Gaudio sidelined with injured heel

Updated: August 7, 2004, 2:33 PM ET
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- French Open champion Gaston Gaudio pulled out of the Athens Olympics with an injury, the second prominent Argentine tennis player to withdraw from the games.

Fifth-ranked Gaudio aggravated a right-heel injury during this week's Cincinnati Masters, and he was unlikely to recover in time for the Olympics, trainer Javier Maquirriain said. The Argentine Tennis Association said Saturday that Gaudio would not compete in Greece.

Gaudio joins No. 3 Guillermo Coria, who pulled out Wednesday because of shoulder tendinitis, leaving Argentina without its two top players as it seeks the country's first Olympic gold medal in 52 years.

No. 50 Agustin Calleri is expected to replace Gaudio.

Already on the team were No. 5 David Nalbandian and No. 32 Juan Ignacio Chela. Mariano Zabaleta, ranked 40th, will probably replace Coria.

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