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SANEX WTA TOUR ANNOUNCES ANTI-DOPING SANCTION
Lourdes Dominguez Lino Suspended, Fined
Under Tennis Anti-Doping Program....

St. Petersburg, Florida (August 24, 2002) - The Sanex WTA Tour announced today that player Lourdes Dominguez Lino tested positive for metabolites of cocaine in a test that took place on March 1, 2002 at a Sanex WTA Tour tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Cocaine is a prohibited substance under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program.

Dominguez Lino, 21, will be sanctioned as proscribed by the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, with a three-month suspension effective immediately. She must also forfeit all ranking points and prize money earned at the tournament in Acapulco and all subsequent Tour sanctioned or recognized tournaments in which she has participated this year. In total, Dominguez Lino will forfeit 162.75 singles and 273.5 doubles ranking points and $23,347 in prize money. Currently ranked 158 in singles and 103 in doubles, Dominguez Lino last competed in a Sanex WTA Tour-recognized event the week of June 23, 2002. Following her suspension, her singles ranking will fall outside of the top 300 and her doubles rankings will fall outside of the top 700.

"We are extremely disappointed that one of our players has committed a doping offense, but feel strongly that the corresponding penalties are appropriate," said Sanex WTA Tour CEO Kevin Wulff. "The sanction handed down today should serve as a firm reminder to our players that they are responsible for everything they put in their bodies. Doping will not be tolerated on the Sanex WTA Tour. Our players, tournaments and fans are entitled to drug-free competition."

The Tennis Anti-Doping Program is a comprehensive and internationally recognized drug-testing program jointly used by the Sanex WTA Tour, ATP and International Tennis Federation.


You Say It’s Your Birthday!
Aug. 27 Carlos Moya (26)
Aug. 29 Jan Frode Andersen (30)
Aug. 30 Juan Ignacio Chela (23)
Aug. 30 Andy Roddick (20)
Aug. 31 Andrei Medvedev (28)
Sep. 3 Christian Vinck (27)
Sep. 4 Mark Knowles (31)
Sep. 4 Daniel Nestor (30)
Sep. 6 Greg Rusedski (29)
Sep. 6 Tim Henman (28)
Sep. 8 Sjeng Schalken (26)


Women's final will be in prime time...
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The women's final at the U.S. Open will be televised live in prime time again this year.

The United States Tennis Association and CBS Sports said Thursday that the match, set for Sept. 7, marks the second straight year that the U.S. Open women's championship will get a prime time stage.

Last year's telecast of the match between sisters Venus and Serena Williams generated a 6.8 rating on CBS, a 51 percent increase over the 2000 final. An estimated 22.7 million viewers watched all or part of the match and the rating was the highest for a U.S. Open women's singles final since 1985.

The men's singles semifinals will be held in a day session beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 7. The evening session will start with a special exhibition match at 7 p.m., followed by the women's singles final at 8:30 p.m.

The men's singles final will be at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8.


TV Schedule (all times EST)

Pilot Pen Tennis (WTA), New Haven, Conn.

August 21
ESPN2: 4 P.M.–6 P.M. (L)
August 22
ESPN2: 1 A.M.–2:30 A.M. (T)
ESPN2: 1 P.M.–3 P.M. (L)
August 23
ESPN2: 1 A.M.–2:30 A.M. (T)
ESPN2: 1 P.M.–3 P.M. (L)
ESPN2: 7 P.M.–8:30 P.M. (L)
August 24
CBS: 1 P.M.–3 P.M. (L)

Hamlet Cup Tennis (ATP), Long Island, N.Y.
August 24, 25
Fox Sports Net:
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USTA News

Brian Vahaly of Atlanta, GA, won his third USTA Professional Circuit title of the year by capturing the USTA Seascape Challenger in Aptos, CA. In the Aptos final, Vahaly defeated Israel's Noam Behr, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, avenging a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Behr in the first round of 2001 US Open qualifying.

Tory Zawacki of Hilton Head Island, SC, won her first singles title on the USTA Professional Circuit, capturing the Holabird Sports/USTA Women's $10,000 Satellite Tournament of Baltimore. The 17-year-old Zawacki defeated 18-year-old Aiko Nakamura of Japan, 6-4, 7-5, for the title.


