Sporting Digest: Tennis

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Boris Becker, the reigning Olympic doubles champion, said yesterday he will not defend his title at the summer games in Atlanta next year. ''I will definitely not play at the Olympic games in Atlanta. Neither in singles nor doubles. I have personal reasons.'' The three-times Wimbledon champion who turned 28 last month, won the Olympic doubles championship at the 1992 Barcelona games with countryman Michael Stich.

Julia Lutrova, the Russian Fed Cup player, yesterday beat Claire Taylor 6-3, 6-3 at Queen's Club, London, to win the British Women's Tennis Association Christmas tournament.

Jeff Tarango, the American player, will play in the Australian Open at Flinders Park, Melbourne, from 15-28 January, after having the penalties reduced for his infamous Wimbledon outburst. Having apologised to Wimbledon and tennis officials earlier this week, Tarango's fine has been halved and only the Wimbledon ban is still in effect.

LEADING MEN'S RANKINGS: 1 P Sampras, (US) 4,842 pts; 2 A Agassi (US) 4,765; 3 T Muster (Aut) 4,474; 4 B Becker (Ger) 3,325; 5 M Chang (US) 3,211; 6 Y Kafelnikov (Rus) 2,560; 7 T Enqvist (Swe) 2,505; 8 J Courier (US) 2,471; 9 W Ferreira (SA) 2,144; 10 G Ivanisevic (Croa) 1,861. GB: 38 G Rusedski (GB) 853.

LEADING WOMEN'S RANKINGS: 1= S Graf (Ger) 393.2500pts and M Seles (US); 2 C Martinez (Sp) 255.6026; 3 A Sanchez Vicario (Sp) 228.7721; 4 K Date (Japan) 165.1314; 5 M Pierce (Fr) 159.8320; 6 M Maleeva (Bul) 149.0357; 7 G Sabatini (Arg) 147.5239; 8 M J Fernandez (US) 136.6660; 9 I Majoli (Croa) 135.3165; 10 A Huber (Ger) 129.6438.

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