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Injured Gaudio is out of Olympics

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David Nalbandian

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's Olympic tennis hopes suffered a fresh blow when French Open winner Gaston Gaudio pulled out of Athens due to injury, less than a week after team mate Guillermo Coria withdrew.

"Gaudio is not going to the Games because of an injury sustained at Roland Garros. On clay he could hold up, but not on cement," said team coach Alberto Mancini.

Gaudio is suffering from strong post-traumatic pain in his right heel as well as an injury to his right shoulder. He will be replaced by Agustin Calleri, ranked 50.

Gaudio's exit means Argentina has lost two of its top ranked players.

French Open finalist Coria had been hoping to win a gold medal for Argentina but instead will have to spend more time nursing a sore shoulder.

Coria was forced to retire from his first-round match at the Toronto Masters last week because of the injury.

Coria will be replaced in the men's draw by the 40th-ranked Mariano Zabaleta, who reached the last 16 at the 2000 Sydney Games.

World number five David Nalbandian will now spearhead the Argentine campaign in Athens, but ominously is nursing an elbow injury of his own.

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