The U.S. Olympic Committee
named Jennifer Capriati as the 2001 USOC SportsWoman of the Year.
Pete Sampras is the only other tennis player to earn year-end honors from the
USOC, claiming SportsMan of the Year honors in 1997. Venus and Serena Williams finished fourth in the USOC Team of the Year voting, while the USTA's nominee for SportsMan of the Year, Andy Roddick, did not place.


USTA TO CONDUCT FIRST OF A SERIES OF GOLD MEDAL TRAINING CAMPS
Fed Cup and Olympic coaching great Billie Jean King to assist
USA Tennis High Performance Coaches in Winston-Salem, N.C.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) will host the first in a series of "Gold Medal Training Camps" Oct. 8
to 13 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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Day 14 ... US Open 2002 ...

Final day at the 2002 US Open ...

Classic battle between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi!

Twelve years ago, the rivalry between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi began when Sampras defeated Agassi in the U.S. Open final. On Sunday, in what could be their last Grand Slam final matchup, Sampras did it again. Sampras won his 14th Grand Slam event by topping Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. That takes Sampras' record to five U.S. Opens -- tying him with Jimmy Connors.


Day 13 ... US Open 2002 ...

Venus Williams' run of U.S. Open titles ends Saturday night, but the trophy stays in the family. Younger sister Serena cruises to a 6-4, 6-3 victory to earn her third Grand Slam title of the year. All three of Serena's major titles this year have come with victories over Venus in the final.

Serena Williams
She breezed through the entire tournament, on an obvious collision course with sister Venus. And in dominating her older sister in Saturday's final, Serena recaptured the US Open crown and remains the number one woman player in the world.

Pete Sampras defeats Sjeng Schalken in straight sets today, earning a chance to end his two-year title drought in Sunday's U.S. Open men's final.


Day 12 ... US Open 2002 ...

Another all-Williams major final is complete Friday as Venus outlasts Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and Serena sweeps Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 for the right to meet her sister on Saturday night.


Day 11 ... US Open 2002 ...

Tennis' past still has a hold over the sport's future as Pete Sampras blows away Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Sampras, seeking his fifth Open title but first tourney win since Wimbledon 2000, advances in only 90 minutes.

Slow-serving Sjeng Schalken won Thursday's "other" quarterfinal, beating Fernando Gonzalez before an all-American glamor match at the U.S. Open. Schalken reached his first semifinal in 30 Grand Slam tournaments with a 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) win over Fernando Gonzalez, playing in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Mahesh Bhupathi IND (3) Max Mirnyi BLR (3) def.
Bob Bryan USA (6) Mike Bryan USA (6) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

 


Day 10 ... US Open 2002 ...

Lleyton Hewitt advances to the semifinals, defeating Younes El Aynaoui in four sets. He now will face Andre Agassi . Earlier, Amelie Mauresmo joined Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams in the semis with a stunning victory over Jennifer Capriati. Amelie will go on to face Venus Williams.
Agassi def. Mirnyi ..6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.


Day 9 ... US Open 2002 ...

Pete Sampras sets up a premier quarterfinal match with his 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory over No. 3 seed Tommy Haas at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. The four-time champ will meet 20-year-old Andy Roddick. Also, sisters Venus and Serena Williams win, while Monica Seles tops Martina Hingis.

Roddick Fires Up Fans
Serena, Lindsay, Monica and Venus Roll
Andy Roddick overcame a foot injury and put on a dazzling show for the nighttime crowd inside Louis Armstrong Stadium. His victory included several points that will be compared with some of the most memorable in US Open history.  Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams also won. Gustavo Kuerten fell to Sjeng Schalken, who will next face straight sets winner Fernando Gonzales.


Day 8 ... US Open 2002 ...

The rain has stopped, play at the U.S. Open is under way after a 7 hour, 20 minute delay.

Pete Wins In Five; Lindsay, Jenny Cap, Haas Advance

Pete Sampras won a thrilling five set match against Greg Rusedski on Louis Armstrong. He'll now face Tommy Haas who held off Thomas Enqvist in five sets. Lindsay Davenport needed just 58 minutes to beat Silvia Farina Elia, and Jennifer Capriati followed that up with a straight sets win over Amy Frazier. Daniela Hantuchova (11) def. Justine Henin (8), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
 


Day 7 ... US Open 2002 ...

