Defending champion Boris Becker and two-time winner Jimmy Connors are expected to play at Wimbledon next week despite recent injuries, officials in London said Tuesday.
Becker has had trouble gripping his racket because of an injured middle finger, but his coach, Ion Tiriac, said the West German teen-ager, seeded fourth at Wimbledon, is getting better by the day. "He will continue to have treatment but there is no doubt he will be fit to defend his title," Tiriac said.
Third-seeded Connors, 33, strained a groin muscle in last Saturday's semifinal victory at the Stella Artois grass court tournament in London and, because of the injury, withdrew during the next day's championship match against fellow American Tim Mayotte.
But Wimbledon referee Alan Mills said he expected Connors to be ready when the tournament begins. "I have heard nothing from Jimmy and, unless I do, I shall assume that he will be fit to play on Monday," he said.
In the draw made yesterday, the men's top seed, French Open champion Ivan Lendl will take on Mexico's Leonardo Lavalle in his opening-round match. Lavalle won the Wimbledon junior boys crown last year.
No. 1 seed Martina Navratilova, seeking her fifth straight women's singles title at Wimbledon, will play Amanda Dingwall of Australia in her first-round match.
In one of the most intriguing opening-round battles, second-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd, at 31 one of the oldest women's singles players, will meet 14-year-old American Mary Joe Fernandez, who is 25th in the world in the computer rankings . . .
In Eastbourne, England, Navratilova and Hana Mandlikova, the top two seeds, advanced easily to the third round of the $200,000 Eastbourne grass court championships.
Navratilova won every game but the first three of the second set to eliminate Canada's Helen Kelesi, 6-1, 6-3. Mandlikova dispatched Alycia Moulton, 6-1, 6-4. Third-seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat Marcella Mesker, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 . . .
In Bristol, England, top-seeded Henri Leconte and second-seeded Tim Wilkison won second-round matches in the Bristol Trophy Grand Prix, a grass court tuneup for Wimbledon. Leconte, a semifinalist at the French Open and seeded seventh at Wimbledon, defeated Danie Visser, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Wilkison beat James Turner, 7-6, 6-1.