NEW YORK, September 16, 2009 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that Aaron Krickstein, Jimmy Arias and Mikael Pernfors will round out the field of champions at the $150,000 Breezeplay Championships at The Palisades, to be held September 24-27 at The Palisades Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. Headlining the field at the sixth event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series event is Pete Sampras, the seven-time Wimbledon champion and holder of 14 major singles championships. Also in the field is two-time Charlotte champion Jim Courier, three-time Charlotte runner-up Todd Martin and 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.
Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased at 877-332-TIXX. Ticket information – as well as the schedule of play – can also be found at www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com. The Breezeplay Championships at The Palisades will be played over four days with the winner earning $60,000.
Krickstein, 42, reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 and helped the United States to victory in the Davis Cup in 1990, with epic wins over Milan Srejber and Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia in the quarterfinals. Krickstein was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open in 1990 and the Australian Open in 1995 and won nine career ATP singles titles during his career. His best showings on the Outback Champions Series came in runner-up showings in Naples, Fla., in 2007 and Boston in 2008, losing to Wayne Ferreira and John McEnroe, respectively.
Arias, 45, turned pro at age 16 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in April 1984. He enjoyed his best year in 1983 with four singles titles, including the U.S. Clay Court Championships and the Italian Open. That same year, at age 19, he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Arias holds five career ATP titles, all in singles. His best showing on the Outback Champions Series came in April when he reached his first series final in Grand Cayman, losing to Courier in the final.
Pernfors, 46, is best known for his run to the singles final at the French Open in 1986, where he defeated Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker before losing to Ivan Lendl in the final. He won three ATP singles titles during his career, including the Canadian Open in 1993 where he came from 2-5 down in the third set to defeat Martin in the final. Pernfors helped Sweden to the Davis Cup final in 1986 and won back-to-back NCAA singles titles for the University of Georgia in 1984 and 1985. Pernfors is currently ranked No. 8 in the Outback Champions Series.
Sampras won the opening event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, defeating McEnroe in the final of the Champions Cup Boston in February. McEnroe won the second event of the year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, defeating Courier in the final. Sampras won his second title of the year at the Del Mar Development Champions Cup in Los Cabos, Mexico, defeating Patrick Rafter in the final. Courier won his first title of the 2009 season in April at the Cayman Islands, defeating Jimmy Arias in the final. Pat Cash successfully defended his title on the grass courts at the Hall of Fame Champions Cup in Newport, R.I. in August, defeating Courier in the final. Following Charlotte, the next event on the Outback Champions Series will be held in Surprise, Ariz., where Andre Agassi will make his debut Oct. 8-11.
Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Andre Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, Courier and others. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a major singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team. The Outback Champions Series features seven events on its 2009 schedule with each event featuring $150,000 in prize money as well as Champions Series points that will determine the year-end Champions Rankings No. 1.
InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a New York City-based independent producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2005, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including “Legendary Night” exhibitions, charity events, corporate outings and tennis fantasy camps such as the annual “Ultimate Fantasy Camp”. Through 2008, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment events have raised over $4 million for charity. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.
Ten years ago this week, Patrick Rafter was on top of the world. On July 26, 1999 the Aussie hunk and two-time U.S. Open champion reached the career pinnacle by earning the No. 1 ranking on the ATP computer. Rafter’s reign, however, last only one week and he never again attained the top spot in the computer rankings, marking the shortest ever reign as a world’s top ranked player. The following text describes Rafter’s No. 1 ascent and other events that happened in tennis history this week as excerpted from the book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTOR Y ($19.95, New Chapter Press, www.TennisHistoryBook.com).
1999 – Patrick Rafter of Australia begins his one – and only – week as the world’s No. 1 ranked player, replacing Andre Agassi in the top spot on the ATP computer. Rafter’s curious one-week reign as the No. 1 ranked player is the briefest stint in the top spot of any man or woman. Carlos Moya of Spain ranks No. 1 for only two weeks in March of 1999, while Evonne Goolagong ranks as the No. 1 woman on the WTA Tour for a two-week period in April of 1976 (although not uncovered and announced by the WTA Tour until December of 2007).
