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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Graf's Father Seeks Freedom To Seek Help for Addictions

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MANNHEIM, Germany -- Steffi Graf's father, charged with evading millions in taxes on his daughter's income, should be allowed out of jail to undergo treatment for alcohol and prescription drug dependency, according to his attorneys.


A doctor hired by the defense and Mannheim prosecutors has confirmed Peter Graf's addictions, attorneys said in the Friday editions of the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper.


Graf is ready to undergo treatment, the lawyers said, adding they believe it could only succeed if he is allowed out of his cell in a Mannheim prison to enter a special clinic.


Graf, 57, has been held pending investigation since his arrest Aug. 2.


On Wednesday, he was charged with evading 19.6 million marks ($13 million) in taxes by failing to report up to 42 million marks in income earned by his daughter between 1989 and 1993.


Mannheim chief prosecutor Peter Wechsung said he was still investigating whether Steffi Graf, who put her financial affairs in the hands of her father, had failed over several years to provide a valid tax declaration.


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The let serve could be on its way out.


The International Tennis Federation will recommend to its annual general meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 10 that the let should be eliminated on a trial basis from some Davis Cup Zonal games starting next season.


The ITF's argument is that virtually all calls of let give no advantage to either player and simply tend to halt the game for no reason.


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