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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The serve that killed a linesman



It's a footnote that Stefan Edberg's illustrious career could have done without.

At the Boy’s Singles Final of the 1983 US Open, linesman Richard Wertheim was hit in the groin by a serve from eventual champion Edberg. Wertheim toppled backward, hitting his head on the court. He died in the hospital five days later of a subdural hematoma.

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2 comments:

Sri said...

The Stefan Edberg news is a new one, but the photo has been reversed, I think. Stefan is a right hander.

The Not So Talkative Man said...

Keen powers of observation, sir! :)

Yes, this indeed is a reversed photo.