Tuesday 20 March 2018

Racquets: Sorensen injury rules him out of Lithuania contest

Paddy Hickey

IRELAND'S prospects for their Davis Cup clash against Lithuania next week have taken a massive blow -- with Louk Sorensen ruled out of the Fitzwilliam tie.

After missing much of this year with a hamstring injury, Sorensen now has a problem in the pelvic area and he hasn't played a match since losing to Argentina's Jose Acasuso in the first round of French Open qualifying five weeks ago.

His absence against Lithuania -- who were shock first round conquerors of Great Britain -- will be a significant loss to the Irish team during the July 9-11 event.

"Louk was feeling a bit of discomfort and had an MRI scan in Stuttgart on Monday," explained his father and Ireland's Davis Cup manager Sean Sorensen.

"We discovered he had an infection in a pelvic bone and he has been advised by his doctor to rest for 10 days. So, he has no chance of playing in the Davis Cup tie. It's been very frustrating for him this year with regard to injuries.

"As well as the problems with his hamstring, Louk hurt his back during practice after his match in the French Open. And when that cleared up, this pelvic problem began to bother him."

Colin O'Brien and James Cluskey have been nominated as substitutes for the forthcoming tie, and Sorensen will decide next week on who will team up with Conor Niland, James McGee and Barry King.

"We'll be getting together on Sunday, and after a few days of practice, we'll choose a replacement for Louk," said the team boss.

Meanwhile, Niland and McGee gave themselves a pre-Davis Cup boost by reaching the quarter-finals of their tournament events in Germany last week.

Niland lost 4-6 2-6 to Simone Vagnozzi in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Marburg -- however, as small consolation, his Italian opponent eventually went on to win the title.

And although conceding a 148-place deficit in the world rankings, No 6 seed McGee pushed Australia's No 3 seed James Lemke to three sets -- 3-6

7-6 6-2 -- in the ITF Men's Futures event in Wolfsburg.

Irish Independent

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