MIAMI BEACH WOMEN'S TOURNEY NOT SET
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, March 16, 1983
The announcement that a $50,000 women's tournament would be held April 2-3 at Miami Beach's Flamingo Park appears to have been premature.
It was reported earlier this week by Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority publicist Al Wolfe that Andrea Jaeger, Billie Jean King, Bettina Bunge and Evonne Goolagong Cawley would play in the event. It supposedly would replace the $250,000 Citizen Cup set for April 1-3 at Palm Beach Gardens that was postponed two weeks ago.
But Tuesday, an associate for Wolfe said the status of the Miami Beach tournament was uncertain. And a spokesperson for the Women's Tennis Association said the players weren't even aware of the tournament.
"At this point, we still don't know what's going to happen," said Tim Gallagher, an associate of Wolfe. "The promoter who brought it to Wolfe may be backing out. I don't know the promoter's name.
"It's still in negotiations. The promoter had this package and was looking for a place to put it on. Al contacted the city and did quite a bit of work on it."
Peggy Gossett, spokesperson for the Women's Tennis Association, said, "Andrea doesn't know about it. And I talked to International Management Group, which represents many of the players mentioned, and they don't know about it."
If the tournament does come off, it would be the first women's pro event in Dade County since the early 1970s.
The Double Fault of the Month Award goes to the Citizen Cup, because it was postponed for one of the most ridiculous reasons ever given: "Insufficient national television coverage."
The tournament featuring Chris Evert Lloyd, Martina Navratilova, Jaeger and King was to be played for the second consecutive year at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. There was a good chance the event would have included a showdown between Navratilova and Evert on clay, the surface on which Chris hasn't lost in South Florida since 1971.
It's amazing the major TV networks would pass up such a match-up. It's also amazing the tournament promoters couldn't salvage the event by finding other sources of revenue.
Second place in the Double Fault Award goes to the ESPN cable TV network and the recent Gold Coast Classic men's tournament at Delray Beach for the most implausible reason ever for delaying a match: The video tape ran out.
Just as Eddie Dibbs and Pavel Slozil were beginning their second-set tiebreaker in the semifinals, the umpire ordered a delay because ESPN hadn't had sufficient time to change tapes. If there hadn't been a delay, the match probably would have been concluded before rain halted play for one hour and 12 minutes. After the rain delay, Slozil needed only three more points to win the match.
The Bad Manners of the Month Award goes to Mike DeFranco, No. 1 singles player for the University of Central Florida. In a match last Friday against Vanderbilt's John Evert, younger brother of Chris, DeFranco's tantrums of cursing, obscene gestures and bashing his racquet into the net made John McEnroe and Ilie Nastase look like choir boys.
Miami's Rick Fagel and Steve Meister are among the entrants for the $10,000 Alo-Sun Men's Pro Classic April 5-10 at Crystal Lake Country Club in Pompano Beach. The tournament is the first stop on the 25-event USTA Circuit, a men's satellite tour. A qualifying tournament will begin March 31 ... Dave Beauchamp, head pro at the Country Club of Coral Gables and past president of the Florida Professional Tennis Association, was honored Tuesday night at the club for his dedication and achievements in tennis. Beauchamp also recently made the only perfect score on the Prince Quiz taken by hundreds of pros at the Tennis Industry National Buying Show in Miami Beach ... Several South Florida players are listed among the top 10 in the tentative USTA men's national rankings just released. In the 65-and-over singles division, Gardnar Mulloy of Miami is third, John Foreman of Boca Raton ninth and Norman Laskey of Fort Lauderdale 10th; in the 60 singles, Bob Stubbs of Miami is ninth; in the 75 singles, Frank A. Matheson of Lighthouse Point is 10th.