Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
Becker meets match in parking lot
Thursday, JUNE 23, 1988
Houston Chronicle News Services
WIMBLEDON, England - Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker met his match in the form of a fearsome parking-lot attendant.
The attendant fired a volley at Becker when the West German refused to pay a five-pound ($9) fee to park his sports car in a public area after being turned away from the players' parking lot.
"The tight sod," said Tom, the attendant. "You would think with all the money he earns he could spare a fiver for the car park."
Becker was refused entry to the players' lot because his car was not carrying an official sticker.
Pat Cash's flamboyant and macho appeal has not fully captured the Wimbledon crowd. Teens at the tournament are screaming for Becker.
The West German, determined to regain the singles crown Cash took a year ago, has re-emerged as a heartthrob at the All England Club.
With Becker and Steffi Graf relegated to adjacent side courts Wednesday, security suddenly became a problem. Graf was escorted out to the No. 3 court for her match against France's Karine Quentrec surrounded by 10 security guards.
During the second set of Graf's 6-2, 6-0 second-round victory over Quentrec, screams erupted from a nearby pedestrian lane.
It was only Becker heading for his match, almost hidden from view by 15 bodyguards ready to fight off any frantic female fans.
Pam Shriver's run of bad luck with her health continued Wednesday with the disclosure that she is suffering from a mild case of infectious mononucleosis.