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4 Section 4 VALLEY NEWS Van Nuyt, Calif. WfrttMday, January 6,1977 Focus on TENNIS Toby Zwlkel Connors pushes equal opportunity This is the last in a four-part series of columns based on an interview with Jimmy Connors. Today, Connors talks about the future of tennis and his future. There is seemingly a constant cry from certain critics for some sense of order to be established in tennis. Many complain that with several tournaments taking place each week in all corners of the world and with television overexposing the game, the public is becoming confused by the bombardment. They would like to see one year-long circuit comparable to that employed by the Professional Golfers Association. But Jimmy Connors will have none of that. He doesn't want to see 200 "rabbits" having to scratch just to get into the one and only tourney each week. "It's very difficult to put all the players together," said Connors, out of his familiar tennis garb and sttired in a three-piece suit, "because then you'd have a 560-player draw or something like that, there's so many players in the men's (tournaments) today. "I'm playing WCT (World Championship Tennis) and, at the same time, the Grand Prix. "I think it's good wherever there's room for players to play, whether it's WCT or Grand Prix or going to Asia or going to South America or whatever. "The more tournaments available to play, the more young players you're going to get coming up in the game. As long as your have a chance to play, that's what makes players. "The experience and the going and getting put in the situation of, if I'm up 5-4 in the third (set) and it's my serve, what am I going to do? How do I know if I don't get the chance to be put in that situation? "The more tournaments the better, I think. That's why you can play from January to January non-stop now. "But it's difficult to have all these tournaments and, then take time off because (if you do) you're passing up the experience, you're passing up the time, you're passing up the money. "A lot of players, like (Raul) Ramirez, played, I think, 50 weeks this year (1976). I saw him over in Europe just a couple of weeks ago and he looked like a basket case he was so tired. "I think next year there's going to be a lot of guys starting to pick their tournaments like I've done for four years." Four years is the normal time allowed to complete a course of study at a university. Connors left UCLA after winning the NCAA singles crown as a freshman, but said he'd like to return when his playing days are over. "I quit after one year and two quarters at UCLA," said the native of Belleville, 111., located in the southern portion of the Land of Lincoln, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. "I'd like to go back to school. I'd like to be a lawyer, but that would take five years. I'd like to study languages. I could do a lot of things. It's not that I'll be at a loss for things to do when I do quit tennis. "When I'm finished with tennis, I have my clothes (Robert Bruce) and my racquets (Wilson) and my shoes (L-K International) and my hotel (Caesars Palace) to take care of. For right now, that may be good enough." At the tender age of 24, Connors has won all the major titles there are to win in tennis and his earnings on the court alone have reached 81,700,000. But he is in no hurry to hang up his racquet. "I don't feel like retiring right now," he said with the trace of a chuckle. "I feel that I'll reach my peak when I'm about 26 or 27. If I can play and still be eager and still want to be the best up until I'm that age, that'll be fine. "I don't feel that I want to play until I'm 35 or 40 like a Rosewall and a Laver and players like this. I feel there's too many other things that I can do today with my clothes and to get involved in businesswise. "I would like to do that, become a businessman. I could also go back to school. "Tennis has been everything I've ever known since I was 3 or 4 years old. I'm not cutting down tennis and I'm not building up business. I'm saying tennis has gotten me here today. I'll always know and I'll always remember why. "There's just some other things I'd like to do and when I quit I want to quit the best. I don't want to quit some half-assed tennis player. If I can make it 'til I'm 27 or 28. I'll be happy." Man cleans up In ticket search SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (UPI) -- Four men waited until the rest of the crowd left Sunland Park race track New Year's Eve and worked five hours into the night, scooping up every bettors' ticket they could find. One of the four was Reuben Figueroa, 30, who is unemployed. Figueroa, who admitted he "knew nothing about hone racing," had come up empty handed when he reached into his pocket for the $10,000 winning ticket he bad purchased. He had lot it. The trash collected in the search for a dream come true filled two barrels, but Figueroa and his three companions found only losers. Figueroa finally bad to sleep, so he put the remaining trash in the trunk of his car and resumed his search the next day. Then, sifting through the few remaining tickets in the trunk, Figueroa found what he had lost. "I found it, couldn't believe it. I kept