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Tarango meets with referee

Published Oct. 4, 2005

Terrible-tempered Jeff Tarango, after having stormed out of a match and hurled insults at an umpire, met with Wimbledon referee Alan Mills on Sunday and vowed to "stay here until justice is done."

Mills ordered Tarango to appear before him at Wimbledon on the rest day. When he left with his wife and coach after two hours, 15 minutes, Tarango said: "I'm not allowed to say anything about it."

Tarango, whose French wife, Benedicte, slapped umpire Bruno Rebeuh's face on court Saturday, said the umpire was the "most corrupt in the game" and alleged he had deliberately been biased toward certain players to gain their friendship.

Tarango is determined to see his claims get a fair hearing. He will not return home to California until he is satisfied, he said.

It's back to work today

The 32 players remaining in the men's and women's draws took Sunday off. All are scheduled for fourth-round matches today. Those still competing include 15 unseeded players.

Top seed Andre Agassi will play Germany's Alexander Mronz, who advanced when Californian Tarango defaulted Saturday. There are five Americans remaining on the men's side; on the women's side, there are just three: Mary Joe Fernandez, Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond.

A sight to see

Best friends Davenport and Fernandez are a study in opposites. Davenport is an extrovert, Fernandez a friendly introvert. Davenport believes Fernandez is a calming influence. Fernandez thinks Davenport is a lovable eccentric.

"I remember one time, I was at a Burger King in Paris near the Champs Elysees and she walks in after sightseeing all day," Fernandez said. "She had on these cheap sneakers, and she had blood all over her feet from walking so much.

"She didn't even seem to notice."