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Agassi declined, but Agassi was probably sorely tempted...
The Dallas Morning News
Tuesday, July 7, 1992
From Staff Writer and Wire Reports
Key moments from the final day of matches at the All England Club in Wimbledon, England:
*CENTRE COURT: Following the men's singles final Sunday, Centre Court has been sequestered from competition until the Sunday preceding next year's tournament, when four All England Club women members will play their annual one set of doubles to test the court. Worn with brown spots from a fortnight of pounding, the court likely will need to be returfed in areas to ensure its golf-green smooth texture for next year.
*IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, the men's and women's singles champions, chatted happily before posing arm-in-arm for photographers according to accounts about Sunday's Wimbledon Champions Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in Central London. Agassi sported a traditional black tie, tuxedo, shiny black shoes and his familiar dangling silver earring. Graf wore a low-cut white evening dress with white pearl earrings and a gold necklace. The fans were said to have shouted: "Give her a kiss!' Agassi declined.
*IN THE PRESS: Andre Agassi dominated the British sports pages Monday with headlines and photos chronicling his thrilling Wimbledon championship. Headlines ranged from "Gambler Agassi is too hot for king of aces,' to "Agassi Trumps Aces,' to "Rebel who snubbed Wimbledon triumphs.' There were photos of his reactions: jumping up in disbelief, crying, kissing the turf, kissing the trophy, smiling with the trophy and his girlfriend in his arms.
John McEnroe stole a bit of Agassi's thunder with his share of headlines when his marathon men's doubles final had to be suspended due to darkness at 13-13 in the fifth set. "Marathon Mac plays on,' "Mac's final fury as time is called,' and "Double time for doubles,' were among the headlines. Winner takes more
Andre Agassi is probably the only American happy about the exorbitant exchange rate. As the Wimbledon champion, Andre Agassi received 265,000 pounds, or approximately $503,500. When the prize money was determined in April, the exchange rate was 1.7 pounds to the dollar for approximately $450,000. At Sunday's 1.9 exchange rate, Agassi will collect an extra $53,500 or so. Lucrative win
Andre Agassi, already an advertising conglomerate whose endorsement income totaled about $3 million a year, was beginning to get a negative image. He took care of that oversight by winning Wimbledon
"Wimbledon was probably worth $1 million right away and in the future will mean $2 to $5 million a year more for him,' said Nye Lavalle of Dallas-based Sports Marketing Group.
The Wimbledon victory provides new vistas for Agassi, Lavalle said. "He has a new realm of opportunity,' he said. "If he continues to win one major a year, he has an opportunity to make Michael Jordan dollars.' Texas ties Richey Reneberg: Houston's Reneberg and partner Jim Grabb finally fell to John McEnroe and Michael Stich in the resumption of Sunday's darkness-delayed record-long, men's doubles final, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 19-17. Sherwood Stewart: Stewart, who lives north of Houston in The Woodlands, teamed with Marty Reissen to win the men's 45-and-over invitational doubles, beating John Newcombe and Tony Roche, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Briefly . . .
Attendance for the '92 fortnight had reached 365,055 on Sunday, surpassing '91 figures by 11,538. No official counts were available for Monday, but avid John McEnroe fans queued overnight for Court 1 tickets. A capacity crowd of 6,508 crammed in to see what could have been as few as two games. They wound up seeing 10 . . . Since 1919, there have been 13 occasions, including Monday, when scheduled play has been extended to complete the program -- 11 because of rain and two because of player commitments.