'Abusive' Hill lands another ban

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Anthony Hill, Australia's world No 8 player, has been banned again. Earlier this month, he was suspended for three months and fined pounds 1,400 for "unsportsmanlike conduct" at the World Open last October in Cyprus.

On Tuesday, the World Federation banned Hill, 28, from representing his country in team events until 1998 after incidents in a match with Pakistan's Mir Zaman Gul at the World Team Championships in Cairo in November.

Hill was charged with "physically and verbally abusing his opponent, verbally abusing the referee and showing dissent against his decisions, throwing his racket and generally bringing the game into disrepute."