September 06, 2016

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Philipp Kohlschreiber will lead Germany against Poland in the Davis Cup playoffs despite a stress fracture in his right foot that forced him to miss the Olympics and to retire from his first-round match at the U.S. Open.

Kohlschreiber surprisingly appeared at the U.S. Open, only to quit against Nicolas Mahut. He is Germany's top-ranked player at No. 26.

But he was picked for the Davis Cup by captain Michael Kohlmann on Tuesday. The other three players are Florian Mayer, Jan-Lennard Struff, and Daniel Brands.

The winner of the Sept. 16-19 tie on clay in Berlin will remain in the 16-team World Group next year.

Alexander Zverev declined to play, as did Dustin Brown.

Poland named Kamil Majchrzak, Hubert Hurkacz, Lukasz Kubot, and Marcin Matkowski. Poland's top-ranked player, Jerzy Janowicz, No. 247 in the world, was sitting out. Majchrzak is No. 305 in the world.

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This story has been corrected to show Kohlschreiber's ranking is No. 26.

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