Wednesday 17 January 2018

Racquets: Sorensen losing battle to make Davis Cup collision

Paddy Hickey

IRELAND have suffered a major blow for next month's Davis Cup showdown against Luxembourg with the news that team boss Garry Cahill is almost certain to be unable to call on Louk Sorensen.

Because of a combination of hamstring and pubic muscle problems, Sorensen has not hit a ball in competitive action since August.

It had been hoped that the Stuttgart-based player would make a return to tournament play in next week's ITF Futures event in Bergamo, Italy.

But the former Irish No 1 has had to put those plans on hold to fully recover from his injury problems.

And now, according to a source, Sorensen is unlikely to resume the chase for world ranking points for at least another four weeks.

With the Europe-Africa Zone Group Two home tie against Luxembourg scheduled for March 4-6, it means that Sorensen is almost certainly out of the equation for the four-man squad.

"Louk is going to Spain next week for 10 days of more intensive fitness and match training," said the source.

"As things stand, there is no way that he'd be up to the physical demands of possibly two five-set matches (in three days) in a Davis Cup tie."

The unavailability of Sorensen leaves Cahill having to choose James Cluskey or Colin O'Brien to link up with Conor Niland, James McGee and Barry King.

Irish Independent

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