After a more than six-hour rain delay, Serena Williams wasted little time taking care of business, defeating Daja Bedanova in just 41 minutes to become the first person to advance to the quarterfinals.

At 9:50 p.m., play was called off for the night, with matches involving Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick washed out completely. Among matches halted in progress: Four-time Open champion Pete Sampras was trailing 1997 finalist Greg Rusedski 5-4, on serve in the first set; No. 3 Tommy Haas won the first set 6-4 against No. 29 Thomas Enqvist; Gustavo Kuerten won the first set 6-1 against Nicolas Massu; and 11th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova led No. 8 Justine Henin 6-1, 1-2.


Day 6 ... US Open 2002 ...

Jennifer Capriati was straight set winner on 'ladies night'.

Martina Hingis kicked off ladies night with a straight set win over Amanda Coetzer.

No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt outlasts James Blake in their anticipated rematch at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Unlike last year's meeting vs. Blake, Hewitt doesn't do much shouting. Instead, he uses his mighty serve to win in five sets.

Venus Williams continues to dominate her bracket, defeating Martina Muller 6-1, 6-2, while Chanda Rubin and Amelie Mauresmo won in straight sets.

Seles, Clijsters Rebound; Rios Retires
No. 6 Monica Seles flew out to a 6-1, 5-1 lead before Yoon Jeong Cho forced a third set. Seles finally put Cho away 6-1, 5-7, 6-3. Elsewhere, No. 7 Kim Clijsters also fell behind early before advancing 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. In men's action, No. 22 Marcelo Rios retired in his match against No. 14 Jiri Novak. Jenny Capriati, Venus Williams, Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis are also in action, plus a Lleyton Hewitt re-match against James Blake and an all-American showdown of Chanda Rubin vs. Lisa Raymond.


Day 5 ... US Open 2002 ...

Pete Sampras (17) def. Kristian Pless 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Martina Navratilova/Leander Paes def. Rennae Stubbs/Todd Woodbridge (1) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 .

Serena, Andy, Lindsay Roll; Guga Beats Safin
Serena Williams, Andy Roddick and Lindsay Davenport continue to cruise with straight set victories today over Marion Bartoli and Raemon Sluiter, respectively. No. 2 Marat Safin fell in straight sets to Guga Kuerten, while Justine Henin brought Bea Bielik's amazing run to an end. Earlier, Arnaud Clement upset No. 10 Sebastien Grosjean, Elena Bovina won in a three set thriller, and Tommy Haas and Tim Henman advanced in straight sets.
 


Day 4 ... US Open 2002 ...

Three From Men's Top 10 Fall
Dominik Hrbaty stunned No. 4 seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov, while Jan-Michael Gambill and Wayne Ferreira took care of Carlos Moya (9) and Albert Costa (8) respectively. Two-time defending champion Venus Williams won her match against Alicia Molik, 6-1, 6-2. Other winners include Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, James Blake and Jiri Novak on the men's side, and Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Martina Hingis, Chanda Rubin, Meghann Shaughnessy, Amelie Mauresmo on the women's.

Andre Agassi dropped only two games in his match against Justin Gimelstob today, winning, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1, in just 66 minutes. He moves on in the men's draw, along with top-seed Lleyton Hewitt and James Blake, who will face each other in round 3.

Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport also advanced, as did Meghann Shaughnessy, Amy Frazier, Amelie Mauresmo and Patty Schnyder.

Fourth-seeded Kafelnikov ousted from U.S. Open

Hewitt rolls past Okun into third round
 
Hingis continues comeback with second-round win


Day 3 ...US Open 2002 ....

Hewitt's fine likely to be reduced.
 
Philippoussis to miss two months.

Haas loses shirt, but wins match.

Obscure doubles team advances

NEW YORK -- Former champions Pete Sampras and Serena Williams had easy victories on Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Sampras, a four-time winner of this event but seeded at No. 17 and still seeking his first tournament championship in 25 months, posted a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Albert Portas.