1987 – The United States is relegated to zonal competition for the first time in Davis Cup history as Boris Becker defeats Tim Mayotte 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-2 in the fifth and decisive match as West Germany defeats the United States 3-2 in the Davis Cup qualifying round in Hartford, Conn. The Becker-Mayotte match is called by John Feinstein of the Washington Post as, “the match of their lives,” as Mayotte, who grew up in Springfield, Mass., a 25 miles from the Hartford Civic Center, plays inspired tennis in front of furiously vocal crowd. Says Becker after the epic match, “It was the most difficult match of my life. The circumstances made it hard, the crowd cheering every time I missed a serve made it hard and him playing for two sets like I have never seen him play in his life, it was all very tough. I just had to stay calm — stay calm, be patient and not go mad. If I go mad, I lose the match.” Writes Feinstein, “For Mayotte, this was sweet agony. He miraculously came from two sets down to force a fifth set. He was playing in an emotional daze, carried by the fans, by his teammates, by the circumstances.”
1969 – Nancy Richey is upset in the semifinals of the U.S. Clay Court Championships by Gail Sherriff Chanfreau, 6-3, 6-4 – ending her tournament record winning streak at 33 straight matches over seven years. Chanfreau goes on to win the title, beating Linda Tuero, 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
1986 – Martina Navratilova returns to her native Czechoslovakia and her hometown of Prague in triumph as a member of the U.S. Federation Cup team, clinching the U.S. 3-0 final-round victory over the Czechs with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Hana Mandlikova. “We all did it for Martina,” says Chris Evert Lloyd, whose 7-5, 7-6 victory over Helena Sukova began the U.S. sweep of Czechoslovakia in the final series. “We dedicate this Federation Cup to her.” Says Navratilova of the crowd support she received all week that results in a tearful closing ceremony for the Wimbledon champion and her U.S. teammates. “I wanted to tell them how special it was for me to be here. It exceeded my wildest expectations.”
1946 – In the final of the first French Championship since the conclusion of World War II, Frenchmen Marcel Bernard dramatically defeats fellow left-hander Jaroslav Drobny of Czechoslovakia 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s singles final. The French have to wait another 37 years before they celebrate another native men’s singles champion when Yannick Noah wins the men’s singles title in 1983. It will be another 59 years before another all left-handed men’s singles final is played at Roland Garros when Rafael Nadal defeats Mariano Puerta in the 2005 final. In the women’s singles final, Margaret Osbourne defeats fellow American Pauline Betz 1-6, 8-6, 7-5.
1991 – Andrei Chesnokov wins the Canadian Open in Montreal, defeating Petr Korda 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final and promises a high-spirited celebration. Says Chesnokov, “I’m going to New York, I’m going to go to Tower Records, have dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant and, of course, I’m going to get drunk.”
1990 – Michael Chang defeats Jay Berger 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Canadian Open men’s singles final in Toronto. The 24th-ranked Chang’s $155,000 winner’s check puts him in the million-dollar club for career prize money. “It feels good,” says the 18-year-old Chang of his financial achievement. “I think my first priority as far as tennis is concerned is not making money. My priority is to be the best in the world – the best I can be.”
1974 – Jimmy Connors becomes the No. 1 ranked player in the world for the first time in his career at the age of 21, replacing John Newcombe.
2001 – Andre Agassi defeats Pete Sampras 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Mercedes Benz Cup in Los Angeles, Agassi’s 17th consecutive match victory on hard courts. Identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan of Camarillo, Calif., win their third ATP doubles title in six weeks, defeating Jan-Michael Gambill and Andy Roddick 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).
1928 – France successfully defends its Davis Cup title against the United States as Henri Cochet defeats Bill Tilden 9-7, 8-6, 6-4 clinching the 4-1 victory for France at newly-dedicated Stade Roland Garros in Paris, which is constructed to host the Davis Cup matches. Writes P.J. Philip of the New York Times, “On the central court of the Roland Garros Stadium at Auteuil, that Napoleon of tennis, Big Bill Tilden, met his Waterloo today. In three straight sets, Henri Cochet swept him off the field, holding the Davis Cup for France and writing finis to the world championship career of the most brilliant tennis player of the past decade. It was Waterloo alright.” Tilden’s career was not entirely finished following the loss. He was kicked off the Davis Cup team prior to this famous series for his “professional” writing from tennis events, which U.S. Lawn Tennis Association officials said violated his amateur status. However, due to the huge demand to see Tilden play against the four French “Musketeers” at the newly-constructed Roland Garros Stadium, the French government and French Tennis Federation pressured the USLTA to re-instate Tilden to the team to appease the ticket-buying public. Tilden is, instead, suspended from the U.S. Championships later in the summer, but continues to play high-level amateur tennis through 1930.
