Madrid - David Ferrer has pulled out of Spain's Davis Cup team for next
week's Group I tie away to Russia after failing to recover sufficiently from an
World number seven Ferrer, who withdrew from Wimbledon on the eve of the
tournament, initially made himself available to Spain's new captain Conchita
Martinez for the July 17-19 match in Vladivostok.
However, he wrote on his Twitter feed on Friday that tests with his physio
and Spanish tennis federation (RFET) doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro had prompted his
decision to pull out of the Spain team.
"I don't know when I will be able to return to action," Ferrer
wrote. "I will keep you posted."
The five-times winners, who will also be missing the likes of Rafa Nadal,
Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo, need a victory to have a chance of getting
back into the elite World Group for next year's competition.
Martinez announced a five-man team on Tuesday, which also includes Pablo
Andujar, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Marc Lopez and David Marrero.
Russia named the relatively little-known Konstantin Kravchuk, Evgeny
Donskoy, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.
Nadal, Ferrer and other top Spanish players became embroiled in a dispute
with the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) last year over the appointment of
Gala Leon as the nation's first female Davis Cup captain.
After weeks of upheaval at the federation, which is being investigated for
alleged financial irregularities, and the naming of a new president, Leon was
sacked last week.
Martinez, a former Wimbledon champion who is also Spain's Fed Cup captain,
was named to replace her until the end of the year.
She managed to bring Ferrer immediately back into the fold and suggested
this week Nadal and the others would be available for the 2016 edition.