Williams, who won the Open in 1999, cruised past Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-1.

The U.S. Open sees its first big upset Wednesday as No. 5 seed Jelena Dokic is defeated by Elena Bovina 6-3, 6-2. It is Dokic's earliest exit in New York since her first appearance in 1999.

Unlikely Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian of Argentina couldn't continue his incredible Grand Slam run Wednesday, losing to unseeded Sargis Sargsian of Armenia 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round at the U.S. Open.


Day 2 ... US Open 2002 ...

NEW YORK -- Former champion Marat Safin battled his temper and some booming serves from Nicolas Kiefer to advance in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday with a draining 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory.

Jenny Cap Dominates ...
Jennifer Capriati kicked off the night session with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Venus, Hingis, Hewitt, Safin Storm Into Round Two
by Matthew Cronin
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 ...
Showing that she is well prepared to defend her US Open title, defending champion Venus Williams made silly putty of one-time phenom Mirjana Lucic, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round on Tuesday.

Defending men's champion Lleyton Hewitt also raced ahead, out-dueling France's Nicolas Coutelot, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Carlos Moya, awarded his highest seed at the U.S. Open in three years at No. 9, advanced to the second round of the season's final Grand Slam by defeating Adrian Voinea 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Former finalist Mark Philippoussis, hounded by knee trouble, was forced to retire from his match against No. 24 Sjeng Schalken after winning the first two sets.


Day 1 ... US Open 2002 ....

 Ally Baker Shows Promise In Pro Debut
Ally Baker is a name for the future on the women's professional tennis tour.

Kournikova Drops the Ball; Hantuchova Picks It Up
Despite overwhelming appeal in the popular press, Kournikova fails to deliver. However, another Eastern European star, Daniela Hantuchova, wins handily.

Widjaja defeats Kournikova 6-3, 6-0.
Despite overwhelming appeal in the popular press, Kournikova fails to deliver. However, another Eastern European star, Daniela Hantuchova, wins handily.

Kafelnikov Defeats Sanguinetti
No. 4 seed Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, a two-time semifinalist at the US Open, defeated Davide Sanguinetti of Italy, 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, despite 67 unforced errors and a shaky serve.

Chang, Davenport Lead U.S. Charge
Showing flashes of the form that once made them two of the most feared players at Flushing Meadows, U.S. veterans Lindsay Davenport and Michael Chang stormed through their opening matches in the first round on Monday. American youth was also served, when No. 25 seed James Blake defeated compatriot Brian Vahaly, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (5), and North Carolina's Bea Bielik beat Czech Renata Voracova, 6-4, 6-4.

Davenport Returns In High Gear
In only her fifth tournament of the year, it was like just old times for Lindsay Davenport -- which means she was an easy winner. It took just 41 minutes for her to shake off Eva Dyrberg 6-2, 6-1.

Majoli Moves on to Second Round with Win Over Harkleroad
Former French Open champion Iva Majoli used her experience to overwhelm American teenager Ashley Harkleroad 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the US Open Monday.

No. 13 seed Federer Moves On To Round 2
Roger Federer moved on after his first-round win over the Czech Republic's Jiri Vanek on Monday. The four-set match, which lasted 126 minutes, did not go as easily as the Swiss player might have planned. Ultimately, though, Federer prevailed, taking Vanek, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. He will now face Michael Chang in Round 2.

Serena Williams starts her quest for her third straight Grand Slam title in impressive fashion, beating Corina Morariu 6-2, 6-3 Monday night in the first day of the U.S.

Favorites Holding Serve
So far, no upsets. No. 4 seed Lindsay Davenport and No. 8 seeds Justine Henin and Albert Costa have already won their first round matches ... American sweetheart Ashley Harkleroad loses 6-3, 6-2.

French Open champ Albert Costa won his first-round match on Monday at the U.S. Open. Costa, the eighth seed, outlasted Magnus Norman 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Michael Chang also advanced, working hard to defeat Francisco Clavet 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 , 7-6 (3).

Blake, the rising young star who is seeded 25th, was forced to battle Vahaly for just over three hours Monday before emerging with a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory.

