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Open Coverage To Unveil 'New' Star
August 27, 1985
By Skip Myslenski
The Chicago Tribune

Talkin' tennis . . .

-- Surprise, surprise: CBS` telecast of the U.S. Open will include a peek at a previously unseen performer--even if there are no major upsets during the fortnight of tennis that begins Tuesday. The mystery guest is (dare I say this?) the New John McEnroe, who for so long has battled demons both real and imagined in his unquenchable quest to be the best. In his latest incarnation, he appears mellowed, and he told network announcer Pat O'Brien that he now realizes tennis isn't the only thing in life. His relationship with actress Tatum O'Neal has inspired this astounding revelation, McEnroe declared, and so he's now willing to accept being No. 3 in the world instead of always having to be No. 1.

''That surprises me,'' said CBS tennis analyst Tony Trabert when told of the interview, which will air in two parts during his network's Open coverage. ''I do think he is discovering other things in the world--like Tatum O'Neal--and that he won't have the same single-mindedness he has had about tennis. But I don't think he'll stand for being No. 3 for long. I see him walking away from the game like (Bjorn) Borg did rather than stand for being No. 3.''

-- Happy Anniversary: Trabert won the U.S. Open 30 years ago, and with victories at the French Open and Wimbledon, was in line to capture tennis' Grand Slam. He would later lose the Australian Open, yet he is still in the books as the last American to win his sport's first three major tournaments and have a chance for that Slam. Why is that record still extant after three decades, an eternity in the wonderful world of sports?

''The main reason is there is so much money involved now,'' Trabert said. ''Players are picking their spots as to where they want to play rather than thinking of the Grand Slam.

''If they wanted to, if they dedicated themselves enough, the Slam is possible. But a lot don't go to Australia to play. A lot don't want to work hard enough to play on clay (the surface at the French). Clay-court players aren't good enough to play on fast surfaces. When I was playing and winning Grand Slam events, I was an amateur and you got your reputation winning major events. There was no reason to duck them.

''But players are a little different now. Players skip Wimbledon now, and you wouldn't do that in my day if you could play a lick. But the top people earn such an extraordinary amount of money in a year now that it certainly does change their outlook. You're seeing them perform, in most cases, only where they perform the best, which isn't bad for the public. But from the traditional standpoint--what's best for the game--it's not the way I like to see it.``

-- And for the gambler in you, here's Trabert's tout sheet: ''I'm not much of an odds guy, but I think McEnroe has to be favored. He'll have revenge in mind after losing at Wimbledon, and he'll be in his backyard with something to prove. (Ivan) Lendl second. I'm not so sure (Wimbledon champ Boris) Becker shouldn't be third. If you have surprises, you'll have a biggie knocked off early, maybe in a night match where he's facing a big server. I don't see many surprises on the women's side. I would be very surprised if Martina (Navratilova) and Chrissie (Evert Lloyd) don't get to the finals.''

-- Shhhhhhh: Remember the croissants NBC served with its breakfast telecast of the French Open, and the strawberries and cream that accompanied its coverage of Wimbledon? Well, don't expect lox and bagels from CBS, and don't expect Trabert's analysis to be as ebullient as that offered by NBC's Bud Collins. ''The one big difference in our tennis coverage is the personalities involved,'' Trabert said. ''Bud's been doing it for 25 years, so he's obviously doing something right, but my approach is different. Bud is much more flamboyant, and he uses names in terms, cliches and so forth. I'm much more soft sell.

''I feel like I'm just trying to add things to what the viewers see on the screen without talking too much. What I think is happening is the sports fan is better educated, and they don't want or need the extra palaver. I try to put in a few little things about strategy, mechanics here and there, but you don't have to tell the viewers that that was a backhand down the line.''

-- Tennis notes and other news: CBS has scheduled a record 36 1/2 hours of Open coverage. It will include a half-hour highlight show that begins each weekday at 10:30 p.m.; live coverage from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; live coverage of the women's semifinals and men's doubles final from 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept 6; live coverage of the women's final and men's semifinals from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; and live coverage of the men's final from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. . . . Brent Musburger is the host of CBS' Open coverage, and Pat Summerall, John Newcombe and Virginia Wade join Trabert in the network's booth.

