Jimmy Connors will be one of the stars in the 12th annual Washington Star International tennis tournament next month.
Connors, who won the tournament in 1976 and 1978, did not defend his title in the $175,000 event last year, because of the impending birth of his first child.
This year, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Vitas Gerulaitis will be among the missing. They will be attending Borg's wedding.
But, according to cochairman Donald Dell and John Harris, five of the top 10 men's players, 10 of the top 20, and 17 of the top 30 will play in the tournament that will begin July 19 at Rock Creek Tennis Stadium.
The 64-player field will include third-ranked Connors, sixth-ranked Gene Mayer, seventh ranked Harold Solomon, eighth-ranked Eddie Dibbs and 10th-ranked Victor Pecci.
The tournament will be one week later this year "and one week hotter," said Dell. "But we're ready for it. We've put in $100,000 in lights. Our major sessions will start at 5 p.m.
"It gives us another week to attract more of the international players," Dell said.
This year's field, he pointed out, includes 11 players who are ranked first in their countries, including Pecci of Paraguay, Jose Higueras of Spain, Yannick Noah of France, Raul Ramirez of Mexico and Corrado Barazzutti of Italy.