Dialing for a good mixed doubles date

June 28, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- It isn't every day that a man from Zimbabwe and a woman from Baltimore team up on the tennis court.

"And at first, I wondered, should he ask me because he's the man? Or should I ask him because I'm older? Or should he ask me because he's ranked higher? Or should I ask him because I've won more titles?" said Pam Shriver, explaining how she arrived here teamed with Byron Black, the No. 1 doubles player in the world. "Well, I'm not shy."

But she didn't exactly ask him personally.

Shriver, ranked No. 9 in doubles, wanted to play mixed doubles and wanted to be ranked. So, through her agent, she initiated contact with five top-10 men's doubles players.

"Byron was the only who responded," she said. "And he's great. He's very quick and he encourages me and he moves all the time to help me."

Yesterday, the No. 2-seeded Black and Shriver started slowly but finished fast, defeating Kent Kinnear and Nana Miyagi, 6-7 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4.

It was quite a good performance, given Shriver, hampered by the usual wear and tear on her shoulder and an aching foot, pulled a hamstring a half-hour into the warm-ups yesterday.

"Mobility isn't my strong suit, anyway," she said. "If I can just continue to get my serve in and make a few volleys, Byron will take care of the rest. That's probably our best game plan, anyway."

How the hamstring will affect her doubles play with Liz Smylie today against Katerina Maleeva and Robin White remains to be seen.

The Black-Shriver team will play its next match tomorrow against the winner of today's Rick Leach-Lisa Raymond/Luke Jensen-Brenda Schultz match.

Andre rocked

Andre Agassi was rocked on the court yesterday, but he was rocked off it Sunday while stopping for a light lunch at a wine bar in Wimbledon with his trainer, Gil Reys.

Pensioner Norman Phillips hit the tennis star's Jaguar as he reversed into his driveway.

Told the Jag belonged to Agassi, Phillips huffed: "I don't care if it's the Queen of England's. It should not be parked here. If it's Andre Agassi's, he can jolly well pay."

The matter was smoothed over by Agassi's driver, Jackie Humphries.

Becker fined

Referee Alan Mills fined Boris Becker 1,000 pounds (about $1,600) for his conduct in his third-round match with Javier Frana on Saturday.

Becker left the court for what was supposed to be a bathroom break and "received medical treatment," which is against the rules.

Pete Sampras called the incident "unusual."

Television analyst and former player John McEnroe said Becker "should have been disqualified."

Becker had little opportunity to say anything yesterday. His match with Andrei Medvedev was the last on Court 1 and was called for darkness in the fifth set.

Sampras meets seed

For the first time in this tournament, Sampras, the defending Wimbledon champ, will have to play a seeded player tomorrow. The player? No. 10 Michael Chang.

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