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Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup
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AdvertisementReigning Australian Open champion Marat Safin has been forced to withdraw from the Hopman Cup due to an ongoing knee injury.

Safin has been replaced by 20-year-old Teimuraz Gabashvili, who will now partner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the mixed teams event.

Due to the lateness of the withdrawal there will be no changes to the seedings or the draw.

Safin's withdrawal follows a longer than expected recuperation period for tendonitis of the right knee.

The Hopman Cup begins on Friday with the qualifying tie between China and the Netherlands.

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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

Raise your hand if you are surprised...

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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

*Keeps hand down*

But I really do hope he is okay, especially since the Aus. Open is coming up.

And who is this "Teimuraz Gabashvili"?

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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

sad news but expected.

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Hand is down but again, no surprise.
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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

What a lacklustre tournament this Hopman Cup is shaping up to be on the men's side.

Their other 'star-attraction' is Gaston "Useless-Off-Clay" Gaudio, who, I'm sure, will put in his fullest amount of effort.
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GG is not "useless off clay".

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GG is not "useless off clay".
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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

I have to agree... the level of play in the men's side of the tournament will probably be underwhelming. Too bad, this tournament was the first tournament I ever watched. What happened??? Before, they had Seles and Federer... and now this... sad.

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It would be a miracle if Marat wins AO this time!!
but who knows,miracles are in favor of this guy
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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

Did Marat really have his surgery or is he trying to gut it out without it?
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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

Not sure if he ever had the surgery, gave up trying to keep track of the quotes and counter-quotes. I have a very bad feeling that Marat is not going to play the Aus Open and that he and his team already know he is not going to play but they are just not ready to admit it yet. Shame he won't be able to defend his title.

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*sigh*

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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

that sucks - but not surprising

wow, the AO is shaping up to be a fab tournament... possibly no agassi, safin, nadal, sharapova. looks like shanghai all over again
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Re: Safin pulls out of Hopman Cup

The news we've been dreading to hear...

It's a pity that neither of the defending AO champs look likely to defend.
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