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Graf to return to court

HOUSTON: Steffi Graf is returning to the tennis court for the first time in six years, but don't call it a comeback.

The 22-time Grand Slam singles champion is interrupting her retirement on Tuesday to play with the Houston Wranglers of the World Team Tennis pro league.

"It's hard for me to call it a comeback," Graf told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It's too early to say if there will be more. It's hard with all the schedules. If it works out, maybe there is another one."

Tuesday's match is Graf's only one this season as a member of the Wranglers. Houston will take on the Sacramento Capitals, led by Anna Kournikova at Houston's Westside Tennis Club.

The WTT league is made up of 12 teams and plays a three-week season ending on July 24. The two top teams from each of two conferences advance to the finals on Sept. 16-17 in Sacramento. The co-ed league, co-founded by Billie Jean King, is in its 30th season. — AP

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