Sporting Digest: Tennis

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CHRIS WILKINSON, who was briefly ranked No 1 in Britain this year, has parted company with his coach, Jonathan Smith, and enlisted the Australian Gary Custer in an attempt to halt his decline. Wilkinson became Britain's top player after Wimbledon, but a series of poor results since then has seen him fail to maintain the improvement and he has fallen behind Jeremy Bates and Mark Petchey to No 124 in the world rankings.

COLONIAL CLASSIC EXHIBITION TOURNAMENT (Melbourne) Final: T Muster (Aut) bt A Volkov (Rus) 6-3 1-6 7-6.

MIDLAND BANK NATIONAL 16-AND-UNDER CHAMPIONSHIPS (Telford) Boys' singles third round: A Parmar (Herts) bt J Layne (Cambs) 7-6 6-3; W Sawyer (Norfolk) bt S Amey (Derbys) 6-4 6-3; B Haran (Hants and IOW) bt P Delgado (Berks) 6-1 6-1; M Gorvin (Avon) bt W Herbert (Middx) 6-2 6- 2; S Clark (Warwicks) bt D Stuk (Lincs) 6-2 6-1; I Bates (Hants and IOW) bt A Harbott (Middx) 6-0 6-4; J Monk (Sussex) bt N Rushton (Lancs) 6-1 6-1; S Pender (Corn) bt D Galasso (Kent) 7-6 6-0. Girls' singles third round: J Chaohury (Cambs) bt F D'Amelio (Beds) 6-3 6-3; R Dunbar (Dorset) bt N Benneyworth (Surrey) 6-0 6-0; T Callow (Middx) bt J Little (Chesh) 6-2 7-5; A Tordoff (Kent) bt A Lench (Kent) 6-2 5-7

6-2; F Lishman (Northumb) bt A Janes (Essex) 6-3 6-0; S Turner (Sussex) bt S Durham (Sussex) 7-6 6-4; J Osman (Sussex) bt L Latimer (Warwicks) 6-3 6-1; T Blackburn (Somerset) bt R Evans (South Wales) 6-1 6-2.

HOPMAN CUP MIXED TEAM TOURNAMENT (Perth): Austria bt Ukraine 3-0 (Aut names first): Singles: J Wiesner bt N Medvedeva 7-6 6-3; A Antonitsch bt A Medvedev 4-6 6-2 6-1. Doubles: Wiesner and Antonitsch bt Medvedeva and Medvedev w/o (Medvedev injured).

CEDRIC PIOLINE, France's No 1 player, was named among his country's 1994 Davis Cup squad yesterday after being left out this year in a row over his 'excessive' demands which included having a personal adviser and physiotherapist to accompany him.

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