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Brazil and Netherlands withdraw from Shanghai Grand Slam

Jon Stiekema broke his little finger on his right hand during pool play against the Ukraine's Popov Sergiy and Valeriy Samoday in the Fuzhou Open

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 29, 2013 – Olympic men’s silver medallists Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil have withdrawn from the second consecutive event of this season due to an injury received by Alison to his little finger on his left hand.

Having already missed the season opening Fuzhou Open last week, the 2011 world champions won’t be playing at the Shanghai Grand Slam, which starts on Tuesday.

It's not the first time Alison has injured himself at the start of a year. In 2012 he had to pull out of the Brasilia Open after damaging his forearm during a match.

Reserve team Vitor Gonçalves Felipe and Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Júnior enter the Main Draw, joining Brazilian compatriots Pedro Solberg Salgado and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, and Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Álvaro Morais Filho while Hevaldo Sabino Moreira and Thiago Santos Barbosa will compete in the qualification tournament.

The Dutch duo Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst have also pulled out of the Shanghai Grand Slam because of Stiekema’s broken little finger on his right hand suffered in a match during the Fuzhou Open.

As the best ranked nation in the Qualification Tournament - apart from Brazil and Germany who already had three teams in the Main Draw - Switzerland (Sebastian Chevallier and Mats Kovatschmove) move from qualifying to the Main Draw to replace the Dutch team, because the Netherlands had no reserve team.

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