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September 19, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia will lead a field of 32 players in the $627,500 Seiko Super tennis champoinships Oct. 18-23 in Tokyo, organizers said Monday.

Other leading participants are No. 3 ranked and 1988 Wimbledon Champion Stefan Edberg of Sweden, No. 5 ranked and 1988 Wimbledon finalist Boris Becker of West Germany, and 1988 Australian Open finalist Pat Cash

The organizers said they have not invited U.S. Open champion Mat Wilander of Sweden, the world’s top ranked player, because of his tight schedule. Wilander ended Lendl’s three-year reign with a dramatic five-set victory Sept. 11 in the longest final in U.S. Open history.

Edberg is the defending champion, beating Lendl 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 last year.


NEW YORK (AP) - Defending champion Lee Trevino will be joined by Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Ray Floyd in the sixth annual Skins Game, scheduled Nov. 26-27 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

The first six holes will be worth $15,000 each from the $450,000 purse with the second six holes worth $25,000 and the final six $35,000. The prize money is carried over if a hole ends in a tie.

The first nine holes will be played Nov. 26 with the final nine holes scheduled the next day.


NEW YORK (AP) - Tennis star Martina Naviatilova has been elected a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation, officials announced.

The announcement was made jointly by Deborah Anderson, executive director of the organization and Carol Mann, president of the board of trustees.

Navratilova’s first function in her new role will be serve on the organization’s ninth annual awards dinner, scheduled Oct. 17 in New York.

More than 80 athletes, including Jackie Joyner-Kersee, her sister-in-law Florence Griffith Joyner, hurdler Edwin Moses and figure skater Brian Boitano are scheduled to attend.


NEW YORK (AP) - Former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks is starting an acting career.

He will join veteran actress Jean Stapleton in the cast of ″The Mystery of Edwin Brood″ at The Playhouse in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday.

Spinks announced his retirement from boxing in July after being knocked out in the first round of his heavyweight championship fight with Mike Tyson, is starting an acting career.

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