The Opening Night Ceremony at the 2002 US Open, appropriately titled, "A Salute to Heroes," celebrated the beginning of the US Open and the spirit of New York. "A Salute to Heroes," which paid homage to New York City's uniformed and civilian heroes, came to an emotional crescendo when "Heroes" flag, recovered from Ground Zero, was raised high atop Arthur Ashe Stadium.


STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson withdrew Wednesday from the U.S. Open because of an injured right shoulder.

American women land the top four seeds at the U.S. Open for the first time since 1983, led by top seed Serena Williams and her sister Venus. Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport round out the quartet. On the men's side, Lleyton Hewitt is No. 1 and Marat Safin No. 2.

Also granted wild-card entries into the main draw of the Open were Corina Morariu, Mashona Washington, Ally Baker, Bea Bielik, Ashley Harkleroad, Alexandra Podkolzina and Sarah Taylor.

The U.S. Open starts Aug. 26.


COMMACK, N.Y. -- Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan won his first ATP Tour title Sunday, beating Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in the TD Waterhouse Cup.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 7-5, 6-0 to win her fourth-straight Pilot Pen title Saturday, building a 13-match win streak going into the U.S. Open.


AT&T Cup final ... With the U.S. Open on tap next week, Amelie Mauresmo cruises to victory in a key hard-court tuneup Sunday. The seventh-seeded Frenchwoman easily defeats second-seeded Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-1  to earn her eighth career WTA title.

INDIANAPOLIS --On Sunday, Rusedski's serves hit speeds as high as 132 mph as he rallied for a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain's Felix Mantilla to win the RCA Championships title.

NEW YORK -- Top-seeded Mardy Fish overcame a loss in the first set to beat Russia's Denis Golovanov 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the final of the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic on Sunday. Ashley Harkleroad beat Lubomira Kurhajcova 6-1, 6-3 in the women's final for her second career victory.

WASHINGTON -- James Blake won his first ATP Tour title Sunday, beating Paradorn Srichaphan 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.
Blake, the 22-year-old American who upset Andre Agassi in the semifinals, broke Srichaphan's serve to tie the second set 3-3, and took the tiebreaker when Srichaphan's backhand shot sailed long.


MASON, Ohio -- Carlos Moya, showing the form that once had him ranked No. 1 in the world, upset Lleyton Hewitt, the current No. 1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) Sunday in the final of the $2.95 million Cincinnati Masters Series.

Chanda Rubin and Lindsay Davenport are both trying to finally get untracked this year after knee surgeries in January. Rubin shows she is more up to speed, beating top-seeded and former world No. 1 Davenport 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 Sunday in Manhattan Beach, Calif.


LONDON -- World No. 5 tennis player Jelena Dokic is preparing to set up home in Britain, according to the Yugoslav's volatile father Damir. The 19-year-old is set to quit Yugoslavia following a spat with Belgrade officials over plans for a family mansion and tennis centre in the Yugoslav capital.


Toronto, Canada ...Guillermo Canas caps off an incredible week by beating No. 12 seed Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-5 Sunday to win the Masters Series Canada for his third career title. The unseeded Canas is the first Argentine to win in Canada since Guillermo Vilas in 1976.

SAN DIEGO -- Top seed Venus Williams rolled on to her third straight Acura Classic hardcourt title Sunday with an easy victory over an ailing Jelena Dokic.  Williams, who has won 20 of her last 22 matches, followed last week's victory up the coast in Stanford with a 6-2, 6-2 win over the sixth-seeded Yugoslavian.


BERLIN -- Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker reached an early settlement on his tax evasion case, a German magazine reported Saturday.

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Even in a losing effort, Corina Morariu was a winner just by playing in the first-round doubles of the Acura Classic at the La Costa Resort and Spa. It was the first WTA tour event for Morariu since the 24-year-old resident of Boca Raton, Fla., was diagnosed with leukemia and began chemotherapy in May 2001.


Stanford, California
Final
Venus Williams (1) def. Kim Clijsters (4), 6-3, 6-3

LOS ANGELES  -- Andre Agassi of the United States again dominated a compatriot to win the $400,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup on Sunday. The second-seeded Agassi rolled over Jan-Michael Gambill, 6-2, 6-4, and successfully defended his title at the hardcourt event.

KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Alex Corretja beat French Open finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 Sunday to win the $1 million Generali Open for the second time.

SOPOT, Poland  -- The youngster got the best of the veteran in a battle of countryman. Jose Acasuso of Argentina captured his first career title Sunday, winning the $681,000 Idea Prokom Open with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Franco Squillari.


STUTTGART, Germany -- Mikhail Youzhny had to work for his first career title. Youzhny rallied from a set down and outlasted No. 3 Guillermo Canas of Argentina on Sunday to capture his first career ATP title, winning the $475,000 Mercedes Cup clay-court tournament.

UMAG, Croatia -- Carlos Moya of Spain beat qualifier David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to retain the championship of the Croatia Open and give him two tournament titles in a row for the first time in his career.

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands -- Second-seeded Juan-Ignacio Chela beat top-seeded Albert Costa 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) Sunday in the final of the Energis Open.


BASTAD, Sweden -- Third-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain fought off back pain and beat No. 2 Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, Sunday in the final of the $381,000 Swedish Open.

GSTAAD, Switzerland  -- Alex Corretja's history of success at the Swiss Open trumped Gaston Gaudio's recent stunning run on the ATP Tour. Corretja captured his third Swiss Open title in five years Sunday, outdueling his Argentinian counterpart, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3), at the $600,000 event.

BRUSSELS, Belgium  -- Swiss teenager Myriam Casanova of Switzerland upset top seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain on Sunday, claiming her first career WTA Tour title at the French Community Championships claycourt event. A wild card appearing in just her fifth WTA event, Casanova rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over the 31-year-old Sanchez-Vicario, a four-time Grand Slam winner.

PALERMO, Italy  -- Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina claimed her first WTA Tour title Sunday, outlasting Vera Zvonareva of Russia, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-3, at the Palermo International claycourt event.


EASTBOURNE, England -- Chanda Rubin beat Anastasia Myskina 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Eastbourne grass-court tournament Saturday.

NOTTINGHAM, England -- Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden earned his first title in four years Saturday, defeating Australian Wayne Arthurs, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, for the second Samsung Open championship of his career.

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands -- Sunday was a dream come true for Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, who earned her first career WTA Tour singles crown by rallying past fourth seed Elena Dementieva at the Ordina Open.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Marat Safin beat Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 on Saturday to win the Liverpool international exhibition tournament.


Lleyton Hewitt proves he's the ruler of the Queen's Club tourney three times over. The world No. 1 wins the grass-court tourney for the third consecutive time, beating Tim Henman 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Sunday. He's the first player to pull off the threepeat there since John McEnroe in 1981.

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Top-seeded Jelena Dokic won her first title on grass when she beat sixth-seeded Anastasia Myskina 6-2, 6-3 in the DFS Classic final Sunday.

HALLE, Germany -- Yevgeny Kafelnikov rallied to win the Gerry Weber Open for the third time, ending the upset run of Nicolas Kiefer, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday.

VIENNA, Austria -- Anna Smashnova beat defending champion Iroda Tulyaganova 6-4, 6-1 Sunday to win the $170,000 Wien Energie Grand Prix.

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian of Switzerland beat Tatiana Poutchek 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to win the $140,000 Tashkent Open and capture her first WTA title.


French Open ...Albert Costa (20), Spain, def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (11), Spain, 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to win his first Grand Slam trophy.

French Open ...Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain, and Paola Suarez (2), Argentina, def. Lisa Raymond, United States, and Rennae Stubbs (1), Australia, 6-4, 6-2 for the doubles championship

French Open ... Serena battles to a 7-5, 6-3 win in the all-Williams French Open championship Saturday. Serena's victory in Paris is her second Grand Slam title.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Southern California coach Dick Leach spent 12 seasons in search of his first national championship. Freshman Prakash Amritraj needed just one. Amritraj led the Trojans on Tuesday to their fourth national title under Leach to close out Leach's 23-year career. USC (25-5) won its 16th men's title
.

Serena Williams
settled a score with Justine Henin. One week after losing to Henin in the German Open final, Williams beat Henin 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 to win the Italian Open.