1996 – Andre Agassi stages a stunning comeback to advance into the medal round at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, coming back from a 3-5 third-set deficit to defeat Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinal of men’s singles. Ferreira is upset with Agassi’s behavior and profane language that results in Agassi receiving a point penalty in the first game of the second set. Says Ferreira, “I honestly believe he should be kicked off the court for the things he was saying. They were pretty rude and actually the worst I’ve ever heard anybody say. I’m surprised the umpires took it so lightly. If I was sitting in the chair, I probably would have done something different.” Retorts Agassi, “It was about the only way he was going to beat me.” Also advancing into the medal round in men’s singles are Leander Paes of India, who defeats Renzo Furlan of Italy 6-1, 7-5, Sergi Bruguera of Spain, who defeats Mal Washington of the United States 7-6 (8), 4-6, 7-5 and Fernando Meligeni of Brazil, who defeats Russia’s Andrei Olhovskiy 7-5, 6-3
1932 – In what Hall of Fame journalist and historian Bud Collins calls “The Great Cup Robbery,” France defeats the United States in the Davis Cup Challenge Round for the fifth time in six years as Jean Borotra clinches the Davis Cup for France, erasing a two-sets-to-love deficit, a 3-5 fifth-set deficit and four match points to defeat Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. Allison holds three match points while leading 5-3 in the fifth set – 40-15 and then with an advantage – but has his serve broken. In the next game, Allison holds another match point on Borotra’s serve. After missing his first serve, Borotra hits a second serve that by all accounts is out – but not called by the linesman. Allison, who did not make a play on the serve, runs to the net to shake hands with Borotra, but stands in disbelief at the non-call. Allison wins only one point in the remainder of the match to lose 7-5 in the fifth set, giving France it’s third point of the series, clinching the Cup.
2005 – Andre Agassi wins his 60th and what ultimately becomes his final ATP singles title, defeating 22-year-old Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour, 28 minutes to win the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles. The title is also the fourth tournament victory at the Los Angeles event for Agassi, who also wins on the campus at UCLA in 1998, 2001 and 2002. “It’s been a dream week for me for sure,” says the 35-year-old Agassi. “I couldn’t have expected to come in here and find my comfort level so early on in the tournament and get better with each match. It’s a great sign.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Chapter Press has announced the publication of its latest book – On This Day In Tennis History -a calendar-like compilation of historical and unique anniversaries, events and happenings from the world of tennis through the years – written by Randy Walker, the sports marketing and media specialist, tennis historian and former U.S. Tennis Association press officer.
On This Day In Tennis History ($19.95, 528 pages), is a fun and fact-filled, this compilation offers anniversaries, summaries, and anecdotes of events from the world of tennis for every day in the calendar year. Presented in a day-by-day format, the entries into this mini-encyclopedia include major tournament victory dates, summaries of the greatest matches ever played, trivia, and statistics as well as little-known and quirky happenings. Easy-to-use and packed with fascinating details, the book is the perfect companion for tennis and general sports fans alike and is an excellent gift idea for the holiday season. The book features fascinating and unique stories of players such as John McEnroe, Don Budge, Bill Tilden, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova among many others. On This Day In Tennis History is available for purchase via on-line book retailers and in bookstores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. More information on the book can be found at www.tennishistorybook.com
Said Hall of Famer Jim Courier of the book, “On This Day In Tennis History is a fun read that chronicles some of the most important-and unusual-moments in the annals of tennis. Randy Walker is an excellent narrator of tennis history and has done an incredible job of researching and compiling this entertaining volume.” Said tennis historian Joel Drucker, author of Jimmy Connors Saved My Life, “An addictive feast that you can enjoy every possible way-dipping in for various morsels, devouring it day-by-day, or selectively finding essential ingredients. As a tennis writer, I will always keep this book at the head of my table.” Said Bill Mountford, former Director of Tennis of the USTA National Tennis Center, “On This Day In Tennis History is an easy and unique way to absorb the greatest-and most quirky-moments in tennis history. It’s best read a page a day!”
Walker is a writer, tennis historian and freelance publicist and sports marketer. A 12-year veteran of the U.S. Tennis Association’s Marketing and Communications Division, he served as the press officer for the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1997 to 2005 and for the U.S. Olympic tennis teams in 1996, 2000 and 2004. He also served as the long-time editor of the U.S. Open Record Book during his tenure at the USTA from 1993 to 2005.
