LONDON -- It was a day for funny matchups at Wimbledon. Two were particularly notable and both took place on Court 13, the court farthest from the clubhouse.
The first involved two Frenchmen, doubles partners Yannick Noah and Guy Forget. Noah is the hero of France, but in Great Britain he is very human. He never has reached the round of 16 here and, even with a 2-1 lead in sets today, he couldn't hold off Forget.
Intramural No. 1 to the underdog.
Noah and Forget were followed by Kevin Curren and Johan Kriek. Both were born in South Africa. Both took U.S. citizenship so they could play tennis unrestricted. They have played doubles together and once dreamed of playing together for their new country in the Davis Cup. But the call never came.
Today, Kriek was the winner, in four sets. Curren, a finalist here in 1985 and a semifinalist in 1983, was thought to have a reasonable chance of upsetting Ivan Lendl in the fourth round. Now, he is out of Lendl's way.
It seems fitting. After all, Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-Conn.) just introduced legislation to eliminate the five-year waiting period for Lendl to become a U.S. citizen.
So, the transplanted Kriek beat the transplanted Curren and probably helped the future transplant Lendl. A great day for U.S. tennis.