HAMBURG, Germany -- Roger Federer beat Marat Safin 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to win the Hamburg Masters. The 20-year-old Federer claimed 11 of the first 13 games and lost just one set in the tournament en route to his second victory of the season.

ROME -- Thirteen years after squandering a championship point, Andre Agassi beat Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 Sunday to win the Italian Open for the first time.

BERLIN -- Justine Henin needed three match points to beat Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the final of the German Open on Sunday. The 19-year-old Belgian won her first title of the year after failing in three previous finals. Henin, the world's eighth-ranked player, had lost all three finals to Serena Williams' older sister, Venus.

WARSAW, Poland -- Russia's Elena Bovina beat top-seeded Henrieta Nagyova 6-3, 6-1 Sunday in the final of the J&S Cup. It was the first WTA tournament victory for the 19-year-old Bovina, whose previous best finish was second place in Estoril, Portugal, last year.


HAMBURG, Germany -- Kim Clijsters rallied from a loss in the first set to beat top-ranked and defending champion Venus Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Betty Barclay Open on Sunday. Belgian Kim Clijsters, 18, captures her seventh career title.

MUNICH, Germany -- Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui beat Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the BMW Open on Sunday. The sixth-seeded El Aynaoui broke Schuettler's serve in the first game of both sets and used a dominating forehand to win his third title of the year. El Aynaoui was the only seeded player to reach the semis.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain -- Gaston Gaudio beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-3 Sunday to win the $381,000 Mallorca Open. "I am very happy with this new triumph in Spain," said the eighth-seeded Gaudio, who also won the Godo Open last week. "The truth is, I feel at home.

BOL, Croatia -- Aasa Svensson beat Croatia's Iva Majoli 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in her first appearance in the final at the Croatian Bol Ladies Open. "When I came here I didn't expect anything, so I didn't play under pressure," the 26-year-old Svensson said after her fourth WTA final. It was Svensson's first win after Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1999. She was the runner-up in Prague in 1994, and Houston in 1995, and she reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2002..


WTA Tour decides to move season-ender to L.A.

WTA year-ender swaps with Fed Cup.  


ATP NEWS / INFO .....

ATP’s DEUCE Magazine Set to Debuts Feb. 18 More

ATP Examines Match Tie-break Scoring for Doubles
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New TV Package for Tennis Masters Series & Masters Cup  More

One To Watch ... Roger Federer
ATP Champions Race /Year End
One To Watch ... Tommy Haas
One to Watch ... Ivan Ljubicic
One to Watch ... Mark Philippoussis
One to Watch ... Rainer Schuettler
One to Watch ... Irakli Labadze
One to Watch: Juan Carlos Ferrero

One to Watch: Guillermo Canas
ATP ... NEW BALLS PLEASE


 
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“LADIES NIGHT” AT US OPEN SETS
ALL-TIME ATTENDANCE RECORD


Women’s Night Session in Arthur Ashe Stadium breaks record with 23,145 fans.

Flushing Meadows, NY (September 1, 2002) – Women’s tennis achieved another milestone last night, as a record crowd of 23,145 fans filled Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first ever all-women’s night session in US Open history. The previous night session record was set on September 3, 2000.

“Ladies Night” at the US Open began with former world No. 1 and US Open champion Martina Hingis defeating South Africa’s Amanda Coetzer. Then three-time Grand Slam champion Jennifer Capriati defeated fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy to earn a spot in the fourth round. The night session concluded with 2002 Australian Open doubles champions Hingis and Anna Kournikova beating the American team of Laura Granville and Jennifer Hopkins.


Hall of Fame announces nominees
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker leads the list of nominees for next year's induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The German-born Becker won six Grand Slam singles titles during his career, including the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996 and the 1989 U.S. Open. He also held the world's No. 1 ranking for 109 weeks and finished his career with 49 singles and 15 doubles titles.
He became the youngest male champion at Wimbledon and the tournament's first unseeded man to win when at 17 years old he captured the 1985 title.
Becker, who also won Wimbledon in 1986 and 1989, was nominated for induction in the Recent Player category.
French women's doubles ace Francoise "Frankie" Durr and American Nancy Richey were nominated in the Master Player category.
Durr was the world's No. 3 ranked player in 1967 and holds 12 titles in Grand Slam events. She has 26 career singles titles and 40 doubles titles.
Richey is the only player to win the U.S. Clay Court Championships six consecutive times (1963-1968). She has 69 career singles titles.
A 75 percent vote from a panel of international tennis media is required for enshrinement. The 2003 inductees will be announced in January.


NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi is joining Pete Sampras as an investor in The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable network launching this year.
Agassi, a seven-time Grand Slam tournament champion, will be a spokesman for the channel, which will help promote the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.
His association was among a series of announcements made Tuesday by the 24-hour network, which will be a basic cable service:
Deals to broadcast seven pro tournaments: WTA Tour stops in Charleston, S.C.; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Sarasota, Fla.; and Paris; ATP Tour events in Chennai, India; San Jose, Calif.; and Houston.
An original series called "No Strings,'' billed as "an intimate look at the glamorous lifestyles of professional tennis players off the court.'' Sampras, Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick will be featured in the first three episodes.
TV rights for World Team Tennis.
A multiyear advertising deal with Wilson Racquet Sports, a division of Wilson Sporting Goods.

The Tennis Channel hasn't said when in 2002 it will launch, but it currently has deals that would put it in 38 percent of the country's cable households.
The network now has rights to more than 1,400 hours of tournament tennis, including five WTA Tour events and seven ATP Tour events. Its programming lineup will be about 40 percent tournament play, 40 percent instructional shows and 20 percent news or features
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.,  - The USTA and AEG today announced that the USTA will launch its USA Tennis High Performance national training center within The Home Depot National Training Center, AEG's 85-acre sports complex currently under construction in Carson, Calif. The new center will be focused on the development of future champions, by bringing the nation's top elite players to train and compete with each other. The state-of-the-art training facility also will offer world class coaching education and sports science programs for the sport's top American prospects. With its headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla., USA Tennis High Performance will now have a significant presence in two of the sport's hotbed developmental markets - Southern California and Florida.

 

Gigi Fernandez to Coach...
TAMPA, Fla. -- Gigi Fernandez, a member of world's top-ranked doubles team from 1991-1997, was named women's tennis coach at South Florida on Wednesday. Fernandez, who captured 17 Grand Slam doubles championships and two Olympic gold medals in her career, replaced Sherry Bedingfield, who retired after 23 seasons as coach.
 

Serena on top

#1 S.WILLIAMS
#2 V.WILLIAMS
#3 CAPRIATI
#4 DOKIC
#5 SELES
#6 HENIN
#7 CLIJSTERS
#8 HINGIS
#9 MAURESMO
#10 DAVENPORT
 


1st Hewitt, L. (AUS )
2nd Safin, M. (RUS )
3rd Agassi, A. (USA )
4th Henman, T. (GBR )
5th Costa, A. (ESP )
5th Moya, C. (ESP )
7th Ferrero, J. (ESP )
8th Haas, T. (GER )
9th Roddick, A. (USA )
10th Canas, G. (ARG )
 

 


LONDON -- The prestigious season-ending championships for men's tennis will take place in Houston in 2003 and 2004, Masters Cup organizers said at Wimbledon. The Masters Cup is contested each November by the world's top eight players and is co-owned by the ATP, the Grand Slams and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
 

BILL SIMONS OF INSIDE TENNIS, AND ESPN, WIN USTA MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Bud Collins and Gene Scott selected as Lifetime Achievement Winners


USTA DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY FOR PARALYMPIC SPORT OF WHEELCHAIR TENNIS
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ATP Extends Agreement for Team Championship
ARAG World Team Cup to Remain at Rochusclub in Dusseldorf through 2007 More

 

PARIS -- The United States will play defending champion France at Roland Garros, the home of the French Open, in the Davis Cup semifinals in September. More

 


 

USTA - First Serve...The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Florida Governor Jeb Bush today announced the launch of “First Serve”, a USTA national initiative that provides inner-city youth an after-school program with access to adult volunteer mentors, tutors, computers and the fun, physical activity of tennis. More


ATP Examines Match Tie-break Scoring for Doubles
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New TV Package for Tennis Masters Series & Masters Cup  More


SANEX WTA TOUR ANNOUNCES 2002 EVENT CALENDAR
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