Tennis; Sampras and Graf top

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Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf have been named world champions for 1995 by the International Federation.

Sampras won the award for the third straight year, while Graf was named for the sixth time in the past nine years.

Sampras won Wimbledon and the US Open, each for the third time, and was the runner-up in the Australian Open. He won three other tournaments and led the United States to victory in the Davis Cup final against Russia earlier this month.

Graf, despite her father, Peter, being in prison on matters relating to tax evasion, won all three Grand Slam tournaments she entered: the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The German also won the season- ending WTA Tour Championship and suffered only two defeats during the year. However, she will miss the Australian Open next month because of a chipped bone in her left foot.

The ITF president, Brian Tobin, said: "Both Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf have played exceptional tennis this year and fully deserve to be recognised again as the best of the best."

The wheelchair world champions for 1995 were David Hall of Australia and Monique Kalkman of the Netherlands. The awards will be presented at the annual ITF World Champions' Dinner in Paris during the French Open next May.