German expected to play Aussie Open

PERTH, Australia -- Tommy Haas
is expected to be fit for this month's Australian Open despite
pulling out of the Hopman Cup on Thursday with a groin injury.

An MRI scan on Friday revealed a minor tear and the former No. 2 player in the world
will miss this week's Medibank International in Sydney, although
he is expected to recover for the year's first grand slam event
beginning in Melbourne on Jan. 17.

"He's got a very mild tear to his groin," Hopman Cup
tournament director Paul McNamee said.

"He's not going to play in Sydney but he should be okay for
the Australian Open. He needs a week without competitive tennis
to be fit for Melbourne."

Haas suffered the injury in the second set of his match
against Argentine Guillermo Coria on Thursday and though he
played on for one more game, his movement was hampered and he
decided to quit.

The German, whose ranking has improved to 17 thanks to a
strong comeback season in 2004 after a 14-month absence
following shoulder surgery, reached the semifinals at the
Australian Open in 2002.

Australian Mark Philippoussis, who suffered two tears to his
adductor muscle at the Hopman Cup on Wednesday, is almost
certain to miss his home Grand Slam event.