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UPI NewsTrack
Wednesday, August 21, 1985

John McEnroe and Chris Evert Lloyd set U.S. Open records without even hitting a tennis ball Wednesday when the two were named the No. 1 seeds for the 1985 event that begins Tuesday.

McEnroe was made the top men's singles seed for the fifth consecutive year, breaking the tournament record he shared with Bjorn Borg.

Evert Lloyd established a record for the women's draw when she was made the No. 1 seed for the seventh time, eclipsing the mark of six she held with Billie Jean King.

The draw for the Open was marked by several early casualties. Both Andres Gomez and Pat Cash, two of the world's top players who enjoyed success at the National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, withdrew because of injuries.

Ilie Nastase was named as a wild-card entry in the men's singles main draw.

The complete men's seedings were: 1, John McEnroe; 2, Ivan Lendl; 3, Mats Wilander; 4, Jimmy Connors; 5, Kevin Curren; 6, Anders Jarryd; 7, Yannick Noah; 8, Boris Becker; 9, Miloslav Mecir; 10, Joakim Nystrom; 11, Stefan Edberg; 12, Johan Kriek; 13, Tim Mayotte; 14, Henrik Sundstrom; 15, Scott Davis; 16, Tomas Smid.

On the women's side, it was: 1, Chris Evert Lloyd; 2, Martina Navratilova; 3, Hana Mandlikova; 4, Pam Shriver; 5, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch; 6, Zina Garrison; 7, Helena Sukova; 8, Manuela Maleeva; 9, Kathy Rinaldi; 10, Gabriela Sabatini; 11, Steffi Graf; 12, Wendy Turnbull; 13, Catarina Lindqvist; 14, Bonnie Gadusek; 15; Carling Bassett; 16, Andrea Temesvari.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, August 23, 1985

Americans John McEnroe and Chris Evert Lloyd, both well accustomed to the role of favorite, yesterday were named the top seeds for the U.S. Open tennis championships, which begin Tuesday.

McEnroe, in a move contrary to the latest computer rankings of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), was made men's top seed for a record fifth consecutive year.

Seeded second behind the defending champion is Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, who through a quirk in the ratings system holds the No. 1 world ranking despite straight-set defeats to McEnroe in tournament finals the last two weeks.

In the women's field, Lloyd also set a record by being made top seed for a seventh time. Defending champion Martina Navratilova is seeded second, as the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) computer rankings were observed.

At Wimbledon, Lloyd and Navratilova were made joint top seeds and met in the finals with Navratilova the victor, as she was in the last two U.S. Open finals against Lloyd.

Lendl, Open runner-up the last three years, is followed in the men's seedings by Mats Wilander of Sweden, Americans Jimmy Connors and Kevin Curren, Sweden's Anders Jarryd, Yannick Noah of France and teenage sensation Boris Becker of West Germany.

The 17-year-old Becker, who this year became the youngest men's singles champion in Wimbledon history, can also become the youngest U.S. Open champion ever if he can triumph.

Becker, in fact, has two years to eclipse the mark of American Oliver S. Campbell, who was 19 years old when he won the singles title in 1890.

If form prevails, Becker would meet four-time Open champion McEnroe in the quarterfinals.

The stiffest competition leading up to the quarterfinals for Becker, who led West Germany to a Davis Cup victory against the United States this summer, could be a projected fourth-round match against 10th seed Joakim Nystrom of Sweden.

Becker's first opponent will be Peter Doohan of Australia, while McEnroe plays Shlomo Glickstein of Israel in his opener.

Other possible quarterfinal matches include defending Australian and French Open champion Wilander against Jarryd, five-time Open titlist Connors against Curren, and Lendl against Noah.

Following Lloyd and Navratilova among the women's seeds are Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia; Pam Shriver of the United States; Claudia Kohde- Kilsch of West Germany; Zina Garrison of the United States; Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia and Manuela Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria.

Two seeded teenagers on the women's side are also in the running to score a youngest-ever U.S. Open singles title.

Fifteen-year-old Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, the 10th seed, and 11th- seeded West German Steffi Graf, 16, would replace American Tracy Austin (winner in 1979) as youngest women's champion with a victory.

