New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Outdoors, fishing report Pages 9-10A
Thursday, July 4, 1985
Wimbledon thrown into disarray
WIMBLEDON. England (AP) — Top-seeded John McEnroe, seeking to become the first American to win three consecutive men’s singles titles in the Wimbledon tennis championships, was blasted out of the tournament Wednesday by hard-serving Kevin Curren 6-2,6-2,6-4.
“He just overpowered me,” admitted McEnroe, who failed to reach the final of this grass court tournament for the first time since 1979.
The victory sent Curren, a native of South Africa who became an American citizen this year, into the semifinals, where he now will face veteran Jimmy Connors, the No. 3 seed who is seeking a third Wimbledon crown. Connors advanced with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Ricardo Acuna of Chile.
In the other semifinal, No. 5 Anders Jarryd of Sweden will meet 17-year-old Boris Becker of West Germany, a skyrocketing star who has been made a 7-4 favorite by London’s bookmakers to capture the title. In the quarterfinals, Jarryd defeated Heinz Gunthardt of Switzerland 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, and Becker, the youngest player ever to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, beat Henri l^econte of France 7-4 (9-7), 3-6,6-3,6-4.
While the men’s draw has tumbled into disarray with three of the top four seeds eliminated, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd continued their expected march toward a showdown for the women’s crown. Navratilova beat her doubles partner, No. 5 Pam Shriver, 7-6 (7-5 >, 6-3, and Lloyd eliminated Barbara Potter 6-2,6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Along with Navratilova and Lloyd, the co-No. I seeds, reaching the all-American women’s semifinals were
No. 8 Zina Garrison and No. 16 Kathy Rinaldi. Garrison ousted qualifier Molly Van Nostrand 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and Rinaldi defeated No. 7 Helena Suova of Czechoslovakia 6-1,1-6,6-1.
Lloyd will play Rinaldi and Navratilova will meet Garrison in the women’s semifinals today, with the final scheduled Saturday. The men’s semifinals will be held Friday and the championship match Sunday.
“It was a combination of me being off my game and him just wanting to win,” said a subdued McEnroe, whose game during the tournament never showed the brilliance or genius that had taken him to three Wimbledon titles in the past four years.
It was rare for McEnroe to get around on Curren’s booming serve, spraying service returns all over the court. And when he got the ball back in play, the returns usually were high floaters that Curren put away with crisp volleys.
It was the second time in three years that Curren had eliminated the defending champion here. In 1983, Curren served 33 aces in upsetting
“I am a much more mature and experienced player since two years ago when I beat Jimmy here,” said Curren, a graduate of the University of Texas. “I was nervous back then, but felt more in control today.”
Curren broke McEnroe’s service in the fifth and seventh games of the first set, the first and seventh games of the second set and the seventh game of the final set. Four times McEnroe reached break point on Current serve, and the right-hander repelled each one.Distracted McEnroe succumbs to CurrenBy HAL BOCK AP Sport* Writer
WIMBLEDON, England — Defending men’s champion John McEnroe, eliminated by Kevin Curren in a stunning straight-set, quarterfinal upset in the Wimbledon tennis championships Wednesday, looked worn, a man beaten mentally as well as physically.
Battered by his daily duel with British journalists and the constant pressure of being No. I, McEnroe succumbed simply to No. 8 Curren 6-2,6-2,6-4 on center court.
“The power level was different,” McEnroe said in a resigned tone. “He was just hitting the ball harder than I was. He just overpowered me.”
McEnroe never got going against Curren and spent the match locked in an uphill
“I wish I knew why I couldn’t pull my game up,” he said. “I just played a sub-par match. I felt rushed. Everything seemed to be speeded up. I certainly wasn't expecting to be broken as much as I was. I was surprised at how badly I was serving.
"When you lose, everything seems to hurt a whole lot more. Ifs a tough rut to get out of. I didn't feel as fresh as I'd like. I felt real old out there.”
McEnroe, 26, had reached the Wimbledon finals for five straight years, winning three times, including the last two years. He has been playing here for nine years and never was beaten as convincingly as he was Wednesday.
McEnroe has been troubled by his treatment in the British press, where attention
has been focused on his private life rather than on his tennis game.
“I don’t know if ifs my game so much as my mentality,” he said. “Sometimes you let things like what go on here year after year, bother you more than others.”
McEnroe said he understood better now why Bjorn Borg of Sweden left tennis when he was No. I.
As you get older, you see too many things that are enjoyable, and that’s why I understand Bjorn walking away,” he said. “I think the press had a lot to do with that and that’s a sad thing. To have someone go out like that at 25 years old ... it seems people should think about that. But they didn t They just turned their attention to me. ”
McEnroe was the perfect foil for them, Uke a Fourth of July firecracker looking for a
light And rest assured, the assembled host journalists were only too anxious to oblige
So instead of talking tennis, they asked turn about other spicier subjects, like girl friend Tatum O'Neal and exactly what her mother thinks of him. That’s certainly very germanic to the All England Championships.
While McEnroe wrestled with the question, his insides probably beginning to churn just a little, an American writer tried to ease tile pressure.
“And what,” the congenial Colonial wondered, “does your mother think of Tatum?”
