THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Wednesday, JUNE 24, 1992
A sampling of the best that London's gossip tabs have to offer from Wimbledon:
ELVIS, BRITS LONG SHOTS
Bookmaker William Hill is currently serving up 1,000-1 odds on the following: a British player winning the singles at Wimbledon , the Archbishop of Canterbury confirming the Second Coming or Elvis Presley performing live again.
"Although some 4 million pounds [about $7.25 million] has been wagered on Wimbledon with British bookmakers, none of it has yet been bet on the chances of a British winner of the men's or women's singles," said Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe. "In fact, we have actually taken bets on the Second Coming and on Elvis, but not on a British tennis player for this fortnight."
Odds offered on the men's side include Stefan Edberg at 9-4, Jim Courier at 11-2, Michael Stich at 11-2, Boris Becker at 5-1, Andre Agassi at 14-1, David Wheaton at 22-1, Ivan Lendl at 40-1 and John McEnroe at 66-1. First-round loser Jimmy Connors was 100-1.
Odds offered on the women's side include Steffi Graf at 6-4, Monica Seles at 2-1, Gabriela Sabatini at 9-2, Martina Navratilova at 7-1, Jennifer Capriati at 16-1, Jana Novotna at 66-1, Zina Garrison at 100-1 and Lori McNeil and Katerina Maleeva at 150-1.
The odds on Becker narrowed from 6-1 to 5-1 yesterday morning after William Hill took a 4,000-pound (about $7,200) bet on Monday. The bookmaker also received a 4,000-pound bet on Graf but has not yet narrowed the odds.
THE HOUSING CRUNCH
The top players are reportedly paying up to 1,100 pounds (about $1,900) per day to rent the top houses in Wimbledon.
Ivan Lendl is paying the most - 1,100 pounds per day - for a house worth 800,000 pounds (about $1.4 million). The house has a large garden and overlooks the Wimbledon Common. Steffi Graf is shelling out 1,000 pounds per day for actress Tessa Wyatt's house.
Monica Seles is staying about 300 yards from Graf on Somerset Road, directly across the street from the All England Club. She is paying a reported 6,000 pounds for the fortnight, a bargain compared to her peers.
John McEnroe, wife Tatum O'Neal and their three children have bucked the trend of staying in Wimbledon village. Instead, they have opted for London's Hyde Park Hotel.
Gruntologists all over London were called to Wimbledon to examine Monica Seles' grunt. The verdict: It is louder than a diesel train but slightly lower than a pneumatic drill.
A noise meter was installed 40 feet from the baseline on Court No. 1. The meter registered Seles' top grunt at 96.23. A diesel train registers around 80 while a pneumatic drill at full speed registers slightly over 100. A jet plane measures 125 decibels.