Tennis: Rusedski warned

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GREG RUSEDSKI'S coach, Tony Pickard, has urged his injured player to make an early decision on whether or not he will be able to play at Wimbledon this week. Anything less would not be fair on the tournament, Pickard warned Rusedski, who damaged his left ankle at the Stella Artois tournament 10 days ago.

"I have told the young man he must make up his mind before the start, out of respect for Wimbledon," Pickard said yesterday. "I don't think it is right that Greg should let the tournament get under way and still not take a decision. If that happened, a lucky loser would go into the No 4 seed's spot if Greg decided he was not fit.

"I have always prided myself on being a professional and have told Greg he should be the same. He is supposed to behave in a professional manner and this is the right way of doing it if he is going to pull out. This is not like going out to practise and hurting yourself. Greg was planning to do some further tests and, depending on how those went, he will have to put it to the full test on Sunday and make a decision. He has still not hit a ball since hurting himself at Queen's Club."

l Richard Krajicek intends to play at Wimbledon, despite a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the Heineken Trophy grass-court tournament on Friday. The 1996 Wimbledon champion, who reported difficulty with his forehand because of the problem, said: "I will go to Wimbledon. I'm not an invalid yet. I can walk and still go to the backhand."

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