Hewitt, Safin, Roddick to be fined for skipping 2005 Masters Cup
SHANGHAI, East China, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet)- World tennis stars Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick will be fined for their withdrawal from the upcoming 2005 Masters Cup which starts in Shanghai on Sunday.
ATP Vice President Brad Drewett said here on Wednesday that injury is common for players in competitive sports such as tennis,and that their withdrawal should be understood.
But the three players will be fined, Drewett added.
Shanghai, which hosted the 2004 Masters Cup, firstly saw Australian Open champion Safin's withdrawal from this year's final tournament with a knee injury.
Then, 2002 Masters Cup titlist Hewitt decided to skip the tournament because his wife will give birth to a child.
In this morning, World No. 3 Roddick confirmed that he would not come to Shanghai due to an injury on his back. Enditem