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Safin has been replaced by 20-year-old Teimuraz Gabashvili, who will now partner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the mixed teams event.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