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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 11:20 PM   #91
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Re: 1983

IS BOBBY RIGGS STACKING ODDS IN HIS FAVOR?
The Miami Herald
Tuesday, April 26, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Gardnar Mulloy feels as if he has been stood up by Bobby Riggs. And Mulloy says Pancho Segura feels double crossed by Riggs.

Riggs, 65, will team with former U.S. National champion Mal Anderson, 48, to play reigning U.S. Open women's doubles champions Wendy Turnbull and Rosie Casals on May 8 in Houston to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Riggs' Battle of the Sexes victory over Margaret Court. But Mulloy says Riggs, a renowned hustler, has stacked the deck by opting for Anderson as his partner.

"Originally, Riggs promised that I would partner him," says Mulloy, the California Country Club pro in North Miami Beach who will turn 70 on Nov. 22. "Then he switched to Pancho Segura

61>, with whom he had beaten a couple of women in California for a modest sum.

"Now Bobby has chosen Mal Anderson as his partner, which has infuriated Segura to no end. Playing with Mal, who is too young, shows what a hustler Riggs is. They stand absolutely no chance of losing unless Bobby tanks it, which he won't this time, or if there is an injury."

Mulloy, who has won more U.S. tennis titles than any male, adds, "Recently, I participated in the Dinah Shore pro- celebrity in Palm Springs with Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Don Budge, Anderson, Riggs, Segura, Alex Olmeda and others. We pinned Bobby to the wall and asked him why he dumped Segura and me for Anderson. His answer was, 'I want to make sure I win the first challenge. After that, I'll get you guys in the others that follow.'

"Believe me, the girls and the public have been snowed. But for $25,000, the losers' pot, I suppose the gals don't mind."

The winners will pocket $50,000. Riggs says if he wins, he wants to set up a doubles match with Billie Jean King this fall to commemorate the 10th anniversary of King's ballyhooed victory over Riggs.
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Re: 1983

Wish I could find more about the Navratilova-Mandlikova match...

HU NA UNDER GUARD AFTER KIDNAP THREAT
The Miami Herald
Saturday, April 23, 1983
From Herald Staff and Wire Reports

Manatee County sheriff's deputies were protecting 19-year- old tennis star Hu Na Friday night after the department was warned of a possible attempt to kidnap the Chinese defector.

The warning, issued by an unnamed source, was relayed to Sheriff Thomas Burton by the San Francisco Police Department's intelligence bureau.

Hu Na is in Bradenton to study tennis with Nick Bolletieri, who has a nationally known youth tennis academy here. The decision to grant the tennis star political asylum April 4 prompted the Chinese government to suspend athletic and cultural exchanges with the United States for the rest of the year, although exceptions have been made.

Burton said he was taking the threat seriously and had posted security teams to watch Hu Na overnight. Burton said he has been in touch with federal authorities and is expected them to send agents to help guard the tennis star.

* * *

Fourth-seeded Hana Mandlikova came within two points of beating top-seeded Martina Navratilova three times before losing, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals of a women's tournament at Haines City, Fla.

Second-seeded Andrea Jaeger, 17, outlasted third-seeded Wendy Turnbull of Australia, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, to advance to today's final against Navratilova.

Navratilova won her 35th consecutive victory over two years, but it was a close call. Mandlikova was serving for the match at 5-4 in the final set and was at deuce twice.
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Re: 1983

36 IN A ROW FOR NAVRATILOVA
Philadelphia Daily News
Monday, April 25, 1983
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Top-seeded Martina Navratilova won her 36th consecutive match yesterday by overwhelming Andrea Jaeger, 6-1, 7-5, to win a rain-delayed $200,000 women's tennis tournament.

The tournament is known as the United Airlines Tournament of Champions.

Navratilova led, 2-0, after Saturday's rain delay, and marched quickly to her fourth consecutive Tournament of Champions title.

She took the first 12 points yesterday to stake herself to a 5-0 lead and then closed out the first set in 15 minutes with a service winner and a backhand overhead.

Jaeger, the second seed, broke Navratilova in the fourth game of the second set, and had several chances to go up 4-1. But Navratilova got back on serve on a drop shot, followed by a wide backhand by Jaeger.

