In the Queens Club International Tennis Championship in England, Raul Ramirez of Mexico beat Britain's Mark Cox to win the men's title.
In the Queens Club International Tennis Championship in England, Raul Ramirez of Mexico beat Britain's Mark Cox to win the men's title. The score - an easy 9-7, 7-5.
SYNOPSIS: Cox, taking services from Ramirez, held two set point points at five games to four in the first set, but he was soon to go down to the strong drives of the Mexican. In the sixteenth game of the first set, Remirez was already poised for victory.
Ramirez showed keen anticipation throughout the match and prevented Cox from gaining the early ascendency he sough. Earlier in the day, Cox had defeated Hank Pfister of the United States and Ramirez beat another American, Brian Gottfried.
In the second set Cox took Ramirez to five-all after holding three set points. It was the only stage that Cox appeared a threat to the Mexican - for the most part Ramirez was firmly in control.
Ramirez, who's seeded number seven for next week's Wimbledon championships, collected ??? sterling in prize money for his victory over Cox.
Cox was playing with a pulled stomach muscle, but after the game he did not blame it for his defeat. He said Ramirez had done enough to win, and deserved his success. Cox also admitted he was fighting to hold his service.