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16 January 2014

Pospisil hopeful for Davis Cup against Japan


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Photo: Srdjan StevanovicVasek Pospisil (CAN)

Vasek Pospisil might be disappointed that he has had to withdraw from the Australian Open after reaching the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, but he will be a whole lot happier if it means he can play Davis Cup.

The 23-year-old Canadian, who was struggling with a back complaint in the night match on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, somehow found a way past Matthew Ebden but that will be his last participation in the 2014 Australian Open.

After consulting with a back specialist, Pospisil has been advised to withdraw from the event to avoid doing long-term damage to his back so he has been forced to give a walkover to Stanislas Wawrinka.

It's nothing too serious right now, but there's, you know, significant risk if I were to play on it that I could do some serious damage.  I don't want to jeopardize the rest of my season in any way.

"I was advised to pull out and not to step on the court, that I'd just be putting my season in danger," explained Pospisil. "So it was just the smart move really to pull out, and be safe with my body and try and get ready hopefully in time for Davis Cup."

Canada turned heads in the tennis world last year by breaking through to its first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal and Pospisil was a key reason for that success.

Not only does he offer a solid back-up option in singles to world No. 11 Milos Raonic but he also forms one half of a dangerous doubles partnership with the evergreen Daniel Nestor.

Canada are scheduled to play Japan at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on 31 January-2 February and both teams will recognise the draw as an opportunity to progress to April's World Group quarterfinals.

When asked if he thought he would be fir to compete, Pospisil said: "

"There's nothing that's really wrong with it [his back] right now. It's just more preventive, something that could be, and I'm supposed to keep off it for a little while.

"But there's definitely a good potential that I'll be ready for Davis Cup." 

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