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Van der Merwe blow for SA

2013-09-21 15:17
Izak van der Merwe (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Long-serving South African Davis Cup stalwart Izak van der Merwe has not recovered sufficiently from surgery and will not be fit to play in the critical Euro-Africa Group One relegation tie against Russia next month.

"I was hoping he would be ready to reinforce the team in doubles, if not singles.

South Africa, with the 162nd ranked Rik de Voest, who is the country's number two after Anderson, would likely take a backward step in the 130-nation event in which they are one of only 13 countries to have won the Davis Cup since its inception 113 years ago.

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