Curry Kirkpatrick's story on Boris Becker (Das Wunderkind, July 15) was superb. The kid is only 17 years old, and he is very impressive. But I think Becker has one thing to think about. He has not challenged Mr. Tennis. John McEnroe is No. 1!
? McEnroe and Becker played once this year, in March at the Italian indoors in Milan. McEnroe won the first-round match 6-4, 6-3.—ED.
I was watching Boris Becker from the start of the Wimbledon Championships, and I knew he was going to go a long way. But I don't think anyone believed he would win the final. I have never seen such raw determination. Anybody who thinks Becker's victory was a fluke did not see him play. Watch out, McEnroe, here comes the next tennis giant!
I don't know which made me happier—seeing Boris Becker win Wimbledon or watching Kevin Curren topple McEnroe.
How utterly refreshing to have a men's final that put the emphasis on world-class tennis and wasn't a showcase for McEnroe's ill-tempered tantrums. Curren and Becker are like a cooling breeze after McEnroe's hot air.
I found the repeated references to Boris Becker as "Boom Boom" to be disturbing. It was reported on television during the tournament that Becker was not fond of nicknames, especially ones with war connotations. Though nicknames often add color, this one, unfortunately, made the article only one color—off.
Kansas City, Mo.
I can appreciate the tremendous accomplishment of Boris Becker. What I don't appreciate is the almost nonexistent coverage of Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova.
How can you almost completely ignore the accomplishments of these two women? Four Wimbledons in a row, six in all for Miss Navratilova. And Chris Evert Lloyd—what can you say about her record? These women have dominated their sport for the last several years. Between them they have won the last 15 Grand Slam events. They have pushed each other to the top of their games. Open your eyes: these women play great tennis!
ALISON J. PARRACO
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
MARGE AND SCHOTTZIE
I was really pleased with the article on the new Reds owner, Marge Schott (Marge Has Them Eating Out Of Her Hand, July 15). I think this lady, along with Pete Rose, will do wonders for the new Red machine.
ROBERT J. WEBB
Le Roy, Ill.
In your interview with Marge Schott, Demmie Stathoplos states that Schottzie, her St. Bernard, has been the team mascot since December. What a bunch of dog chow! We hate this dog! I'm a Cincinnati tavern owner and Reds fan of 25 years and have yet to hear of anyone who likes this slobbering dog. Schottzie may be the official mascot in the eyes of Marge and the SPCA, but not with Reds fans.