More information on the book can be found at www.tennistomes.com as well as on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1627089030&ref=name and on myspace at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=428100548
People mentioned in the book include, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Goran Ivanisevic, Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo, Anna Kounikova, Jennifer Capriati, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Martina Hingis, Gustavo Kuerten, Svetlana Kuznetsova, James Blake, Wilmer Allison, Mal Anderson, Arthur Ashe, Juliette Atkinson, Henry “Bunny” Austin, Tracy Austin, Boris Becker, Kark Behr, Pauline Betz, Bjorn Borg, Jean Borotra, John Bromwich, Norman Brookes, Louise Brough, Jacques Brugnon, Butch Buchholz, Don Budge, Maria Bueno, Rosie Casals, Michael Chang, Philippe Chatrier, Dodo Cheney, Henri Cochet, Maureen Connolly, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Ashley Cooper, Margaret Court, Jack Crawford, Allison Danzig, Dwight Davis, Lottie Dod, John Doeg, Laurence Doherty, Reggie Doherty, Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers, Jaroslav Drobny, Margaret duPont, Francoise Durr, James Dwight, Stefan Edberg, Roy Emerson, Chis Evert, Bob Falkenburg, Neale Fraser, Shirley Fry, Althea Gibson, Pancho Gonzalez, Evonne Goolagong, Arthur Gore, Steffi Graf, Bitsy Grant, Darlene Hard, Doris Hart, Anne Jones, Gladys Heldman, Slew Hester, Bob Hewitt, Lew Hoad, Harry Hopman, Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, Joe Hunt, Frank Hunter, Helen Jacobs, Bill Johnston, Perry Jones, Bob Kelleher, Billie Jean King, Jan Kodes, Karel Kozeluh, Jack Kramer, Rene Lacoste, Bill Larned, Art Larsen, Rod Laver, Ivan Lendl, Suzanne Lenglen, George Lott, Gene Mako, Molla Mallory, Hana Mandlikova, Alice Marble, Dan Maskell, Simone Mathieu, Mark McCormack, John McEnroe, Ken McGregor, Kitty Godfree, Chuck McKinley, Maurice McLoughlin, Frew McMillian, Don McNeill, Elisabeth Moore, Angela Mortimer, Gardnar Mulloy, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, John Newcombe, Yannick Noah, Jana Novotna, Betty Nuthall, Alex Olmedo, Rafael Osuna, Frank Parker, Gerald Patterson, Budge Patty, Fred Perry, Nicola Pietrangeli, Adrian Quist, Patrick Rafter, Dennis Ralson, Vinnie Richards, Nancy Richey, Cliff Richey, Bobby Riggs, Tony Roche, Mervyn Rose, Ken Rosewall, Elizbeth Ryan, Gabriela Sabatini, Pete Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Manuel Santana, Dick Savitt, Ted Schroeder, Gene Scott, Richard Sears, Frank Sedgman, Pancho Segura, Vic Seixas, Frank Shields, Pam Shriver, Stan Smith, Fred Stolle, Bill Talbert, Bill Tilden, Tony Trabert, Lesley Turner, Jimmy Van Alen, John Van Ryn, Guillermo Vilas, Ellsworth Vines, Brian Gottfried, Virginia Wade, Holcombe Ward, Watson Washburn, Mal Whitman, Mats Wilander, Tony Wilding, Helen Wills Moody, Sidney Wood, Robert Wrenn, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Todd Woodbridge, Marat Safin, Leslie Allen, Sue Barker, Jonas Bjorkman, Mahesh Bhupathi, Donald Dell, Albert Costa, Mark Cox, Owen Davidson, Pat Cash, Mary Carillo, John Isner, Roscoe Tanner, Vijay Amritraj, Mark Woodforde, Tim Henman, Richard Krajicek, Conchita Martinez, Mary Joe Fernandez, Cliff Drysdale, Mark Edmondson, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Zina Garrson, Roland Garros, Wojtek Fibak, Tom Gullikson, Andres Gimeno, Vitas Gerulaitis, Fernando