(January 3, 2013) John Isner has withdrawn from the mixed teams Hopman Cup competition due to a right knee injury.
“I don’t necessarily know if it’s tendinitis,” the American 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).”
With Isner out Australian junior Thanasi Kokkinakis steps in as the Team USA replacement.
Spain has now been awarded the tie and will go through to Saturday night’s final as the top-placed team from Group B.
“I’m very very sorry to all the fans here, ” Isner said on-court, “I really wanted to play here against Fernando, so I apologize for that and I hope you guys understand.
“I absolutely love this event, it’s my third time here and it’s very disappointing for me and it’s a tough one to swallow but for me, first and foremost I’ve got to try and get 100 per cent healthy.”