Sao Paulo: Three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten will be a reserve in Brazil’s Davis Cup squad that faces Austria in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs next month.

The winner of the September 21-23 tie in Innsbruck will advance to the World Group.

Kuerten, ranked 661st by the ATP, has a 2-7 singles record this season, his first since hip surgery in September 2004. “Guga’s presence is always important,” Brazil captain Francisco Costa said.

Costa selected Flavio Saretta, Ricardo Mello, Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo for the tie against Austria, the Brazilian Tennis Confederation said. — AP

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