America's bloodiest day
Big Isle tennis tourney postponed
By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer
All tennis matches at yesterday's Big Island Championships were postponed. Tournament organizers hope to resume action today at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Tournament organizer Eric Kutner said he heard about yesterday's tragedy when he awoke. "As soon as I got to the courts," Kutner said. "I knew we were not playing tennis today."
Belgium's Justine Henin, ranked sixth in the world, is the tournament's No. 1 seed and was scheduled to play Australia's Evie Dominikovic yesterday afternoon. Second-seeded Sandrine Testud, No. 18 on the Sanex WTA Tour, was also scheduled to play her first-round match.
Today's tentative schedule includes Henin, Testud and possibly a second-round match for former world No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
Kutner still plans to play the singles and doubles finals Sunday, tentatively starting at 1 p.m. Fans can call the tennis pro shop (886-1234 ext. 1293) or tournament desk (886-2223) for updates.
The main draw still includes Brigham Young-Hawai'i's Adrienn Hegedus, who received a wild card into last weekend's qualifier and advanced. Hegedus, from Hungary, plays compatriot Rita Kutikis in the first round.
Seasider Tagifano So'onalole, from Samoa, received a wild card into the main draw. She was defeated by American Lilia Osterloh, 6-1, 6-4, Monday in their first-round match. Osterloh is seeded eighth, and ranked 48th in the world.
Natalia Jung, who plays for University of Hawai'i-Hilo, lost her first qualifying match.
Military courses closed: All military golf courses are closed indefinitely, and this weekend's Hickam AFB Invitational is tentatively canceled.
"The tournament will be off as long as the alert is still at Delta," said Tom Stanfill, Hickam Director of Golf.
Security at all bases has been upgraded to Threat condition Delta, its highest state.
The Invitational is scheduled Friday to Sunday at Hickam's Mamala Bay course. Stanfill said yesterday there is still a possibility the tournament could be played.
Both Hickam courses, along with the Kane'ohe Klipper, Navy-Marine, Barbers Point, Kalakaua, Leilehua and Nagorski courses, are closed until further notice.