Gonzalez, Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Andrea Jaeger, Ivo Karlovic, Richard Krajicek, Petr Korda, Luke Jensen, Murphy Jensen, Rick Leach, Iva Majoil, Barry MacKay, Ivan Ljubicic, Cecil Mamiit, David Caldwell, Alex Metreveli, Nicolas Massu, Todd Martin, Gene Mayer, Thomas Muster, Tom Okker, Charlie Pasarell, Mary Pierce, Whitney Reed, Leander Paes, Renee Richards, Helen Sukova, Michael Stich, Betty Stove, Ion Tiriac, Brian Teacher, Wendy Turnbull, Richards, Fabrice Santoro, Ai Sugiyama, Patrick McEnroe, Camille Pin, Phil Dent, Jelena Dokic, Mark Edmondson, Gael Monfils, Xavier Malisse, Dinara Safina, Barry Lorge, Stefano Pescosolido, Fabrice Santoro, Roscoe Tanner, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Roger Smith, Erik van Dillen, Gene Mayer, Tamara Pasek, Stefan Koubek, Jie Zheng, Gisela Dulko, Kristian Pless, Chuck McKinley, Marty Riessen, Brad Gilbert, Tim Mayotte, Andrea Petkovic, Klara Koukalova, Bobby Reynolds, Dominik Hrbaty, Andreas Seppi, Christopher Clarey, Casey Dellacqua, Anders Jarryd, Janko Tipsarevic, Nadia Petrova, Christian Bergstrom, Ramesh Krishnan, Emily Sanchez, Marcos Baghdatis, Mark Philippousssis, Wally Masur, Paul McNamee, Daniela Hantuchova, Gerry Armstrong, Younes El Aynaoui, Thomas Johansson, Pat Cash, Lisa Raymond, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Chanda Rubin, Tony Roche, Alex O’Brien, Petr Korda, Karol Kucera, Amelie Mauresmo, Juan Gisbert, Pablo Cuevas, Jim Pugh, Rick Leach, Julien Boutter, Larry Stefanki, Chris Woodruff, Jill Craybas, Sania Mirza, Mike Leach, Maggie Maleeva, Guillermo Canas, Guillermo Coria, Donald Young, Dick Stockton, Johan Kriek, Milan Srejber, Zina Garrison, Slyvia Hanika, Karin Knapp, Laura Granville, Kei Nishikori, Scott Davis, Paul Goldstein, Alberto Martin, Nicolas Kiefer, Joachim Johansson, Jonathan Stark, Jakob Hlasek, Jeff Tarango, Amanda Coetzer, Andres Gomez, Richey Reneberg, Francisco Clavet, Radek Stepanek, Miloslav Mecir, Jose-Luis Clerc, Colin Dibley, Mikael Pernfors, Martin Mulligan, Robbie Weiss, Hugo Chapacu, Victor Pecci, Charlie Bricker, Greg Rusedski, Robin Finn, Kimiko Date, David Nalbandian, Goran Ivanisevic, Mikhail Youzhny, Nicole Pratt, Bryanne Stewart, Novak Djokovic, Rennae Stubbs, Corina Morariu, Marc Rosset, Kenneth Carlsen, Kimiko Date, Ryan Harrison, Richard Gasquet, Jimmy Arias, Jim Leohr, Felix Mantilla, Cedric Pioline, Annabel Croft, Brooke Shields, Jaime Yzaga, Slobodan Zivojinovic, Alberto Mancini, Peter McNamara, Andrei Chesnokov, Fabrice Santoro, Bud Collins, Mardy Fish, Sebastien Grosjean, Donald Dell, Petr Kuczak, Magnus Norman, Hicham Arazi, Nduka Odizor, Lori McNeil, Horst Skoff, Karolina Sprem, Ros Fairbank, Linda Siegel, Chris Lewis, Kevin Curren, Thierry Tulasne, Guy Forget, Fred Tupper, Jaime Fillol, Belus Prajoux, Ricardo Cano, Georges Goven, Ray Moore, Charlie Pasarell, Paul Annacone, Tomas Smid, Dmitry Tursunov, Elena Dementieva, Arnaud DiPasquale, Carl Uwe Steeb, Bill Scanlon, Jose Higueras, Jay Berger, Jana Novotna, Bill Dwyre, Lisa Dillman, Sean Sorensen, Paul McNamee, Jiri Novak, Benjamin Becker, Ion Tiriac, Neil Amdur, Tim Gullikson, Jan-Michael Gambill, Taylor Dent, Bryan Shelton, Vijay Amritraj, Martin Verkerk, Brian Gottfried, Carlos Moya, Jacco Eltingh, Adriano Panatta, John Feinstein, Aaron Krickstein, Wilhelm Bungert, Derrick Rostagno, Torben Ulrich, Daniel Nestor, Ray Ruffels, Cliff Drysdale, James Reilly, Andy Murray, Leander Paes, Alicia Molik, Barry MacKay among others.