"You had to take what you could get," said Navratilova of winds that gusted up to 35 mph. "Whoever had the wind had the advantage."

Navratilova now has won seven tournaments in 1983 and 36 consecutive matches. Chris Evert Loyd, who skipped this tournament, holds the record of match wins with 56 in a row in 1974.

Billie Jean King and Anne Smith teamed to beat Navratilova and Pam Shriver for the doubles title 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (11-9). It was the first loss the Navratilova -Shriver team has suffered this year.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Jimmy Connors smashed Australian Mark Edmondson, 7-6, 6-1, in a wind-swept match yesterday to win an unprecedented fourth victory in the $312,500 King Tennis Classic and the 97th tournament of his career.

Connors, who holds the record for most career tournament victories, received $62,500 for the victory in the week-long, 12th annual tournament.
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Re: 1983

JORDAN STRUGGLES TO OPENING VICTORY
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, April 27, 1983
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Fifth-seeded Kathy Jordan had to struggle but managed to survive her opening-round test in the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Atlanta tennis tournament.

"I knew she was going to be tough," Jordan said after her 6-3, 6-3 triumph Monday over Camille Benjamin, a hard-hitting left-hander.

"The spin on her serve is a little different," Jordan said. "Her strategy is the passing shot and a lob. She is the kind of player where you have to scramble to beat her."

There was only one upset in the eight first-round matches at the Peachtree World of Tennis -- Vicki Nelson stopping eighth- seeded Wendy White, 6-4, 6-2.
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NO. 1 HIGUERAS LEADS PACK INTO ITALIAN QUARTERFINALS
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, May 20, 1983
From Inquirer Wire Services

Top seed Jose Higueras of Spain leisurely defeated Italian Corrado Barazzutti, 6-2, 6-4, yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $375,000 Italian Open. Others reaching the quarterfinals included second seed Jose Luis Clerc, third seed Eliot Teltscher and 18-year-olds Jim Arias (seeded sixth) and Guy Forget.

Higueras exchanged baseline ground strokes with Barazzutti for more than 2 1/2 hours in a match more closely resembling a tennis lesson than a center- court confrontation. One point in the first set lasted 120 strokes. Higueras will meet unseeded Eddie Dibbs, who defeated Paul McNamee, 6-1, 6-3.

Clerc's big serve and powerful ground strokes overwhelmed qualifier Michiel Schapers, 6-2, 6-1. Clerc will face Arias, who beat Mark Dickson, 7-6, 6-3.

WEST BERLIN - Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd defeated Lea Plchova of Czechoslovakia, 6-1, 6-2, in 56 minutes to reach the quarterfinals of the $150,000 German Open. Second-seeded Andrea Jaeger also advanced, defeating Beverly Bowes, 6-2, 6-1.

After her match, Evert said she was eager to go after her fifth French Open championship next week in Paris. "I really feel that I'm hitting the ball well," she said. "I think I'm in the right frame of mind to try to win it." Evert, who had withdrawn from two tournaments in the last three weeks because of a viral infection, said, "I feel fresh and not stale at all"

ATHENS, Ga. - All of the top eight seeds advanced in the first round of the 99th annual NCAA individual championships. Among the second eight seeds, Clemson's Ric Rudeen fell to Georgia's Joe Heldmann, 6-1, 6-3. Fourth-seeded Johnny Levine of Texas beat Mike Bodden of Princeton, 6-5, 6-2.
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Re: 1983

TENNIS TRIES TO TAKE 'GRAND' OUT OF GRAND SLAM
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, May 25, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Tennis, a sport that prides itself on tradition, is monkeying with tradition.

Ever since New York Times sports writer Allison Danzig applied the term Grand Slam to tennis in the 1930s, the words have been understood to mean winning the French, Wimbledon, United States and Australian championships in the same year.

That feat has been achieved only five times -- by Don Budge in 1938, Maureen Connolly in '53, Rod Laver in '62 and '69 and Margaret Court in '70. But now the International Tennis Federation says the Grand Slam can be achieved by winning the four major tournaments in succession.

