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Associated Press
May. 19, 2003 11:24 a.m.
Russian tennis star Marat Safin has pulled out of the upcoming French Open due to a wrist injury, tournament organizers said in a statement Monday.
America's Robby Ginepri - suffering from the a similar injury - has also pulled of the clay court grand slam event, which gets underway at Roland Garros on May 26.

Replacing former U.S. Open winner Safin and Ginepri in the main draw will be America's Cecil Mamiit and Argentina's Mariano Puerta.

Safin finished runner-up at the Australian Open in 2002 and reached the semifinals at Roland Garros later that year - losing to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.

This season, Safin has been in good form on clay.

In April, he beat top-seeded Ferrero to reach the final of the US$1.08 million Open Seat Godo in Barcelona - before retiring in the final against Spain's Carlos Moya due to fatigue.

In the upcoming French Open women's singles, Luxembourg's Anne Kremer, wrist injury, and Sweden's Asa Svensson, ankle injury, have also forfeited.

They will be replaced By Japan's Akiko Morigami and Czech Republic player Libuse Prusova.
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