PERTH, AUSTRALIA (AP) - John Isner withdrew from the Hopman Cup on Thursday because of a right knee injury, ending the American team’s chances of reaching the final of the eight-country tournament and handing a championship berth to Spain.
Isner, who still hopes to compete at the Australian Open beginning Jan. 14, played with strapping on his knee when he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Tuesday and later said he was suffering from “a little tendinitis.” Isner also lost to South African Kevin Anderson in his opening match on Sunday.
Isner said after withdrawing Thursday, however, that he’s not sure if tendinitis is the problem.
“I don’t necessarily know if it’s tendinitis,” he said. “It’s sore and it’s caused me a little bit of trouble and from that I’m not able to really load the right way and I’m not really going for my shots like I should.”
“My plan now is just to treat it as best I can and see how it reacts. I do know I’ve always been a fast healer when I’ve had little injuries pop up here and there, so I’m confident I’m going to be fine for the Australian Open.”
“It’s not a great way to start the year but I’d rather it happen this week than in two weeks (at the Australian Open),” he added.
Venus Williams also was still scheduled to play Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues in women’s singles, and would team with Kokkinakis to play Verdasco and Medina Garrigues in a meaningless mixed doubles match.
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