The week in tennis at a glance
Tuesday 01 August 2000
- Alex Calatrava won his first ATP Tour title, the Internazionali di Tennis di San Marino, by beating Spanish compatriot Sergi Bruguera 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-4 in San Marino.
- Michael Chang captured his first title in two years, the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Inglewood, California, when fellow American Jan-Michael Gambill retired with a sprained ankle and the score tied 6-7 (2), 6-3.
- Spain's Alex Corretja won the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel, Austria, when countryman Emilio Alvarez retired with an injured shoulder while trailing 6-3, 6-1, 3-0.
- Venus Williams beat American compatriot Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 6-4 to win the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California.
- U.S. Davis Cup captain John McEnroe defeated Sweden's Mats Wilander 6-2, 6-4 to win the Nuveen Champions in Chicago.
"It's been a while since I've been in the winner's circle. It feels great." - Michael Chang.
"I've been waiting for this moment all my life. I'd been dreaming of winning my first ATP title." - Alex Calatrava.
"I think she played the best she's every played against me. I think I played pretty well, too, but she just played better." - Lindsay Davenport, after losing to Venus Williams.
"This is a great moment in my career. I never won two tournaments in three weeks. And we also reached the Davis Cup final in between. I won 16 matches in a row. It seems like I'm on fire." - Alex Corretja.
"I would like to represent Switzerland in the Olympics, but the workload is too great." - Swiss Martina Hingis.
"She has a little problem with her heels ... and she's playing in San Diego, Los Angeles, Montreal and the U.S. Open. That makes about five weeks on hardcourts. To play on the hardcourts at Sydney as well would be risky." - Mario Widmer, Martina Hingis' manager.
Martina Hingis has decided to skip the Sydney Olympics because it's being played on hardcourts. Her manager, Mario Widmer, said the 19-year-old is playing San Diego, Los Angeles, Montreal and the U.S. Open on hardcourts and feels another two-week hardcourt tournament would aggravate the problem she has with her heels. Unlike the men's Olympic tennis, there are no WTA Tour ranking points to be gained for women at the Games.
Marcello Filippini of Uruguay has called it a career after 13 years on the ATP Tour. Filippini retired after losing his first-round match in Kitzbuehel, Australia. The 32-year-old Davis Cup veteran won five ATP Tour titles.
For the third time in five years, the Generali Open final in Kitzbuehel, Austria, was an all-Spanish affair. This time, Alex Corretja won his third title of the year when Emilio Alvarez retired in the third set with a right rotator cuff injury. Playing in his first ATP Tour final, the 27-year-old Alvarez said, "It has been the best week of my life and I'm happy it has been in the tournament that I love the most."
John McEnroe capped an argument with the chair umpire during his semifinal match at the Nuveen Champions senior tournament in Chicago by whipping a water bottle behind him from his chair. The bottle sailed over the side wall and hit 10-year-old Jeff Hughes, who was seated in the front row. McEnroe went over and apologized, but the boy continued crying and his family left the match. "I just sort of scared him. To see a kid upset is upsetting. I felt bad. It just shows you that one little thing can take away from the victory. And it wasn't anyone's fault but my own," McEnroe said. McEnroe talked to the family again after the match, then prior to Sunday's final, he spent 15 minutes hitting on a side court with the youngster, a fellow left-hander.
When Alex Calatrava beat fellow Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-4 in the final at San Marino, it was his first career ATP Tour title in his third career final. Calatrava was the last direct entry into the San Marino main draw. Bruguera, a two-time winner of the French Open, was playing in his first final in three years and seeking his first title since 1994.
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