The danger zone: Four floaters for the seeds to watch

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Jason Stoltenberg


A YEAR ago, the young Aussie everyone was talking about was Patrick Rafter. But Rafter has lost his way, and the 25-year-old Stoltenberg, ranked 28 in the world, may be his country's best hope of a decent run. A tall serve-and-volleyer, the New South Walian beat Stefan Edberg at Queen's before losing to Boris Becker in the quarter-finals. Promising draw.

David Wheaton

United States

THE bandana-sporting Wheaton was unlucky to draw Becker in first round last year. But Wimbledon record is impressive for someone who has been seeded only once. Aged 26 and ranked 25 in the world, the Minnesotan's best year was 1991, when he lost to Becker in the semis. His aggression may not be to Andre Agassi's liking should they meet in third round.

Zina Garrison-Jackson

United States

CONSISTENT performer in Wimbledon career stretching back to 1982, the 31-year-old Texan, ranked 20 in the world, was runner-up to Martina Navratilova in 1990 and has reached at least the fourth round every year. Still a natural on grass, as she showed in winning the DFS Classic. Faces a possible match against Sanchez Vicario in third round.

Lori McNeil

United States

CAUSED shock waves last year when she beat Steffi Graf in the first round and went on to reach the semi-finals, where she put up a tremendous fight against Conchita Martinez, losing 10-8 in the third. Aged 31, McNeil is in form, having been runner-up to Garrison-Jackson last week. A McNeil- Martinez rematch looks possible in the fourth round.