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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wounded Wimbledon Field Favors Sampras

LONDON -- Andre Agassi has a hip injury and Boris Becker's right calf hurts. Goran Ivanisevic admits he is mentally fragile and Michael Chang is not quite strong enough.


All of which leaves Pete Sampras out on his own as a fit and healthy specimen, looking well placed to become the first man to win a third successive Wimbledon title since Bjorn Borg took his fifth straight in 1980.


Until he swept to victory in the Queen's Club London grass-court championships last weekend -- in singles and doubles -- Sampras looked no better than the rest after a disastrous clay-court campaign.


He had hopes of a clay-court breakthrough this year. But all he got was a semifinal place in the German Open to go with four first-round defeats.


Agassi's hip injury left him a forlorn quarterfinal loser at the French and he went home to Las Vegas for treatment.


The American played last year after injury threatened to keep him away, and battled to the fourth round before losing to Todd Martin in five sets.


Becker, meanwhile, went back to Munich for treatment of a minor calf injury.


Ivanisevic could reach only the quarterfinals at Queen's and he conceded that being a bundle of nerves had cost him dearly in his two Wimbledon finals, which he lost to Agassi in five sets in 1992 and to Sampras in three last year.


Meanwhile, Spanish clay-court specialists Sergi Bruguera and Alberto Berasategui withdrew Thursday, citing unspecified injuries.


Both Bruguera, the No. 8 seed, and Berasategui have shown a disdain for grass. Bruguera has played at Wimbledon only once since 1990, and Berasategui has never appeared.


Berasategui, ranked No. 12 but not seeded, had been drawn to play Becker in the first round.


In the women's draw, Mary Pierce has arrived and Martina Navratilova has gone, but the new look is unlikely to upset Steffi Graf in her pursuit of a sixth Wimbledon title.


Pierce, winner of the Australian Open, adds glamor to the tournament, but her style is not suited to grass.


Jana Novotna's game works on grass, but the fourth-seeded Czech has a ragged temperament which has let her down too often, most notably in 1993 when she wept on the Duchess of Kent's shoulder after losing a commanding lead to Graf in the final.


Graf is currently in Germany receiving treatment for an injured right wrist, but it is not thought to be serious.