French Open confirms Clijsters, Fish and others won't play

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Kim Clijsters has confirmed her withdrawal from the French Open because of tendinitis in her left wrist.

French Open confirms Clijsters, Fish and others won't play

Paris:

Kim Clijsters has confirmed her withdrawal from the French Open because of tendinitis in her left wrist, organisers said today. American Mardy Fish also pulled out with a hip injury, conceding his place to Britain's Greg Rusedski. Also forfeit is Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who will be replaced by Alex Corretja of Spain, they said. Clijsters' spot in the May 24-June 6 Grand Slam tournament on clay at Roland-Garros goes to Catalina Castano of Colombia. The Belgian was runner-up in 2001 and 2003 at the French Open. Her injury was first diagnosed two months ago as a stress reaction. Later, a half-inch tear was found in her left wrist. Even though she's right-handed, Clijsters has a strong double-fisted backhand, making it impossible to play at the highest level with an injured left hand. (AP)



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