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By ERICA BULMAN
Associated Press Writer


ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Any suspicious fan mail at the Swisscom Challenge tennis tournament will be destroyed as a precaution against anthrax.

The WTA said Wednesday it urged players to not open fan mail but would provide latex gloves for those who wanted to read letters.

No mail had been destroyed so far, tournament spokesman Andre Glauser said. He said organizers were working with the WTA to coordinate policies.

Hundreds of fan letters regularly are sent to players at tournaments.

``If a letter looks suspicious and has no return address and looks strange, then it goes to the shredder,'' Glauser said. ``The rest of the player fan mail is collected in the tournament office for them and the players can come and check it.''

The WTA said any fan mail received at its offices at tournaments around the world will be separated from other mail and handled with latex gloves.

That is also the case with mail addressed to players at the WTA's main offices in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Stamford, Conn.; and London.

Swisscom organizers said they have increased security at the venue. Glauser said the players' lounge was now in a reserved area that was ``highly guarded.''

The tightened measures come with the FBI investigating a number of anthrax cases in the United States, including letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.

Two of the world's top players -- both Americans -- are competing in Zurich: Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.
 

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I have a couple of questions.

What players pick-up their fan mail at the tournaments? Do we know of any that do it often? I realize they can't possibly have the time to answer it, but do they really read it?

ok, last question, what do the tournaments do with fan mail that hasn't been picked-up; do they throw it away or forward it on to the player?

OK - Done with my questions now (inquiring minds want to know). <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> I know someone has worked in or around a tournament and has the answers.
 

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I wrote to Steffi at Wimbledon 1994, unfortunately she was knocked out in the first round (the day I sent the letter!).
I thought I'd never see it again (I included some photo's) as she returned home immediately after the match.
Two weeks later I received a reply from the great woman herself, post marked Germany.
So....she did read the letter and the tournament forwarded it on to her.
 

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This I find very disturbing:

<STRONG>``If a letter looks suspicious and has no return address and looks strange, then it goes to the shredder,'' Glauser said.</STRONG>
If they think the mail is contaminated what are they doing throwing it into a shredder? Shouldn't they contact the authorities and send the suspicious mail to whichever government agency is supposed to handle those sorts of investigations?

Imagine anthrax going through a shredder!
 
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