Defending champion Bovina withdraws from New Haven
(New Haven-WTNH, Aug. 18, 2005) _ Marat Safin, one of the more exciting players in the world and ranked number four in the world, is gonna play next week at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.
While that's good news for tournament organizers and fans, the tournament also lost two players Thursday.
Taylor Dent has pulled out of the men's draw citing an ankle injury.
Defending women's champion Elena Bovina is also out. She had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
Svetlana Kuznetsova takes Bovina's place. She is the defending U.S. Open champion.
Qualifying play for the tournament begins Friday.