Safin withdraws from Hopman Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Australian Open champion Marat Safin has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team tennis tournament due to a persistent knee problem.

Perth:

Marat Safin has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team tennis tournament due to a persistent knee problem. He has been replaced in the Russian team by 20-year-old Teimuraz Gabashvili, who will now partner Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Australian Open champion has struggled with tendinitis in his right knee and missed the Paris Masters and season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai in November. The Hopman Cup begins on Friday with a qualifying match between China and the Netherlands. Russia is in Group A with the United States, Sweden and Serbia-Montenegro. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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