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Sponsor Dumps Graf

One of Steffi Graf’s main sponsors, the General Motors subsidiary Opel, canceled a lucrative contract because of the scandal that has put her father in jail on suspicion of tax evasion.

It was the first such setback since mid-summer when tax authorities began investigating the 26-year-old Graf, who as one of Germany’s best-known figures, is avidly sought for endorsements and sponsorships.

A statement issued by Opel headquarters in Ruesselsheim, Germany, did not refer directly to the tax issue but said Opel had decided “in the current situation” not to extend the $1.2 million contract it had with Graf since 1985 when she was an emerging teenage star.