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ITF: No proof that Haas was poisoned

11/26/2007 - Tennis

LONDON -- There is no evidence to substantiate allegations
that German player Tommy Haas was poisoned before a Davis Cup match
against Russia, the International Tennis Federation said Monday.

Haas pulled out before his match against Mikhail Youzhny with a
suspected stomach virus, and Russia won both reverse singles
matches in Moscow on Sept. 23 to beat Germany 3-2 and reach the
Davis Cup final.

German teammate Alexander Waske later said he was told by a
Russian who manages numerous athletes that it was poisoning, not a
virus. Waske didn't say who the manager was.

"Following inquiries, the ITF has concluded that there is no
medical information or other evidence whatsoever to support recent
speculation concerning the medical condition of Tommy Haas during
Germany's Davis Cup semifinal tie against Russia," the federation
said. "There will be no further comment on this subject."

The 13th-ranked Haas has undergone various medical checks to try
to determine the nature of his illness.

Russia plays the United States in the Davis Cup final later this
week in Portland, Ore.