In other words, a player could win the Australian Open in one year and the French, Wimbledon and U.S. titles the next year and claim the Grand Slam. The ITF is putting up a $1 million bonus for anyone winning the four majors in a row, regardless of whether it happens in the same calendar year.

Thus, Chris Evert Lloyd, the ITF and the British press believe she is halfway toward winning the Slam. Evert won the U.S. and Australian opens to close '82, and now wants to win the French Open during the next two weeks and Wimbledon in July to complete the ersatz Grand Slam.

"Fault." cry the three living Grand Slam winners -- Budge, Laver and Court. They rightfully feel a change would lessen their accomplishments.

"Fault." cry members of the American media. The U.S. Tennis Writers Association announced in an open letter to ITF President Philippe Chatrier that it would recognize the old concept of the Grand Slam.

"Poppycock." says the British press. Ironically, it's the British who usually are tradition-bound. But not on this issue.

John Parsons of The London Daily Telegraph cites three reasons for siding with the ITF: "One, because there isn't really a start or finish to the tennis year now, anyway. Secondly, there is no special treatment for any particular tournament because the Grand Slam can start and finish on any of them. Thirdly, if you had applied this system of four at the same time from the word go, you wouldn't have any more Grand Slam champions than we have today."

Parsons also argues that there never has been a rule on what constitutes the Slam, only an understanding. "Like succeeding generations," he says, "you simply accept what you have been told. It's just that when you stop to think of it there is no logical reason to object to the new definition."

Yes there is. As former U.S. and Australian champion Guillermo Vilas says, "Maybe the next time, they [the ITF] will want to do it in a period of 10 years or 100 years."

Besides, to change the rules is to discredit what Budge, Connolly, Laver and Court have done the hard way: Win it in one season. Let's keep the Grand Slam grand.

* * *

Passing shots: Evert will serve as chairperson for the 10th annual National Tennis Week June 18-26 ... The Florida Youth Tennis Federation has created a college scholarship for a Florida junior player in the name of Chris ' father, Jimmy Evert ... Fifteen players and coaches were the first inducteees into the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame during the recent NCAA championships in Athens, Ga. They included Tony Trabert, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, former UCLA Coach J.D. Morgan and former Southern Cal Coach George Toley. It's an injustice that former University of Miami Coach Dale Lewis wasn't among the first inductees. Lewis was the winningest coach in intercollegiate history when he retired after the 1979 season. He amassed a 497-52 record at UM and Indiana, including a winning streak of 137 at UM.

Owen Williams, chief executive officer of World Championship Tennis, says the WCT is negotiating only with Laver's International Tennis Resort in Delray Beach for the 1984 Gold Coast Cup. According to Williams, the event will not be moved to the new stadium at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach in '84 ... Ivan Lendl, through an investment firm, reportedly set a local record when he put up $4.5 million to buy a mansion in Palm Beach. But now that figure is only second highest because someone topped it last week. Do you suppose Jimmy Connors or John McEnroe will try to upstage Lendl by purchasing the Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach? It's for sale for $20 million ... North Miami Beach's Penny Barg, a UCLA freshman, had to pull out of the NCAA tournament because of two fractures in her left foot. She has been named to the United States Junior Federation team for this summer but won't get her cast off until June 20.
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By Jack Cavanaugh

United Airlines Tournament of Champions

Navratilova had won this event since its inception in 1980, but with Jaeger, Wendy Turnbull and Manlikova as the next 3 seeds , a fourth title at the Grenelefe Country Club was not a foregone conclusion, despite Evert Lloyd's absence.

After routing Anne Hobbs and Yvonne Vermaak with the loss of only 5 games, Navratilova was pushed to the limits by Manlikova, who had queried calls and been rebuked by the tour referee, Lee Jackson, as she edged out 39 year old Billie Jean King in the quarters. Outplaying Martina at the net and serving strongly, Hana also kept Martina off balance with her lethal forehand to take the first set, 6-4. But then Mandlikova's erractic forehand went awry, enabling Martina to draw even. In the final set Mandlikova broke to go up 5-4 with a cross court forehand, but she squandered her lead, allowing Martina to break back and win the next two games and the match. Asked about Navratilova's seeming invincibility, Mandliova replied, "She is beatable and its just as matter of time".