Sabatini will be tested early as she plays hard-hitting American Barbara Potter in the first round. Comebacking American Andrea Jaeger is also in the Argentine's bracket on the way to a possible fourth-round match against Mandlikova.

Graf will open against Patty Fendick of the United States and would have to get past the eighth-seeded Maleeva to reach a possible quarterfinals match against Shriver.

Lloyd will launch her quest for a seventh Open singles title with a first- round match against Janine Thompson of Australia.

Navratilova, the twice-defending champion, will open her defense against 19-year-old Pascale Paradis of France.

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Speaking of the "other Aussies"...

It's sister vs. sister in U.S. Open tennis draw
Daily Breeze
Torrance, CA
Friday, August 23, 1985

NEW YORK -- By the luck of the draw, two sisters from Australia, Anne and Elizbeth Minter, will play each other in a first-round women's singles match at the U.S. Open tennis championships.

The 13-day tournament, the third leg of the Grand Slam, begins Tuesday.

Chris Evert Lloyd, the women's No. 1 seed, will play another Australian, Janine Thompson, in her first-round match, while No. 2 Martina Navratilova will begin her march toward a third straight U.S. Open title by meeting Pascale Paradis of France.

In the men's singles, Shlomo Glickstein of Israel was drawn Thursday to meet defending champion and top-seeded John McEnroe. Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, the No. 2 seed who has reached the final on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Center the last three years, will face Jay Lapidus in his opening-round match.

Anne Minter, a 22-year-old right-hander, and the left-handed Elizabeth, 20, have clashed just once before on the professional circuit, in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of Utah last year. Anne won, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

The two natives of Melbourne teamed up in that tournament to capture the doubles.

Now ranked 53rd in the world, Anne won the Australian junior girls title in 1981. Elizabeth in 1983 became the first Australian to win the U.S. Open junior girls crown.

Both were members of the 1984 Australian Federation Cup team which surprised the United States in the semifinals before losing to Czechoslovakia in the final.

One of the toughest first-round pairings in the women's singles will pit Barbara Potter, ranked 12th in the world at the beginning of this year, against 10th-seeded Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina.

"I heard about it just before going out to play my match," Potter said Thursday after defeating Italy's Sandra Cecchini in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of Central New York. "I haven't had time to think about it (her match against Sabatini) yet. But it's a tough draw."

Another interesting opening-round match will pit 12th-seeded Wendy Turnbull of Australia against Romania's Virginia Ruzici, who won the French Open in 1978.

Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of West Germany, playing in the U.S. Open main draw for the first time, is seeded eighth.

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Once upon a time, he was fresh and exciting...

Becker Gives U.S. Open a Piece of the Front Page in Big Apple
August 27, 1985
Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK — With the Big Apple abuzz over the prospect of a subway World Series, the fast times of Dwight Gooden and the possibility that the Giants may actually be decent this year, getting space in the New York sports pages these days is difficult.

Under normal circumstances, even the U.S. Open, America's most important tennis tournament, would be bucking the hard line.

But the state of professional tennis, 1985, hasn't been normal since a 17-year-old flash of red hair and bullet serves arrived from West Germany to jostle the status quo and claim Wimbledon as his very own.

Tennis has a new star, a new face photographers want to photograph. Beckermania has arrived in America and for that, the U.S. Open can give thanks. Because of young Boris Becker, this tournament, beginning its 104th run today, has been getting the type of publicity splash usually reserved for events like Madonna's wedding.

"Mac's Shadow" was the banner over one full-page story addressing Becker's imminent challenge to defending champion John McEnroe.

"Fans' favorite: brave Becker" topped another article about U.S. Open ticket sales.

There have been stories quoting other players about Becker, quoting Becker's coach about Becker, quoting Becker about Becker. Ray Mancini may have retired, but the nickname Boom Boom is still holding fast in bold headline type.

This afternoon, Becker will provide more grist for the mill. He will lead off the men's competition in the Stadium Court, where his first-round opponent will be Australian-born Peter Doohan, ranked No. 99 in the world.

