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Becker withdraws from Longwood

August 18, 1997

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) _ Boris Becker withdrew Monday from the MFS Pro Championships at the Longwood Cricket Club because of the death of his manager, Axel Meyer-Woelden.

Meyer-Woelden, who was Becker’s manager since 1993, died in Munich of an unspecified illness.

The tournament was to be Becker’s final warmup for the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. He has not played recently because of a knee injury.

Becker’s spot in the singles draw will be taken by Dutchman Dennis van Scheppingen, the highest-ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying.

Becker also withdrew in 1986 after extensive pre-tournament hype, but had arrived in Boston Saturday, pronouncing himself ready to play this time.

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