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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 23:59 GMT 00:59 UK
24 Albert Costa (withdrew)
Albert Costa
Born: 25/6/75
Nationality: Spanish
Seeded: 24
World ranking: 19
Wimbledon best:
2nd round (1996 & 1998)
Recent record:
2002: N/A
2001: N/A
2000: N/A
Albert Costa pulled out of The Championships with a knee injury, and was repalced in the draw by Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, who was promoted to 33rd seed.

Costa has rarely played at Wimbledon during his career.

Hewithdrew ahead of last year's tournament in a huff over the seedings for the event, which he felt would hamper him unfairly.

The Spaniard, however, knows as well as most that, had he actually ventured to England for the tournament, he was still unlikely to make a major impact.

Costa relishes playing from the back of the court, exchanging baseline rallies on clay, not the serve-and-volley game required on grass.

He has only won two matches at Wimbledon, back in 1996 and 1998.

Costa has not exactly been in sparkling form since the turn of the year but there have been signs of a resurgence.

Reaching the semi-finals on hardcourts at the Miami Masters was impressive, and his epic run to the last four at Roland Garros suggested a real return to form.





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