Sat, Sep 11, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Agassi and Roddick get sent packing

US OPEN Joachim Johansson of Sweden stunned the top-ranked American just after Roger Federer finished off aging tennis star and crowd favorite Andre Agassi


Navratilova and Paes won the first set 6-4 and then lost 3-6, forcing the tiebreaker.

Fed Cup

Beginning next year, the Fed Cup will move from November to September and be played the week after the US Open.

The Fed Cup change follows a four-year extension of the agreement between the International Tennis Federation and the WTA.

"This agreement continues the long history of cooperation that exists between the ITF and the WTA Tour," said Francesco Ricci Bitti, president of the ITF.

"We are delighted we were able to find a way to shorten the season, a goal for both the ITF and the WTA Tour, and to strengthen Fed Cup with better positioning within the calendar."

Tournament categories will be condensed from five tiers. The WTA hopes the new tier of mandatory events will lead to greater rivalries.

The simplified ranking could eliminate situations such as the current one where Amelie Mauresmo, a quarterfinal loser at the US Open, can be No. 1 after the tournament should Lindsay Davenport lose in either the semifinal or final.

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