Saturday, August 07, 1999

Fernandez-Stockton dominating ATP Seniors




BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

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Gigi Fernandez reacts after a shot.
(Saed Hindash photo)
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        The prize money that goes to the winners of the Great American Insurance Seniors championship is no motivation to Gigi Fernandez, a former professional now living in San Diego.

        “I'd just put the money in the bank,” Fernandez said. “It's that Mercedes bike that I want. It's cool, and that's why I'd like to win this tournament.”

        Fernandez and partner Dick Stockton took a major step toward claiming the two collapsable Mercedes Bicycles that go to the winner along with the $24,000 first place money.

        A native of San Juan, the 35-year-old Fernandez won 65 doubles titles, including 17 Grand Slam, during a 15-year career that ended in retirement two years ago.

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        The Fernandez-Stockton duo has dominated during the first two nights of the doubles compotition.

        They defeated Tami Whitlinger Jones and Harold Solomon 8-3 on Thursday.

        The 48-year-old Stockton, the University of Virginia's second-year men's tennis coach, is happy with the mixed doubles format initiated this season.

        “Obviously Gigi and I never played together,” Stockton said. “But I knew that the potential was there to win.”

        In Friday's other matches, Whitlinger Jones and Solomon defeated Ann Grossman and Fred Stolle 8-6, while Carling Bassett-Seguso and Owen Davidson defeated Kathy Rinaldi and Marty Riessen 9-8 (5).

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