Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi were fined substantial amounts by the ATP Tour yesterday for failing to play in the required number of tournaments this year.
Edberg, the world's top-ranked tennis player, was fined a minimum of $115,496. Lendl, ranked third, was fined a minimum of $95,443 and the fifth-ranked Agassi was fined a minimum of $85,042.
Greg Sharko, an ATP Tour spokesman, said the amount of the fines would increase proportionally to include any income the players earn during the rest of the year.
All three are two tournaments short of the required number. Sharko said ATP Tour rules require a player be fined 10 percent of his income for each tournament he misses. The fines for Edberg and Lendl were lowered from 20 percent to 15 percent because each attended an on-site news conference at a tournament he missed. . . .
John McEnroe, who had reached the final in each of his five previous appearances in the Stockholm Open, bowed out in the third round to Goran Ivanisevic, 6-4, 6-4.
Ivanisevic's victory avenged a five-set loss to McEnroe last month in Basel, Switzerland, when the New Yorker won his first ATP Tour title of the year.
Pete Sampras swept a third-set tie-breaker from Petr Korda to join Ivanisevic in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. The 19-year-old Californian, playing his first ATP Tour tournament since winning the U.S. Open Sept. 9, won the tie-breacker, 7-0. . . .
Bjorn Borg's three-story villa was sold at auction for $1.9 million to satisfy some of the retired star's debts. Lars Nilsson, a hotel owner, said he would use the property in suburban Stockholm as a summer house.
Borg, a five-time Wimbledon champion, has had financial troubles since his attempts to build a clothing empire failed two years ago. The TT news agency reported he is $3.75 million in debt.