New Chapter Press is also the publisher of The Bud Colins History of Tennis by Bud Collins, The Roger Federer Story, Quest for Perfection by Rene Stauffer and Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games by Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli and the soon to be released title The Lennon Prophecy by Joe Niezgoda. Founded in 1987, New Chapter Press is an independent publisher of books and part of the Independent Publishers Group. More information can be found at www.newchapterpressmedia.com
The following are events that happened this week in the history of tennis. Look for the book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY, A DAY BY DAY ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS (New Chapter Press, 19.95, www.newchapterpressmedia.com ) by Randy Walker due out in bookstores later this year.
1891 – U.S. Davis Cup player Richard Williams, who survived the sinking of The Titantic and went on to win two U.S. singles titles in 1914 and 1916, is born in Geneva, Switzerland.
1989 – Ivan Lendl wins his first Australian Open singles title and his seventh career Grand Slam singles title, defeating fellow Czech Miloslav Mecir 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the men’s singles final. The win guarantees that Lendl will overtake Mats Wilander as the No. 1 player in the world. In women’s doubles, the top-seeded team of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver win their seventh Australian Open women’s doubles title with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Patty Fendick and Jill Hetherington. Shriver and Navratilova’s victory was their 20th Grand Slam doubles title.
1994 – Steffi Graf easily defeats Aranxta Sanchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open.
1995 – Andre Agassi wins his first Australian Open title, defeating and dethroning top-ranked Pete Sampras 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the men’s singles final. The win is the second straight Grand Slam singles title for Agassi after his US Open triumph in 1994. ”I came here believing in myself, believing that I could win,” said Agassi. “”It was the first time I ever came into a Grand Slam believing like that. And now, I’m not worried about winning all of them, I worry about winning each one.” “I don’t know how much room there is for improvement,” Sampras said of Agassi. “If he stays fit, he’s a threat to win every single major title of the year.”
2003 – Former world number one Marat Safin of Russia ends Andre Agassi’s five-year winning streak at the Australian Open with a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 win the men’s semifinals. “I don’t have the words to describe what I’m feeling right now,” said Safin. “To be on the same court as Andre Agassi and to win in five sets after he came back from 2-0 down, it’s great.” “I came here to try and win it and I’m almost there. I have one match left to go. Everything is going my way.” In the women’s semifinals, Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium defeated Colombia’s 32nd seed Fabiola Zuluaga 6-2, 6-2, while Kim Clijsters of Belgium, defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 7-6 (2).
2005 – Serena Williams wins her seventh Grand Slam singles title, defeating Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open. Williams win is her first grand slam since victory in the 2003 Wimbledon final. Said Williams of the suggestion that her career was in decline, “It is a very fashionable way to decline…It’s that much sweeter because people are always wondering about what’s happening to us. “It’s been a long way coming back. But I’m almost to my goal, and it feels great. “
2006 – Federer gets emotional, cries and hugs all-time great Rod Laver during the post-match ceremony following his 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 win over upstart Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the final of the Australian Open. Federer has difficulty putting to words the emotions he feels during the post-match ceremony and sobs after receiving the trophy from Laver. “I hope you know how much this means to me,” he said as he wiped away tears. Federer becomes the first player to win three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments since Pete Sampras won at the 1994 Australian Open. The title is his seventh career Grand Slam title, tying him with John McEnroe, John Newcombe and Mats Wilander.
1980 – Saying, “I don’t enjoy winning, and I don’t enjoy losing. I just don’t enjoy playing any more.” 25-year-old Chris Evert announces her retirement from professional tennis. However the retirement of “Chrissie” does not last as she returns to professional tennis after only three months. Evert goes on to win nine more Grand Slam titles and officially retires for a final time in 1989.
2000 – The U.S. Davis Cup team arrives in Zimbabwe for its first-ever tie on the African continent. First-year Davis Cup captain John McEnroe spends his first full-day on the ground as U.S. captain by visiting Zimbabwe’s No. 1 tourist attraction Victoria Falls for publicity photos.
