June 30, 1999 |
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.
June 29, 1999 |
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.
June 30, 2000 |
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.
July 1, 1999 |
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.
July 4, 1999 |
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.
July 4, 1999 |
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.