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As a German court preps to hear an appeal on the case of Guenther Parche, MONICA SELES' attacker, several reports examine the effect the incident has had on her life and the game. In L.A., Julie Cart spoke with Monica's father, Karolj: "She has lost everything. Her life has gone to pieces" (L.A. TIMES, 3/22). In Washington, Andrea Leand writes that it "is hard to definitively say when -- or if --Seles will return" to the WTA Tour. Leand writes that Seles was disappointed in the WTA for not "freezing her at No.1 during her recovery" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/21). WTA CEO Anne Person Worcester said they would consider giving Seles "special seedings and special rankings." It has been "a costly isolation" for Seles who faces a lawsuit from Fila for breach of contract and a loss of around $10M in endorsements and prize money (Doug Smith, USA TODAY, 3/21). Bud Collins writes that Seles will only return when Parche is in jail -- "not until then" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/21).
BOB WHEELER was named VP/Media Relations for Liberty Sports. He has spent the past five years as Dir of Media Relations (Liberty)...."Extra" reported that TONYA HARDING's movie "Breakaway," "is losing steam" and "falling flat in Europe" ("extra," 3/21)....GRANT HILL, on the products he is endorsing: "I have been fortunate to be part of some first class companies, Coca-Cola, Fila, and GMC Trucks -- so I am very excited to be a part of that. I look forward to a hopefully a long marriage between Grant Hill and those companies" ("CBS This Morning," 3/22).