Forget, Hlasek take world doubles title
Guy Forget and Jakob Hlasek celebrated their first year as a tennis partnership by collecting $305,000 in prize money and bonuses with a victory yesterday in the IBM-ATP World Doubles championships in Sanctuary Cove, Australia.
Forget, of France, and Hlasek, of Switzerland -- both of whom shaved their heads before the tournament -- beat Spaniards Emilio Sanchez and Sergio Casal, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-4, in a 2-hour, 52-minute final.
Sanchez and Casal played the match 90 minutes after completing a five-set semifinal victory over No. 2-seeded Americans Scott Davis and David Pate that had been halted by darkness Saturday night tied at two sets.
Forget and Hlasek were too strong and consistent for French Open champions Sanchez and Casal, who lost in the final of the season-ending championship for the second time in three years.
Bill Vukovich III, a third-generation race-car driver and Rookie of the Year in the 1988 Indianapolis 500, died after a crash at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif., a racing official said. Vukovich, 27, just had completed a few practice laps when his sprint car slammed into a wall at about 11:30 a.m., said Frank Lewis, president of the California Racing Association. Vukovich was practicing for an afternoon race.
His grandfather, Bill Vukovich, won the Indy 500 in 1953 and 1954 and was killed while leading the 1955 race. His father, Bill Vukovich Jr., was runner-up at Indy in 1973 and raced Indy cars for 12 years.
The younger Vukovich, who lived in Fresno, Calif., raced in seven Indy-car events beginning in 1988 and earned $469,569 in his brief career.