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Paradorn to skip clay season and aim comeback for grass campaign

Paradorn to skip clay season and aim comeback for grass campaign

Former world No. 9 Paradorn Srichapan plans to skip the European claycourt season and aim his comeback at June's grasscourt campaign, Thai media said Saturday.
Paradorn, the first Asian to crack the world's top 10, took his first tentative steps on returning from a long-term right wrist injury by having a practise session with Thailand Davis Cup teammate Danai Udomchoke on Friday.
"The result is pretty satisfying," Paradorn was quoted to say in The Nation newspaper. "I didn't feel any pain throughout the practice.
"I just want to get my momentum and test my footwork."
Paradorn, who has limited success on clay, intends to play at the Surbiton tournament in London in early June, and an ATP grasscourt event before targeting Wimbledon. Paradorn has a protected ranking that will allow entry into the tournaments.
"I will skip the entire clay season to get back in shape and come back during the grass season, followed by the American hardcourt season," Paradorn said.
Paradorn, who has not played on the ATP Tour since March 2007 due to the injury, had said that he may be involved in Thailand's Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I second-round tie against Australia in April.