Raonic out of Davis Cup vs. Japan

Milos Raonic is out of Canada’s first-round tie against Japan in Tokyo, set to start Friday.

It’s a left ankle injury, first suffered during his first-round match at the Australian Open.

And it’s a near-certainty that Canada’s No. 2, Vasek Pospisil, struggling with a disc problem in his back, won’t even play the doubles on Saturday. He’s not in the lineup for Friday’s singles. Continue reading

WTA Tour – Jan. 30 results

An impressive effort by Kristina Mladenovic to defeat Oz Open quarterfinalist Simona Halep in straight sets on Wednesday. It continues a pattern for the Frenchwoman of doing awfully well at that tournament; it’s the site of her only previous top-10 victory. She gets Andrea Petkovic today and also has doubles.

Mladenovic left Oz the same time I did; knowing how zoned out I am, impressive she could even hit a tennis ball.

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Pospisil better for Davis Cup, not 100%

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, forced to withdraw before his third-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open, returned to Vancouver for additional diagnosis and treatment on his back.

He headed to Tokyo Sunday after having his first hit since Australia, and said he’s confident he’ll be able to play this weekend against Japan in the first round of Davis Cup.

But the 23-year-old isn’t too pleased with the advice he received in Australia about the back.

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