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German tennis star says he’ll retire in fall

May 2, 1997

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Michael Stich, the 1991 Wimbledon champion and long-time German Davis Cup player, said today he will retire at the end of the season because of recurring shoulder problems.

``It all comes down to this: It’s not fun any longer, it doesn’t make sense any longer,″ said Stich, 28. ``The last four months were frustrating. There were constant ups and downs.″

Stich said he would enter this year’s French Open and Wimbledon before ending his career in Germany’s Davis Cup series against Mexico in September.

Stich, 28, climbed to No. 2 in the world in 1994, but has slipped to No. 26 in the latest rankings. He has 18 career singles titles and nine doubles titles, along with the 1992 Olympic championship with Boris Becker.

``It’s very sad news,″ German Tennis Federation head Claus Stauder said.

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