Britain's Bates meets the press


WIMBLEDON, England -- Jeremy Bates, Britain's last hope at Wimbledon, continued his run with a straight-set victory over Javier Sanchez of Spain.

Bates, criticized by the local press for years, kept his battle with Fleet Street reporters alive after his 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4 victory.

"I don't have a deal with the press. I honestly don't. A lot of this is in your mind," said Bates, who advanced to the third round for the first time since 1987. "I had people taking pictures of my house yesterday. I had people taking pictures of me going out of the club. I didn't pick up somebody's camera and throw it against the wall."

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