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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mishap Forces Kafelnikov Out of Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- A gymnasium mishap has forced Yevgeny Kafelnikov out of the Australian Open and sidelined him from tennis for up to six weeks with a broken hand.

The French Open champion was distressed at having broken a bone in his right hand and was leaving for home Saturday, Kooyong Classic promoter Colin Stubs said Friday.

"It's a bad break, he'll be out for between four to six weeks," said Stubs, who added that the Russian was "pretty distressed" and didn't want to talk to the media.

No other details of the mishap were disclosed at the time.

Kafelnikov was scheduled to play world No.1 Pete Sampras in a semi-final of the Kooyong Classic here Friday. Sampras progressed to Saturday's final after the default and will play Michael Chang.

Open officials, who included Kafelnikov in Friday's men's singles draw, subsequently replaced him with American MaliVai Washington, who was the next highest ranked player eligible to be seeded.


World No. 3 Goran Ivanisevic was beaten in the semifinals of the Sydney international tournament by Briton Tim Henman on Friday.

Top seed Ivanisevic, who has yet to win a grand slam title, lost 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 as Henman reached his second successive ATP Tour final.

The women's final of the last warm-up event before the Open will feature Swiss teenager Martina Hingis and American Jennifer Capriati.

Hingis defeated unseeded American Mary Joe Fernandez 6-3, 6-2.

Capriati proved too strong for compatriot Lindsay Davenport, winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at White City.

Henman, who lost to American Jim Courier in Qatar on Sunday in his first ATP Tour final appearance, will face fellow non-seed Carlos Moya of Spain for the Sydney title Saturday.

Ivanisevic fell away badly in the third set, prompting speculation about his motivation with the start of the Australian Open only three days away.

Moya, who will play defending champion Boris Becker in the first round at the Open, warmed up with a convincing 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over compatriot and third seed Albert Costa in their semifinal.


Steffi Graf is set to hear the verdict of her father's much-publicized German tax trial during the climax to this month's Australian Open.

A judge trying Peter Graf on allegations of evading millions of dollars of tax on the world tennis No. 1's earnings said Friday he expected a ruling Jan. 24, the Friday before the final weekend of the grand slam. (AFP, AP, Reuters)