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2000 Champion: Thomas Enqvist
Finals: Enqvist (7) d. Henman (15), 7-6 (5), 6-4
2001 Tourney: Seniors/Qualifier: Aug. 2-5; Main Draw: Aug. 6-12
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T O D A Y ' S   C O V E R A G E

Enqvist makes his mark here
Thomas Enqvist is 26, not old enough to be considered one of the grizzled veterans on the ATP Tour, not young enough to be lumped in with the up-and-comers. All of which allows him to slip into tournaments without much fanfare. Until, of course, he wins.
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img Stiff upper lip
If this was Tim Henman's biggest match ever, he insisted it wasn't his biggest letdown.

Make that 61 for 'Woodies'
It was a heck of a farewell party. Upcoming retirements by members of each team in Sunday's doubles final lent a nostalgic air to the afternoon.
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DAUGHERTY: Only stars can make fans care
        Anna Kournikova flames the cover of the latest issue of Tennis Week, wearing red lipstick and suggestions of clothing. She can't take her eyes off her, and neither can we. They could have used her here Sunday.

Masters Tennis Notebook
        In a year of change — from the name of the tournament to the color of the court — tournament director Bruce Flory said he heard almost all positive feedback.

S U N D A Y   C O V E R A G E

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        No. 15 seed Tim Henman, this tournament's giant killer but 0-6 in finals the past two years, is 2-1 against his championship oppponent, No. 7 seed Thomas Enqvist.
How finalists compare

Cruise control
Thomas Enqvist has stormed into the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati finals, cruising through his last eight sets.
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Late lapses cost Kuerten
        An hour before Saturday's Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati semifinal, Gustavo Kuerten wasn't certain he'd be able to play.

'Woodies' reach yet another doubles final
        In the final year of his partnership with Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde downplays the winning. The friendship and trust is much more significant.

S A T U R D A Y   C O V E R A G E

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        Pete and Andre are gone. Patrick never showed. But the No.1 player in the world for the year 2000 is in the semifinals.

Henman may have energy edge
        Tim Henman was watching the first match Friday, hoping it would last forever.
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        One of the few people at the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati familiar with Arnaud Clement is Thomas Enqvist. This is bad for Clement,

Doubles game dying
        The ATP Tour is in doubles trouble. The doubles game, which has become specialized almost to the point of being a separate tour, is withering on the vine.

Tennis Notebook
        Andre Agassi, who retired during his second-round match against Fernando Vicente on Wednesday, intends to play next week in the Legg Mason Classic in Washington, D.C., where he is a five-time champion, including the past two years.

F R I D A Y   C O V E R A G E

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        Four upsets Thursday — including the ouster of defending champ Pete Sampras — left only one of the top six seeds in the quarterfinals.

Henman shocks Sampras
        A kid was asking Tim Henman on live TV to cite the best moment of his tennis career. “It was about 180 seconds ago maybe,” Henman said.
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        They speak little English. They are asked for ID's entering the players' lounge. Now they're in the quarterfinals.

Enqvist finds comfort zone
        There was a chance Thomas Enqvist would miss the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.

Martin finds new life
        Todd Martin has won three matches in a tournament for the first time since the 1999 U.S. Open. He is in his first quarterfinal of the year. Not only has his serve not been broken, he has yet to face a break point at the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.

Tired and teed off, Kafelnikov crumbles
        As former Bengals coach Sam Wyche once said, downplaying a loss, “There's tennis to be served and golf to be played.” In Yevgeny Kafelnikov's case, there's now more time for the latter.

DAUGHERTY: No excuses for skipping Olympics
        Pete Sampras can't be bothered. He won't be playing tennis for the United States at the Olympics next month. He says his schedule is full. The Olympics are not yet a Grand Slam event. And, well, they're halfway around the world, right? One trip a year to Australia is enough.

Tennis Notebook
        On Wednesday, Gustavo Kuerten was saved by the rain. On Thursday, he was ignited by a disagreement with the chair umpire.

T H U R S D A Y   C O V E R A G E

A wet and weird day in Mason
        Late Wednesday night, the rain finally stopped. So did the upsets.

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        Early in the second set, Andre Agassi could feel his back getting fatigued. He started to compensate. His shots were off. His serve, too. He could feel his level of play slipping away.

Qualifier squeezes Sampras
        19-year-old Taylor Dent served 15 aces before Pete Sampras eked out a double-tiebreaker victory.
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        The pressure of the world's top tennis ranking is serious stuff. Carlos Moya, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov all slumped after reaching the top spot. Now there's Magnus Norman.

