PERTH, Australia (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Olympic gold medalist Jack Sock are the latest players confirmed to compete at the Hopman Cup in January, one of the key warm-up events for the Australian Open.
They’ll join Roger Federer, who earlier this summer announced he would play in the exhibition event for the first time in 15 years.
Kvitova, who helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in the 2012 Hopman Cup, will partner with Adam Pavlasek for the Czech team, while Sock will represent the United States alongside Coco Vandeweghe, making her debut in the mixed-team event.
The Czech and American teams were announced Monday, along with the other teams to take part in the 2017 event: Australia, Britain, France, Spain and Germany. The players for those teams have yet to be decided.
Federer, who decided to sit out the rest of this season following his loss in the Wimbledon semifinals to protect his surgically repaired left knee, will play for Switzerland with partner Belinda Bencic. He teamed with Martina Hingis to win the event in 2001, then played the following year with his now-wife Mirka Federer.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova are the defending champions, beating Ukraine in the final in January.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Tuesday because of a right arm injury.
Barty was replaced in the main draw by lucky loser Diana Marcinkevica.
The eighth-ranked Australian said she would not take any risk ahead of the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris.
“I gave it my best chance, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be playing my best tennis,” Barty said. “I’m busy the next two months and I need to look after my body now.”
GENEVA (AP) Former top-10 player Janko Tipsarevic used his wild-card entry to beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 7-5, 7-5 in the Geneva Open first round on Monday.
Now ranked No. 317, the 34-year-old Tipsarevic is back in ATP Tour main draws after missing the 2018 season for hamstring injuries to heal.
Fifth-seeded Radu Albot advanced to the second round on a day when two seeded players lost in the final week of clay-court warmups for the French Open.
Albot beat qualifier Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), after 92nd-ranked Hugo Dellien beat eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, and seventh-seeded Matthew Ebden lost to Nicolas Jarry of Chile 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Rain cut short play and gave former No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov a day off after playing through two qualifying rounds.
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