May 30, 1997 |
The Swedes, the Spaniards, even the Australians, are making historic inroads in this year's French Open men's competition. No one is talking at all about the Americans. With good reason. Led by top-seeded Pete Sampras, the cavalcade of Americans here includes Michael Chang and Chris Woodruff. Period. The second-seeded Chang advanced to the third round Thursday, defeating Jerome Golmard of France, 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
May 14, 1998 |
Former heavyweight champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes are returning to the ring for the ultimate fight for the ages--or aging. Foreman, 49, signed for the fight against Holmes, 48, to be held between Oct. 3 and Jan. 10 in Atlantic City, N.J.; Louisiana, or Mississippi. The purses reportedly will be $10 million for Foreman, $4 million for Holmes. Tennis Pete Sampras beat Magnus Norman of Sweden, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, at the Italian Open in Rome.
August 31, 2000 |
Move over, Jay Leno and David Letterman. Pete Sampras seemed determined to take over as the King of Late Night with an overpowering 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Justin Gimelstob Wednesday night in the second round of the U.S. Open. Sampras, a four-time U.S. Open champion, is 14-0 under the lights at the National Tennis Center. Only Martina Navratilova, who was 16-0 after dark, had a better record in night matches at the U.S. Open. Chris Evert was 14-0, and Andre Agassi is 18-2.
May 31, 2000 |
The French Open performed more than a fair imitation of its Grand Slam relative, that famous grass-court tournament in England, as the incessant rains that usually drench Wimbledon arrived a few weeks early, ruining the second-day play at Roland Garros. Rain and cold weather is hardly unusual this time of the year in France. But no matches were played Tuesday morning or afternoon or evening.
January 4, 2007 |
Is Martina Hingis the professional tennis version of the Madden Curse? In its January-February issue, Tennis magazine describes Hingis as "the black widow of tennis," chronicling the career woes that have stricken a string of ATP players who have dated Hingis. The roster, so far: Justin Gimelstob: Since briefly dating Hingis in 1997, has struggled with chronic back injuries. Julian Alonso: The 1997 ATP newcomer of the year was ranked No.
December 1, 2000 |
Andre Agassi relied on his game and some help from others to reach the semifinals of tennis' Masters Cup at Lisbon. Marat Safin didn't even have to play to advance. Agassi defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6-1, 6-4, in an impressive performance. And when Gustavo Kuerten defeated Magnus Norman, 7-5, 6-3 in the last match, the mathematics of the round-robin format gave Agassi a place in the semifinals.
September 28, 2000 |
An Olympic tennis tournament decimated by defections and upsets ended on an up note today, when Russian star Yevgeny Kafelnikov won a five-set thriller over Germany's Tommy Haas. The score, in a match that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours and entertained a packed house of 10,000 in the Olympic Park Tennis Stadium, was 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
May 30, 2001 |
The noise and the whistling were so pronounced that Serena Williams had to wait to serve. Showing some annoyance Tuesday, she got tired of the delay and pushed forward. The crowd's displeasure, though, had to do with the actions of her opponent, Frenchwoman Sarah Pitkowski. Pitkowski, a local favorite, was questioning line call after line call, working the crowd and herself into a state.