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Navratilova in Eastbourne Doubles

April 18, 2000

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) _ Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova will briefly come out of retirement to partner Mariaan de Swardt in doubles at the Eastbourne tournament in June.

Organizers said on Tuesday the pair had been handed a wild card for the June 19-24 event, a grass-court tune-up immediately before Wimbledon.

The 43-year-old Navratilova won 10 singles titles at Eastbourne and six successive doubles titles with Pam Shriver between 1981 and 1986. This will be her first appearance in the tournament in six years.

De Swardt won the Eastbourne doubles title with Jana Novotna in 1998.

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