Seles sits out Australian Open
Foot injury forces four-time champ out of tournament
Posted: Friday January 14, 2000 01:07 PM
Monica Seles has won the Australian Open four times in the '90s. AP
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Monica Seles, a four-time Australian
Open champion, has been forced to withdraw from the first Grand
Slam of the new year because of a foot injury.
An injured right foot has sidelined the former world No. 1 since
October last year. She advised Australian Open organizers Tuesday
that she was unable to play at the tournament starting Jan. 17 at
Tournament chief executive Paul McNamee said it was
disappointing to lose a sentimental favorite like Seles.
"We wish Monica well for a full recovery and hope to see her
out here next year," he said.
The 26-year-old won the Australian Open in 1991, 1992, 1993 and
in 1996, which was her first Grand Slam title after a two-year
absence from the tour.
She has also won two French Open and two U.S. Open titles.
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