....

In perhaps the best match of the week, King and Anne Smith upset Navratilova and Pam Shriver 6-3 1-6 7-6 (11-9) in their first loss since the 1982 US Open. Martina, in one day, had been forced to play a doubles semi, most of the singles final, and then the doubles final. But she refused to offer that as an excuse. "I've pplayed 3 matches before in one day, including 2 singles. It's not that difficult."

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PRO TOURNEY SET FOR BOCA WEST
The Miami Herald
Tuesday, May 24, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Boca West -- site of the Pepsi Grand, which was dropped a year ago -- is returning to the tennis tournament business.

Roger Hall, vice president of the corporation that developed Boca West, said Monday that a 32-man pro tournament is planned for the Palm Beach County site the week of Feb. 20.

Hall also confirmed that Arvida Corp. is "very close" to signing contracts for a major "Grand Slam-type" men's and women's tournament to be held in 1985 and '86 at Boca West and at Arvida's new Weston development west of Fort Lauderdale in '87.

"By the end of the month, we should have everything put together," Hall said. "Just a couple of contracts need to be signed."

On March 25, Butch Buchholz, former Association of Tennis Professionals executive director, revealed that he was putting together a major two-week event to be held in South Florida beginning in 1985. The tournament would feature prize money of at least $1.5 million and would have 128-player draws like the four present Grand Slam events -- the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open.

Buchholz did not reveal the possible sites because negotiations were pending. But it has been learned that Boca West, and later Weston, probably will be the locations.

A temporary 12,000-seat stadium would be built at Boca West. Then a permanent 12,000-seat stadium and tennis center featuring courts of every surface, including grass, would be constructed at Weston. There's also talk of moving the Women's Tennis Association headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens to Weston and the ATP headquarters from Garland, Tex., to Weston.

The addition of the 32-player men's tournament for Boca West next February means there will be three men's events in South Florida this winter. The Ilie Nastase/Hamptons tournament will return to North Miami Beach in December, and the WCT Gold Coast Classic in February or March will return to Delray Beach or be moved to Miami Beach's Flamingo Park, where a permanent stadium will be constructed later this year.
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S. FLORIDA TOURNEY UNVEILING TODAY
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, June 1, 1983
JIM MARTZ

The tournament they're dubbing a "Winter Wimbledon" and the "fifth Grand Slam of Tennis" is off the drawing boards and becoming reality in South Florida.

The International Tennis Players Championship (ITPC) -- a two-week tournament with 128-player draws for both men and women -- will be held at Boca West in Boca Raton beginning in 1985 and will move to its permanent site at Weston in Broward County in 1987. Prize money will be a minimum of $1.5 million and probably will reach a record $2.5 million.

Official announcement of the event will be made today at the French Open in Paris by Philippe Chatrier, chairman of the Men's International Professional Tennis Council. The ITPC has been endorsed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (the governing body for the men's circuit), which will participate in its organization and share in its revenues. And the Women's Tennis Association will meet during Wimbledon to discuss signing a deal for a similar arrangement.

Both groups will be involved in the design of the International Players Club at Weston, which now is just a pile of sand and sawgrass in western Broward but is site of a development to be built by the Arvida Corp.

"It will be a players' tournament," said ATP executive director Mike Davies. "Players will be involved in every aspect of it and will share in a percentage of the tournament revenues ... I have always felt the players should have the opportunity to build their own championship. This is that opportunity."

While the Weston facilities, including a permanent 12,000- seat stadium, are being designed and built, the tournament will be held at Boca West, another Arvida development and site of pro tennis events from 1975 through 1981, including the Pepsi Grand Slam. A temporary 12,000-seat stadium will be erected at Boca West.

Can South Florida back a two-week event?

"It could but only during the peak of the [tourist] season," said Roger Hall, the ITPC executive producer and president of Weston and Boca Raton for Arvida. "With the success we had at Boca West after many unsuccessful tries, we know it's a matter of promotion and a festival feeling.

"Yes, it can be successful if we do it right. I think South Florida is populous enough, and it can draw a lot of people to the tournament. It's a gutsy move, but it was a gutsy move when we had the $50,000 Shick Classic in 1975, and then it was a gutsy move to the $300,000 Pepsi Grand Slam.

