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Ferrero Withdraws From Swiss Indoors

October 20, 2003

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) _ Top-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero withdrew from the Swiss Indoors on Monday, citing a sore foot and groin.

The Spaniard pulled out the day before the start of the $1.2 million tournament. Andy Roddick becomes the top-seeded player, with Roger Federer second.

ATP officials said Ferrero has been injured for at least two weeks and twice needed a trainer’s assistance during his Madrid Masters victory Sunday.

Ferrero could be fined for his late withdrawal. If a player pulls out after the Friday night deadline, he must get a medical certificate from the on-site doctor before the end of the first round. This means Ferrero would need to travel to Basel for approval before Wednesday night.

ATP spokesman Martin Dagahs said the ATP hadn’t yet heard whether Ferrero is coming. Dagahs said the amount of the fine depends on whether the player is seeded and has committed previous offenses.

Roddick was fined $40,000 for pulling out of the Thailand Open in September, citing a hamstring injury.

Ferrero’s top spot in the ATP entry ranking is not threatened. He could lose first place in the Champions Race if Roddick wins this week’s title.

Ferrero overtook Roddick for No. 1 in the Champions Race after Madrid. The Champions Race is based on the four majors, the nine Tennis Masters Series events and a player’s other top results.

The entry system rankings reflect the past 52 weeks and are used to determine tournament seedings.

Next month in Australia, Ferrero will lead Spain in the Davis Cup final.

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