Names in the Game
PARIS (AP) _ Philippe Chatrier, who steered tennis through boycott and hot pants controversies and back into the Olympics, steps down Saturday as president of the French Tennis Federation, ending more than 24 years of top-level involvement.
Chatrier was president of the International Tennis Federation from 1977 to 1991. He also was the president of the Men’s International Pro Tennis Council from 1979 to 1985 before pro tennis was taken over by the players.
Chatrier, 65, was once a player himself, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon when he was France’s No. 6 ranked player in 1951.
One his greatest thrills was watching France upset the United States in Lyon to win the 1991 Davis Cup.
As president of the international federation, he was instrumental in returning tennis to the Olympics as a medal event.
During his tenure, Chatrier was faced with boycotts, such as when India refused to meet South Africa in the 1974 Davis Cup final because of South Africa’s racial policiies.
During the 1990 French Open, he was involved in a clothing dispute with Andre Agassi, who introduced an outfit described as ″the new Lycra, hot-lava look″ - glowing pink and black on his shirt, black denim shorts and pink cycling tights underneath.
The ITF threatened fines and a crackdown on garish outfits, but the dress codes have relaxed.
NEW YORK (AP) - The sight of three Olympic medalists skating around a Central Park rink as if they were at Albertville called for a double take.
Was that really Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Paul Wylie skating amongst the youngsters and senior citizens?
Sure was. Now headlining the Discover Card Stars on Ice tour, Yamaguchi, Hamilton and Wylie were at Wohlman Rink on Friday on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They were fulfilling the wishes of several children with serious medical problems who wanted to skate with the Olympians.
″This is part of the tour I really enjoy,″ said Yamaguchi, the 1992 women’s Olympic champion. ″The children give you a warm feeling.″
Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist, has helped raise nearly $1 million for the foundation through the Stars on Ice tour. A donation of $1 from every ticket sale is made to the Make-A-Wish cause.
The three Olympians appeared in Philadelphia on Thursday night, drove to New York and were not in their hotel until past 2 a.m. They were at the rink by dawn.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - Three Miami Dolphins are spending a week in a decidedly cooler climate as they visit a teammate in the Upper Peninsula.
Houghton native Chuck Klingbeil talked fellow Dolphins Bert Weidner, Mark Sanders and Ned Bolcar into visiting his hometown for a week. The foursome is spending the time snowmobiling, hunting and sightseeing.
Since arriving on Tuesday, the men have also been introduced to the traditional Copper Country sauna.
″They went out to the lake, cut a hole in the ice and filled the sauna stove with water,″ said Klingbeil’s grandfather, Leo Lucchesi.
The athletes didn’t perform the requisite dive into the icy lake after the sauna, but they did the next best thing.
″They sat outside,″ Lucchesi said. ″They looked like a steam engine because they were steaming so much.″
MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) - Fernando Valenzuela said ″it felt good″ pitching again after a two-week break.
The former Los Angeles Dodgers star lasted 6 2-3 innings for Mazatlan as the Mexican team won its Caribbean Series opener Thursday. He gave up five hits in the 3-2 victory over the Dominican Republic.
″My control was good,″ said Valenzuela who had not pitched since the end of the regular winter season when he played for Navojoa. ″Unfortunately, I did not win, but I am pleased with my performance.″
″I think he is ready to pitch again in the majors,″ said Mexican coach Ramon Montoya.
Valenzuela hopes to get back to the big leagues.