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Seles Sues Hamburg Tourney Organizers

April 29, 1996

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ One day before the three-year statute of limitations would expire, Monica Seles filed a $16 million claim Monday for lost earnings against the organizers of the Citizens Cup tournament where she was stabbed.

Seles, attacked at courtside by Guenter Parche on April 30, 1993, did not play again until last summer, when she won the Canadian Open before going to the final of the U.S. Open. She won her ninth Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open.

Seles filed the claim for damages from the loss of earnings against the Deutscher Tennisbund (DTB) Rothenbaum Turnier GmbH, the commercial business that organized the Hamburg tournament, in the Regional Civil Court in Hamburg.

``Monica was denied any kind of reasonable settlement from the DTB and, therefore, was forced to file this claim,″ according to Wilhelm Danelzik, her attorney. ``The organizers did not meet their obligations to her in 1993, and did not even make an attempt to settle with her.″

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