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Safin, Canas pull out

New York: Former US Open champion Marat Safin of Russia has withdrawn from this yearís tournament because of a lingering wrist injury, according to the United States Tennis Associationís (USTA) website.

Argentine Guillermo Canas has also withdrawn after undergoing surgery on a wrist injury, the USTA reported.

Safin, who would have been the 26th seed, has only played once since April. However he was unable to finish that first round match in Los Angeles against Indiaís Prakash Amritraj last month because of the injury.

The 23-year-old Russian won his only Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2000, defeating Pete Sampras in the final. Sampras is to announce his retirement on the first day of the tournament on Monday.

Canas was making a comeback at the tournament after not playing since mid-January because of his injury. (Reuters)

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