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PRETORIA, South Africa---Wheelchair tennis
US Open champion Lucas Sithole and his broth-
er were dragged out of their car by four armed
men in a late-night carjacking attempt in their
native South Africa, the sport s national feder-
ation said yesterday.
Both were unhurt, Wheelchair Tennis South
Africa said, but had their cellphones stolen in
the incident near a highway in Johannesburg at
around 11.15 Friday night.
"I am glad my car, wallet and my life are still
with me," Sithole said in the statement.
Sithole s car was also damaged after the armed
men emerged from a vehicle in front of the broth-
ers on a highway onramp and forced them out
of their car, WTSA said.
"Although Lucas is shaken and traumatized,
he was not physically injured or shot and is recov-
ering well," the statement said.
Sithole, 27, lost both his legs and his right arm
in a train accident in 1998. He took up tennis
and won the 2013 US Open title, becoming the
first African player to win a wheelchair tennis
Grand Slam event.
South Africa s crime problem has been raised
as an issue at the murder trial of double-amputee
runner Oscar Pistorius, who is a multiple Par-
alympic champion, Olympic athlete and South
Africa s most famous disabled sportsman. Pis-
torius, who is also 27, claims he fatally shot his
girlfriend by mistake last year thinking she was
a dangerous intruder in his home.
Sithole competed at the 2012 Paralympics for
South Africa alongside Pistorius.
"We are extremely grateful that Lucas and his
brother were not physically injured during the
hijacking and will make a speedy recovery from
the trauma," Sithole s coach Holger Losch said.
MARKINA, Spain---Alberto Contador won the
Tour of Basque Country for a third time yes-
terday, confirming the Spaniard s strong return
to form with his second title of the year as he
prepares for the Tour de France.
The Tinkoff-Saxo cyclist defended the lead he
established on the opening day during the race s
sixth and final stage, an individual time trial in
which he finished second behind winner Tony
After going a year without a multistage race
title, Contador has now won the Tour of Basque
Country and last month s Tirreno-Adriatico,
along with runner-up finishes at the Tour of
Algarve and the Volta a Catalunya.
The five-time Grand Tour winner previously
had won this race in northern Spain in 2008 and
2009. He took control of this edition, the 54th,
during the first stage when he broke away from
Alejandro Valverde on an uphill climb.
"Of course when you win, it boosts your con-
fidence but you still have to keep working," Con-
tador said. "It couldn t have gone better for me
at the start of this season. I hope to be 100 percent
for the Tour (de France)."
Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland finished the race
in second place, 49 seconds behind Contador.
Jean-Christophe Peraud of France completed the
podium, 1:04 behind Contador.
Valverde entered the day in second place at
only 12 seconds behind Contador, but the Movistar
cyclist fell to fifth in the final standings, 1:07
Martin, the three-time world time trial cham-
pion, won the 26-kilometre (16-mile) leg around
Markina in 38 minutes, 33 seconds to claim his
second stage win of this year s race after also
winning the second leg.
"It feels good," said the Omega Pharma-Quick
Step rider. "I lost some (time trials) before this
and my morale was down. So to come in here
and win a stage and the (time trial) is really good
for me and for my team."
Wheelchair tennis champion
in attempted carjacking
Contador wins 3rd
Tour of Basque
Gasquet has pulled out of the
Monte Carlo Masters after failing
to shake off a back injury.
Gasquet, who also missed
France s Davis Cup quarterfinal win
against Germany last weekend,
hoped to take part in the tourna-
ment after returning to training this
"I only picked up the racket again
on Tuesday, very steadily. But I ve
been in pain since yesterday and
today, after 20 minutes of training,
I couldn t carry on," Gasquet said
on Saturday. "I could hardly even
carry my bag. I thought things
would be fine after 15 days without
doing anything. But no, not at all."
His absence means 12th-ranked
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, initially facing
Ernest Gulbis in the first round,
moves up to ninth seed and has a
bye into the second round.
Back pain rules Gasquet
out of Monte Carlo Masters
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