Czechs without Berdych for Davis Cup playoff at Netherlands

PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic will have to do without Tomas Berdych at next week's Davis Cup playoff series at the Netherlands.

Berdych, who helped the country win the 2012 and '13 Davis Cup titles, has been focusing on the ATP tour. Without Berdych, the Czechs lost 4-1 to Australia in the first round.

Czech Republic captain Jaroslav Navratil will also miss veteran Radek Stepanek for the Sept. 15-17 series on indoor clay court at the Sportcampus Zuiderpark in the Hague.

Jiri Vesely, Adam Pavlasek, Lukas Rosol and rookie Roman Jebavy were named Tuesday to play for the Czechs.

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