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Gasquet withdraws from U.S. Open

Aug. 30, 2007 at 2:38 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- No. 13-seeded Richard Gasquet Thursday unexpectedly withdrew from the U.S. Open tennis tournament, citing a viral infection.

His withdrawal came shortly before his scheduled second-round match against American upstart Donald Young.

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"I am really, really disappointed because it’s an important tournament for me," the Frenchman said on the tournament’s Web site. "With my illness, I'm sure I can't win this match."

Tuesday, Gasquet beat Sergio Roitman, 7-5, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round, while Young beat Chris Guccione, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, to get his first win in a Grand Slam tournament.

"I'd prefer to win it, but I’ll take this also," Young said.

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