Tennis-Djokovic pulls out of China Open with elbow injury
Sept 28 World number one Novak Djokovic has been forced to withdraw from next week's China Open in Beijing because of an elbow injury.
MELBOURNE Jan 14 Wu Di's Australian Open adventure lasted little more than three hours with a first-round exit on Tuesday, but China's first man to play the main draw of a grand slam in the professional era relished every minute of his debut on a windswept minor court.
Wu won a playoff in Nanjing to secure a wildcard for the tournament and went down fighting 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-3 to Croatia's Ivan Dodig in front of a smattering of boisterous fans on court eight.
The 186th-ranked 21-year-old, China's first male entrant since Mei Fu-chi competed at Wimbledon in 1959, was especially pleased by the court-side support, having previously received little attention back home.
"I was shocked," Wu, who was mobbed after the match by fans wearing his country's red national flag, told reporters. "In domestic tournaments, it's hard enough getting Chinese to cheer me on, let alone foreigners.
"But there were foreigners here telling me to 'come on!'. That was the first time that's happened, so I felt really happy to have that."
The pint-sized Wu shares the home-town of Wuhan with countrywoman and former French Open champion Li Na, Asia's first grand slam singles champion.
The two-member 'Wuhan clan' share a tight bond and Li passed on her advice before his first round.
"Last night before I went to bed I got a text message from her," Wu said. "She told me: 'Don't be nervous. Don't think about tennis. Just go to bed. Your answer will be tomorrow, not tonight. So don't think about anything else'.
"Even though I lost, I can see hope ahead of me, so I will keep trying to do better next time." (Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Sept 28 (Gracenote) - Results from the Shenzhen Open Men's Singles matches on Wednesday Round 2 Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) beat 6-Benoit Paire (France) 6-0 6-7(5) 7-5 3-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Andrew Whittington (Australia) 6-1 6-0 Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) beat 2-David Goffin (Belgium) 7-6(2) 3-6 6-2 Mischa Zverev (Germany) beat 7-Fabio Fognini (Italy) 7-6(3) 6-4 Round 1 5-Thomas Fabbiano (Italy) beat Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) 3-6 6-3 6-4
SEVRES, France, Sept 28 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday defended the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system after some athletes' confidential medical data was leaked by a group of Russian hackers, shedding light on potential abuse.