checking it to make sure it was the right one," Figueroa said. He was at the race track Saturday night to collect his payoff of $10,015.40. Figueroa, who joined his friend Jaime Marquez for a night at the race track New Year's Eve., invested $4 in the first half of the Big Quinella. He bought the 9-2 combination with both of the $2 tickets. That combination came in first and second in the ninth race and was among only 51 "live" exchanges for the second half of the Big Q, the 10th race. Figuroa and Marquez, who held one of the tickets, were then one leg up on the Big Q. However, deciding to play it safe, they sold Marquez' ticket for i'150 and went with Figueroa's ticket in the 10th race. Remember when? You may not recognize him right away, Tennis championships. Forty years lat- but its Bobby Riggs seen winning first- er, Dept. of Recreation and Parks ever 1937 Los Angeles Metropolitan Dept. sponsors 1977 championships. L.A. Metro net meet to open on Saturday In 1936 and again in 1937, an unknown tennis player battled his way to win the Los Angeles Metropolitan Tennis Championships. Back then he wore his hair short and slicked- down, and his long, white pleated baggy pants flapped as he flew left to right across the court. He was thin, his "forearm muscular, and he wore no glasses. His name: Bobby Riggs. Now, 40 years later, Riggs has become a household name. He has changed his style of living and his looks. But the Metro Championships go on. Foreign players advance in Open MELBOURNE, Australia (UPI) -- All the highly- seeded foreign players advanced to the round of 16 today in the $216,000 Australian Open tennis championships at Kooyong Courts. Argentina's Guillermo Vilas, Americans Roscoe Tanner, Arthur Ashe and Dick Stockton and Australian Ken Rosewall all had straight sets wins in their second round matches. Top seed Vilas was in sharp form after several weeks on the grass and he beat young American Nick Saviano, 6-1,6-4,6A. Second-seeded Tanner beat another young American, Peter Fleming, 7-6, 6-2, 6-1, while Ashe beat fellow countryman Dick Bohrnstedt, 7-6,7-5,64. Rosewall, the 42-year-old veteran of the circuits, had a hard time with Romanian Ion Tiriac, who now coaches Vilas. Rosewall won, 6-4,7-6,6-4. Stockton had no difficulty in beating 16-year-old Charlie Fancutt, son of former South African Davis Cup player Trevor Fancutt, 6-2,6-2,6-3. The draw for the top half of the round of 16 reads: Vilas vs. Charlie Pasarell (US), Stockton vs. Ross Case (Australia), Ashe vs. Hank Pfister (US), and Colen Dibley vs. John Alexander (Australia). In the bottom half of the draw the matches read: Mark Edmonson (Australia) vs. Richard Lewis (England), Rosewall vs. Marty Riessen (US), Phil Dent vs. Dick Crealy (Australia), and Tony Roche vs. Tanner. The surprise of the day was the straight sets loss by former American Davis cupper Tom Gorman to a young Englishman, Lewis. Lewis, a tall blond lefthander, was all over an out- of-fonn Gorman to win, 6-4,6-3,6-1. The other big upset was Australian Dibley's win over sixth-seeded Ray Ruffles, also of Australia. Today's unknown star tennis player just might be tomorrow's Riggs or Jack Kramer, who won the tourney in 1938 and again in 1940. Sponsored under the auspices of the Municipal Sports Section of the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department, the championships are a series of elimination contests beginning Saturday and Sunday and will run for three more weekends at five city courts. The public is invited. The courts include Griffith Recreation Center, where the semi-finals and finals will be held; the Vermont Canyon courts; Rancho Cienega; Balboa Park and Cheviot Hills. The Championships are being presented by the Los Angeles Munici · pal Tennis Association and is sanctioned by the U.S. Tennis Association. 4'xB' i*«A " 7 /«" SOLID '419 SLATE TABLE INCIUDES DEUVE«T» INSTALLATION I DELUXE ACCKSOtlES OPEN DAILY 11.7 SAT. 104, SUN. 12-5 1*149 fO SCOEilVD. VAN NUTS J94-»J33 NOW THRU SUN. AT JAN. 9TM 12th SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA S-^^V ^l^ 1 ^·"as? .·JSS-22SI PAT SHAWN NILE-O-ZOMS I PriHitiK Art irf BlntmSftHMf i SPORTS, VACATION RECREATIONAL '" VEHICLE SHOW »..«. -ACROSS FROM jggggjgp *«"'· 1 ,-~lLr s *"W / ;=-«. 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Slims Tourney, Feb. 14-20. Now in its eighth year, the Slims circuit has always had excellent success in Los Angeles, with the championships having been held at the Sports Arena the last three years. The $100,000 regular-season event replaces the championship for 1977. Most of the big names, such as Rosemary Casals and Virginia Wade, are expected to join Evert in the tournament Evert posted a 75-5 record in 1976, including 12 tourney wins and two jewels of the Women's Triple Crown of Tennis, of her 11 losses over the last two years have come in Virginia Slims circuit competition. ------··^^^^^·^^·^··^······BBBBl The Last Remaining Road to Financial Security Still Open to the Average Person Under the NEW Tax Laws Is 1600 Times Safer Than Going into Business for Yourself... and You Can Start with Very Little. beats Trojans to win indoor tennis title NASHVILLE, "Tenn. 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