Tennis Star Missed Swissair FlightBOB GREENE , Associated Press
Sep. 3, 1998 2:50 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) _ A late change kept 1992 Olympic tennis champion Marc Rosset off the Swissair flight that crashed off the Canadian coast, killing all aboard.
Marc Rosset, Switzerland's No. 1 men's player, was set to return to Geneva on Swissair Flight 111 from New York's Kennedy Airport Wednesday night after being eliminated from the U.S. Open.
Instead, Rosset decided to spend another night in New York.
``Changing your mind is your life,'' he said today.
It was not believed that any players or coaches were aboard the flight, which crashed into the water off Nova Scotia late Wednesday.
The flight is heavily used by athletes flying from the United States to Europe.
``I believe in destiny,'' Rosset told a Zurich newspaper. ``I don't think it was time to go yet.''
Jacques Hermenjat, tournament director of the Swiss Open, which is held in Gstaad, normally returns home on Wednesday night from meetings held in conjunction with the Open. This year, however, he booked Flight 111 on Thursday night when the United States Tennis Association invited him to have lunch Thursday.
``Now when people say they are glad to see me, I am real happy to say I'm glad to be here,'' Hermenjat said.
Rosset said he learned of the crash when friends in New York called him at his hotel and told him to turn on the television.