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||03-19-2011 01:24 PM
Bezs, that's Mr. Charlie Pasarell
. He's the IW tournament director and a former top American player.
Charlito "Charlie" M. Pasarell, Jr. (born February 12, 1944, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a former Puerto Rican tennis player and commentator. Representing the United States as a player, he has been the tournament representative of the Americas on the ATP Board of Directors since 1990.
Pasarell attended UCLA, where he won the NCAA men's singles title in 1966, one year after his friend and teammate Arthur Ashe. He reached #1 in the rankings of American men's players in 1967. Pasarell competed in major tournaments from 1960 through 1979, with his most successful showings coming in doubles. He reached the finals in men's doubles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open. Pasarell was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1974.
In 1969 at Wimbledon, Pasarell played Pancho Gonzales in what was, until 2010, the longest match in Wimbledon history. The 41-year old Gonzales finally defeated the 25-year-old Pasarell 22-24, 1–6, 16-14, 6–3, 11-9 after a battle that lasted 5 hours and 12 minutes.
Pasarell is currently the tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, and a commentator for The Tennis Channel. He is a member of the Intercollegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame and the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
One of the greatest matches ever played
In 1969, however, it was Gonzales's turn to prevail in the longest match ever played till that time, one so long and arduous that it resulted in the advent of tie break scoring. As a 41-year-old at Wimbledon, Gonzales met the fine young amateur Charlie Pasarell, a Puerto Rican younger than Gonzales by 16 years who revered his opponent.
Pasarell won a titanic first set, 24-22, then with daylight fading, the 41-year-old Gonzalez argued that the match should be suspended. The referee didn't relent and thus the petulant Gonzalez virtually threw the second set, losing it 6-1. At the break, the referee agreed the players should stop. Gonzalez was booed as he walked off Centre Court.
The next day, the serves, the volleys and all the prowess that made Gonzales a fiery competitor surfaced with trademark vengeance. Pasarell, seeking to exploit Gonzalez's advanced years, tried to aim soft service returns at Gonzalez's feet and tire him with frequent lobs. Barked Gonzalez on a changeover, "Charlie, I know what you're doing – and it's not working!" Gonzalez rebounded to win three straight sets, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. In the fifth set, Gonzales won all seven match points that Pasarell had against him, twice coming back from 0-40 deficits, to walk off the court from the 5-hour, 12-minute epic.
The final score was an improbable 22-24, 1–6, 16-14, 6–3, 11-9. Gonzales went on to the fourth round of the championship, where he was beaten in four sets by Arthur Ashe. The match with Pasarell, however, is still remembered as one of the highlights in the history of tennis and has been called one of "The Ten Greatest Matches of the Open Era" in the November/December 2003 issue of TENNIS magazine. But it was not this match alone which gave Gonzales the reputation, among the top players, of being the greatest long-match player in the history of the game.
The match would (largely due to the introduction of the tie break) remain the longest in terms of games played until the historic, 11 hours and 183 games long Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.