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Monday, 7 May, 2001, 23:17 GMT 00:17 UK
Berasategui retires aged 27
Alberto Berasategui at the Monet Carlo Masters in 1998
Berasategui reached the French Open final in 1994
Spain's Alberto Berasategui has announced his retirement from professional tennis at the age of just 27.

The clay court specialist and former world number seven won $4.6m over his 10-year career, reaching the 1994 French Open final and winning 14 singles and doubles titles.

The decision comes after a wild card entry at Barcelona last month resulted in a first round defeat.

Berasategui bowed to the inevitable after repetitive injuries kept him from training and a string of young Spanish stars entered the professional circuit.

Bart McGuire who is retiring from the WTA
McGuire: "Women's tennis is thriving as never before"
Meanwhile, Bart McGuire will resign at the end of the year as chief executive officer of the WTA Tour, citing personal and family reasons for leaving the job after three years.

The WTA is planning to merge its two US offices into one and McGuire did not wish to relocate from the New York area to the new headquarters in either Tampa-St Petersburg or Charleston.

"Women's tennis is thriving as never before, and it is poised for further progress," McGuire said.

"Bringing our US staff together in an attractive location that provides significant benefits for us all, will help to assure the continued, positive development of the tour and our staff."

McGuire replaced Anne Person Worcester in January of 1998 at a time when the WTA Tour had lost its title sponsorship and players had formed their own association.

McGuire resolved disputes and guided the tour through growth and record attendance figures over the past three years, largely due to the rise of such stars as Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova.

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