Friday, August 6, 2004

UC to honor Talbert, Trabert


Men's tennis to be reinstated

By Neil Schmidt
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - The University of Cincinnati expects to name its future tennis center after two of its former players, Tony Trabert and Bill Talbert, and plans to reinstate varsity men's tennis by 2007.

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Trabert, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, has been in town the past two days and was feted Wednesday at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. The occasion was a fund-raising dinner for the six on-campus tennis courts it plans to construct in its Varsity Village.

At the dinner, athletic director Bob Goin made the announcement about his intention to reinstate the men's program.

"That's incentive for all of us," Trabert said. "We're trying to raise $1 million to build the courts and reinstate the program, and we hope to raise the money in the next 90 days and get this started."

UC has varsity women's tennis. Men's tennis was dropped in 1998 along with rifle and men's indoor track in an effort for the school to meet Title IX federal standards.

UC approached Trabert about naming the new courts after him, but he insisted his late friend share the title. The Trabert/Talbert Tennis Center name still must be approved by UC's Board of Trustees.

"I'm very flattered and honored," Trabert said. "I've always been a Cincinnatian and a Cincinnati Bearcat, and to have that facility named after me with my friend Bill Talbert is very special."

SAFIN STALKING: He's like a Russian bear in hibernation. Don't rouse him.

This late in a week, Marat Safin is perking up and getting hungry.

"If you lose the first round, second round, it's not interesting," he said. "... Once you have (reached the) quarterfinals, then ambitions, motivations, they're coming back. You want to achieve more and more and more."

Safin, a former world No. 1, missed much of 2003 with a wrist injury and finished the year ranked 77th. He's up to 14th and beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals.

Safin weathered 27 aces by Karlovic, who hadn't lost his serve in the tournament.

Safin entered this week on a four-match losing streak. He admitted his motivation took a hit after losing a pair of matches recently in final-set tiebreakers.

"You are trying so hard that it's just killing you inside," he said. "So when you have the opportunity to win, then the confidence comes back and you enjoy it more."

NO UPSET: The seedings had Tim Henman fifth and Lleyton Hewitt 10th. But the upset would have been if Henman had won.

Hewitt owns the matchup. His 6-1, 6-4 beating of Henman was his eighth in eight meetings.

"When someone has beaten you that many times, and his style of play causes you problems, you've got to deal with it," Henman said.

Henman couldn't, yet he was at a disadvantage from the start. His rain-delayed second-round match against Hicham Arazi ended at 1 a.m. Thursday.

"After Tim had such a late night last night ... the first thing I wanted to do is try and get off to a good start and really stamp my presence down on the match," Hewitt said. "I was able to."

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