World No. 21 and Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz has pulled out of the Hopman Cup at Perth with a foot injury.
The 8-day annual international mixed team tournament which starts on 28th December is traditionally an important lead-up tournament for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. With Poland set to take part for the first time this year, Janowicz was due to be part of a strong-looking Polish team alongside women’s World No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska.
The 23-year-old Wimbledon semifinalist, who last played at the Paris Masters in a 3rd round loss to Rafael Nadal, is said to have injured his foot a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m disappointed to withdraw from the Hyundai Hopman Cup.
“I injured my foot a couple of weeks ago and I was hoping it would have healed in time to play. I was very much looking forward to playing the event. I’ve heard great things about the tournament and the atmosphere at Perth Arena. Poland will be making its debut at the event and I wish Agnieszka the best of luck.
“Hopefully I have the chance to come back next year as I was keen to explore Perth and meet some of my fans there.”
Janowicz will be replaced by his Davis Cup teammate Grzegorz Panfil.Published 18 Dec 2013, 15:00 IST