TENNIS INDEX

Tennis standout who is such a cultural icon in his country that its national airline, one of his sponsors, has a video channel on its jets devoted to his matches: Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan (Thai Airways).-Tennis standout who is such a cultural icon in his country that its national airline, one of his sponsors, has a video channel on its jets devoted to his matches: Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan (Thai Airways).

Tennis standout who is such a cultural icon in his country that its national airline, one of his sponsors, has a video channel on its jets devoted to his matches:

Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan (Thai Airways).

What Andy Roddick, then in the second grade, told each family member after he gave them the same Christmas present, a tennis ball which he'd autographed:

"Keep them. Someday they'll be worth something."

How coach Brad Gilbert describes 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick:

"A bigger, stronger Lendl."

Age at which 2003 French and U.S. Open champion Justine Henin-Hardene played in a mixed gender event in Belgium and reached the final where Olivier Rochus, 16 months older, "bageled" her:

6.

Only player to send Venus Williams flowers when she had knee surgery in August:

Lindsay Davenport.

Number of American flags on the court for the men's singles trophy presentation at the 2003 U. S. Open following the Roddick-Ferrero final:

17.

What Kournikova would "love to have" after her tennis career ends:

"A (talk) show like "Oprah!" Number of Spanish flags: 0.

Number of years since Germany, after being upset 3-2 by Belarus, had last been relegated from the World Group in Davis Cup:

20.

How African-American Althea Gibson, who broke the tennis colour barrier in 1950 when she played the U. S. Nationals at Forest Hills, learned how to play tennis:

She hit balls against a brick wall in Harlem, New York City.

How Pete Sampras sometimes replied when asked about his training methods:

"Tell no one nothing" — what Holden Caulfield said in The Catcher in the Rye, Sampras's favourite book.

Percent of the practice sets with Pete Sampras that Tim Henman, who has never reached a Grand Slam final, says he used to win:

70.

What Tim Henman said was the best moment of his career:

When he beat Pete Sampras 6-3, 6-4 at the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati in 2000.

Number of U. S. Presidents that Arthur Ashe, the late tennis champion and human rights activist, corresponded with:

6.

Number of days Anna Kournikova lasted as an interviewer for USA Network during the 2003 U. S. Open:

3. Reasons Kournikova cited why she quit:

Overeating on the job and the awkwardness of interviewing fellow players.

Well-known tennis player who made Newsday's list of "Matchstick Men and Women":

Daniela Hantuchova. 86.5 minutes.

The three superstars who changed professional sports, according to Mats Wilander:

Bjorn Borg, Muhammad Ali and Pele.

Stars of the posters that young John McEnroe had on his bedroom wall:

Bjorn Borg, Farrah Fawcett and Rod Laver.

What seven-year-old Sachin Tendulkar did when Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe played their historic 1980 Wimbledon final:

He dressed in tennis attire with a scarlet headband to pay homage to McEnroe, his hero.

Won-lost record of America's doubles teams in their 35 Davis Cup matches prior to Bob and Mike Bryan's doubles victory against Slovakia in their Sept. 19-21, 2003 relegation tie:

15-20.

Number of different American doubles teams used in those 35 matches:

25.

What ecstatic Andy Roddick kept shouting to his family and friends when he dashed into the stands to hug and kiss them after the 2003 Flushing Meadows final:

"I just won the U. S. Open!"

What caused 16-year-old star Maureen Connolly to stop signing autographs:

Following her first U. S. Championships title in 1951, she was tricked into signing a bogus cheque for a con man.

What Pete Sampras did when Andre Agassi returned to the circuit after his self-imposed break in 1997:

Sampras sent his archrival a heartfelt note expressing relief that he came back.

What 47-year-old Martina Navratilova, owner of 58 Grand Slam titles, including two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in 2003, says is "the biggest difference between the top players and the wanna-be top players":

Shot selection.

Reason why the start of the Tim Henman-Michael Llodra second-round match on Centre Court at the 2003 Wimbledon was delayed for half an hour:

A film crew could shoot scenes for a movie called Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst.

What Michael Chang says is one common denominator for all pro tennis players:

Jet lag.

Penalty for any player found guilty of match-fixing — an offence for which the ATP now has several players under scrutiny:

$100,000, plus whatever money the player made from the bet, and a three-year suspension.