Sporting Digest: Tennis

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Greg Rusedski will take part in the Colonial Classic tournament in Melbourne next January. The British No 1 has grabbed the final place in the eight-man competition, which is the traditional lead-up to the Australian Open. Meanwhile, Rusedski is poised for a showdown with Tim Henman in the Honda Challenge tournament at the Royal Albert Hall early next month. Rusedski will be playing on home soil for the first time since he broke into the world's top 10 and will face Henman, whom he replaced as British No 1 earlier this year, in the doubles tournament on 4 December. Henman partners John Lloyd, while Rusedski plays with the Australian Peter McNamara.

Andre Agassi, who is in a prolonged slump, had to endure another setback when he was beaten by Christian Vinck, of Germany, 6-2, 7-5 in the final of the Luxor USTA Challenger tournament In Las Vegas. Agassi, who was ranked No 1 in the world for 30 weeks in 1995 and for two weeks early in 1996, has fallen to No 141. As a result, he has been forced to enter his home-town Challenger event, which takes place in what is virtually a public park.

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