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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 08:06 GMT
Baghdatis avoids military service
Marcos Baghdatis
Baghdatis' exploits have made him a hero in his homeland
Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis has been granted a 12-year reprieve from military service with the Greek Cypriot army.

The decision will allow the 20-year-old to continue with his tennis career before joining the military aged 32.

Presidential under-secretary Christodoulos Pashardis said: "Marcos Baghdatis never requested exemption, but exactly the opposite."

Baghdatis has risen to number 27 in the world after his exploits in Melbourne.




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