Philippoussis pulls out of Heineken Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Mark Philippoussis has pulled out of the Heineken Open with a back injury, taking one of the main drawcards out of the $430,000 hardcourt tournament.

Auckland: Mark Philippoussis has pulled out of the Heineken Open with a back injury, taking one of the main drawcards out of the $430,000 hardcourt tournament. Organizers had granted Philippoussis a wildcard entry to his second tournament of the year, to further his attempt to rebuild his world ranking after a fall prompted by a long series of injuries. Philippoussis picked up a back strain playing doubles at the Adelaide International last week, after his second-round singles loss to Dominik Hrbarty. He is now is resting to ensure his fitness for the Australian Open. His place in the 32-strong main draw at Auckland will go to a lucky loser from the qualifying tournament. The recipient will be drawn to play the tournament's top-seed and defending champion Fernando Gonzalez in Monday's first round. (AP)
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