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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Graf to Make Injury Comeback in November

BONN, Germany -- Steffi Graf will make her comeback after a long injury break in an exhibition tournament in Baltimore, Maryland in November, German press reports said Wednesday.


The former world No. 1, who has been recovering from a knee injury, has not played since she was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the French Open by South African Amanda Coetzer last June.


After the Paris tournament, the 28-year-old Graf underwent knee surgery in a Vienna hospital and then had physiotherapy in an Austrian clinic.


Graf, who has dropped to 13th in the WTA rankings, will play in Baltimore on Nov. 25 but is not likely to return to competitive tennis until next January's Australian Open, the daily newspaper Bild said.


Meanwhile, Boris Becker has accepted a wild card for the $6 million Grand Slam Cup, the richest tennis tournament in the world, tournament director Bill Dennis said Tuesday.


President's Cup. Top seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov brushed off an early challenge by a hometown qualifier to win his opening match in Moscow on Tuesday in the inaugural President's Cup.


The Russian survived a four-game run by obscure challenger Dmitry Tomashevich that tied the first set at 4-4, delighting a capacity crowd of 3,000 in the newly opened Yunsubad Tennis Center.


But Kafelnikov quickly reasserted control to win 6-4, 6-2.


Second seed Tim Henman had a tougher time with Thierry Champion of France before prevailing 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4).


Samsung Open. Top seed Carlos Moya cruised through to the second round but four of the other seven seeds, including Wimbledon runner up Cedric Pioline, lost their opening round matches Tuesday at the Samsung Open men's clay-court tennis tournament in Bournemouth, England.


Moya scored a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Israel's Oren Motovassel while Pioline, seeded fourth, tumbled 7-5, 6-3 to Jacobo Diaz of Spain.