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Judge dismisses Seles’ civil suit

December 19, 1996

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ A judge today dismissed Monica Seles’ civil suit against the German Tennis Federation over her 1993 stabbing.

Seles, 22, was seeking $15.7 million in damages for lost income, blaming the federation for lack of security. Judge Peter Schade also ordered the tennis star to pay the costs of the court proceedings.

``This is, obviously, another disappointment stemming from the terrible attack on me in 1993,″ Seles said in a statement released by her representative in Los Angeles. She said she couldn’t comment on specifics of the decision, because the court’s reasons for the dismissal will not be released for several weeks.

Seles, ranked No. 1 in the world at the time of the attack, was sidelined for 27 months after being stabbed in the back during a break in a match in Hamburg on April 30, 1993. Guenter Parche, a fan of German star Steffi Graf, was convicted and received a two-year suspended sentence.

``We will wait for the written verdict and then decide whether to appeal,″ said Wilhelm Danelzik, Seles’ lawyer.

Danelzik argued that the federation, as the tournament organizer, did not provide basic security, and that no action was taken to stop Parche. Lawyers for the federation said normal steps were taken to provide general security and that no specific security standards were violated.

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