July 4, 1995 in Sports

Doubles Player Missing

Associated Press
 
Tags:tennis

The whereabouts of Murphy Jensen were unknown Monday after the flamboyant doubles player failed to show for a mixed doubles match at Wimbledon.

Jensen was scheduled to team with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in a mid-afternoon match against Kelly Jones and Katrina Adams. The other three players were on time, and umpire Roland Herfel waited the required 15 minutes before ruling the match a default.

“It’s actually kind of frightening,” said Jensen’s brother, Luke. “All of his rackets are there, his plane tickets.”

The Jensens’ mother, Patricia, was clearly upset.

“We pray to God that he has not been kidnapped,” she said.

The ATP Tour said from its Florida headquarters that it has been in touch with Patricia Jensen. A tour spokesman said that as of midnight in London - 10 hours after Jensen was last seen - there was no word from the player.

Wimbledon security officials said they had been contacted about Jensen but had no success locating him. A check of local hospitals revealed no record of the 26-year-old American.

The All England Club fined Murphy Jensen $1,000 for the default.These were the first defaults in the 109-year history of Wimbledon.

The Jensen brothers are from Ludington, Mich., and they have become the biggest show on the men’s doubles circuit. They won the French Open title in 1993.

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