"I think a winter Wimbledon is appropriate for South Florida, and I hope we'll get the support from the entire community."

The ITPC, to be played on hard courts, would be the fifth tournament with a two-week format for both men and women. The others are the Grand Slam events -- Wimbledon and the French, U.S. and Australian opens. Dates must still be worked out, though Hall said the event would be held in January, February or March.

* * *

Ground-breaking ceremonies for the new tennis stadium at Miami Beach's Flamingo Park are tentatively set for June 15 or 16. The 5,000-seat stadium, scheduled to be completed in time for the Orange Bowl World Junior Tournament in December, is expected to be named the Abel Holtz Tennis Stadium.

Holtz, board chairman and president of Capital Bank, is paying for construction of the stadium, which will be the first permanent tennis stadium in South Florida. Among details to be ironed out is a request by Holtz to rename Flamingo Park Tennis Center the Capital Bank Tennis Center. That one might be hard for the city to agree to, because that would be a commercial name on a public facility.

While they're in the business of naming things, something at Flamingo Park should be named after Eddie Herr, founder of the Orange Bowl and Sunshine Cup (recognized as the Junior Davis Cup) tournaments and the Miami Beach Tennis Association.

* * *

Passing shots: Another new facility -- an indoor one -- is getting into the act in South Florida. Look for the James L. Knight International Center (also known as the Miami Convention Center) to hold exhibition matches featuring John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova later this year. McEnroe is likely to be pitted against Guillermo Vilas during the first week in August, then Navratilova probably will play Pam Shriver early this fall.
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Re: 1983

Can't find too much beyond scores about the women's European clay court tournaments. Even the stuff about the French Open is heavily skewed towards Connors and McEnroe.


Drexler headed for the pros; French tennis serves up two questions
The Christian Science Monitor
Thursday, May 19, 1983
Ross Atkin

[....]

Americans (et al.) in Paris

Among the questions swirling about before this year's French Open tennis tournament, which begins next week, are these:

* Can Chris Evert Lloyd keep her Grand Slam hopes alive

* Will an American male ever win the singles crown again

The International Tennis Federation, with its ruling on what constitutes a "Slam," has made the first question possible. The ITF has stipulated that the honor goes to any player who wins the Slam's four legs consecutively and not necessarily in the same year. Evert Lloyd won the US and Australian Opens last year, and would now need victories in Paris and at Wimbledon to achieve her first Slam

Chris owns four French titles (1974, '75, '79, and '80), but realizes No. 5 won't come easily, particularly not with defending champion Martina Navratilova in the field. They haven't competed in the same tournament since March, when Navratilova, who's undefeated this year, crushed her rival in straight sets. Martina's last defeat, however, was to Evert Lloyd in Australia

Over in the men's draw, some experts have has chosen Vitas Gerulaitis as the American with the best chance of breaking a long drought. Tony Trabert, 28 years ago, was the last American male to triumph in Paris. Europeans and South Americans have found the slow clay courts more to their liking. John McEnroe may have bolstered his confidence, though, by beating Gerulaitis two weeks ago at the Tournament of Champions. It was his first title on clay in four years.

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Re: 1983

MCENROE, LLOYD TO BE TESTED
Philadelphia Daily News
Wednesday, May 25, 1983
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John McEnroe and Chris Evert Lloyd, the No. 2 seeds at the French Open tennis championships, play their first matches today - both with difficult tasks in front of them, but for different reasons.

McEnroe has played only six tournaments since January. Still nursing a shoulder injury and never happy on clay, he nonetheless insisted on playing here.

McEnroe won the junior title at Roland Garros in 1977 but hasn't done better in the senior draw than reaching the quarterfinals two years ago.

Compatriot Ben Testerman should not prove much of an obstacle to McEnroe in the first round but the New Yorker's form and fitness will be severely tested later on. He will doubtless regard the match with Testerman as a tune-up.

Evert Lloyd is unlikely to have much trouble disposing of her first-round opponent, Brazil's Pat Medrado. After winning last week's tournament in West Berlin, Evert Lloyd demonstrated her claims to a fifth French title.

