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Player most likely to get the first fine of the tournament: Goran Ivanisevic. His self-

directed tirades are notorious around the tour. Officials hope he never harms himself during one of his outbursts.

Biggest misconception about Wimbledon: It always rains. It is true that it rains a lot during the tournament, but since 1914 only 10 days of Wimbledon have been washed out by inclement weather.

Player most likely to get raked over the coals by the British tabloids: Mary Pierce. She's playing Wimbledon for the first time. While everyone else probably has put Pierce's troubled relationship with her father in the past, she'll be like bloody meat in a pool of sharks over the fortnight.

Player everyone would like to have as an opponent if they began choking on a Power Bar during a match: Jan Apell. During a grass-court tournament last year in Manchester, England, he saved the life of a choking locker-room attendant by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

Player who might remind you of Roy Firestone: Brad Gilbert, who aspires to be a sports talk-show host upon retirement.

Player most likely to get you out of a British jail: Marc Goellner. His father is a German diplomat and his mother is a secretary to the Foreign Ministry.

Foreign player most likely to get the Centre Court crowd doing the Tomahawk Chop during a match: Dutch pro Paul Haarhuis, who played on the Florida State tennis team and has a football autographed by coach Bobby Bowden and former Heisman Trophy quarterback Charlie Ward.

Player most likely to get into the Harbour Island Athletic Club in Tampa without paying a cent: Aaron Krickstein, whose sister, Kathy, is director of tennis at the club.

Player most likely to break into a song-and-dance routine during play: Shuzo Matsuoka, who carries a karaoke set with him on the tour.