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Agassi, Becker Withdraw

April 20, 1999

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) _ Andre Agassi and Boris Becker withdrew from the Monte Carlo Open today, Agassi because of a shoulder injury and Becker because of his father’s death.

Agassi, the No. 7 seed, will be replaced in the draw by 27-year-old Italian Vincenzo Santopadre.

Agassi was due to play Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale in the second round on Wednesday.

Becker withdrew when he learned his father, Karl-Heinz Becker, had died of stomach cancer.

``I am very, very sad,″ Becker said. ``I admired my father and I owe him a lot. In this difficult situation I have to and want to be close to my family. Especially my mother needs me.″

Becker, who plays a limited schedule, beat Cedric Pioline in the first round Monday. He was to have played Jerome Golmard of France in the second round.

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