CONNORS, EVERT BREEZE
The Miami Herald
Saturday, May 28, 1983
From Herald Wire Services
Jimmy Connors, seeking the only Grand Slam title to elude him, and Chris Evert Lloyd, aiming for her third straight Grand Slam tournament victory, followed each other on center court Friday and then into the fourth round of the $1.1-million French Open championships.
Connors roared past clay-court specialist Hans Gildemeister, 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, and Evert swept past Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 6-2, 6-2, in just 77 minutes.
While the two Americans were making their way into the round of 16, French police were providing extra security for Swedish players, including defending champion Mats Wilander, after a kidnap threat from an Armenian terrorist group. Tournament Director Christian Duxin said the French interior ministry had been contacted about the threat.
A spokesman at the Swedish embassy confirmed a player had received a telephone call saying one of the Swedes at Roland Garros would be kidnapped because an Armenian terrorist had been tried on drug charges in Stockholm.
On court, Gildemeister looked as if he was in need of protection as Connors raced through the first two sets in devastating style.
Connors, who played in his first French Open 10 years ago, seemed to lose his concentration in the third set, but he finished off Gildemeister with a flourish in the next set. In one stretch Connors reeled off 15 straight points to take a 4-1 lead.
"I am playing much better on clay now," he said. "I am not trying to go so close to the lines. I am happy to keep the ball in play, and I don't mind hitting 15 to 20 balls before winning a point."
Connors is trying to become the first American man to win this event since Tony Trabert in 1955.
In other top men's matches, third-seeded Ivan Lendl beat Mario Martinez, 6-0, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0; sixth-seeded Yannick Noah beat Pat Dupre, 7-5, 7-6, 6-2, and 12th-seeded Brian Gottfried beat Magnus Tideman, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.
In the top women's match, Evert was never pressured by Goolagong, who is making a comeback after the birth of her second child.
"Evonne hasn't played much tennis over the last few years and needs a lot more matches," Evert said. "I am amazed she can run around on court as much as she does, especially after having had two children."
The two friendly adversaries, who first met in the 1972 Wimbledon semifinals, last faced other in the 1980 Wimbledon final, which Goolagong won. This time, Goolagong, 31, could not match Evert's accuracy on the slow clay.
Others reaching the round of 16 were third-seeded Andrea Jaeger, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 over Beverly Mould; eighth-seeded Hana Mandlikova, 6-0, 6-1 over Anne White, and Kathy Horvath, 6-4, 7-5 over 15th-seeded Claudia Kohde.
Meanwhile, Marshall Happer, administrator of the Men's International Professional Tennis Council, set up an inquiry into press reports that second-seeded John McEnroe shouted obscenities at linesmen and kicked a press camera during his first-round match against Ben Testerman.
Happer, who arrived in Paris Thursday night, said: "I have received reports of these things, but the chair umpire and the supervisor did not see them. They cannot take action on things they did not see."
Happer said officials also were reviewing incidents in McEnroe's second-round match against Alberto Tous of Spain.
"If we establish that press reports are true, then action will be taken," Happer said. "We will not put up with obscenities on the court."
Third round--Jimmy Connors (1) d. Hans Gildemeister, 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1; Ivan Lendl (3) d. Mario Martinez, 6-0, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0; Yannick Noah (6) d. Pat Dupre, 7-5, 7-6, 6-2; Brian Gottfried (12) d. Magnus Tideman, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.
Eric Fromm d. Pablo Arraya, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1; Christophe Roger-Vasselin d. Heinz Gunthardt, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1; Fernando Luna d. Mike DePalmer, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-0; John Alexander d. Mel Purcell, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
Third round--Chris Evert Lloyd (2) d. Evonne Goolagong, 6-2, 6-2; Andrea Jaeger (3) d. Beverly Mould, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2; Hana Mandlikova (8) d. Anne White, 6-0, 6-1; Andrea Temesvari (10) d. Yvona Brzakova, 6-2, 6-3; Kathy Horvath d. Claudia Kohde (15), 6-4, 7-5.
Gretchen Rush d. Manuela Maleeva, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; Ivanna Madruga Osses d. Lisa Bonder, 6-3, 6-4; Helena Sukova d. Natalie Herreman, 6-4, 6-2; Anne Hobbs d. Amy Holton, 6-2, 6-2.