Rain washes out Legg Mason matches

July 19, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- The Legg Mason Tennis Classic, after dodging raindrops for five straight days to get matches in, had both yesterday's and last night's sessions rained out.

To make up for lost time, a total of 19 matches are scheduled to go nonstop today beginning at 10 a.m. In the mix are the seven remaining matches of the third round and four quarterfinal pairings.

Second seed Michael Chang, the top seeded player remaining after Andre Agassi (1) and Jim Courier (3) were upset victims Wednesday night, is in the second match on the stadium court against Vince Spadea (16). If successful, Chang will open the night program against the winner of the Paul Haarhuis (7) vs. Mauricio Hadad match.

Third-round matches being picked up in progress find Renzo Furlan (8) leading Karol Kucera 7-6, 3-2, and Haarhuis a first-set winner over Hadad, 7-6. Play was suspended after 70 minutes of action just after noon yesterday and canceled eight hours later.

One round has been completed in the doubles tournament with 15 matches to go. Time was when the doubles portion of a tourney might be scrapped, but not these days with $150,000 and 1,000 computer points up for grabs and so many players specializing in tandem play.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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