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Injury woe keeps gutted Bothwell on the sidelines


By John Flack

Peter Bothwell has had no option but to pull out of this week's $15,000 tournament in Kuwait due to the wrist injury which forced him to withdraw from a similar event in Egypt a fortnight ago.

He is to undergo an MRI scan and may have to return home for specialist treatment.

It's a blow for the 22-year-old from Hillsborough, who has reached a new career-high doubles ranking of 499 following two recent triumphs.

Bothwell said: "I have been working in the gym doing injury prevention and protecting my hand but I haven't been able to hit a ball for two weeks now.

"Hopefully I can get back on court soon but if I can't then I will go home and see a hand/wrist specialist."

Kyle Edmund, meanwhile, saved a match point in a comeback win over Evgeny Donskoy in the first round of the Paris Masters.

The British No.3 arrived in France having reached his third ATP Tour semi-final in Vienna last week and defeat to Donskoy would have been a disappointing way to end the season.

He battled to a 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 victory and will face 16th seed Jack Sock in the second round.

The World No.50 hit a fine serve to save a Donskoy match point at 6-7 in the second-set tie-break and went on to win.

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