2001 – Eighteen-year-old Andy Roddick is named to the U.S. Davis Cup team or the first time in his career as rookie captain Patrick McEnroe chooses the future world No. 1, along with Todd Martin, Jan-Michael Gambill and Justin Gimelstob to the U.S. team to face Switzerland, led by 19-year-old Roger Federer, another future world No. 1
1993 – Nineteen-year-old Monica Seles edges Steffi Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to the women’s singles title at the Australian Open, her eighth Grand Slam singles victory. “I knew I had to run down every ball and never give up,” said Seles.”It was a close match all the way. We both hit the ball so hard you have to concentrate all the time. “I never thought I’d be doing so well in Grand Slams. It’s incredible,” Said Graf, “She really deserved to win today. She just has incredible willpower and confidence. Once she gets in the groove, she just plays every point as hard as she can. That is very difficult because you do not get any easy points or easy games. That is definitely her strength.”
1994 – Pete Sampras wins his third consecutive Grand Slam singles title, slamming 13 aces with speeds as fast as 126 mph in defeating first-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open. The top-seeded Sampras became the first man in nearly 30 years to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open consecutively. The only others were Roy Emerson in 1964-65 and Don Budge in 1937-38. “He’s just too good and he really deserves what he’s succeeding at, because he’s really working his butt off,” Martin said of Sampras.
2005 – Five years after winning his first Grand Slam title, Marat Safin wins his elusive second Grand Slam title, defeating native son Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Australian Open. Safin, the 2000 US Open champion, was finally able to break through and win “Down Under” after having lost in the Australian Open final two times in the last three years. Hewitt was attempting to become the first Australian to win his country’s national championship since Mark Edmonson in 1976. Said Safin, “Today it was a relief for me. Two Grand Slams, it’s already something. One Grand Slam, you can win by mistake, like I did in 2000 US Open, but this one, I’ve worked really hard for that.”
1992 – Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi register singles victories over Martin Jaite and Alberto Mancini, respectively, as the United States takes a commanding 2-0 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup by NEC first round in Mauna Lani, Hawaii.
1993 – For the second consecutive year, Jim Courier defeats Stefan Edberg in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open. Courier won his fourth – and eventually what would be his last – Grand Slam singles title, with a 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 victory.
1998 – Seventeen-year-old Martina Hingis won her fourth major championship, defeating Conchita Martinez 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open. Hingis would become the young player in 100 years to defend a Grand Slam titles. “To defend the title is much harder than coming here for the first time (when) nobody expected me to win,” said Hingis. “There was so much pressure. . . . This is the hardest Grand Slam I’ve won. There were so many different expectations on me, especially the pressure I put on myself. Everybody told me this year is going to be very hard. I’m proud of myself for what I did the last two weeks.” No player, male or female, had defended a Grand Slam title at a younger age since 16-year-old Charlotte “Lottie” Dod won her second straight Wimbledon in 1888. In the 30-year Open era, Monica Seles was two months older than Hingis when she won her second straight French Open championship in 1991.
2004 – Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her third Grand Slam title defeating fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open.
1982 – Ivan Lendl defeats Australian Peter McNamara 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to win the $100,000 prize in the WCT Gold Coast Cup tennis tournament in a grueling match that lasted three hours and seven minutes in high winds.
1982 – Martina Navratilova defeats Wendy Turnbull 6-4, 6-1 in 53 minutes to win the Chicago women’s tennis championship. “Once I got rolling, things went my way, although it was never easy,” said Navratilova. “Wendy doesn’t threaten me that much. She doesn’t have that strong of a serve.”
1982 – John McEnroe defeats Jimmy Connors 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the U.S. Pro Indoor Championships in Philadelphia.
1992 – John McEnroe and Rick Leach defeat Javier Frana and Christian Miniussi 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to give the United States an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup by NEC first round in Mauna Lani, Hawaii.
1998 – At the age of 30, Petr Korda wins his first Grand Slam singles championship, defeating 22-year-old Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in 85 minutes in the men’s singles final of the Australian Open. Korda knocked 32 winners passed Rios in becoming the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Andres Gomez, a few months older, won the 1990 French Open. “The Korda Kick” became the fad in tennis as Korda’s victories and winning shots were celebrated with scissor-kick type leaps. “I was waiting for this a long, long time,” Korda told the crowd. “”It’s been such a long ride,” he said. “It’s fantastic. I got to the last stop. I feel I’m on top of the world at the moment … I just put all the pieces together for this tournament. It was really a very enjoyable ride for me.”
2004 – Roger Federer won his first Australian Open crown, his second career Grand Slam singles title and clinched the world’s No. 1 ranking with a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2 win over Marat Safin in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open. “What a great start to the year for me, to win the Australian Open and become No. 1 in the world,” Federer said. “To fulfill my dreams, it really means very much to me.”
