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ATP: Kafelnikov Withdraws From Australian Open
Kafelnikov Withdraws From Australian Open
Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov has withdrawn from the Australian Open, which begins January 19.
The 29-year-old has an illustrious history in Melbourne. In 1999, he won the title, defeating Thomas Enqvist in a four-set final. A year later, he reached the final again, but fell to Andre Agassi. He also reached the quarterfinals three times, in 1995, 1996 and 2001.
Kafelnikov, who has been considering retirement, reached the World No. 1 ranking in May 1999. He ended 2003 No. 40 in the ATP Champions Race.