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February 2, 1992 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
John McEnroe and Rick Leach awoke from a first-set stupor yesterday to dominate Argentina's Javier Frana and Christian Miniussi, 6-7 (0-7), 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, and send the United States into the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The doubles victory gave the Americans an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five competition. The U.S. team's next opponent will be Czechoslovakia, which eliminated Belgium in another first-round clash. "(Davis Cup) is what it's all about," McEnroe said. "It's great to do it on a team.
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January 31, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pete Sampras was speaking by telephone from California. His voice was strong and friendly. He asked how everybody was. He said he was feeling healthy. He said he was eager to play some tennis. Then he heard the words Davis Cup, and he stopped talking. Just for a minute, though. Sampras, who had to pull out of this month's Australian Open with a sore shoulder, will begin his 1992 season today when he plays singles for the United States in the first round of this year's Davis Cup against Argentina in Hawaii.
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September 11, 1991 | the Inquirer Staff
Jim Courier, the French Open champion and a singles finalist at the U.S. Open, headed the list of four players named yesterday to the U.S. Davis Cup team, which will compete against Germany in a semifinal match later this month. Also named to the team by the U.S. Tennis Association were Andre Agassi, Scott Davis and David Pate. The selection of Davis and Pate, doubles finalists at the Open and champions of the Australian Open, was a surprise. The team of Rick Leach and Jim Pugh was 6-0 in Davis Cup play, but U.S. captain Tom Gorman said the pair had been struggling lately, including its elimination in the second round of the U.S. Open.
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July 23, 1989 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Flach and Robert Seguso are no longer undefeated in Davis Cup doubles play. And because they aren't, the U.S. hopes of advancing to its first Davis Cup final since 1984 went from almost a sure thing to almost an impossibility. The United States fell behind West Germany, 2-1, yesterday in a best-of- five semifinal series that seemed safely in hand only a day earlier. First, in a match that started Friday with four sets completed - a match that he had led two sets to none, a match that he had once served for - Andre Agassi dropped the fifth set yesterday to Boris Becker, 6-4, to complete a 6-7 (4-7)
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July 17, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
John McEnroe has withdrawn from the U.S. team for this week's Davis Cup semifinal against defending champion West Germany because of a shoulder injury, American tennis officials said yesterday. McEnroe, 30, who is ranked No. 5 in the world, will be replaced in the singles by Brad Gilbert, ranked No. 15, according Ed Fabricius, a spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association. Fabricius said that team captain Tom Gorman had talked to Tim Mayotte and Michael Chang, the French Open champion, about taking McEnroe's place but that both had prior commitments.
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September 22, 1990 | By Cindy Shmerler, Special to The Inquirer The Associated Press contributed to this article
The day after he lost in the final of the U.S. Open almost two weeks ago, a self-described "mentally fatigued" Andre Agassi placed a phone call to John McEnroe to discuss tennis business. Among the topics Agassi addressed was his reluctance to get on a plane so soon after the Open and represent his country in the Davis Cup. "John just said that he experienced so many good things in Davis Cup and he'd hate for me to miss out on them," Agassi recalled yesterday, after overpowering Horst Skoff, 7-6, 6-0, 6-1, before 17,000 fans at Prater Stadium's clay courts to even the team score at 1. Earlier, Austria's No. 1 singles player, Thomas Muster, defeated Michael Chang, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. "I think John has the right idea," said Agassi, the United States' No. 1 singles player.
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November 7, 1991 | the Inquirer Staff
Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ken Flach and Robert Seguso were selected yesterday to play for the United States in this month's Davis Cup final against France. U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gorman decided not to pick veteran John McEnroe, who lobbied for a spot on the team that will play in Lyon, France, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Agassi and Sampras will play singles; the veteran doubles team of Flach and Seguso was picked instead of Scott Davis and David Pate. Davis and Pate were upset by Germany in their Davis Cup debut in September.
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July 18, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Jim Courier, rescuing the United States following a shocking loss by Pete Sampras, defeated Jacco Eltingh in the deciding match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the host Netherlands. After Richard Krajicek beat Sampras earlier in the day to keep the Dutch alive, Courier downed Eltingh, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to give the United States a 3-2 victory in the best-of-five match competition. "I didn't think I'd have to play another live match," Courier said. "But the bottom line is we got the job done.
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April 27, 1989 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
They lived together, they practiced together, the played together and they finally won together. And tonight Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Charlie Pasarell, Clark Graebner, Donald Dell and Dennis Ralston will get together again to relive the year 1968 when they came together with a mission - to win the Davis Cup. The mission was successful. They beat Australia in Adelaide, 4-1, in the finals. Today, though, they will do more than reminisce. This is a reunion with a purpose. Ashe has gathered his old teammates together to give a clinic at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center, an indoor facility in Manayunk that has been designated one of only two United States Tennis Association training centers in the country.
