Dinner probably tasted pretty good because No. 133 [Peter Wessels] entered Newport very hungry, never having won a tournament in 26 previous starts or even participated in a final. Same for No. 150 [German Jens Knippschild] in 47 tries. This was a final for the famished, and it went to Wessels - the only Dutchman to win at the Casino - because he was such a tightfisted server. With phenomenal 80 percent first-serving, garnished with 10 aces, he permitted Knippschild to gnaw on zero break points.
"On grass, how can you do anything when a guy puts in so many first serves?" asked the German. Not that he was overly generous. Knippschild let Wessels look at one breaker, and Wessels snatched it with a return to go up, 2-0, in the second set.