Hmmm Sorry to shock you so much, Jessi
Injured Safin pulls out
Marat Safin has pulled out of holders Russia's Davis Cup team for next week's first round World Group tie against the Czech Republic because of a wrist injury.
"Safin's injury is more serious than we first anticipated," Shamil Tarpishchev, Russian tennis chief and their Davis Cup captain, told Reuters on Thursday. "It looks like he will be out of action for at least a month."
World number three Safin injured his left wrist at the Australian Open earlier this month, forcing him to withdraw from his third round tie against German finalist Rainer Schuettler in Melbourne.
Last week, Russian coach Sergei Leonyuk said that he saw Safin's chances to play against the Czechs as 50/50 at best.
Instead, Davis Cup winner Mikhail Youzhny will lead the Russia as they open their defence of their title in Ostrava.
Youzhny won the decisive singles match as the Russians clinched their first Davis Cup title with a dramatic 3-2 victory over holders France in December.
Playing as a substitute for Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 20-year-old Youzhny came from two sets down to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 in Paris.
In addition to former world number one Kafelnikov and Davis Cup newcomer Nikolay Davydenko, who earlier this month won his first ATP title in Adelaide, the Russians also included little-known Igor Andreyev for the February 7-9 tie, although the 989th-ranked teenager is not expected to play.
"It's hard to say right now who will carry the main load for us against the Czechs, we'll have to wait and see how everyone is doing next week," Tarpishchev said.