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Back injury keeps Capriati out of first Slam event

Updated: January 13, 2004, 1:21 AM ET
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Two-time Australian Open champion Jennifer Capriati withdrew from the Grand Slam tournament Tuesday because of a back injury.

Capriati, injured in November in the season-ending WTA Championship, also missed a tournament in Hong Kong last week.

The 27-year-old American, the 2001 and 2002 Australian Open winner, lost in the opening round last year, becoming the first defending champion to lose there in the first round.

Capriati, ranked world No. 6, is the ...

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