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Isner withdraws from Australian Open

Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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MELBOURNE, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- John Isner said Thursday an injured right knee would keep him out of the Australian Open, the first major tennis championship of the year.

Isner, the top-ranked American in the world at No. 13, suffered the injury during a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Ryan Harrison at the Sydney International.

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He said after that setback he was considering pulling out of the Australian Open.

"I have been feeling some discomfort in my knee and have recently learned that I have a bone bruise," Isner said in a statement released by Australian Open officials Thursday. "Doctors have told me that continuing to play on the knee could result in a more serious injury."

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