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September 7, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ The United States was seeded fourth in the World Group for the 2001 Davis Cup in the draw conducted at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Australia and Spain, set to play the 2000 Cup final at Barcelona in December, received the top two World Group seeds for next year. Sweden was third followed by the United States, France, Russia, Brazil and Germany.

Criteria for selection includes previous performance, ranking of players likely to participate, experience on different surfaces and experience in doubles.

Britain got the No. 1 seed in the Euro/African Zone, Canada in the American Zone and India in the Asia/Oceania Zone.

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MASTERS CUP: Tennis’ four Grand Slam events have joined with the International Tennis Federation and the Association of Tennis Professionals to present the Masters Cup as the finale to the men’s season. The event is scheduled for Nov. 28-Dec. 3 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The tournament will feature the top eight players in the world, including current Grand Slam champions Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Gustavo Kuerten. It carries $3.7 million in prize money and is the final event in the ATP Champions Race to determine the No. 1 player in the world.

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COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Six people whose lives have been affected by brain tumors have each been awarded $5,000 college scholarships from the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation Scholarship Program.

Seed money for the program was donated by Corina Morariu. Pete Sampras, who was coached by Tim Gullikson, provided a grant to make the program perpetual.

This year’s recipients, all graduating high school seniors, were Kristie Bullock of Munster, Ind., James N. Huber of Durham, N.C., Jacob Kratz of Elkhorn, Wis., Zachary Mann of Newport, N.C., Aaron Staron of Farmington, Conn., and Jeffrey Welch of Greenville, S.C.

Tim Gullikson died from brain tumors in May, 1996.

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OUCH: Serena Williams’ withdrawal on Thursday from doubles competition at the U.S. Open was caused by left foot sesmoiditis, inflammation of the small bone located at the joint of the big toe.

The same injury forced Williams to pull out of the finals of the du Maurier Open in Montreal last month when she was leading Martina Hingis 0-6, 6-3, 3-0.

The decision cost the Williams sisters a chance to defend their doubles championship at the Open. They had reached the semifinals of the tournament and the pullout gave a walkover into the final to Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva.

Even though they are not ranked in doubles, the Williams sisters have won the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles titles in the last year.

Despite the injury, Serena Williams was still listed as probable for the Olympics, which begins in Sydney on Sept. 19.

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