- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 February 28, 2003 

Sports Digest

Tennis (ATP Race)

Both David Nalbandian and Sargis Sargsyan have suffered defeat in the second round of International Series "Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Telefonica Movistar" Tournament taking place in Acapulco, Mexico from February 24 to March 2.

Playing on clay surface Sargsyan scored a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the first round over Albert Montaces. However, playing in the second round against Fernando Gonzalez from Chile he lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-7.

Nalbandian (seeded 2) beat Chilean Nicolas Massu (current ranking 138) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round. However he couldn't manage to do the same with his next opponent and lost 7-6 (5), 0-6, 0-6 in the second round to his country mate Mariano Zabaleta (current ranking 47).

The same picture was at the Copa AT&T International Series that ended last week. After first and second round victories, Nalbandian lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (7-5) to Guillermo Coria (current ranking 22) of Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Both Nalbandian and Sargsyan's 5 race points collected at the competition in Mexico are not included yet as the tourney is still in process.

For the present moment Nalbandian moved from 12th to 13th place in ATP Champions Race rankings with 59 race points.

Football (Premier League)

The executive committee of Armenian Football Federation (AFF) confirmed a decision made last a week by its disciplinary committee on expelling Armenia's most famous club Ararat from all club and league matches.

The executive committee said it will enforce a one year ban on Ararat Yerevan.

The decision was the result of Ararat management's refusal to send a player to the national team and four to the Under-21 teams for friendly matches with Israel.

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