|Posted on January 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM|
Radek Stepanek, who famously won the decisive fifth rubber against Almagro in the 100th Davis Cup Final in Prague last year, is not able to help the defending champions in their bid to win a sixth consecutive tie after a back injury ruled him out of the tie against Switzerland.
Press conference with Radek Stepanek on Sunday, January 27, 2013
Radek Stepanek steps out of Davis Cup team
Prague: Veteran Radek Stepanek has withdrawn from next week's Davis Cup tie between defending champions the Czech Republic and Switzerland because of back pain, team captain Jaroslav Navratil announced Sunday.
The 34-year-old - who will undergo an operation next week - has been replaced by world-ranked 189 Ivo Minar for the trip to Geneva where they meet a Swiss side who will be without former world number one Roger Federer.
"Radek's health is the priority," said Navratil. "I hope we win the match anyway."
Update: PLAYER NEWS 2013
Stepanek Undergoes Neck Surgery
ATP Staff | 30.01.2013
Radek Stepanek reached the Australian Open third round (l. to Djokovic) earlier this month.Former World No. 8 Radek Stepanek underwent surgery for a neck injury on 21 January and is expected to return to the ATP World Tour later next month.
“A neck disc was pressing on a nerve and was creating a big problem in my neck and right hand,” Stepanek told ATPWorldTour.com. “I had no feeling on it and no power.”
The 34-year-old Czech admitted that it got worse at the Apia International Sydney, where he retired with a neck injury, prior to his second round match against Julien Benneteau on 9 January.
“After the Australian Open, I returned home in a lot of pain,” said Stepanek. “I basically had no option than have surgery at that stage. The operation went well and I will now take off a few weeks to recover and hopefully I will be back soon with not such a painful problem anymore.”
Stepanek lost in the Australian Open third round to Novak Djokovic. With Leander Paes, as defending doubles champions, the duo lost in the doubles first round (l. to Anderson-Erlich).