Sporting Digest: Tennis

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AUSTRALIAN DAVIS CUP SQUAD (v India, Chandigarh, 24-26 Sept): R Fromberg, W Masur, J Stoltenberg, T Woodbridge, J Morgan, M Woodforde.

BORIS BECKER criticised the umpire, Richard Kaufman, following his loss to Russia's unseeded Andrei Chesnokov, 6-4 3-6 6-2, in the first round of the Waldbaum Hamlet Cup in Commack, New York on Tuesday night, claiming 20 bad calls passed without the official overruling one.

JIM COURIER and Steffi Graf were yesterday named top seeds for the US Open, starting in New York next week. Martina Navratilova, the third women's seed, breaks the record of Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert for the most number of consecutive years seeded.

US OPEN Singles seedings (New York, 30 Aug-12 Sept): Men: 1 J Courier (US), 2 P Sampras (US), 3 S Edberg (Swe), 4 B Becker (Ger), 5 S Bruguera (Sp), 6 M Stich (Ger), 7 M Chang (US), 8 A Medvedev (Ukr), 9 P Korda (Cz Rep), 10 R Krajicek (Neth), 11 G Ivanisevic (Croa), 12 T Muster (Aut), 13 I Lendl (US), 14 A Volkov (Rus), 15 C Pioline (Fr), 16 A Agassi (US). Women: 1 S Graf (Ger), 2 A Sanchez Vicario (Sp), 3 M Navratilova (US), 4 C Martinez (Sp), 5 G Sabatini (Arg), 6 M J Fernandez (US), 7 J Capriati (US), 8 J Novotna (Cz Rep), 9 A Huber (Ger), 10 M Maleeva (Bul), 11 M Maleeva-Fragniere (Swit), 12 H Sukova (Cz Rep), 13 M Pierce (Fr), 14 N Tauziat (Fr), 15 A Coetzer (SA), 16 Z Garrison-Jackson (US).

HAMLET CUP (New York) Men's singles, first round: A Chesnokov (Rus) bt B Becker (Ger) 6-4 3-6 6-2; M Chang (US) bt C Ruud (Nor) 5-7 6-3 7-5.

OTB INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT (Schenectady, NY) Men's singles, first round: J Sanchez (Sp) bt M Wilander (Swe) 7-5 6-2; B Karbacher (Ger) bt J Oncins (Bra) 6-2 7-6; C Costa (Sp) bt A Olkovskiy (Rus) 7-6 4-6 6-4; K Novacek (Monaco) bt J Morgan (Aus) 6-7 7-6 7-6. Second round: B Steven (NZ) bt J Burillo (Sp) 6-1 6-2; M Pernfors (Swe) bt N Kulti (Swe) 6-3 7-6; J Sanchez (Sp) bt F Clavet (Sp) 6-4 6-3. Women's singles, first round: E Zardo (Swit) bt Y Kamio (Japan) 6-4 6-1; N Tauziat (Fr) bt N Dahlman (Fin) 6-4 6-2. Second round: L Meskhi (Geor) bt E Reinach (SA) 6-2 6-4; M Babel (Ger) bt A Gavaldon (US) 7-5 6-2; A Carlsson (Swe) bt M Werdel (US) 2-6 6-4 6-1.

CROATIAN OPEN (Umag) Men's singles, first round: T Muster (Aut) bt E Rasberger (Croa) 6-1 6-1; J F Altur (Sp) bt A Gaudenzi (It) 7-5 6-7 7-5; J Gisbert (Sp) bt J Arese (Sp) 7-6 6-4; G Perez Roldan (Arg) bt B Wuyts (Bel) 7-6 6-2; O Fernandez (Mex) bt L Jonsson (Swe) 6-3 5-7 6-4; F Davin (Arg) bt M Tillstroem (Swe) 6-2 6-1; A Berasategui (Sp) bt F Sanchez (Sp) 6-2 6-3; F Roig (Sp) bt J Cunha Silva (Por) 7-6 6-3; D Orsanic (Arg) bt F de Wulf (Bel) 6-3 6-4; G Markus (Arg) bt M Stringari (Arg) 6-3 3-6 6-3. Second round: J Gisbert (Sp) bt A Mancini (Arg) 7-6 3-6 7-5; M Gustafsson (Swe) bt C Mezzadri (Swit) 6-3 6-7 6-4.

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