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Expecting Father Agassi Withdraws

September 26, 2003

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Andre Agassi withdrew from next month’s Stockholm Open and two other European tournaments because wife Steffi Graf is expecting their second child in November.

``His agent, Perry Rogers, called us today, and obviously we’re very disappointed,″ Stockholm Open director Per Hjertquist said Friday. ``However, neither we nor anybody else are in a position to criticize Agassi for taking time off to be with his family.″

Agassi also pulled out of Tennis Masters Series events in Madrid and Paris, but Rogers said the player does plan to enter the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Houston in November.

``I’m sorry that I will not be participating in the Stockholm tournament, but hopefully I will return in the future,″ Agassi said.

Agassi is ranked No. 4 and won the Australian Open in January for his eighth Grand Slam title.

He and Graf married in October 2001, and their first child, Jaden, was born later that month. The tennis stars began dating after each won the French Open in 1999. Graf retired that year.

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