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Connors Defeats Lloyd 6-4, 7-5

December 2, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Jimmy Connors, playing in Britain for the first time in 7 1/2 years, beat John Lloyd 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday in the ATP Senior Tour’s Honda Challenge.

``Once I get out there it’s always fun and I always enjoy playing John,″ Connors said after the match at Royal Albert Hall. ``We’ve been friends for a long time, we play a lot of tennis and golf, and to play him over here like this adds to it.″

Lloyd was a last-minute replacement for the injured Pat Cash in a round-robin group that also includes Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

In other matches, McEnroe beat Borg 7-5, 6-4; Henri Leconte defeated Jeremy Bates 6-2, 6-4; and Yannick Noah beat Mansour Bahrami 5-7, 6-3 and 10-4 in the tiebreaker used in senior events.

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