SYDNEY, Australia -- A hip injury has forced Wayne
Arthurs to withdraw from Australia's Davis Cup squad for next
month's World Group first-round tie in Belgium.
Arthurs, 35, injured his hip during his third round match
against American Mardy Fish at the Australian Open and was
forced to retire from the match.
Arthurs has ruled himself out of the Feb. 9-11 tie, forcing
team officials to find a replacement when the squad is named on
Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione are expected to be chosen
as Australia's two singles players with Hewitt possibly teaming
up with Paul Hanley in the doubles.
Teenager Brydan Klein has been invited to train with the
squad after winning the Australian Open boys' singles title but
is unlikely to be thrown into a live match so soon.
Tennis Australia announced last week that Darren Cahill,
who coached Hewitt and Andre Agassi to the top of the rankings,
had agreed to serve as Australian coach for the tie, replacing
Roger Rasheed had filled in for Masur last year but
withdrew from the job after quitting this month as Hewitt's
Scott Draper coached Hewitt during the Australian Open but
said he did not want the job on a permanent basis because he
wants to continue his own career as a professional golfer.