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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 29, 1991
They stand five deep to watch 38 going on 16 wave his fluorescent, lime-green racket on a practice court. Boris Becker stops by. So does Gabriela Sabatini. Vitas Gerulaitis bows.Jimmy Connors shows up at the U.S. Open and a slumber party breaks out. Time stops. Is this 1991 or 1971, anyway?He plays past midnight and beats Patrick McEnroe in a five-set epic and suddenly, people wake up later that same day and want to be Connors. Monica Seles says, "He is just unbelievable." John McEnroe calls him "a living legend."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2002
NEW YORK - Pete Sampras went onto Arthur Ashe Stadium Court last night and painted an illusion that No. 3 seed Tommy Haas could not penetrate. Sampras, playing his storied serve-and-volley game as if he were 10 years younger, upset Haas, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5, to move into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open at the USTA National Tennis Center. "Given the year I've had, these are big matches," said Sampras, who has not won a tournament since Wimbledon 2000 and not been this far in a Grand Slam tournament since this time last year.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2002
NEW YORK - Pete Sampras went onto Arthur Ashe Stadium Court last night and painted an illusion that No. 3 seed Tommy Haas could not penetrate. Sampras, playing his storied serve-and-volley game as if he were 10 years younger, upset Haas, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5, to move into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open at the USTA National Tennis Center. "Given the year I've had, these are big matches," said Sampras, who has not won a tournament since Wimbledon 2000 and not been this far in a Grand Slam tournament since this time last year.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 29, 1991
They stand five deep to watch 38 going on 16 wave his fluorescent, lime-green racket on a practice court. Boris Becker stops by. So does Gabriela Sabatini. Vitas Gerulaitis bows.Jimmy Connors shows up at the U.S. Open and a slumber party breaks out. Time stops. Is this 1991 or 1971, anyway?He plays past midnight and beats Patrick McEnroe in a five-set epic and suddenly, people wake up later that same day and want to be Connors. Monica Seles says, "He is just unbelievable." John McEnroe calls him "a living legend."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 2, 1991
NEW YORK -- This is what it is like on Jimmy Connors' rebirth tour: Even practice is a spectacle.Hundreds watch Connors warm up with John Lloyd. They ask for his autograph. They snap his picture. They yell "Jimbo" at him, a lot.The scene is crazy, the perfect setup for today's fourth round of the U.S. Open. It's Labor Day, and Connors will celebrate his 39th birthday by trying to slug it out with Aaron Krickstein in Louis Armstrong Stadium.Twenty thousand fans will fill the place. Millions more will watch on television.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 28, 1991
It was raining bugs on a hot, humid evening. The runways facing Court 3 at the National Tennis Center were crammed with fans rushing into Louis Armstrong Stadium to see the night matches. The lights were flickering.But Pam Shriver didn't mind. She was stuck on an outer court last night against Rika Hiraki of Japan, and she was going to win a first-round U.S. Open match, 6-1, 6-1."I kept saying to myself, 'Put blinders on, Pam,' " Shriver said. "I didn't want to look. You wait all day to play, you get out on to a court at twilight, and the officials tell you that you're going on to a court where the lights aren't up to standard."
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,Tribune Newspapers | September 5, 2009
NEW YORK - -Taylor Dent, who thought he would be lucky to walk normally after three back surgeries, had 120 winners Friday, hit a 147-mph serve among his 20 aces and finally gave the U.S. Open men's tournament a bit of buzz with his 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (1), 7-5, 7-6 (9) win over Ivan Navarro in the second round. Former Open champions Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters won third-round matches. They'll play Sunday. Clijsters, back only a month from a two-year retirement and unseeded because of her time off, routed fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 6-0, 6-2. Third seed Venus Williams beat 46th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, 6-2, 7-5, but limped.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 9, 1991
NEW YORK -- Finally, Pam Shriver won a women's Grand Slam doubles title without Martina Navratilova.It happened yesterday in the final of the U.S. Open, with Shriver and Natalia Zvereva outlasting Jana Novotna and Larisa Savchenko, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), at Louis Armstrong Stadium."I feel now like I don't have to do another darn thing," said Shriver, 29, of Lutherville. "I had to get one on my own."For nearly a decade, Shriver and Navratilova ruled women's doubles, winning 20 Grand Slam championships.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 5, 1991
NEW YORK -- His name is Paul Haarhuis, and he comes from the Netherlands, but by midnight tonight, he could be a tennis superstar in America. Then again, he might end up as just another designated victim on the Jimmy Connors comeback tour."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 7, 1991
NEW YORK -- The crowd is with her now, instead of against her. When her nerves are raw, when her serve cracks under presure, they scream her name.It wasn't always this way for Martina Navratilova at Louis Armstrong Stadium. But she's 34 years old, now, and Chris Evert is retired and she is the familiar face in a game overrun with teen-agers.So there she was yesterday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, trying to dodge every peril her psyche and 22-year-old Steffi Graf could throw her way. Every time she hit a winner the crowd screamed, and when it was over, after Navratilova had somehow put together a 7-6 (7-2)
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 1, 1991
NEW YORK -- And later that same day . . .Boris Becker lost, Jimmy Connors won and Pete Sampras was stuck in two tie-breakers against a left-handed Frenchman who wore black shoes, white socks and blue horn-rimmed glasses.The U.S. Open, the tournament that doesn't sleep, churned on yesterday, less than 10 hours after Michael Chang lobbed John McEnroe out of the third round at 1:27 a.m. There was madness under the moon and chaos under the sun at Louis Armstrong Stadium.Becker, the No. 1 seed, wrapped in one of his injury-induced funks, was upset by Paul Haarhuis, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Connors, the 38-year-old Peter Pan of tennis, continued his charmed flight into the round of 16 by defeating 10th-seeded Karel Novacek, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. And Sampras, the defending champion, struggled and emoted early, but finally put away Stephane Simian, 7-6 (7-3)
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 3, 1991
He just kept walking through the stands and babbling about the match as twilight dropped in on Louis Armstrong Stadium yesterday. He was in the middle of this wall of noise and pandemonium and his legs were cramping and his voice was hoarse and the fans were pounding on the glass of the stadium restaurant, while others were standing in awe and singing "Happy Birthday."This wasn't some rock star on tour, it was just an old guy who happened to be a tennis player coming down after giving everyone another great moment in an incredible career.
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