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Moya Suffers Hip Injury

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Former World No. 1 Carlos Moya will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time due to a hip-bone injury.

The Spaniard has an injury to a tendon and ischium on his hip-bone and has suffered pain in his right leg for the past 11 months. After losing in the second round at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Acapulco two weeks ago, the Mallorcan went to Miami with his coach, Luis Lobo and physiotherapist, Pedro Salas for some tests. After returning to Spain the 32 year old is undergoing more tests in Madrid in an attempt to determine the extent of the injury and how long recuperation will take.

“It's a real hammer blow. I wasn't expecting this and it has put a halt to all my plans,” said Moya. “I have had pains over the last few months but we were hoping that it wasn't serious and that I could resume tennis little by little.”

For now, Moya will miss the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he was runner-up in 1999 (l. to Philippoussis), and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami – where he reached the final in 2003 (l. to Agassi).

“It's still too early to know when I'll be able to return to competition,” he said. “It's certain that I want to return but only when I'm firing at 100 per cent physically and mentally.”

The right-hander reached the pinacle of the South African Airways ATP Rankings on March 15, 1999, and is currently ranked No. 45. He won his lone Grand Slam championship at Roland Garros in 1998 (d. Corretja) and was runner-up at the Australian Open in 1997 (l. to Sampras). In total, he has amassed 20 tour-level titles.

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