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Connors to Meet Gomez For Title

June 17, 1996

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (AP) _ Jimmy Connors cruised to a straight-set victory over Jose-Luis Clerc on Sunday to gain a spot in the finals of the Big Bear Champions senior tennis tournament.

Connors, the top seed and defending champion, beat Clerc of Argentina 6-4, 6-1. Connors will face Andres Gomez, a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) winner over John Lloyd, in Monday’s final.

Connors has won 18 of the 26 events since the tour started, including three of the last eight for players older than 35.

The top prize in the 12-player, six-day tournament at the New Albany Country Club is $40,000.

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