2005 – The comeback attempt by former world No. 1 Martina Hingis stalls in Pattaya, Thailand as she is defeated by Germany’s Marlene Weingartner 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Volvo Women’s Open. Hingis, who won five Grand Slam singles titles, was competing in her first WTA Tour event since October of 2002.
1889 – The United States Lawn Tennis Association officially accepts “lady” lawn tennis players as members.
1992 – Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi defeat Alberto Mancini and Martin Jaite, respectively, to complete a 5-0 shutout of Argentina in the Davis Cup by NEC first round in Mauna Lani, Hawaii.
1945 – American Davis Cupper and 1943 U.S. Champion Joseph Hunt dies as his Navy fighter plane crashes in the ocean off Florida. Hunt, 26, the highest regarded American player to die in the war, had been expected to shine in the peacetime game.
1982– Still distraught over the shooting death of friend and fellow tennis player Andrea Buchanan, tennis legend Billie Jean King walks off the court in the third set of her first round match against Ann Kiyomura at the Avon Championships of Detroit. “Emotionally, I was not up to my game and I could not concentrate on hitting the ball,” said King after the 3-6, 6-3, 1-0, retire loss. “I apologize for my behaviour. It was not professional.”
1966 – Andrei Chesnokov, 1989 semifinalist at the French Open and Russian Davis Cup hero, is born in Moscow.
2004 – Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 player in the world for the first time in his career, replacing Andy Roddick in the top ranking on the ATP computer. Federer has held the ranking ever since!
2007 – Chilean Nicolas Massu comes back from a 0-6, 2-5 deficit and saves eight match points in defeating Sergio Roitman of Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open in Vina del Mar, Chile. Massu benefits when Roitman finally retires with a left thigh injury after Massu wins the second-set tie-break 7-3.
1947 – President Harry Truman conducts the Davis Cup draw at the White House, joining U.S. President Calvin Coolidge as the only U.S Presidents to conduct the Davis Cup draw. Says Truman during the proceedings, “I hope the time will come when we can settle our international differences in courts, just as we settle our tennis differences on a court.”
1990 – Rick Leach and Jim Pugh make their Davis Cup debuts and defeat Leonardo Lavalle and Jorge Lozano 6-4, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 to clinch the 4-0 victory over Mexico in the Davis Cup by NEC first round in Carlsbad, Calif.
1989 – Sixteen-year-old Michael Chang makes his Davis Cup by NEC debut defeating Victor Pecci 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 helping the United States to a 2-0 lead over Paraguay in the Davis Cup by NEC first round in Ft. Myers, Fla. Chang also becomes the first American to play a Davis Cup tie-break in the first set of his match with Pecci. The tie-break is formally introduced to Davis Cup play (except in the fifth set) beginning in the 1989 Davis Cup season. Chang is also the second youngest player to play Davis Cup for the United States at this tie at the age of sixteen years, 11 months and 12 days.
2000 – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe presides over the draw ceremony for the USA vs. Zimbabwe Davis Cup first round tie in Harare, Zimbabwe.
1990 – Brad Gilbert defeats Jorge Lozano 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to complete a 4-0 sweep of Mexico in the Davis Cup by NEC first round at Carlsbad, Calif.
1989 – Ken Flach and Robert Seguso give the United States an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Paraguay, defeating Victor Pecci and Francisco Gonzalez 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 in the Davis Cup by NEC first round in Ft. Myers, Fla.
2000 – John McEnroe makes his debut as U.S. Davis Cup captain in Harare, Zimbabwe as the United States and Zimbabwe split the first matches in their first round tie. Andre Agassi defeats Wayne Black 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 and Chris Woodruff, in his Davis Cup debut, loses to Byron Black 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.
2001 – Lindsay Davenport of Newport Beach, Calif., wins her 31st career singles title when she defeats world No. 1 Martina Hingis of Switzerland, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Davenport improved to 13-10 overall against Hingis, including a 10-6 head-to-head advantage in tournament finals.
2006 – Martina Hingis upsets Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-1 to reach the first WTA Tour final of her comeback at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
1979 – In his first tournament of the year, Bjorn Borg breaks the serve of Guillermo Vilas seven out of eight times, and wins the WCT tournament title in Richmond, Va., with a 6-3, 6-1 victory of the Argentine in the men’s singles final.
2001 – Federer, at age 19, wins the first ATP title of his career, defeating Julien Boutter of France 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in Milan, Italy. “What a relief,” he said after the match. “I’m really happy to have won my first title here in Milan. As a kid you always dream of winning your first title.”