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July 3, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
On the day Alexandra Stevenson became the first woman to advance from qualifying to the Wimbledon semifinals, Julius Erving confirmed that, yes, he is Stevenson's mystery father. Samantha Stevenson, Alexandra's mother and a freelance journalist who has written about tennis for the New York Times and who was writing about the Philadelphia 76ers when Dr. J became the father of Samantha's future tennis star, has become as big a part of this 1999 Wimbledon as any player here.
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July 1, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even the Daily Telegraph, a conservative newspaper, looked different Friday. Above the fold was a five-column picture of tennis father Damir Dokic, holding an English flag of St. George, a policeman on either side of Dokic. The caption said, "Match point: Flag-flying Damir Dokic, wayward father of teenage star Jelena Dokic, receives a police escort at Wimbledon yesterday."
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July 1, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even the Daily Telegraph, a conservative newspaper, looked different Friday. Above the fold was a five-column picture of tennis father Damir Dokic, holding an English flag of St. George, a policeman on either side of Dokic. The caption said, "Match point: Flag-flying Damir Dokic, wayward father of teenage star Jelena Dokic, receives a police escort at Wimbledon yesterday."
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June 30, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun? Apparently, Noel Coward, the author of that famous line, didn't know Damir Dokic. Dokic, a Serb based in Australia, draped in the flag of Saint George, appeared to be drunk on the press balcony at Wimbledon on Thursday. He was maniacally laughing and shouting, wandering from topic to topic, among them the Queen of England, the Women's Tennis Assn. and President Clinton.
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June 30, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brandis Braverman and Alexandra Stevenson have been friends and competitors since they were 8. They've had sleepovers as kids and they've been roommates as highly ranked juniors and lowly ranked professionals. "I'm probably closer to her than anyone in tennis," said Braverman, 19, of Newport Beach.
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June 29, 1999 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unwanted sexual advances . . . racial bias . . . financial intrigue . . . it's all happening in women's professional tennis, or at least that's what the mother of one of the top young players in the game has charged at Wimbledon. Not since Jeff Tarango's wife slapped a chair umpire or they raised the price of a cup of strawberries has the All England Club seen such a commotion.
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June 30, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun? Apparently, Noel Coward, the author of that famous line, didn't know Damir Dokic. Dokic, a Serb based in Australia, draped in the flag of Saint George, appeared to be drunk on the press balcony at Wimbledon on Thursday. He was maniacally laughing and shouting, wandering from topic to topic, among them the Queen of England, the Women's Tennis Assn. and President Clinton.
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July 1, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
Once again at a tennis tournament a teenage girl sat on a podium, took a deep breath and got ready to answer for the ill-considered actions of a parent. Alexandra Stevenson, a charming 18-year-old who is willing to burst into song on request and who giggled and eagerly spoke of her roles in such high school musical productions as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Guys and Dolls," has advanced through the Wimbledon qualifier and into the quarterfinals.
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July 4, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day Lindsay Davenport reached her first Wimbledon final by putting an end--for now--to the Stevenson Saga, she had some pointed editing suggestions for her opponent's journalist mother. The third-seeded Davenport, of Newport Beach, defeated 18-year-old qualifier Alexandra Stevenson of San Diego, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals Saturday. In today's final, she plays second-seeded Steffi Graf of Germany, who will be trying to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title.
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July 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
Former basketball star Julius "Dr. J" Erving acknowledged Friday that Alexandra Stevenson, the overnight tennis sensation at Wimbledon, is his daughter from an extramarital affair. It was a startling admission from one of Philadelphia's most beloved and charismatic athletes, a man also admired for his community involvement and his second career as a successful businessman and TV announcer. "I acknowledge a relationship with her mother in 1980," he said.
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July 4, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day Lindsay Davenport reached her first Wimbledon final by putting an end--for now--to the Stevenson Saga, she had some pointed editing suggestions for her opponent's journalist mother. The third-seeded Davenport, of Newport Beach, defeated 18-year-old qualifier Alexandra Stevenson of San Diego, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals Saturday. In today's final, she plays second-seeded Steffi Graf of Germany, who will be trying to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title.
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July 3, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The silky one-handed backhand was inspired by Pete Sampras. The moxie and guile by Bobby Riggs. And the collective wisdom came from Southern California's best tennis coaches. It took a lot to put Alexandra Stevenson's game together, but the 18-year-old qualifier from San Diego celebrated her unprecedented arrival into the Wimbledon semifinals with the high theatrics of another tennis star. Andre Agassi bows and blows kisses four times, to all corners of the stadium.
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July 1, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
Once again at a tennis tournament a teenage girl sat on a podium, took a deep breath and got ready to answer for the ill-considered actions of a parent. Alexandra Stevenson, a charming 18-year-old who is willing to burst into song on request and who giggled and eagerly spoke of her roles in such high school musical productions as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Guys and Dolls," has advanced through the Wimbledon qualifier and into the quarterfinals.
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June 30, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brandis Braverman and Alexandra Stevenson have been friends and competitors since they were 8. They've had sleepovers as kids and they've been roommates as highly ranked juniors and lowly ranked professionals. "I'm probably closer to her than anyone in tennis," said Braverman, 19, of Newport Beach.
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June 29, 1999 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unwanted sexual advances . . . racial bias . . . financial intrigue . . . it's all happening in women's professional tennis, or at least that's what the mother of one of the top young players in the game has charged at Wimbledon. Not since Jeff Tarango's wife slapped a chair umpire or they raised the price of a cup of strawberries has the All England Club seen such a commotion.
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December 29, 1999 | MIKE PENNER
1. ICONS, R.I.P. Wilt. Walter. Joltin' Joe. Catfish. Pee Wee. Payne. The obituaries were so relentless in '99, one was almost afraid to open the Sports section. A safer and sounder 2000? We can only hope. 2. HELMETS, PADS AND HANDCUFFS Carolina Panther Rae Carruth is charged with conspiring to murder his pregnant girlfriend. Miami Dolphin Cecil Collins is arrested for breaking and entering. Cleveland Brown Orlando Brown assaults a referee.
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