Tennis Roundup : Edberg, Graf Head Lineup for Olympics

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Wimbledon singles champions Stefan Edberg of Sweden and Steffi Graf of West Germany are among the tennis stars who will compete in the Olympic Games at Seoul next month, the International Tennis Federation announced Wednesday in London.

The final entry list for the sport’s return as a medal event for the first time in 64 years includes 26 of the world’s top-ranked 40 men and women.

Edberg and Graf won in Los Angeles in 1984, when tennis was a demonstration sport.

Edberg, the world’s second-ranked player, will have countryman Mats Wilander and West Germany’s Boris Becker as his main rivals. Among the others entered are Henri Leconte of France and Brad Gilbert and Tim Mayotte of the United States.


Graf, the world’s top-ranked woman, heads a lineup that includes Chris Evert and Pam Shriver of the United States, Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini and Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union.

Olympic tennis competition runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 1.

John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors won their opening matches in the $415,000 U.S. Men’s Hardcourt Championships Wednesday night at Indianapolis. Connors, seeded second, overpowered Pieter Aldrich, 6-2, 6-0, and the fifth-seeded McEnroe defeated Dan Cassidy, 7-6, 6-1. Third-seeded Brad Gilbert scored a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Jimmy Brown.

Henri Leconte, seeded No. 1, defeated West Germany’s Markus Rackl, 7-6, 6-3, in a rain-delayed first-round match of a $290,000 Grand Prix tournament at Kitzbuhel, Austria.