McEnroe, on a schedule that could lead to a quarterfinal collision with Becker, will be next up on the Stadium Court today, opening defense of his 1984 title against Shlomo Glickstein, ranked No. 2 in Israel and No. 119 everywhere else.

Other interesting first-day matches in the men's division will have Mats Wilander playing Vijay Amritraj, Ilie Nastase playing Mike Bauer, and Joakim Nystrom playing Chip Hooper.

Wilander is third-seeded in the Open, the best of the impressive young Swedish contingent, and a final-round loser to Becker in the ATP Championship Sunday in Cincinnati. He's hoping to make amends for his first-round exit at the last Grand Slam stop, Wimbledon, but the savvy Amritraj is usually good for one major upset a year. He got McEnroe in 1984, Jimmy Connors in 1983, and he's due this year.

Nastase was last seen conducting courtside interviews at Bobby Riggs' battle-of-the-sexes doubles hustle in Atlantic City, which is where he belongs at 39. But Nastase is a former U.S. Open champion, he wants to play and so, for nostalgia's sake, he was granted a wild-card berth. His match was even made the feature of the evening session.

Nystrom's match against Hooper is of interest because Nystrom, No. 13 in the world, is Becker's only real obstacle en route to McEnroe and the quarterfinals.

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U.S. Open Preview : Potential Quarterfinal Matchup Draws a Great Deal of Attention
August 25, 1985
Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK — Whether it's John McEnroe triumphantly defending his 1984 championship, Jimmy Connors blasting his way through for one last stand or Ivan Lendl removing the sleeper hold from his throat, rest assured that the men's final of this year's U.S. Open tennis championships will be sheer anti-climax.

There's no way around it, not if 17-year-old Boris Becker can complete his appointed rounds and maneuver his way into the quarterfinals. He should get there, thus setting up the showdown that has been on the minds and lips of tennis fans since Becker went to Wimbledon two months ago, saw and conquered it:

Mac vs. the kid.

No doubt about it, this will be the match of this year's U.S. Open, which will start Tuesday. And if it does indeed come to pass, it won't really matter what happens afterward.

Everybody already knows that Connors hates McEnroe and that a possible meeting in the final round will be all blood, guts and bile.

Everybody already knows that Lendl is due at Flushing Meadow after melting down in the final the last three years.

And in the women's bracket, who doesn't know that it will be Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd, again, pounding it out for supremacy? You could bet the house on it. Or Vitas Gerulaitis' house.

That's all old news.

But McEnroe vs. Becker, that's something that stirs the imagination. They have met only once before--McEnroe won in March in Milan, Italy, 6-4, 6-3--but that was well before King Mac took the fall and Becker came on to shatter tennis precedent.

Is Becker West Germany's belated answer to Bjorn Borg, or just a teen-age flash of brilliance destined to become a footnote to history? Will Becker dare risk his bony knees with dives onto the concrete at Flushing Meadow or with pratfalls that became his trademark on the lawns of Wimbledon? How will he cope with the blare and glare of the Big Apple?

And what of McEnroe? After months of sub-level performances and tabloid speculation--"What has Tatum done to him?"--are McEnroe's two recent tournament wins at Stratton Mountain and Montreal a signal of a return to form? How will New York's native, if not necessarily favorite, son react to this red-haired, freckle-faced foreigner trespassing on his home turf?

New Yorkers are dying to find out. They're lining up for tickets.

"It'll fill the stadium, that's for sure," said U.S. Davis Cup captain Arthur Ashe, who has coached McEnroe and plotted strategy against Becker. "Obviously, everybody is waiting for when they square off."

Becker's youth is as much an attraction as his out-of-nowhere success. Men's tennis hasn't had such an intriguing, precocious threat to the throne since, well, since an 18-year-old Stanford freshman named McEnroe reached the 1977 Wimbledon semifinals.

But in Ashe's view, Becker may transcend comparison. He may be one of a kind.

"Becker is different," Ashe said. "He's the first big child prodigy we've ever had. He's well over six feet tall, he's fast, he's quick.

"Look at all the other 17-year-old whiz kids--Rosewall, Borg, McEnroe, Wilander. None of them were nearly as strong as Becker."

