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Sunday, 25 June, 2000, 20:06 GMT 21:06 UK
Spaniards boycott Wimbledon
Corretja: Rusedski and Henman have been favoured
Corretja: Rusedski and Henman have been favoured
Spaniards Alex Corretja and Albert Costa have carried out their threat and boycotted Wimbledon.

The players were angry they were not seeded for the Grand Slam event which begins on Monday and pulled out of the tournament on Sunday evening.

They confirmed it was in protest at the All England Club's method of giving grasscourt players preferential seedings.

Normally players would be fined for such a controversial move but All England Club Chairman Tim Phillips said the club would waive any fines.

I don't see myself respected as a person and as a player

Alex Corretja
Corretja said: "Mentally I don't feel like playing this year's Wimbledon because I don't see myself respected as a person and as a player."

Corretja, Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero, all ranked among the top 16 in the ATP Tour rankings, missed being seeded last week in Wimbledon's top 16 because of their poor record on grass.

Ferrero subsequently withdrew, claiming a late back injury.

Costa was to face Richard Krajicek in Monday's first round. Krajicek, the '96 champion, was one who got a seating (11th) despite being ranked 25th by the ATP.


Corretja was to face American Todd Martin, another strong grasscourt player.

Austrian Werner Eschauer takes Costa's place and German Michal Kohlmann fills in for Corretja.

Corretja told Phillips: "It seems like you can fix the draw.

"I'm not saying you're manipulating the draw, but it can create ... people thinking if you take these guys out it's because you want to manipulate the draw."

Phillips was sympathetic.

He said: "We try to separate out the players who are likely to excel on grass.

"But we understand fully the point made by Alex.

"There is inevitably an element of subjectivity in what we do ... that is open to criticism."

Phillips said the club was looking at a change for next year.

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