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Hillel 'Helly' Nahmad pleads guilty in Manhattan court to operating business catering for professional players, Wall Street financiers and celebrities

No love lost in Amis tirade

RADIO 4 fans who tuned in yesterday morning to listen to short readings on the subject of tennis, were in for a shock.

Tennis: Wimbledon 99 - Rusedski's fall fires Henman

Wimbledon 99: British No 1 survives marathon to triumph over Courier but Philippoussis denies home double

Tennis: Wimbledon 99 - Henman's chance for revenge

Britain's No 1 lines up Davis Cup nemesis while Rusedski breezes through

Tennis: Wimbledon 99 - Courier shows fighting spirit

JIM COURIER, the 28-year-old bane of British tennis, secured a fourth-round meeting with Tim Henman yesterday by recovering from a match point down in the fourth set against Sjeng Schalken, of the Netherlands, to win a 67-match thriller, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 13-11. He was later taken to hospital suffering from dehydration.

Tennis Wimbledon: Krajicek has confidence to walk tall

AS HE was about to serve at match point yesterday Richard Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion, heard an aeroplane overhead and backed off. He was probably afraid he might hit it with the rim of his racket.

Tennis: Wimbledon 99 - Court Circular

How Novotna's pay upstaged Sampras

Wimbledon `99: The Pete Sampras Interview: Where the best in the world plays better

RATHER LIKE those signs you see on shop doors when people have just popped out for a minute, Pete Sampras is happy to be displaying the notice "Back at One". No disrespect to other fine competitors like Carlos Moya and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, but their brief sojourns at number one this year had Mr and Mrs Joe Public scratching their heads and wondering where exactly Pete had gone.

Tennis: High five becomes Henman target

TIM HENMAN and Greg Rusedski embark this week on a two-man mission to revive the corpse of the country's sporting summer. Both will take part in the Stella Artois Championships, which began yesterday at the Queen's Club, in south London, and with Wimbledon less than a fortnight away the pressure will be on to do something that the nation's footballers and cricketers have failed to do in recent weeks - justify their place among the world's elite.

Tennis: Rafter on roll for Australia

PAT RAFTER'S sprinted to his third straight victory over Pete Sampras as Australia reached the World Team Cup final by winning both singles matches against the United States yesterday.

Tennis: Henman crashes out on the clay

TIM HENMAN'S bid to prove he can get to grips with clay suffered a setback yesterday as the Spaniard Francisco Clavet beat him 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Barcelona Open.

Tennis: Moya's party is cut short

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS gave Carlos Moya little time to celebrate his world No 1ranking, beating the fourth-seeded Spaniard in five sets yesterday in the Champions Cup final at Indian Wells, California.

Tennis: Henman low, Moya on high

WHEN YOU get to match point and double-fault, disappointment is understandable. Tim Henman was so far down after his 6-1 1-6 7-5 loss to Chris Woodruff in the quarter-finals of the Newsweek Champions Cup at Indian Wells that he said: "At the moment I'm just not interested in tennis."

Tennis: Agassi's progress hints at former glories

ANDRE AGASSI showed he is ready to make the most of a potentially trouble-free route to the Australian Open semi-finals when he beat the Czech Slava Dosedel 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 yesterday. The American fifth seed and 1995 champion produced glimpses of his former brilliance as he grew in confidence after a slightly subdued start to reach the third round.

Tennis: Local prodigy Hewitt happy with the heat

THE AUSTRALIAN teenager Lleyton Hewitt upset Nicolas Kiefer 7- 5 6-4 yesterday to launch his defence of the Adelaide men's hardcourt title he won from nowhere a year ago.

Tennis: Henman saving his best for Moya

Tennis: Rusedski wins the battle of Britons in Hanover but their encounter lacks fire as the No 1 loses the plot
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