Czech Davis Cup squad given boost before Tokyo tie

In tennis, the Czech Republic’s weakened Davis Cup team has been given a boost with news that Japan’s number one player, Kei Nishikori, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming quarterfinal tie due to a groin injury. He is expected to be replaced by Taro Daniel, ranked 190 in the world singles rankings. The Czech team for the tie in Tokyo starting Friday is without Tomáš Berdych and is composed of Lukáš Rosol, Radek Štěpánek, and Jiří Veselý.