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Monica Seles yesterday confirmed her entry as a wild card for her first appearance in next week's Direct Line Insurance Championships in Eastbourne. There had been fears that Seles' first appearance in Britain since she was stabbed at a Hamburg tournament in April 1993 would be scuppered by a nagging shoulder injury, which kept her out of action for three months earlier this year. Seles and Steffi Graff are among nine of the world's top 15 scheduled for Eastbourne. The others include Conchita Martinez, Jana Novotna, Chanda Rubin, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Jo Fernandez, Kimiko Date and Mary Pierce.

The Northern Electric Open men's tennis tournament, which was due to be staged at Newcastle from 22 to 28 July, has been cancelled. The David Lloyd Club at Castle Farm, which was hosting the ATP Challenger event, has been undergoing re-development and the work will not be completed in time for the tournament to be held.

Tim Henman returns to Britain's Davis Cup team for the Euro-Africa zone Group Two tie against Ghana in Accra from 12 to 14 July. The British No 1 from Oxfordshire missed the 4-1 victory over Slovenia in Newcastle last month after going down with a virus.

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