Perth favourite Casey Dellacqua has been forced to withdraw from Hopman Cup 2016 due to injury.
Dellacqua was confirmed to partner Lleyton Hewitt for Australia Gold in his last summer on tour. The 30-year-old will be replaced by Jarmila Gajdosova.
“I’m so disappointed I have to withdraw from the Hopman Cup,” Dellacqua, the current world No.5 doubles player said.
“It’s an event I really love being a part of, especially playing in front of my home crowd in Perth.
“I was really looking forward to playing with Lleyton in his last Aussie summer campaign but I need more time to recover from the concussion injury I sustained in China in early October.
“I can’t rush my return to tennis and hope to be back on the court soon.
“I wish Lleyton and Jarka the best of luck and look forward to watching them on TV,” Dellacqua added.
Gajdosova will step in for Dellacqua and makes her second appearance at the Hopman Cup. The former world No.25 and Australian Open mixed doubles champion played the event with Hewitt in 2012.
“I hope Casey feels better very soon. It’s not good to see a fellow Aussie have to withdraw from a tournament because of injury. I hope she has a speedy recovery,” Gajdosova said.
“I’m honoured to play alongside Lleyton. We played the Hopman Cup together in 2012 and I hope we can do our best for the Australia Gold team.”
Paul Kilderry, Hopman Cup Tournament Director added: “We wish Casey the best of luck over the coming weeks and hope she can recover quickly and be back on court in no time.
“We will miss her over the summer and welcome Jarka to the 2016 line-up.”
Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Lucie Safarova, Gael Monfils, Nick Kyrgios, Daria Gavrilova and more will make their way to Perth in just over 30 days’ time for the 28th annual Hopman Cup.
|2016 field (ATP and WTA rankings as of 4 December 2015)|
|Australia Green|| Nick Kyrgios and  Daria Gavrilova|
|Australia Gold|| Jarmila Gajdosova and  Lleyton Hewitt|
|Czech Republic|| Lucie Safarova and  Jiri Vesely|
|France|| Gael Monfils and  Caroline Garcia|
|Germany|| Sabine Lisicki and  Alexander Zverev|
|Great Britain|| Andy Murray and  Heather Watson|
|Ukraine|| Elina Svitolina and  Alexandr Dolgopolov|
|USA|| Serena Williams and  Jack Sock|