Newsreel: Sam Stosur pulls out of the Commonwealth Games.
Appreciate the irony of the 2010 New Dehli Commonwealth Games slogan – “come out and play“, as the Games suffer yet another “high profile” withdrawal.
In October this year, India will host the Commonwealth Games for the first time. Given the popularity of the sport in Indian (and other Commonwealth countries), tennis has been included for the first time as a part of the Commonwealth Games. Yet the field is expected to be weak, with Stosur – the would-be top seed of the tournament – announcing her withdrawal.
The world number five has decided to skip the Games to focus on defending her Osaka points and securing a place at the WTA Year-End Championships. Lleyton Hewitt, who led Australia’s Davis Cup boycott of their tie in India last year due to security concerns, has also decided not to compete in India.
Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis are also expected to withdraw, although neither has confirmed their non-participation.
Good news for the Indian players attending the event, with Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes all down to compete.