded Yannick Noah and No. 7 Thomas Muster. Curren, seeded 13th, was good with only 51% of his first serves and had trouble putting away shots at the net.
September 22, 1989 |
Sixth-seeded Kevin Curren scored the last six points of the third-set tiebreaker to beat David Wheaton 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the second round of the Volvo tennis tournament Thursday. In two other afternoon matches, Andrew Sznajder of Canada defeated Pieter Aldrich of South Africa, 6-1, 6-4, and Darren Cahill of Australia beat Jimmy Arias of Jericho, N.Y., 6-3, 6-2. Top-seeded Michael Chang played Kenny Thorne in a night match. The $425,000 tournament is being played at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
February 27, 1991 |
Sixth-seeded Kevin Curren beat Spain's Tomas Carbonell, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, Tuesday in a first-round match of the $225,000 Volvo indoor tournament in Chicago. Tuesday night's action featured the return of Jimmy Connors to the men's tour. Connors faces Peru's Jaime Yzaga. After the Connors-Yzaga match, top-seeded John McEnroe will play Israel's Gilad Bloom. The South African-born Curren used his big serve, clocked up to 116 m.p.h.
October 17, 1991 |
It took three tiebreakers, but Kevin Curren upset fifth-seeded Derrick Rostagno of Brentwood Wednesday in the first round of the Grand Prix tournament at Lyon, France. Rostagno, who reached the final of the Seiko Super event in Tokyo last week, fell, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3). In another first-round match, Pete Sampras had no trouble against Tom Nijssen of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-2.
August 15, 1988 |
Defending champion Ivan Lendl, threatening to walk out during the first set, won his fifth Player's International tennis tournament title Sunday at Toronto with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Kevin Curren. Lendl, 28, needed 1 hour 55 minutes to defeat the South African-born Curren in humid 100-degree temperature and stiff winds at the National Tennis Centre at York University. Lendl, who resides in Greenwich, Conn., earned $161,595, and Curren, 30, now a U.S. citizen, won $80,797.