German expected to play Aussie Open

Updated: January 7, 2005, 12:02 PM ET
Reuters

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.

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