For that reason, Ashe sees Becker taking up long-term residence in the top 10 of world tennis. "He's a hell of a player, no flash in the pan," Ashe said. "He's a real wunderkind."

But, in a 1985 pairing against McEnroe, Ashe sees Becker as a real underdog.

"Mac's the definite favorite," Ashe said. "Becker will have to try to get to the net before McEnroe. That's (McEnroe's) relative weakness--foot speed. If McEnroe beats him to the net, he'll kill him."

When he was given the No. 1 seeding last week, McEnroe became the favorite of the entire tournament. Becker, despite his triumph at Wimbledon, was seeded eighth--largely because of his short track record and his mixed results since. Becker lost to Lendl in the Indianapolis semifinals and was upset in the first round of the Austrian Open by someone named Diego Perez.

Thus, Becker wound up in McEnroe's bracket. And thus, the only match that really matters in U.S. Open '85 will be played three days before the championship match is played.

Unless, of course, Becker is ambushed before the quarterfinals. McEnroe has an easy early draw, but trouble could crop up for Becker in the fourth round.

There lurks Joakim Nystrom, who was a ground stroke or two away from ending Becker's Wimbledon fairy tale when the eventual champion was still known as Boris Who? Nystrom took on Becker in the third round at Wimbledon and held match point before losing a 9-7 fifth set.

Nystrom is a nice Swedish kid, but he'll wind up joining Ilie Nastase and Lendl among the Open's collection of villains if he ruins Becker's shot at McEnroe.

Which brings us to another factor that figures to weigh heavily on the outcome of the men's competition this fall.

The Swedes.

They're all over the place--French Open champion and third-seeded Mats Wilander, Wimbledon semifinalist Anders Jarryd, Memphis winner Stefan Edberg, extraordinary baseliner Henrik Sundstrom.

United, they win the Davis Cup. Divided, at least one of them is capable of squeezing through the cracks into the U.S. Open final.

Ashe thinks it will be Edberg.

"I'm looking for a McEnroe-Edberg final," he said. "He's beaten Wilander, he won the U.S. Indoors (at Memphis) by beating both Connors and (Yannick) Noah. His game is very sound, his reactions are good and he holds up well under pressure. He should do well with his half of the draw."

At last year's Open, Edberg filled the role now occupied by Becker. He was the bold, new challenger, fresh from winning the junior grand slam and the gold at the Olympic tennis demonstration.

Many believed he could even topple mighty McEnroe in the second round. Some, being tennis reporters, wrote about it.

That infuriated McEnroe and unnerved Edberg. Edberg could scarcely return McEnroe's volleys during warmup drills and fared just about as well in a straight-sets wipeout.

"McEnroe was right, that people were expecting too much of Edberg," Ashe said. "And (McEnroe) beat the hell out of him. But now, Edberg's had two years on the tour. He's ready to make a move."

Other contenders:

--Lendl: New Yorkers have grown to dislike him because of his gloom-and-doom demeanor of previous years and his annual fold-and-spindle routine in the Open final. But he's currently ranked No. 1 in the world--McEnroe is seeded first because he is 2-0 this month against Lendl--and simply has too many skills not to break through one of these days. Of course, they said the same thing about Borg, who never won here.

--Connors: He's one reason Lendl remains 0 for the Open. Two of Connors' five U.S. Open titles have been scored at the expense of the Czech, although the head-to-head competition has shifted dramatically in Lendl's favor ever since Connors turned 32. Hampered by back and racket problems, Connors has failed to win a tournament in 1985. But this one has always been Connors' favorite--the crowds love him--and he has an easy early draw. One more run for Connors would be poetic, if not probable.

--Wilander: Has replaced Connors as the world's No. 3 player and has begun to emerge from under the dark shadow of Borg. Of the Swedes, Edberg is best on hard courts, but Wilander won the ATP Championships on this surface last year.

--Noah: Still the biggest sheer talent in the game. He now calls New York his home and 1985 victories at the Italian Open and Washington indicate he has recovered from the groin injuries that sidelined him at Flushing Meadow last year.

Injuries, however, have taken their toll on another contender this fall. Australia's Pat Cash, who lost a thrilling five-set semifinal to Lendl at the 1984 Open, will sit this one out with a bad back.

