Sporting Digest: Tennis

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Australia's Davis Cup captain John Newcombe says doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge has withdrawn from the quarter-final tie against America because his nerve has failed him. Woodbridge was carrying a minor arm injury but Newcombe said his mental state was the main reason he pulled out of the match starting on Friday in Brookline, Masschusettes.

ATP GRASS COURT TOURNAMENT (Newport, Rhode Island) Singles, quarter-finals: L Tieleman (It) bt A Ilie (Aus) 7-6 6-4; W Arthurs (Aus) bt L Paes (Ind) 6-7 7-6 6-3; C Woodruff (US) bt S Pescosolido (It) 6-2 6-4; K Carlsen (Den) bt P Wessels (Neth) 7-6 7-6. Semi-finals: C Woodruff (US) bt W Arthurs (Aus) 7-6 6-7 6-4; K Carlsen (Den) bt L Tieleman (It) 7-6 6-1. Final: Woodruff bt Carlsen 6-7 6-4 6-4.

LTA FUTURES (Frinton): Final qualifying round: A Barnes (Cambs) bt S Gregg (Yorks) 7-5 6-2; M Berry (Suffolk) bt G Seliounina (Rus) 6-1 7- 6; K Nugent (Irl) bt N Rencken (SA) 6-4 6-7 6-1; E Biro (US) A Mojzis (SA) 4-6 6-3 7-6.

LEADING ATP RANKINGS: 1 A Agassi (US) 3,684pts; 2 P Rafter (Aus) 3,673; 3 P Sampras (US) 3,594; 4 Y Kafelnikov (Rus) 3,212; 5 G Kuerten (Br) 2,810; 6 T Henman (GB) 2,690; 7 R Krajicek (Neth) 2,431; 8 T Martin (US) 2,332; 9 C Moya (Sp) 2,313; 10 G Rusedski (GB) 2,307; 11 M Rios (Ch) 2,297; 12 M Philippoussis (Aus) 2,295; 13 K Kucera (Slovak) 2,292; 14 A Corretja (Sp) 2,183; 15 F Mantilla (Sp) 1,842; 16 T Haas (Ger) 1,779; 17 N Kiefer (Ger) 1,673; 18 T Enqvist (Swe) 1,607; 19 D Hrbaty (Slovak) 1,600; 20 T Johansson (Swe) 1,437. GB: 219 C Wilkinson 186; 266 A Parmar 146; 276 B Cowan 143; 278 L Milligan 142; 285 M Maclagan 135; 291 J Delgado 131; 313 M Lee 120; 388 D Sapsford 84; 512 J Layne 48; 590 N Gould 34.

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