INTRODUCTION: Jimmy Connors, the United States tennis player has withdrawn from a tournament in South Africa next week because of a death threat made against him, his wife and child.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (VISNEWS - EITAN ARIEL)
GV TILT DOWN Nastase serves (foreground) to Connors
GV Crowd watching
GV TILT DOWN Connors serving, (in foreground) crowd looks on. (2 SHOTS) 0.25
SV PULL BACK TO GV ZOOM INTO SB Connors (in foreground) playfully beckons to Nastase at other end as he awaits Nastase's serve, Nastase serves, after short rally Connors wins point by lobbing ball over net out of Nastase's reach. Connors then playfully uses racquet in sword fashion before returning to edge of court
SV PULL BACK TO GV Nastase serving from far end and wins point after Connors hits ball out of court, crowd looks on. (2 SHOTS)
SV Nastase playfully goes up to line-umpire gives racquet to line-umpire, sits down on line umpire's chair
SV Scoreboard shows Connors winning first set 6-4 and leading 5-2 in second set
SV PULL BACK TO LV Connors serving in foreground and vollies ball past Nastase to win match as huge crowd looks on. Players shake hands and walk off court
Background: INTRODUCTION: Jimmy Connors, the United States tennis player has withdrawn from a tournament in South Africa next week because of a death threat made against him, his wife and child. He was due to travel to Johannesburg for the South African open championships from Israel where he won his second big tournament within a fortnight. Playing against him in the Tel Aviv Golden Racquet final on Tuesday (17 November) was Romania's temperamental star Ilie Nastase.
SYNOPSIS: Nastase serves. At stake in this knockout tournament was 60,000 dollars prize money, an incentive worthy of two players who have thrilled crowds all over the world.
Since the disappointment of Wimbledon, Connors has rediscovered his form. Last Sunday, he defeated John McEnroe in the final of the London Benson and Hedges.
And he's also prepared to indulge in the lighter side of tennis despite the importance of the occasion. Then, he copes well with Nastase's serve and skilfully manoeuvres himself into a position where he can control the court and hit a winning shot. It's not the first time Connors has been involved in a dual with the brilliant but erratic Romanian.
There have been many matches between the two over the last ten years and Nastase is still far from a spent force. But he has too often been accused of playing the fool to upset opponents has much as entertain the crowds.
Connors, however, was not put off. He took the first set -- six games to four and raced to a 5-2 lead in the second. Then he served to win at match point in this eighth game of the final set.
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