She might have a relatively easy passage to the final, but there she is likely to encounter her great rival, Martina Navratilova, the top seed and defending champion.

Navratilova yesterday gave warning of her intentions with a typically aggressive demolition of Mary Lou Piatek, 6-1, 6-1.

"I have set a new level of play for myself," said Navratilova, who is undefeated this year. "I feel very confident. I have already won this tournament, so I have no mental block about it."

Navratilova will be in action again today, facing Czechoslovakia's Katerina Skranska in the second round.

Jimmy Connors, the men's No. 1 seed, also breezed through the first round and is scheduled to play his second match against Australian Paul McNamee.

While the top seeds charge toward the final 16, the organizer's main worry - getting the 128 first-round men's and women's single matches out of the way without rain delaying proceedings too much - should be resolved.
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NO. 1 HIGUERAS LEADS PACK INTO ITALIAN QUARTERFINALS
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, May 20, 1983
From Inquirer Wire Services

Top seed Jose Higueras of Spain leisurely defeated Italian Corrado Barazzutti, 6-2, 6-4, yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $375,000 Italian Open. Others reaching the quarterfinals included second seed Jose Luis Clerc, third seed Eliot Teltscher and 18-year-olds Jim Arias (seeded sixth) and Guy Forget.

Higueras exchanged baseline ground strokes with Barazzutti for more than 2 1/2 hours in a match more closely resembling a tennis lesson than a center- court confrontation. One point in the first set lasted 120 strokes. Higueras will meet unseeded Eddie Dibbs, who defeated Paul McNamee, 6-1, 6-3.

Clerc's big serve and powerful ground strokes overwhelmed qualifier Michiel Schapers, 6-2, 6-1. Clerc will face Arias, who beat Mark Dickson, 7-6, 6-3.

WEST BERLIN - Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd defeated Lea Plchova of Czechoslovakia, 6-1, 6-2, in 56 minutes to reach the quarterfinals of the $150,000 German Open. Second-seeded Andrea Jaeger also advanced, defeating Beverly Bowes, 6-2, 6-1.

After her match, Evert said she was eager to go after her fifth French Open championship next week in Paris. "I really feel that I'm hitting the ball well," she said. "I think I'm in the right frame of mind to try to win it." Evert, who had withdrawn from two tournaments in the last three weeks because of a viral infection, said, "I feel fresh and not stale at all"

ATHENS, Ga. - All of the top eight seeds advanced in the first round of the 99th annual NCAA individual championships. Among the second eight seeds, Clemson's Ric Rudeen fell to Georgia's Joe Heldmann, 6-1, 6-3. Fourth-seeded Johnny Levine of Texas beat Mike Bodden of Princeton, 6-5, 6-2.
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Horvath didn't exactly come out of nowhere...

CONNORS ADVANCES AT FRENCH OPEN
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, May 24, 1983
Compiled by The Inquirer Staff

Jimmy Connors got off to a flying start yesterday in his bid for the French Open tennis title, which no American has won since Tony Trabert in 1955.

Connors, the No. 1 seed, crushed Craig Miller of Australia, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.

Defending champion Mats Wilander, the 18-year-old Swede who is seeded fifth, prevailed over Juan Avendano of Spain. Wilander was leading, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 2-1, when Avendano withdrew with a shoulder injury.

One American who looked out of place on the opening day was Chip Hooper, who was humiliated, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0, by Henri Leconte of France.

The day began with two upsets in the women's singles.

Pam Casale routed Zina Garrison, the No. 11 seed, 6-0, 6-0, and Kathy Jordan eliminated Anne Smith, seeded 14th, 6-2, 6-3.

Steffi Graf of West Germany, 13 years and 11 months old, became the youngest player ever to compete in a Grand Slam tournament as she defeated Catherine Karlsson of Sweden, 6-4, 6-1.

WEST BERLIN - Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd used her steady ground strokes to beat fellow American Kathy Horvath, 6-4, 7-6, and capture the $150,000 German Open Tennis Championship.
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Re: 1983

Poor Pammy. This would have been her year to win the tournament, too...

More seriously, does anyone have any information about injury timeout rules from those times? Because I'm pretty sure that a 10 minute rest/medical timeout wasn't allowed in/after 1986 or so (unless, of course, you were "special").

