French Open withdrawals continue

May 17, 2006 at 5:04 PM
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PARIS, May 17 (UPI) -- Because of injuries and withdrawals, the French Open will be lacking many marquee names when it starts May 29.

Among men not scheduled to play are Mark Philippoussis (knee), Taylor Dent (back surgery), and Gustavo Kuerten (hip).

On the women's side, Lindsay Davenport pulled out Tuesday, joining Serena Williams.

"I'm very disappointed, but unfortunately, following my back injury, I haven't recovered all my physical strength," Davenport, who has been suffering from lower back strain since she lost the Wimbledon final to Venus Williams last season, said in a statement. "I am working hard to come back as quickly as possible to the court."

"It is very sad that I will miss Roland Garros," Kuerten said. "But I will be working hard these next weeks and I expect to be competing again in July."

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