Rain rescues Kuerten
        Gustavo Kuerten might have been saved by Wednesday's lengthy rain delay. He might have retired during the first set if he had had to keep playing.
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        The phone call caught him by surprise. Mark Philippoussis was intimidated immediately.

'Woodies' going out on top
        The underappreciated art of doubles tennis soon will lose its most historic pairing.

Coach built rapport, better Sampras
        So really, what does Phil Jackson tell Michael Jordan with seconds left in the NBA Finals? What could Bill Walsh say to Joe Montana when he has two minutes to drive for a winning touchdown? What in the world can Paul Annacone advise Pete Sampras at Wimbledon?

Tennis Masters Notebook
        Tim Henman's specialty is steadiness, but he needs a quick detour into greatness. The consistent British star's so-so season could add a surprise exclamation point if he finally can vanquish Pete Sampras.

Gullikson to present award to survivor
        The second annual Tim Gullikson Spirit Award will be presented here Saturday night to Samantha Jane Scolamiero, 30, a brain-tumor survivor who created the world's first on-line network to help brain-tumor patients and their families.

W E D N E S D A Y   C O V E R A G E

Agassi, Sampras win easily
        Through two days, the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati has ducked both rainouts and upsets.

Agassi back on track
        Andre Agassi was worried about his back. But the top-seed, who was in a car accident four weeks ago, won his first match in more than a month.
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img Sampras having fun
        See Pete ride water slides at The Beach. See Pete take batting practice with the Reds. When Pete Sampras is in Cincinnati, he isn't afraid to take in the town. He has made a point of making himself at home here.

Ilie booed after not shaking Levy's hand
        Harel Levy's surprising success continued Tuesday but was overshadowed by his opponent's postmatch actions.

Success hasn't spoiled Kuerten
        Gustavo Kuerten continues to be a breath of fresh air, treasuring the moments each day for reasons that have little to do with his tennis success.

Feat for clay
        Alex Corretja always struggles here because he is coming from clay-court tournaments overseas. His woes continued Tuesday.
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        Tim Henman sums up his year like this: “Fairly consistent but nothing really spectacular.”

Tour CEO happy with changes
        ATP Tour CEO Mark Miles was in town Tuesday to address the changes made in tennis this year: the ATP Champions Race, the mandatory status of the four Grand Slams and nine Tennis Masters Series events, the branding of the tournaments and the direction of the sport.

Marketing deal altered tax status
        When the nine international host cities of the Tennis Masters Series — Cincinnati among them — sold their exclusive commercial rights collectively to ISL, an international sports marketing firm, tournament officials had to do some behind-the-scenes reorganization, or risk paying as much as $2 million in taxes.

Rubbing tennis elbows is good for business
        It may have changed its name. And its main sponsors. But the Tennis Masters Series in Mason this week remains one of the premier corporate schmoozing events in the Tristate.

T U E S D A Y   C O V E R A G E

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        Michael Chang lost his serve, then his nerve, and the fan favorite became the first big name to exit the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.

Sampras swings with Reds
        Before he took his first swing on the court, Pete Sampras was taking batting practice with Ken Griffey Jr.
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img Hewitt's gonna fly now
        He's a tiny tennis player who longs to play Australian Rules Football. He's a heartthrob who could soon surpass Patrick Rafter as his home country's hottest hunk — and top talent.

Rebounding from injury
        It was all harmless fun, three guys playing basketball. Then Todd Martin blocked a shot and crash-landed on his coach's foot.
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img Olympic misses over
Jeff Tarango grew up in Los Angeles and was 15 when the 1984 Olympics came to town. The Olympics became his obsession.

Don't blame it on Rios
Marcelo Rios wonders if he will ever be same. He is just 24 years old, and his body refuses to perform the way it used to.
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Tennis notebook
        The first time Alex Corretja saw fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero play, he had a pretty good view.

P R E V I O U S   C O V E R A G E

Agassi's comeback secret? Hard work
Elite tennis field usually produces elite champion
Masters Series notebook
Safin's serve ends surprise run by Levy
The other side of Andre Agassi
Ailing Rafter visits town but won't play
Fernandez, Fillol wins Seniors title
Tennis Master Qualifier
Ailing Rafter pulls out of tourney
Bahrami gets surprise in Seniors event
Agassi may play doubles

S U N D A Y   P R E V I E W   S P E C I A L

Pete seeks repeat
The boys are back in town
Year of change for ATP Tour, tourney
Sweden's Norman No. 1 in points race
New rankings system aims to be fan friendly
Chang back in winner's circle
Tournament could move
U.S. Open warmup? Wash your mouth out!
Flory pushes for women's tourney
EPSN makes telecast interactive
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