Top American stars John Isner and Sloane Stephens have been forced to withdraw from the Hopman Cup following injuries they sustained at varying points over the past few days. While they have been forced out of the mixed tournament in Perth, they both still intend on partaking in the Australian Open.
Isner withdrew from his scheduled match against Czech no. 2 Radek Stepanek with a right ankle injury he sustained during a training session. He withdrew from last year’s Australian Open with a knee injury and was not willing to take risks so close to the 2014 edition of the tournament. The American no, 1 said Saturday that “hopefully I can get fit and get ready for the Australian Open.”
Stephens retired Friday with a sore left wrist after dropping the opening set of her singles match 6-3 against Petra Kvitova. The top American female plans to compete at next week’s Sydney International ahead of the Australian Open but will need to check for serious injuries before confirming participation.