- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2002

Men's tennis
Whoa, Hewitt vs. Serena would have been a more entertaining final.

Wimbledon was more fun when it didn't behave like Roland Garros.

Even the Duke of Kent had a chuckle at naked moonwalk routine.

American men
For the first time since 1992, no U.S. men make it to the fourth round.

Boris Becker
Boom-Boom emerges from broom closet to bash Pete Sampras.

Pete Sampras
Of course, Boris is probably right.

Anna Kournikova
A joke. And quickly becoming her own punch line.

Andy Roddick
Grow up already.

Marat Safin
Would it kill him to care? Just a little?

Johnny Mac, author
Autobiography tops best-seller list.

Johnny Mac, 'roid rager
Tatum cannot be serious. Can she?

The Brotherhood of Sport
Pakistani government threatens to investigate Aisum-ul-Haq Qureshi's doubles pairing with an Israeli player.

Upcoming tournaments on the ATP and WTA tours:
Swedish Open
Bastad, Sweden
July 8-14
Andrea Gaudenzi

Gstaad Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
July 8-14
Jiri Novak

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Newport, R.I.
July 8-14
Neville Godwin

French Community Championships
Brussels, Belgium
July 8-14
Iroda Tulyaganova

Palermo International
July 8-14
Ana Isabel Medina Garrigues

Grand Prix de S.A.R. La Princesse
Casablanca, Morocco
July 8-14
Zsofia Gubaosi

"You can feel how special it is to play. You have to wear the white clothes and be nice and polite, don't hit the racket."
Marat Safin, who celebrated the 80th birthday of Centre Court by trashing his racket, harassing ball boys and generally acting like a churl in an upset loss to mighty mite Olivier Rochus.

"[Wimbledon] is the one that's always kind of saved my year."
Seven-time All England champ Pete Sampras, following his second-round loss to journeyman George Bastl.

"I don't think you know if my confidence is low or not."
Anna Kournikova to BBC interviewer Gary Richardson, after Richardson asked if her confidence was low following a first-round loss to Tatiana Panova. Presumably, Richardson would not have asked the question had he known the answer.

"Her nerves are shot, she has no confidence and she is not in very good shape. And if she is telling you otherwise, then she's kidding herself."
John McEnroe, on Kournikova.

"I would figure I had to be a lot further than the third round, that's for sure."
American Jeff Morrison, asked whether he thought he'd last longer in the draw than Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick.

"No pressure, Timbo, but choke now and we'll never forgive you."
Caption on the front page of London's Daily Mirror directed at Brit Tim Henman, above pictures of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras losing their second-round matches.

"All I can say is that Aisam's decision to play with an Israeli was not morally correct."
Pakistani Sports Minister S.K. Tressler, on Pakistan's Aisum-ul-Haq Qureshi teaming up with Israel's Amir Hadad.

Apparently not everyone on the property enjoyed the antics of yesterday's streaker. The stewards at the All England Club were so flustered by his act that they felt compelled to release an official statment on the incident.
"Security had been reviewed, but it is always a tough compromise between containment and the great views and closeness to the court that spectators enjoy at Wimbledon. In this instance it was quickly apparent there was no threat, but it would be a great shame if we have to put more permanent measures in place to prevent people gaining access to the court."
Isn't it wonderfully stuffy and humorless? The Rover loves the Brits.

The Rover's favorite quote of the day came from former champion Boris Becker, who was providing colorful, if often incoherent, commentary on the men's final. With David Nalbandian trailing 4-0 in the first set and the rout clearly on, the camera panned to the Argentine's girlfriend, Victoria, and Becker cooed: "At least a beautiful girlfriend he has."

So long from the tennis' temple of turf. The Rover is now headed to the Emerald Isle for a week of golf, a sport they don't call off because of a few sprinkles. He'll think about you when he jacks it up today at Ballybunion. The Rover will contact you again from Muirfield, the third stop on Tiger's Slam Tour. Until then, cheers.
Barker Davis

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