MARTINA IN MIXED

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova will be playing in her 22nd straight Wimbledon after all.

A day after it was announced that Steffi Graf had bailed out on their doubles partnership because of a bad back, Navratilova was included on yesterday's mixed doubles draw sheet with Jonathan Stark.

"Steffi has had a lot of physical problems, and she's the only one that knows how badly she's hurting," Navratilova said. "I can't say I would have played in her situation. I probably would have tried.

"What am I going to do, twist her arm, say, 'You've got to play with me because I want you to'?" Navratilova said. "No, of course not. What can I do? I can only make her feel worse, and I wasn't going to do that."

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