THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Wednesday, July 1, 1992
A sampling of the best that London's gossip tabs have to offer from Wimbledon:
STEFFI'S MYSTERY MAN
Steffi Graf lunched with a mystery man at Cafe Pasta in Wimbledon Village on Monday. The three-time Wimbledon champion was pictured with the curly-haired man in yesterday's Daily Express.
Graf, in cutoffs and a T-shirt, kept cool in the 90-degree heat by dining on salad and a plate of pasta before heading to Wimbledon for her fourth-round match in which she defeated Patty Fendick 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. According to the tabloid, Graf and the mystery man were holding hands until the food arrived.
Things heated up when the tabloid repeatedly tried to photograph Graf and the mystery man. The two reportedly left the restaurant separately to avoid being photographed together, but met at Graf's nearby rented house.
Princess Diana is due at Wimbledon before the fortnight ends, and who could blame her? With the Princess of Wales' marriage with Prince Charles reportedly on the rocks, she might not be able to get Centre Court tickets next year.
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, knows what that is like. Fergie's recent split with Prince Andrew has made her persona non grata with the royal family. With her good friend Jimmy Connors sidelined in the first round, Fergie reportedly has lost all her ticket connections.
Princess Di would sit in the front row of the Royal Box, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the chairs of the All England Club. An All England Club spokesperson said that it was highly unlikley that Prince Charles would attend because he doesn't like tennis.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
In the wake of Jeremy Bates' fourth-round finish, tennis enthusiasts in Britain have high hopes for the future.
Bookmaker William Hill has taken money for two potential British champions, reporting a bet of up to 100 pounds (about $190) at odds of 500-1 for promising teenager Jamie Delgado to win the Wimbledon men's singles in or before 1999. Hill also received a bet of 100 pounds at odds of 10,000-1 from Londoner Robin Davison-Lungley for his 3-year-old, James, to be the next British Wimbledon singles champion.
"If Mr. Davison-Lungley is correct, I'll be handing him a check for 1,000,000 pounds (about $1,900,000) on the Centre Court in a few years' time," Hill spokesperson Graham Sharpe said.