Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
I'm not sure if this really was a tour-sanctioned event or an example of botched translation. If it really was a Virginia Slims that was cancelled, I can only assume it was a case of No Steffi = No Television Contract = No Money For Tournament.
BIG NAMES DOUBLING UP IN CHALLENGE - GRAF OUT; SLIMS CANCELED - ELSEWHERE
Wednesday, January 27, 1988
BOCA RATON -- Chris Evert and Pam Shriver will compete against Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova March 6 in the women's tennis version of The Stakes Match, called the Challenge of Champions.
The best-of-three sets doubles match will be held at The Polo Club Boca Raton the day before the Virginia Slims of Florida begins at the same site. Neither Navratilova nor King are playing in the Virginia Slims of Florida.
"We're 99.9 percent certain it will come off," said Sharon O'Connor, tournament director for the Virginia Slims of Florida. "Unless there are any unforeseen circumstances, it should go on."
This will be the second Challenge of the Champions. Last year's was held in April in Norfolk, Va. Navratilova and King won the first two sets, 7-5, 7-5, but Evert and Shriver won the third 6-3. They took home $97,500 to $90,000 for King and Navratilova.
"The Polo Club is very excited about this," O'Connor said. "And naturally, it would enhance our tournament."
People and Properties of Greenwich, Conn., the firm organizing the event, and The Polo Club Boca Raton and Liddun International, the local promoter, need to sign the contracts.
"We hope to have everything signed by the end of the week," O'Connor said.
Evert and Shriver will play their first-round Virginia Slims matches either March 7, 8 or 9.
MAINZ, West Germany -- Organizers canceled a Virginia Slims tournament Tuesday after its main attraction, Steffi Graf of West Germany, pulled out.
The Mainz tournament was scheduled for Feb. 1-7.
Tournament director Peter Dinkels charged that Graf had confirmed her participation but later decided to pull out.
But Steffi's father and manager, Peter Graf, said Steffi only had been given a wild-card option and never had said she would play in the tournament.
Graf, the world's top-ranked woman player, won the Australian Open last weekend and then flew to Japan for two exhibition matches.
Peter Graf said his daughter was scheduled to return from Japan Sunday and could not immediately start another tournament.
"This year will be particularly tough because of the Olympics and Steffi needs breaks during the season," her father told reporters.
-- In Hong Kong, Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, the world's No. 1-ranked player, defeated Tim Mayotte 6-4, 6-1 in a Seiko Cup Championship exhibition match. Lendl broke Mayotte's serve to win the first set, then outclassed the American with powerful serves and forehands to close out the 70-minute match.
-- In Sao Paulo, Brazil, top-seeded Eliot Teltscher and No. 3 seed Lawson Duncan won their opening-round matches in the $130,000 Nabisco Grand Prix tournament. Teltscher, ranked 21st in the world, defeated Brazil's Ivan Kley 7-5, 6-2 and Duncan beat Brazil's Alexandre Hocevar 6-3, 6-1.