June 1, 1986 |
As a pioneer in tennis' "big game," Jack Kramer always tried to end a point as soon as possible, usually with a powerful service, killing volley or a forehand that is generally recognized as one of the best in the game's history. But now Kramer, one of the game's all-time greats and one of its most perceptive observers, blames a decline in American tennis fortunes on an abandonment of that style of play among many promising young players.
January 25, 1987 |
Sweden's Stefan Edberg, escaping from a midmatch letdown, won his second straight Australian Open men's singles title today, defeating hometown favorite Pat Cash, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3. The hard-earned victory by the fourth-seeded Edberg ended the hopes of Cash becoming the first Australian to win the Open here since Mark Edmondson in 1976. Saturday, Czechoslovak's Hana Mandlikova upset top-seeded Martina Navratilova, 7-5, 7-6, to win the women's singles crown.
July 27, 1997 |
Son of Bjorn, Mats or Stefan, he is not. Sure, Thomas Enqvist is Swedish and, like his tennis-playing countrymen before him, the guy is decidedly low-key. But by design, and necessity, he is his own kind of player. You won't see him serving and volleying, a la Edberg. Or parked well beyond the baseline, creating chaos with topspin. His personal mixture of attacking tennis is overwhelming enough to land him at No. 8 in the world.
March 18, 2010 |
There were backhands and forehands, slices and lobs, smashes and passes — and that was just on a single point of the BNP Paribas Open men's quarterfinal between defending champion Rafael Nadal and 19th-seeded Tomas Berdych on Thursday night at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. With a tricky night wind kicking up, giving flight to water bottles and tennis shots, Nadal showed both his grunting power and deft cleverness in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over Berdych. Next Nadal will get big-serving Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic, seeded 20th, who well-described his own tennis as "clever" after his 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over 21st-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina.
October 30, 2010 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): Since you love being on time, you should know that today will require an extra effort on your part for this to occur. It could take up to twice as long as usual to travel between places. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Affections increase over time. That's why it will be important to show up and spend a few hours with the people you care about. Gemini (May 21-June 21): You'll make a stellar first impression on someone and get the chance to make an even more significant second impression.
November 4, 1985 |
Perhaps Steve DeVries of Cal and Rick Leach of USC have been seeing too much of each other. People are starting to talk. They go way back. When the two tennis players were fixtures of the junior scene, neither was able to gain the edge, although Leach was the more celebrated junior.