The last time Kevin Curren and Boris Becker stared at each othe
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ The last time Kevin Curren and Boris Becker stared at each other from opposite ends of a tennis court was in the 1985 Wimbledon finals.
Becker, the red-headed West German whiz, defeated Curren to become the youngest ever Wimbledon champion at age 17 and then went on to one of tennis’s biggest prizes again the next year.
The two will renew the rivalry Aug. 6 in Winnipeg in an exhibition challenge match.
Becker, 19, was scheduled to face 1983 French Open champion Yannick Noah, but Noah has withdrawn from all competitive tennis for an undetermined period because of fatigue and exhaustion.
Curren, who like Becker plays a strong serve and volley game, is looking forward to the rematch.
″Although it’s unfortunate that Noah had to withdraw, I hope Winnipeg fans will be just as excited to see me avenge my Wimbledon loss,″ the South African-born Curren said from his home in Austin, Texas.
The main event will be preceded by an eight-game match between former third-ranked player Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States and 1987 Canadian champion Andrew Sznajder.
Last weekend, Sznajder took Ecuador’s Andres Gomez to five sets before losing the deciding match in the American Zone Davis Cup tennis semifinal in Edmonton, Alberta.