Hopman Cup: Tommy Robredo withdraws from Spain team due to arm injury
Last Updated: 27/12/13 9:11am
Tommy Robredo: Spaniard to miss Hopman Cup due to injury
Spain's hopes of winning the Hopman Cup have been dealt a major blow after Tommy Robredo withdrew from the Perth tournament due to an arm injury.
The world No 17, a two-time winner of the mixed teams event, has been replaced by Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.
Munoz-De La Nava, who is ranked 194th in the world, will partner Anabel Medina Garrigues, who won the tournament with Fernando Verdasco earlier this year.
"I was excited to play the Hopman Cup but an injury to my arm has given me no choice but to withdraw from the event," Robredo said.
"I wish I could be there to play with Anabel and help defend the title for Spain."
Poland have also lost one of their leading players after rising star Jerzy Janowicz, the world No 21, pulled out with a foot injury, leaving world No 288 Grzegorz Panfil to partner Agnieszka Radwanska.
Poland still start as top seeds but the bookmakers' favourites are the second-seeded United States pairing of Sloane Stephens and John Isner, who will be seeking their country's seventh Hopman Cup crown.
The French pairing of Alize Cornet and world No 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should also perform well in the tournament which starts on Saturday.
Group A features Poland, Canada, Italy and Australia, while Group B is the United States, France, Czech Republic and Spain, with the top two teams after the group matches meeting in the final on January 4.