Saturday 25 November 2017

Racquets: More woe for Sorensen as injury rules out Oz repeat

Paddy Hickey

LOUK SORENSEN'S hopes of replicating his Australian Open heroics in three months' time lie in tatters.

Earlier this week, Sorensen received the devastating news that he will have to take a break from all tennis action until at least the beginning of 2011.

This will rule him out of the Melbourne Park event, where he won four matches last January, three in the qualifying round and one in the main draw.

The pelvic bone inflammation problem, which sidelined the Stuttgart-based ace from Ireland's Davis Cup defeat by Lithuania last July, has resurfaced and the player has been advised that rest and treatment is the only cure for his ailment.

"It's a huge disappointment for me, as I'd love to be able to play in the Australian Open again," said Sorensen, who defeated South Korea's 101-ranked Yen Hsun-Lu in the first round of the main draw, before bowing out to 28-ranked American John Isner in the second round.

"But I can't afford to take any risks by playing in tournaments for the next few months, as that could put my long-term career at risk."

Sorensen's pelvic bone problems initially surfaced following his creditable performance when beaten 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 by Argentina's Jose Acasuso in the first round of French Open qualifying last May.

Overall, 2010 has been a bit of a disaster for Sorensen, with a hamstring injury proving a major problem earlier in the year, forcing him to cry off Ireland's Davis Cup win over Turkey in March.

Due to his injury travails, Sorensen, whose world ranking has slipped from his career-high of 210 last February to 286, has been limited to 12 tournaments since the beginning of the year.

In contrast, his injury-free Davis Cup team-mate Conor Niland has managed to participate in 25 events.

Sorensen's father, ex-Davis Cup ace Sean, has also been in the headlines this week, when stepping down as Ireland's Davis Cup boss after four years in the hot seat.

Tennis Ireland hope to have a replacement for Sorensen appointed within six weeks.

Meanwhile, after picking up two world ranking points in the recent ITF Futures tournament in Naples Sam Barry has entered the adult ladder for the first time at 1,264.

The Limerick right-hander is seventh of nine Irish players in the world rankings, ahead of James Cluskey (1,396) and John Morrissey (1,422).

Niland heads the list of Irish at No 147.

Irish Independent

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