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December 20, 1988 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE
Women's professional tennis in San Diego received a boost Monday when Great American First Savings Bank announced it will sponsor a $200,000 tennis tournament July 31-Aug. 6 at the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club. The tournament is part of the Virginia Slims Championship series. Virginia Slims isn't new to San Diego. The $100,000 Virginia Slims of San Diego was held in August, but the bank took over sponsorship when Virginia Slims wanted to upgrade the tournament's prize money.
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July 11, 2013
Re "Confronting smokers with a whiff of whimsy," July 9 There was a time when rules and laws meant something. But, in the words of the Virginia Slims cigarette ad slogan, "You've come a long way, baby. " Yes, we certainly have, but in the wrong direction. An avalanche of legal rights has washed over Americans, generating attitudes infested with the stench of inconsideration and entitlement. These days the unwilling public is humored or coddled, as exemplified by those "sassy" signs in Glendale imploring noncompliant residents not to smoke in parks or on trails.
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BUSINESS
March 12, 1998 | Denise Gellene
A nonprofit group in Los Angeles is taking on Philip Morris with ads attacking its Virginia Slims brand. The group, the Women's Tobacco Coalition, is unveiling today 10 billboards showing an overweight woman holding a cigarette and coughing. The legend says, "The tobacco industry's concept of beauty is breath-taking. Smoking is not a woman thing." One will be located near a billboard for Virginia Slims that is adjacent to Manual Arts High School in South-Central Los Angeles.
SPORTS
October 22, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
Loyalty is a good thing. It is a quality to be proud of. A loyal person is a good person, a good friend, someone of good character. Except. Except when you read that Billie Jean King, pioneer of women's professional tennis and an outspoken proponent of equality for women's sports, has joined the board of directors of Philip Morris International, a tobacco company that provided the first big, brassy sponsor of women's pro tennis, Virginia Slims, a brand of cigarette aimed at women.
SPORTS
November 23, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Martina Navratilova rallied to beat a determined Pam Shriver, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, Saturday for her 52nd consecutive victory and a berth in the final of the $1-million Virginia Slims championships before 17,128 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York. The top-seeded Navratilova will meet second-seeded Steffi Graf of West Germany, who ousted No. 4-seeded Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, 7-6, 1-6, 6-1. The winner of today's match will collect $125,000, the runner-up $60,000.
SPORTS
January 20, 1986 | Associated Press
West Germany's Claudia Kohde-Kilsch earned a shot at the $40,000 first prize in a Virginia Slims tennis tournament Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kathy Rinaldi. Kohde-Kilsch, seeded fourth in the $250,000 event, overcame an early deficit and a briefly troublesome shoulder problem for her third victory in seven career meetings with Rinaldi.
SPORTS
July 16, 1986 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
One look at the entry sheet can turn a giant-killer into a giant. No Martina. No Chris. Yes, Kathy Jordan. When Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd choose to skip a stop along the Virginia Slims tour, low seeds become favorites. Players relegated to Court 11 move to center court. Vaguely familiar names on a score sheet host press conferences.
SPORTS
April 23, 1988
The San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club will host the Virginia Slims of San Diego for the second consecutive year. This year's $100,000 event will be held Aug. 1-7 and will feature a 32-player draw. The tournament is part of the 1988 championship series that culminates in the $1 million championships at Madison Square Garden in New York in November. The 55 series events are held in 19 countries and pay $16 million in prize money.
NEWS
February 24, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Escalating his public assaults on the promotion of cigarettes, Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan demanded Friday that tobacco companies end their sponsorship of athletic events. "When the tobacco industry sponsors an event in order to push their deadly product, they are trading on the health, the prestige and the image of the athlete to barter a product that will kill the user," Sullivan said.
NEWS
January 12, 1995 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a spotlight the likes of which women's tennis seldom enjoys: a televised ceremony in New York's Madison Square Garden, honoring one of sports' greatest champions. The event, at the year-ending Virginia Slims championship in November, was meant to honor Martina Navratilova. The game's most enduring star was retiring from singles competition at age 38, after 22 years on the tour. The ceremony, however, turned out to be a disappointment.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1998 | Denise Gellene
A nonprofit group in Los Angeles is taking on Philip Morris with ads attacking its Virginia Slims brand. The group, the Women's Tobacco Coalition, is unveiling today 10 billboards showing an overweight woman holding a cigarette and coughing. The legend says, "The tobacco industry's concept of beauty is breath-taking. Smoking is not a woman thing." One will be located near a billboard for Virginia Slims that is adjacent to Manual Arts High School in South-Central Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1995
I'll believe the tobacco companies aren't targeting teen-agers when they change the name of Virginia Slims to Virginia Fats. KAREN SODIKOFF Del Mar
NEWS
January 12, 1995 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a spotlight the likes of which women's tennis seldom enjoys: a televised ceremony in New York's Madison Square Garden, honoring one of sports' greatest champions. The event, at the year-ending Virginia Slims championship in November, was meant to honor Martina Navratilova. The game's most enduring star was retiring from singles competition at age 38, after 22 years on the tour. The ceremony, however, turned out to be a disappointment.
SPORTS
November 16, 1994 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The spotlight is turned off but the light doesn't dim. That's the way some champions leave. There are other ways. Some limp off, some are led away in handcuffs. Some are taken away on gurneys and leave their careers in an operating room. A few, very few, leave when their careers are at their apogee. The great athletes anticipate the downward arc, hate the idea of it and leave rather than face it.
SPORTS
November 14, 1994 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hers is a tennis career not likely to be glimpsed again, if not for its record 167 singles titles then surely for its 22 years in duration. In an era of teen-aged flameouts and injury-induced retirements, Martina Navratilova remains an enduring reminder that sheer will could join with emotion to create a potent athletic force. But not for much longer. It will be with an abiding sense of closure that Navratilova begins her last tournament, the $3.
NEWS
March 4, 1994 | ANN CONWAY and PATRICK MOTT
"A kiss is the only part of a romance that I go into with my eyes closed," reads the pink print on a T-shirt we noted in a fashion magazine catalogue. Nice message. Nice shirt. The price? Free with proof of purchase. Mail to: Promotional Services Center, Virginia Slims V-Wear. That's right, Virginia Slims cigarettes. We're infuriated about this more than subliminal ad campaign to hawk cigarettes in the name of fashion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1995
I'll believe the tobacco companies aren't targeting teen-agers when they change the name of Virginia Slims to Virginia Fats. KAREN SODIKOFF Del Mar
SPORTS
June 18, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Virginia Slims cigarettes may be on the way out as the sponsor of the women's professional tennis tour. Under pressure from anti-smoking forces, the Women's International Professional Tennis Council is searching for a new sponsor, according to sources close to the association and anti-smoking advocates.
SPORTS
August 6, 1993 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Andrea Temesvari-Trunkos, who was ranked seventh on the pro tennis tour in 1984, leads a field of 32 players in two days of qualifying for the $375,000 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles. Play begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Manhattan Beach Country Club. Eight players will qualify for the 56-player singles main draw. Main draw play begins Monday and the finals are Aug. 15. Players whose Virginia Slims rankings are not high enough to earn them places in the main draw must qualify.
SPORTS
August 11, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathy May-Paben and Marita Redondo Nicoll were two of the nation's top junior tennis players in the early 1970s and both earned top 10 rankings as professionals. But May-Paben quit the tour in 1980 and Redondo Nicoll did the same a year later. Each cited burnout as the reason. May-Paben and Redondo Nicoll, both 35, were given wild-card berths into the qualifying tournament for this week's $350,000 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles.
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