Tsonga out of Davis Cup tie against Austria

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 20:39 PM IST

Paris: France`s Davis Cup hopes against
Austria were dealt another blow on Monday with the news that
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would be unavailable due to a hip injury.

Already, Guy Forget`s team have been decimated by the
withdrawl of top-ranking French players Gael Monfils who will
be out for up to six weeks with an injury to his left wrist.

Tsonga, the world number 17, said on his website that he
had been struggling with the hip injury since the start of the
year and that he would be unable to play in the Davis Cup
where rubbers are over the best of five sets.

On top of that, Tsonga said that the fact that the World
Group first round tie would be held on claycourts meant that
he risked aggravating the injury.

"I will have to see how the injury responds to treatment
and based on that maybe I will need to have an operation. But
that would put me out of action for two to three months," he
said.

The tie will be hosted by Austria in Vienna from March
4-6. France reached last year`s final losing 3-2 to Serbia in
Belgrade after being 2-0 ahead.

Bureau Report