U.S. Davis Cup players Aaron Krickstein and Eliot Teltscher are also on the disabled list. That could open a path to the round of 16--or beyond--for a big server such as Kevin Curren, Tim Mayotte or Scott Davis.

As Curren demonstrated at Wimbledon, where he reached the final, anything is possible on a fast surface in the men's division.

Not so in the women's. Navratilova and Lloyd are both entered in the U.S. Open, which means suspense, once again, will be on a two-week leave.

Oh sure, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch upset Navratilova in Toronto two weeks ago and Gabriela Sabatini is an exciting newcomer and Kathy Rinaldi is hot and Carling Bassett reached the semifinals here last fall. And, yes, still around are Pam Shriver and Hana Mandlikova, the serve-and-volley specialists who can beat everybody else in the world.

But the big two will remain the big two the next two weeks. That's how it has been in five of the last six Grand Slam tournaments--Navratilova vs. Lloyd in the final. The only twist here is that Lloyd is seeded first and Navratilova second.

"It's going to be tough," said Shriver, speaking on behalf of the challengers. "I'm hoping this is the year we can end their stranglehold, and I'd love to be the one to do it. But Martina and Chris are obviously the big favorites. It will be no shock if they're in the final again."

Shriver sees a contingent of eight to 10 people capable of beating them on a given day. "Parity is starting to come about," she said. "But it's experience that counts in the Grand Slams, and nobody can match their experience. Obviously, for one of us to beat them, it will take a wonderful, wonderful match."

Wonders will probably cease as it gets down to money time in the women's draw. Wimbledon champion Navratilova and French Open winner Lloyd are 1-1 in major showdowns this year and are both eager to get the upper hand in Grand Slam stop No. 3.

They should meet, as they did last September, on the stadium court for the title. The match could be another classic. And the victory should belong to Navratilova, who usually wins on a fast court.

That would give Navratilova a 35-32 advantage over Lloyd in their incomparable rivalry.

"For us to be so close after all these matches says something about the competition," Navratilova said. "If (Muhammad) Ali and (Joe) Frazier had gone through this, they'd both be dead by now."

Navratilova and Lloyd are still standing. Their dynastic grip on women's tennis should continue through this U.S. Open.

As for the men, well, there's a new heavyweight contender in the ring. He's called Boom Boom Becker and his serve packs a knockout punch.

He's all set to take on the champion in the quarterfinals. McEnroe has withstood most challenges, but in Becker he'll be facing something altogether different.

"McEnroe should win, but if Becker is serving well, you never know," Ashe said. "At any rate, it will be fun to watch."

The world is waiting.


EVENT--The 104th U.S. Open tennis championships, the third of tennis' four grand slam events, to begin on Tuesday and end with the men's singles title on Sept. 8.


SEATING CAPACITY--Center Court has 20,172 seats.

PURSE--$3.73 million, with $187,500 to each of the women's and men's champions.

FIELD--128 players in each of the men's and women's singles competition.

NO. 1-SEEDED PLAYERS--Women: Chris Evert Lloyd; Men: John McEnroe.

DEFENDING CHAMPION--Women: Martina Navratilova; Men: John McEnroe.

FORMER CHAMPIONS IN FIELD--Women: Chris Evert Lloyd, Martina Navratilova; Men: John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas.

YOUNGEST CHAMPIONS--Women: Tracy Austin, 1979, 16 years 8 months 28 days; Men: Oliver Campbell, 1890, 19 years 6 months 9 days.

OLDEST CHAMPIONS--Women: Maud Barger-Wallach, 1908, 38 years; Men: Bill Larned, 1911, 38 years 8 months 3 days.

TELEVISION--CBS will have 26 1/2 hours of live coverage, including seven scheduled hours on Sept. 7, the day of the women's final and men's semifinals. CBS will also have eight 30-minute highlight shows at 11:30 p.m. during the early rounds of the tournament. USA cable network will have 21 hours of live coverage through the quarterfinal round.

