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  • Injured Isner hopes to play the Open

    1/4/13 2:16 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Injured Isner hopes to play the Open John Isner insists that he should be right for the Australian Open after his withdrawal from the Hopman Cup sent the US out of title competition.

    Isner quit prior to a group match with Fernando Verdasco, a decision which sent Spain into the final.

    The big man cited a knee injury which he picked up last month during training, which effectively eliminated the six-time champion team as they had no player to put onto the court.

    "I'll just treat it the best I can and see how it reacts," said Isner, who insisted that he would surely be right for the January 14 start of the Australian Open. "I've always been a fast healer when I have had real injuries pop up here and there so I'm confident I'm going to be fine for the Australian Open."

    He is due to play Sydney next week, a date which could be dicey given his condition. "I have time to get ready," he said of his Open hopes. "I certainly have time to get ready for Melbourne so I'm not freaking out about it too much right now. I think I am going to be fine.

    "I'd rather it (the injury) happen this week than in two weeks so, but still that being said it's very disappointing. It's the absolute last thing I wanted to hear.

    "It's perfect preparation for my upcoming tournaments, and I wasn't able to get the most out of it, the cost of my ranking, so I do think though in the long run that I'm going to be fine.

    "I guess going forward I'll have to tinker with a few things in the future but it's been a little bit of a nagging problem ever since that happened, and actually against France, it ended pretty late that night and the next morning it didn't feel great."

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