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Coetzee heads home

By Mark Etheridge

Injury has scuppered doubles specialist Jeff Coetzee’s international season and he’s called time on 2010.

Cape Town based Coetzee has a long history of hamstring problems but on this occasion it’s knee problems that have set him back.

“Yes, I’m coming home,” Coetzee confirmed on Tuesday. “I had a scan done on my knee. I sprained my MCL (medial collateral ligament) and also my knee cap is not good.

“So I think it’s better for me to finish the year and start to rest and get some rehab and rather forget about this year, the worst of my career.”

Coetzee’s most recent tournament was a Challenger event in Ortisei, Italy where he reached the quarter-final stages.

Meanwhile it wasn’t all bad news for our tennis players as lucky loser Fritz Wolmarans went all the way to the semi-finals in the Knoxville 2010 Challenger tournament played in Tennessee, United States where he was beaten by sixth seed American Robert Kendrick 6-4 6-4. Kendrick also beat another South African, Rik de Voest 7-6 1-6 7-5 in the quarter-finals.

De Voest beat a third South African, Izak van der Merwe in the second round but there was consolation for the two in the fact that the combination of him and Izak van der Merwe secured the doubles title by beating Alex Bogomolov and Alex Kuznetsov (US) 6-1 6-4. Seeded third for the tournament the two picked up just over $3,000 for their efforts.


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