Courier thrown out of Monte Carlo Open

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Jim Courier was disqualified from his doubles match at the Monte Carlo Open yesterday and will lose all his prize-money from the tournament.

Courier, twice a French and Australian Open champion, and his partner, Marc Rosset of Switzerland, were 4-1 down in the third set of their second- round match against the Argentinian Luis Lobo and Javier Sanchez of Spain, having taken the first set 6-3 but lost the second 6-2.

Courier was warned for an audible obscenity. He repeated it and the team lost a point. He then kicked the umpire's chair, constituting a third offence of unsportsmanlike conduct. His fine will be about pounds 15,500.

Tim Henman is confident of being fit enough to return to action at the Italian Open, which starts on 12 May. Henman was forced to miss Britain's recent Davis Cup defeat by Zimbabwe because of an elbow injury.

Martina Hingis, the women's world No 1, left hospital yesterday after a 30-minute operation on Wednesday to repair the knee ligament she injured in a fall from a horse. She will be unable to resume full training for three weeks.