McEnroe tried to stifle a snule but iKrept across his face, wrinkling his mouth. The respite lasted only as long as the next question and soon the interview had
deteriorated into th>-insults that h;<* ! Wimbledon trn.i concerned
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“You are a verbal bulls. one writer said in well-rounded, dulcet English tones, offering an assessment, not a question
McEnroe isn t Hie bull) These writers are the ones who deserve that label. They pick and probe at him Uke little children, who deUght in pulling the wings off flies They know if they keep it up. sooner or later, the firecracker will flare and thc> ll have wliat they came after
For now, they’ve just pestered the world's top-ranked player to distraction.
The all-time fielding team
In number of errorstotai fielding chances
Sometimes what you say isn't what you write
Ah, the things people say by accident.
In preparation for this year’s edition of FootbaU 1985, we sent out questionnaires to coaches of teams that wiU play Canyon, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley, asking for a Uttle information on each team.
Coaches get about half a dozen surveys to fill out every year, so we can understand if they get a Uttle punchy.
One of the oddest came from a coach who taken over a team that was 0-10 the year before. In the space for “Last district title,” he wrote “B.C.” He may have meant before he arrived, but he made it sound Uke Fred Flintstone was the last all-district pick at the school.
In the spot for “Returning offensive starters,” one coach put 13. Whoa, coach, not even the Canadians allow 13 guys on the field. A hospital full of injuries in ’84, we suppose.
One doomsayer listed “Failure of one course by any
player,” as one of his team’s major weaknesses — and then put a note next to Oct. 18 on his schedule, noting “Six-weeks grades will come out. Good luck Texas football.”
Another of the surveys came back with a cover letter: “To Whom It May Concern: The (Insert name here) Coaching Staff would Uke to acquaint you with two outstanding footbaU players, Johnny LaRue and Sid Dithers (not their real names), who both made aU state in Class AAA, 2nd team.”
They want to acquaint us with them so we can vote for them again. And by the way, they both sound Uke they could run through brick walls.
On the Une for “Previous coaching jobs,” one veteran wrote “Too long ago to remember."
Congratulations to Canyon track coach David Simmons and his wife Kathy, who had a baby girl Monday.
Pete Rose says baseball still fun
CINCINNATI (API — Pete Rose doesn't even want to speculate about the day he'll go to bat for the last time. He’s having too much fun right now to think about quitting.
“When people ask me how long I’m going to play, I reaUy can’t give them a good answer,” the Cincinnati Reds’ 44-year-old player-manager said. “I know a lot more is behind me than is ahead of me.
“I'm not going to be one of those guys who look back and say, ‘If I’d done this in ’79, or if I’d done this in '69.' I play every game Uke it nught be my last, because it might be.”
Rose has played in 3,431 games, more than any player in major league history. Yet he still throws himself into each game with typical “Charlie Hustle” enthusiasm, running out bases on balls, sliding to break up double plays, and diving into bases headfirst.
The more than 13,600 career at-bats haven’t worn down his enthusiasm for the game, which keeps him going Ut his 23rd major league season. Another thing that keeps him going is his quest to break Ty Cobb’s aU-time base hit record. Rose has 4,154 hits and needs only 38 more to surpass Cobb’s mark of 4,191.
“I’ve never approached baseball as a job. It’s fun,” he said.Landa course ready for men's tourney
More than 60 golfers will take part in a New Braunfels tradition at the end of the month in the Men’s City Championship tournament.
“This is definitely our biggest tournament of the year,” said Landa Park Golf Course Pro Bill Halbert. “This is the one that we really look forward to. The Golf Fest draws a larger field, but that draws from three cities. This is the largest tournament in New | Braunfels.”
The Golf Fest is a three-day tournament at courses in New Braunfels, San Marcos and Seguin. Players from all over Texas and the surrounding states play one round at each course.
The championship tournament has been a staple of New Braunfels since the course opened in 1956.
“We’ve missed a year or two here and there, but we had our first one 30 years ago when the course first opened,” Halbert said.
The tournament is open to Comal County citizens 19 and older and will take place on the weekends of July 27 and 28 and August 3 and 4.
The field of golfers will be broken up into flights with the top 16 handicappers in the championship Right.
Each flight will include 16 golfers.
Halbert said he expects the tournament to draw enough golfers for “four or five flights.”
Comal County has produced a number of good golfers, he said, which will make the tournament a tight contest.
“There are several good players in town. I expect to aee some real good scores in the championship flight, anywhere from 4-under-par to even-par.” he said.
Plans now call for the tournament to begin at noon on the two Saturdays and at IO a m. on the Sundays, Halbert said
The entry fee of $20 for the four-day tournament will go to purchasing trophies and awards.
Registration for the tournament will take place later this month, Halbert said.
Defending champion Warren Hurst will defend his title in the 1985 edition.
Hurst won the tournament last year by firing back-to-back 68s on the last two days of the event He finished with a four-day total of 280, eight strokes under par.
The luanda Park Golf Course is in excellent shape for the tournament, Halbert said
“We’ve had a lot of rain this year, rain which we definitely didn't get last year. The course is in excellent shape right now, as good as shape as you could hope for,” he said.
Defending champ Warren Hurst putts
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