Originally created 08/28/99

Overtime: Hatfield named Georgia tennis pro of year



Dick Hatfield, tennis director at Newman Tennis Center since 1990, has been named Georgia tennis professional of the year. There are more than 350 tennis professionals in Georgia.

The award, presented at the recent awards breakfast of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, Southern division, in Alpharetta, Ga., honors Hatfield for his ability in teach and promotion and service to tennis.

Hatfield, who serves on numerous state, regional and national committees, is grant coordinator of the USTA pathway grant for Richmond County and is in the process of developing a program of Community Center Tennis Clubs for the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department. He recently helped create the Central Savannah River Professional Tennis Association.

Lindsay Davenport won 11 straight games Friday to rally from a set down and advance to the Pilot Pen final in New Haven, Conn., with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over Ruxandra Dragomir.

Davenport will play the winner of the Friday night's semifinal between Venus Williams and Monica Seles.

Unseeded Arnaud Clement of France beat fifth-seeded Sebastian Grosjean of France 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in quarterfinal play Friday in the U.S. Pro Championships at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass..

Clement moved into the semifinals against the winner of the match between top-seeded Greg Rusedski and eighth-seeded Jonas Bjorkman later Friday.

Also on Friday, sixth-seeded Marat Safin of Russia defeated unseeded David Prinosil of Germany 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semifinal round.

Safin will play the winner of the match between second-seeded Marcelo Rios and unseeded Sjeng Schalken.

Second-seeded Alex Corretja advanced to the semifinals of the Hamlet Cup on Friday with a 7-6 (10-8), 2-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over Thomas Enqvist in Commack, N.Y.

Corretja, a wild-card entry from Spain, needed 2 hours and 36 minutes to beat the seventh-seeded Swede. His semifinal opponent will be Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic, who beat countryman Bohdan Ulihrach 6-2, 6-3.

The other semifinal will match Australia's Jason Stoltenberg against the winner of Friday night's match between Sweden's Magnus Norman and Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Stoltenberg advanced by walkover when Thomas Johansson of Sweden withdrew because of a viral infection.

GYMNASTICS:

Vanessa Atler fell on the uneven bars for the second straight year at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

And for the second straight year, she was edged for the all-around title by Kristen Maloney.

Maloney, 18, scored 38.687 points to Atler's 38.312 to win the championship Thursday night and become the first female gymnast to win back-to-back national titles since Kim Zmeskal won three from 1990-92.

The men were scheduled to complete their all-around competition Friday night. Going into the finals, Jason Gatson had a slim lead over training partner Blaine Wilson -- who is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive all-around national title.

Jennie Thompson placed third in the all-around competition with a score of 38.112.

The top 14 women in the all-around competition qualify for the World Championships team trials, to be held Sept. 15-18 in Kansas City, Mo. That event will help choose the American squad for the World Gymnastics Championships from Oct. 8-16 in Tianjin, China.

BASS FISHING:

In a battle pitting two of professional fishing's most celebrated anglers, 48-year-old Larry Nixon edged past 59-year-old Roland Martin to take the lead of the $409,450 Kmart BASSMASTER Top 150 on Michigan's Lake St. Clair Friday.

Nixon, from Bee Branch, Ark., has 56 pounds, 12 ounces; Martin, from Clewiston, Fla., has 55 pounds, 11 ounces. They head the final field of 10 pared down from the original 150. The winner collects $100,000.