TENNIS: Becker back at Queen's Club

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The Independent Online

Boris Becker, the three-times Wimbledon champion, will play in this year's Queen's Club grass-court tournament from 12 to 18 June in London.

Becker, who won the event in 1985, 1987 and 1988, joins Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic, Stefan Edberg and the defending champion, Todd Martin, in the field for the most important of the Wimbledon warm-up events.

Becker's German compatriot Steffi Graf, the world No 1, has again decided to miss the Italian Women's Open, which began yesterday. The Wimbledon champion, Conchita Martinez, seeded third, defends the title she has won for the past two years.