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folks talk about Evert breaking her streak of losses in early 1985, I think they forget that Hana broke one as well. Look at this section of the the H to H vs Evert

1981 French Open SF L 7-5, 6-4
1981 Wimbledon F W 6-2, 6-2
1981 Toronto QF W 6-3, 7-6
1981 U.S. Open QF W 6-1, 6-3
1981 Tokyo SF W 5-7, 6-2, 7-6
1981 Australian Open QF W 6-4, 7-5
1982 Italian Open F W 6-0, 6-3
1982 U.S. Open F W 6-3, 6-1
1983 Amelia Island, FL SF W 6-2, 6-4
1983 French Open QF W 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1983 U.S. Open QF W 6-4, 6-3
1984 Wimbledon SF W 6-1, 6-2
1985 Oakland, CA F L 6-2, 6-4

You are looking at 11 consecutive losses over three years to Evert, where Hana won a total of two sets. Once she broke through in Oakland, it was virtual parity thereafter. Mandlikova was a completely different player in 1985,IMO, when she won the open than she was in the early 80's winning the Aussies, RG and getting to the finals of the opens of 80 and 82. To a large degree her victories earlier were largely due to how well her go-for broke untamed style confounded her elders. She was impossible to get a rhythm against, completely unpredictable and most lethal when one expected nothing from her. She threw players off their game.

This new Czeck was far more mature, predictable, sure of her tactics. This woman was playing 'percentage' tennis but with the same flare as before. The shock and awe shotmaking was still there, but this girl did think and could discipline her game. Evert was playing some of the best tennis of her career still in 1985 and even in 1986, and Hana was standing toe to toe in the head to head. She had gotten that good.

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This new Czeck was far more mature, predictable, sure of her tactics. This woman was playing 'percentage' tennis but with the same flare as before. The shock and awe shotmaking was still there, but this girl did think and could discipline her game. Evert was playing some of the best tennis of her career still in 1985 and even in 1986, and Hana was standing toe to toe in the head to head. She had gotten that good.
It's a pity her body was a little too frail to keep up long and consistent campaigns.

Though the Wimbledon semi score of 6-1 6-2 doesn't suggest it-I actually think she turned a corner in 1984. For the most part she was very solid that year-with a string if titles early on.

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It's a pity her body was a little too frail to keep up long and consistent campaigns.

Though the Wimbledon semi score of 6-1 6-2 doesn't suggest it-I actually think she turned a corner in 1984. For the most part she was very solid that year-with a string if titles early on.
I agree. Being drubbed by Chris on Center Court turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Over the course of that summer, she started making amends with Martina and Chris. She picked up Wendy Turnbull as a doubles partner and friend. She also skipped the Australian and rededicated herself to working both on and off the court. Her tennis had already started to take a turn for the better with the first half of 1984. But it took beating Martina and Chris a few more times to really steady her. Well, as steady as Hana could be.

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The Pretty Polly Classic - Tuesday 22nd October 1985 - Order Of Play

Court One

A Croft GB v K Maleeva BUL
H Sukova CZ v A Hobbs GB
B Potter US v S Goles YUG
I Demengeot & N Tauziat v K Maleeva & M Maleeva
A Cecchini & S Goles v A Hobbs & P Paradis
T Phelps & R Reggi v V Ruzici & M Van Nostrand

Court Two

R Reggi IT v P Paradis FRA
J Russell US v V Ruzici RUM
A Croft & V Wade v E Burgin & C Jolissant
P Casale & M Skuherska v L McNeil & C Suire
B Potter & H Sukova v Qualifier

On Court to be arranged

C Benjamin & C Karlsson v C Lindquist & J Russell

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The Pretty Polly Classic - Wednesday 23rd October 1985 - Order Of Play

Court One

J Durie GB v M Torres US
C Tanvier FR v S Graf WG
C Evert Lloyd US v P Huber AUT
S Hanika WG v C Benjamin US
A Croft GB v H Sukova CZ

Court Two

K Steinmetz US v C Jolissant SWIT
V Wade GB v C Karlsson SWE
T Phelps US v E Burgin US
S Reeves GB v M Maleeva BUL
S Mascarin US v C Lindquist SWE


B Gerken US v A M Cecchini ITA

On Court to be arranged

J Durie & S Graf v A Brown & C Tanvier
L McNeil & C Suire v K Maleeva & M Maleeva
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