14 Jan 2009

Marat Safin pulls out of Kooyong Classic

5:49 am on 14 January 2009

The former world tennis number one Marat Safin has withdrawn from an eight-man exhibition tournament at Kooyong, the former home of the Australian Open.

Kooyong Classic officials say the Russian star, who won the Australian Open in 2005, has a shoulder injury and cannot not take part in the tournament, which begins on Wednesday.

The Kooyong tournament includes Roger Federer, Stanislaw Wawrinka, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Carlos Moya, Marcos Baghdatis and Ivan Ljubicic.