Posted January 03, 2013 on AP on Fox

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: John Isner of the United States of America plays a forehand in his first round match against Andreas Seppi of Italy during day two of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
John Isner withdrew from the Hopman Cup on Thursday with 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.'' He also lost to South African Kevin Anderson in his opening match on Sunday. Isner said after withdrawing on 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.'' Isner, the highest-ranked American at No. 14 in the world, said he still plans to play in next week's Sydney International and the Australian Open. ''My ...
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