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August 30, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Monica Seles has made a wish come true for 12-year-old Melissa Schweissberger of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Schweissberger was an avid tennis player before she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, about the same time Seles was stabbed in April 1993. While undergoing treatment and surgery, Schweissberger gained hope after reading Seles’ biography and wanted to meet and hit with the tennis star.

Mary MacGyver, director of Program Services at the Los Angeles Make a Wish Foundation, contacted U.S. Open tournament director Jay Snyder, who arranged tickets for Melissa, her parents and 9-year-old sister. On Wednesday, Melissa and her family had a private tour of the new Arthur Ashe Stadium and a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Open.

Schweissberger also hit with Seles.

``It was neat for me to be able to make her wish come true,″ Seles said.


CLIMBING PETE: Pete Sampras is closing in on some high marks.

He currently has won 10 Grand Slam tournament singles titles, more than any other active player and tied with Bill Tilden for fourth all-time.

Roy Emerson owns the record for the most Grand Slam tournament singles titles with 12, followed by Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver with 11 each.

If Sampras were to win his third consecutive U.S. Open crown this year, and the fifth of his career, it also would be his 50th career title, which would put him in seventh place on the all-time Open Era list.

Jimmy Connors won 109 tournaments during his career, followed by Ivan Lendl with 94, John McEnroe with 77, Borg and Guillermo Vilas with 62 each and Ilie Nastase with 57. Sampras currently is tied with Boris Becker with 49 titles each.


ONLINE WISHES: USTA Junior Team Tennis youngsters have been e-mailing good luck wishes to Lindsay Davenport during the 1997 U.S. Open via the USTA home page at http://www.usta.com. Davenport is the spokesperson for USTA Junior Team Tennis, a program similar to Little League baseball.

Hundreds of youngsters have sent messages, which have been passed along to Davenport. The Internet site will remain up as long as Davenport is in the tournament.


REPLAY, PLEASE: For the second straight year, television tennis fans will experience the quick playback of critical line calls as recorded by the super-slow-motion MacCAM, a high-speed motion analysis camera that captures color images up to 500 pictures per second. Conventional slow-motion used at CBS only captures up to 90 frames per second.

Four MacCAMS have been positioned on the baseline of Arthur Ashe Stadium court to capture action during the 1997 U.S. Open.

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