MCENROE RAGES INTO 3D ROUND - SHRIVER INJURES ANKLE, WITHDRAWS
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, May 27, 1983
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John McEnroe moved like a storm cloud into the third round of the French Open tennis championships yesterday after more rowdy scenes at Roland Garros stadium.

Still striving to adjust his game to the slow clay surface, McEnroe defeated Alberto Tous, a Spaniard with a whip-like forehand, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

During the match, McEnroe argued over line calls and asked unsuccessfully for the umpire to be changed.

At one point, he shouted obscenities at the French fans when they whistled and shouted at him.

In the women's singles, Pam Shriver, the No. 5 seed, fell and twisted her right ankle and retired after losing a set to Britain's Jo Durie. Two other seeded players - No. 7 Sylvia Hanika of West Germany and No. 9 Virginia Ruzici of Romania - were upset.

The top two seeded women, defending champion Martina Navratilova and four- time French Open winner Chris Evert Lloyd, won their matches.

Besides McEnroe, other top men to advance yesterday included defending champion Mats Wilander of Sweden, Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, Yannick Noah of France, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina and Jimmy Arias, an 18-year-old American.

McEnroe was in trouble for the second straight day. On Wednesday, while playing against fellow American Ben Testerman, he called an umpire obscene names and kicked a photographer's camera.

Against Tous, the storm began when McEnroe disagreed with a line call.

McEnroe moved across the court for the next point but still was arguing. The French umpire, Patrick Flodrops, told him to get on with the match.

"What do you mean, 'Get on with the match?' " McEnroe replied. "I'm talking to you. Aren't I allowed to talk?"

At the end of that game, McEnroe went over to tournament supervisor Roy Dance and demanded that Flodrops be removed. The request was refused.

Dance said at a news conference later: "I told him I thought the match was being conducted fairly for both players."

McEnroe received a warning, but only for taking too much time between points. He said he had had problems with Flodrops for the last five years and had a bad relationship with him.

Asked about press reports of his behavior against Testerman in the previous round, McEnroe replied: "It gets a bit boring reading all these lies."

Jimmy Connors and McEnroe are seeded to meet in the final for a title no American has won since Tony Trabert in 1955. Connors did not play yesterday.

Wilander, 18, a master of the slow, red, European clay, reached the third round by outstroking Christophe Bernelle of France, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3; third- seeded Lendl stopped Sergio Casal of Spain, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 Vilas eliminated South Africa's Mike Myburg, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1; Noah defeated Victor Pecci of Paraguay, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, and Arias, who captured the Italian Open last week, ousted John Fitzgerald of Australia, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

Also moving into the third round were No. 8 Jose Higueras of Spain, who downed Henri Leconte, the 18-year-old French star and one of the favorites of the Parisian fans, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; and No. 10 Eliot Teltscher, who defeated fellow American Jim Gurfein, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1.

Pam Shriver's injury cast a cloud over the morning's action.

In the seventh game of the match, with Durie leading 4-2, the Briton played a drop shot and wrong-footed Shriver as she came forward. The tall American crumpled to the court, where she lay for several minutes.

A doctor came out, and Shriver was granted a 10-minute rest under the rules.

She came back with her ankle taped and moved around well enough to save two set points. But after Durie won the last two games to close out the set, 6-2, Shriver shook hands and retired.

Her Australian coach, Don Candy, said that the injury was serious and that he did not know how it would affect Shriver's preparations for Wimbledon, the second Grand Slam tournament, which starts in just over three weeks.

"When we shook hands, she told me she didn't want to take any risks with Wimbledon ahead," Durie said. "I was close to her when she fell, and I could see she was in a lot of pain."

The slow surface has turned form upside down in the women's singles.

Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia won a long and close match against Hanika, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and Catherine Tanvier of France, within two days of her 18th birthday, beat Ruzici, 6-3, 6-4, to the noisy delight of the partisan fans.

Navratilova had no problems rolling past Wendy White, 6-0, 6-3, to reach the round of 16, and Lloyd eliminated Christiane Jolissaint of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-2, and entered the round of 32.
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