Tennis: Britain's top two seeded at Queen's

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Both Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will be seeded for the pounds 422,000 Stella Artois Grass Court Championships at Queen's Club, London, from 9 to 15 June, the first time that two Britons will have been seeded for the singles in the Stella's 19-year history.

Henman is currently ranked No 16 in the world. In common with Rusedski, No 40 on the ATP Tour list, he has an attacking style suited to the fast courts.

Michael Chang, the world No 2, heads a 56-strong field in the singles competition, which also includes Goran Ivanisevic, twice runner-up at Wimbledon, Sweden's Thomas Enqvist, and the 1992 champion Wayne Ferreira, of South Africa. Pete Sampras, the world No 1, has asked for one of the five wild cards to be reserved for him.

The sponsor announced a new deal worth pounds 10m, which will secure the future of the competition for the next five years. By 2002, nearly pounds 30m will have been invested in the event over the 24-year period.

Tickets for the 5,900 capacity Centre Court have already sold out, but there are 1,800 unreserved seats available on the outside courts, Monday to Friday, to holders of the daily ground admission tickets, priced pounds 8.

The US Open will award prize-money totalling $11,821,890 (pounds 7.3m) this year, a record sum representing an increase of 8.54 per cent over last year's prize pool, the US Tennis Association said yesterday.

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