Ivanisevic pulls out of Grand Cayman event

Nathan AseriosContributor IApril 21, 2009

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 15:  Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia in action against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the Final during the Betfair Turbo Tennis at the 02 Arena on 15 September, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Bad news for Goran Ivanisevic fans out there. The former Wimbledon champion from Croatia was forced to pull out of this week’s Legends Championships Tennis Tournament at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman due to a lingering knee injury.

“I am very disappointed not to be able to play in the Cayman Islands due to the longer than expected recovery time necessary after my knee operation,” Ivanisevic said.

“I was looking forward playing in a first-class event on a dream island. I will be waiting for next year impatiently in order to have a chance to play this event,” he added.

Replacing Ivanisevic in this Outback Champions Series event is Australian Pat Cash, also a former Wimbledon champ who attained a career high ranking of no. 4 during his ATP days.

Other players competing in this event are:

  • Jimmy Arias
  • Jim Courier
  • Wayne Ferreira
  • Karel Novacek
  • Mikael Pernfors
  • Mats Wilander
  • Mark Philippoussis

The Outback Champions Series feature retired tennis players 30 years and above. In order to qualify, the player has to meet certain requirements—such as reaching at least a Grand Slam final, being ranked in the world’s top 5 or have taken part in a winning Davis Cup team.

For more information, check out the Champions Series website at: http://www.championsseriestennis.com/