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Argentine withdraws with torn abdominal muscle

6/19/2004

WIMBLEDON, England -- Former finalist David Nalbandian
pulled out of Wimbledon on Saturday with a torn abdominal muscle.

The Argentine, who was seeded fourth at the grass-court Grand
Slam tournament, was hurt during an exhibition match in
Buckinghamshire.

Nalbandian was the runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in
2002.

Luis Horna of Peru now will be seeded 33rd and move into
Nalbandian's spot in the draw, facing Mario Ancic of Croatia in the
first round.

Nalbandian's place in the field was filled by Stefano
Pescosolido, an Italian ranked 143rd who lost in qualifying.
Pescosolido will play Horna's original first-round opponent, Dennis
Van Scheppingen.

Nalbandian joins a growing list of withdrawals at Wimbledon,
where play starts Monday. Other men unable to compete include 1992
champion Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten, James Blake, Rafael Nadal
and Gaston Gaudio.

Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 2 Kim Clijsters pulled
out of the women's tournament.