Tennis: Stich to retire due to injury

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Michael Stich, the 1991 Wimbledon champion, said yesterday that he would retire from competitive tennis later this year because of a shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old player, No 2 in the world in 1994, said he would play until September, when he hoped to bow out by playing for the German Davis Cup team against Mexico.

Andre Agassi, who won Wimbledon in 1992, was beaten 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 by a 20-year-old Swede, Magnus Norman, in the second round of the AT&T Challenge event in Atlanta on Thursday.

The British No 2, Greg Rusedski, has withdrawn from next week's German Open in Hamburg because he does not consider he has fully recovered from his recent wrist injury.