Kim Clijsters pulled out of Wimbledon yesterday because of a wrist injury that already forced the Belgian star to miss the French Open.
Tests showed a cyst formed on the joint of her left wrist, according to the Dutch version of Clijsters's Web site. She first had the problem diagnosed three months ago as a stress reaction. Later, a half-inch tear was found in the wrist.
Even though she's right-handed, the second-ranked Clijsters uses a double-fisted backhand, making it difficult to play with an injured left hand.
Clijsters's coach, Marc Dehous, told VRT radio that Clijsters had been "progressing well" and this latest development leading to the start of Wimbledon on June 21 was unexpected. . . .
French Open champion Gaston Gaudio jumped 34 spots to a career-high No. 10 in the ATP Tour rankings, while Serena Williams dropped out of the women's top 10 for the first time in nearly five years.
Gaudio became the third unseeded French champion when he defeated Guillermo Coria, and his previous ranking of 44th was the fourth lowest for a major titlist.
Williams fell from seventh to 11th in the WTA Tour rankings, her lowest placing since August 1999. She was No. 1 last on Aug. 4, three days after she had knee surgery and the last of her 57 straight weeks at the top thanks to winning four straight Grand Slam titles. . . .
Former Wimbledon quarterfinalists Jan-Michael Gambill and Greg Rusedski lost in the first round of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament in London.
Gambill was beaten by big-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), while Rusedski was eliminated by Hyung Taik Lee of South Korea, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Top-seeded Andy Roddick, third-seeded Andre Agassi, French Open finalist Coria and Britain's Tim Henman all received first-round byes.
* BASKETBALL: The Toronto Raptors hired Rob Babcock to be the team's general manager, a month after they declined to give him the job.
The Raptors have been looking for a general manager since firing Glen Grunwald on April 1. He was replaced on an interim basis by Jack McCloskey, who favored Babcock from the start.
Babcock interviewed twice for the job several weeks ago, but the Raptors didn't reach a decision until last Friday.
"Rob was on our list from Day One, and then we brought him in and he quickly went to the top of that list," team president Richard Peddie said.
* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong was in third place overall after the first stage of the Dauphine Libere in Bron, France, a tuneup for his bid for a sixth straight Tour de France title.
Norway's Thor Hushovd won the stage, finishing the 142.3-mile course from Megeve to Bron in 6 hours 3 minutes 47 seconds.
Iban Mayo of Spain is still the overall leader with a time of 6:11:38. Tyler Hamilton of the United States is a second back, followed by Armstrong, who trails by another second.
* GOLF: Masters champion Phil Mickelson won a sudden-death chip-off in the sixth annual Exelon Invitational in Avondale, Pa.
Mickelson won 11 skins worth $230,000 at Hartefeld National Golf Club in the charity event hosted by U.S. Open champ Jim Furyk.
-- From News Services