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Capriati bows out of Athens

By Matt Moore 11/08/2004 05:54:03 AM Comments (0)

Jennifer Capriati will miss the Athens Games because of a hamstring injury that has been plaguing her since July.

A team spokesman said she will be replaced by Lisa Raymond.

Capriati won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, but she missed the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She told coach Zina Garrison on Sunday she couldn't play in Athens.

Spokesman Randy Walker said Lisa Raymond, who was slated to play doubles with Martina Navratilova, was tapped to play in the singles spot vacated by Capriati.

He said the switch was approved by the referee.

"She's the highest ranked player who is in the tournament who wasn't competing in singles," Walker said. "But now she will be playing singles and doubles with Martina Navratilova."

The duo reached the semifinals at Wimbledon this year before losing to South Africa's Liezel Huber and Japan's Ai Sugiyama 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.

Raymond, who has turned 31, is a right-hander ranked No.40 by the Women's Tennis Association who has four WTA singles titles.

In July, Capriati withdrew from the JPMorgan Chase Open, citing a hamstring injury. At the time, she said she hoped to be able to play in the Olympics, which start Friday.

"I'm really looking forward to competing this summer, especially in the Olympics and the US Open," she said in July.

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