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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras First in Paris

PARIS () -- Pete Sampras, who hasn't had nearly as much success on clay as Thomas Muster, was designated the top seed in the French Open even though Muster is the favorite to win the clay-court tournament.


"We have to rank our players according to the ATP statistics or else the decision could become too subjective," said Gilbert Ysern, chief referee of the tournament.


The organizing committee for the two-week tournament that opens May 27 went along with the rankings of the professional tennis associations despite Muster's dominance of the clay courts. Sampras' tournament victories are mostly on fast surfaces.


On the women's side, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles were top seeds. The pair share the top spot in the world rankings.