North Carolina Newspapers

Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Sampras, Hingis Win
In Ist Round of Open
Rain fell throughout the
first day of the U.S. Open,
interrupting afternoon play
for almost two hours.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Mopping his face
between almost every point, four-time
champion Pete Sampras slogged slug
gishly through a slow-motion, first
round victory Monday as the U.S. Open
got off to a sleepy start.
As leaden as Sampras looked, he
served well enough to overcome an
even slower Martin Damm of the Czech
Republic, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5,6-4.
It was that kind of day at the National
Tennis Center, when heavy, muggy
weather took a toll on players and fans
alike after nearly two hours of rain inter
rupted matches early in the afternoon.
Sampras went through more towels
and shirts in his opening match than he
usually does in a week.
He didn’t run much, but he didn’t
have to, relying instead on his 22 aces
and Damm's tendency to make the
occasional inelegant error.
Damm obliged in the first-set tiebreak
er with an overhead he slugged long for
a minibreak to 5-2, and once again a few
points later on a double-fault at set point
Damm finished with 12 double-faults
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to only four by
Seeded No. 4,
his lowest position
at the U.S. Open
since 1991,
Sampras is going
for his 14th Grand
Slam title after
winning his sev
enth Wimbledon
last month.
No. 5 Yevgeny
Kafelnikov defeat
ed 116th-ranked
Orlin Stanoytchev
6-7 (5-7), 1-6, 6-3,
6-2, 6-3
Wimbledon champion
Pete Sampras
had 22 aces and only
four double-faults in
his first-round victory
over Martin Damm.
Martina Hingis, the women’s No. 1
and 1997 champion, looked no less list
less in beating No. 101 Alina Jidkova
6-3, 6-1, as did No. 9 Arantxa Sanchez-
Vicario in a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory
against No. 63Joannette Kruger.
No. 15 Jennifer Capriati, seeded at
the Open for the first time since 1993,
played a bit livelier in a 6-4, 6-0 romp
over Emmanuelle Gagliardi.
“Of course I have thoughts of winning
it,” Capriati said. “I mean that would be
the ultimate for me. That is my goal, of
course. I’m not going to be satisfied with
winning a couple of rounds.
“I think I have a good chance so, of
course, it’s going to make my own
expectations a little higher.”
Perkins Bulks Up for Bigger Role'
Junior Anthony Perkins has
put on 20 pounds since last
year to become a starter
on the UNC defensive line.
By T. Nolan Hayes
Sports Editor
Anthony Perkins has a predicament
many Americans can only dream about
He wants to gain weight, but he has
trouble doing it.
Perkins, a junior defensive tackle for
the North Carolina football team, packs
about 270 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame.
That makes him a huge individual when
he’s walking through campus Monday
through Friday, but it leaves him on the
small side come Saturday afternoons.
Still, 270 pounds is a much better
weight for Perkins than the 250 he
played at in 1999.
“I worked hard over the summer to
keep my weight up, eating a lot,” said
Perkins, who hopes to weigh 285 one
day. “I’m just trying to get better and
trying to get stronger and trying to get
faster. I’m trying to improve every day.”
He has met his goal thus far despite
having to adjust to some position
changes. Perkins began his career at
UNC as a walk-on out of Fuquay-Varina
High School, where he played offensive
tackle for a team that won four confer
ence titles while he was there.
Coaches put him at tight end when
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UNC defensive tackle Anthony Perkins, right, picked up the first fumble recovery of his career on this play . ■
last year against Duke. Perkins played in all 11 games for the Tar Heels in 1999 and made 19 tackles.
he arrived at Chapel Hill in 1997 but
later moved him to defense. He played
defensive end for about a week in the
spring and then moved to tackle.
“It’s been a normal transition,”
Perkins said. “I’m an aggressive player
by nature, and defense is where I fit in.
Offensive line was fun in high school
because you can be aggressive at that
position, but I like defense better.”
Perkins’s focus since becoming a
defensive tackle has been to get bigger
and stronger. He hung around Chapel
Hill this summer to work out and take
classes. Perkins woke up at 7 a.m. each
day to lift weights before going to school,
and he ran in the afternoons after class.
All of those activities left him exhaust
ed by the end of the day. But the hard
est part of it was something many people
find all too easy: eating. Basically,
Perkins consumed food and beverages
nonstop. He took in four or five meals
every day, which meant he ate when he
was hungry and even when he wasn’t.
“It gets pretty tough because after a
while your taste buds take over and
you’re eating the same thing over and
over again,” Perkins said. “It’s kind of a
struggle. Some people wonder, ‘How is
it hard to gain weight?’ But you’re eating
the same things over and over again.
You’re constantly eating, and you can
get tired of eating.
“But you look at the benefits of it and
see that if you gain the extra 20 pounds,
it can really help you on the field.”
Perkins isn’t the only one who has
noticed. UNC coach Carl Torbush
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praised Perkins’s work ethic before last
season and rewarded him with a schol
arship before the first game.
This season, Perkins has taken one
more step. He’ll be a starter at defensive
tackle when the Tar Heels open their sea
son at home against Tulsa on Saturday.
“Anthony Perkins came in here as a
215-pound, 6-4 or 6-5 defensive line
man,” Torbush said. “He now weighs.
275 and probably plays as hard as any
body I’ve ever been around.”
That’s the reason Perkins’ teammates
call him “Full Tilt.” They saw how hard
he fought last season, even on plays iff'
which he was going against not one but
two guys who were 50 pounds heavier
than he was. '
One guy who can identify with
Perkins in terms of double teams is
junior Ryan Sims, who starts at the other
defensive tackle for UNC.
“Perkins beside me, he’s a little
undersized,” Sims said. “But it ain’t the
size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of
the fight in the dog.”
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