Stepanek out of Davis Cup due to flu

Updated: 25 February 2011 17:53 IST

Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic has been ruled out of the opening round of the Davis Cup against Kazakhstan after pulling out of a tournament due to illness.

Prague:

Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic has been ruled out of the opening round of the Davis Cup against Kazakhstan after pulling out of a tournament due to illness.

Stepanek, who withdrew from this week's Delray Beach International Tennis Championships due to the flu, still has a fever and won't be able to recover for the best-of-five series on March 4-6 in Ostrava.

The loss is a blow for the Czechs because Stepanek has been expected to play singles and doubles, along with seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych.

Team spokesman Karel Tejkal says captain Jaroslav Navratil has called up doubles specialist Lukas Dlouhy to the team.

Tejkal says Jan Hajek, who withdrew from a match after feeling sick on Tuesday, is ready to play.

Jiri Vesely is also on the team.

Topics : Tennis Czech Republic Radek Stepanek
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