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February 6, 1993 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John McLean defeated Pete Bostwick, a former holder of the world open title, by 6-3, 6-1 to win the U.S. Open Court Tennis Championship yesterday at the New York Racquet and Tennis Club, of which both are members. Afterward, McLean and Bostwick combined to gain the doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow New Yorkers Gene Scott and Jesse Sammis. Scott, a former Davis Cup player, and Sammis had beaten the Van Alen brothers, James L. and William L., of the Philadelphia Racquet Club, in a straight-set semifinal.
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July 7, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
In 2014, there are plenty of easy, unflattering analogies to be made about Germantown and U.S. tennis, which have both seen better days. The glorious history of both, however, can still be found in a splendid Philadelphia relic, one whose foreboding brick walls have shielded and conserved. The Germantown Cricket Club, a green oasis in that gritty urban neighborhood, is one of this city's greatest and least-known sports treasures. Now that another Wimbledon is concluding without an American in sight and Germantown's many losses have included even its namesake high school, this still-active institution stands as a stark reminder of both decline and preservation.
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October 28, 2013 | By Mike Still, For The Inquirer
For the spectators camped along the Schuylkill cheering on competitors in the 43d annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Saturday, the frigid winds blowing off the water required a few extra layers of clothing. On the water, however, the strong headwinds required some technical adjustments from rowers. "Every boat out there, they're experiencing the same conditions," said John Pieper, a senior on Drexel's first-place men's college and open heavy championship eights team. ". . . It's just a matter of who can handle the conditions better, who's willing to sit in the pain and push through it for longer.
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September 17, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
In the first women's major played in continental Europe, Suzann Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by 2 shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career in Evian-Les-Bains, France. It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007, and her second straight tournament win after the Safeway Classic this month. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women's calendar.
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March 1, 2013 | BY DONALD L. DELL
TWENTY YEARS ago, on Feb. 6, 1993, Arthur Ashe died of complications from AIDS at age 49. He was my best friend and client for 23 years, and his death continues to touch me, almost daily. I am confident that those of us who knew him best can reflect on his passing and can smile, rather than revisit the depths of despair we knew in 1993. We can smile because we can take solace in his immense legacy and the memories of the grace, dignity and equanimity with which he bore his burdens and his triumphs.
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September 17, 2012
John Isner and the U.S. Davis Cup team saw firsthand that Spain's dominance isn't limited to Rafael Nadal. David Ferrer beat Isner, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, on Sunday in Gijon, Spain, to give the five-time champions an insurmountable, 3-1 lead and a shot at a fourth title in five years. They'll face either Argentina or the Czech Republic on the road in the final. Helped by Isner's 70 unforced errors, the fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win. Venus Williams helped Washington catch up, then beat Coco Vandeweghe in a last-game tiebreaker as the Kastles completed their second straight undefeated championship season in World Team Tennis with a 20-19 victory over Sacramento in Charleston, S.C. Washington (16-0)
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September 16, 2012
Stormy Lord successfully defended his title in the $250,000 PTHA President's Cup, a 11/8-mile turf test for three-year-olds and up at Parx Racing on Saturday afternoon. David Wilmot 's Stormy Lord strode home nearly three lengths in front. Jockey James McAleney allowed Kara's Orientation and Cantonic to set the pace while he placed Stormy Lord in the clear on the outside of traffic and in third place. At the three-eighths pole, McAleney and the 5-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic made a run and passed both front-runners, winning in 1 minute, 53.00 seconds.
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August 27, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the French, this was a sight unlike any on the European continent. A sea of pristine and perfectly manicured grass tennis courts at the esteemed Philadelphia Cricket Club. For many of these French players, this was their first time on grass. "This is something special," said Emanuelle Ducrot, 37. "You need to adjust your feet every time. Because you expect something and it's completely different. " Ten of the best French tennis players - many in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s - faced their American counterparts this weekend in a competition of International Tennis Clubs, which were founded in the 1920s and intended to promote friendship among nations through tennis.
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April 9, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
SERANA WILLIAMS capped a week of powerful performances with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Lucie Safarova to win the Family Circle Cup on Sunday in Charleston, S.C. It was Williams' 40th WTA title and first on clay in 4 years since capturing this championship in 2008. Williams didn't expect to show so strongly in her first event of the season on clay. She said the steady stream of interests she deals with off the tennis court helps keep her focused when she's on it. "I'm just trying to keep my mind busy," Williams said.
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February 11, 2012
American John Isner shocked Roger Federer , 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2, on an indoor clay court, giving the United States a 2-0 lead against Switzerland in their Davis Cup first-round series Friday. Isner's big serve and booming ground strokes challenged the Swiss star. A partisan crowd of 7,000 in Fribourg, Switzerland, was stunned into silence by Federer's first loss in Davis Cup singles in eight years. The upset was preceded by a thrilling opening singles match, with Mardy Fish outlasting Stanislas Wawrinka , 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7. The United States can eliminate Switzerland in doubles in the best-of-five series on Saturday.
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