SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The wily veteran seemingly had the match in hand, but in the end he couldn't get away from the fact that he is, indeed, a veteran.
Dick Stockton, once ranked among the world's top 10 tennis players but now down to No. 201, led young Shlomo Glickstein 6-3, 5-7, 3-1 in the third set before his 30-year-old legs finally gave way and Glickstein rallied for a 6-4 final-set victory Sunday in a $125,000 tournament at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club.
In the women's final, Kathleen Horvath of Largo, Fla., 15, upset top-seeded Virginia Ruzici of Romania 6-0, 6-4.
The tournament was known as the Mutual Benefit Life Open, and it is on the Volvo Grand Prix circuit.
'I started getting cramps in my legs in the last few games and Shlomo played smart by running me around,' Stockton said. 'I just ran out of gas at the end.'
'I felt that I would be finished if I lost that game and dropped behind 4-1,' said Glickstein, 23, who is ranked No. 50 in the world. 'Dick was tiring in the final games and I was able to move him around.'
Glickstein won his first Grand Prix event since January, 1980. Stockton, from Sawgrass, Fla., failed to cash in on four break points in the pivotal fourth game and Glickstein, the No. 4 seed, showed renewed vigor in the closing games.
Glickstein, who earned a $15,000 first-place purse, broke back in the sixth game with a backhand service return that caught the line. Stockton, unseeded, committed four errors in the 10th game, with the 2-hour, 16-minute final ending on a forehand volley into the net by the American.
Glickstein, a former sergeant in the Israeli army, won the Maccabiah Games gold medal in singles two weeks ago. His earlier-round successes at South Orange came against Steve Meister of North Miami, Fla.; Jim Gurfein of Great Neck, N.Y.; Brad Drewett of Australia; and Manuel Orantes of Spain.
Stockton gained the final with triumphs over Butch Seewagen of New York, Sammy Giammalva of Houston, Jimmy Arias of Grand Island, N.Y., and Nick Saviano of Plantation, Fla.
The women's final between Ruzici, who is ranked ninth in the world, and Horvath, 32nd, lasted 75 minutes. It was the first pro victory for Horvath, who left the amateur ranks early this year.
Horvath, hitting powerful ground strokes, fought off three break points in the opening game and then lost only three points in the next five games to close out the set in 26 minutes. There were seven service breaks in the second set before Horvath ended the match with a forehand passing shot down the line.