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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Poison Rumors 'Rubbish'

BERLIN -- The German tennis federation believes there is no medical evidence to support a rumor that Tommy Haas was poisoned during Germany's Davis Cup semifinal defeat to Russia in Moscow in September, while a senior Russian tennis official labeled it "complete rubbish."

German Davis Cup doubles player Alexander Waske was quoted in German media Wednesday as saying an unidentified Russian had told him that Haas had been poisoned.

The German federation's spokesperson, Oliver Quante, said Thursday that Haas would travel to New York for hair and blood tests but also noted German team doctor Erich Rembeck's view that there was no medical evidence to support the claim.

"There is no medical justification for further, targeted tests with regard to poisoning," Quante said. "We must rely on facts in judging and assessing the situation and not on speculation," he added.

Haas, Germany's No. 1, was beaten by Igor Andreyev 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the opening singles rubber and was unable to play in the reverse singles on Sunday because of gastro-enteritis. He was replaced by the 206th-ranked Philipp Petzschner for the reverse singles.

"I had never in my life felt so dreadful and I was really starting to get scared," Haas was quoted as saying in Thursday's Bild newspaper.

Russia won the tie 3-2 with victories in both the final day's singles rubbers.

"We lost that weekend because the Russian team was better than us over the three days," Quante said, adding that Germany was not considering challenging the result.

Alexander Katsnelson, the general director of the Kremlin Cup who was involved in organizing the Davis Cup semifinal, said Thursday that he found it odd that the story had emerged more than a month after the match.

"We don't take [the rumors] seriously. This is just usual stuff coming from a guy who lost," he said.

It would not have made sense for the Russians to poison Haas because he was Germany's weakest player in the tie, he added.

"Since [Haas] arrived in Moscow and began training it was evident he was not in good shape physically, he was huffing and puffing on the court," Katsnelson said.

He added that it was possible Haas had suffered food poisoning "if he had eaten something somewhere."

"I can categorically say the food at the venue was of the best quality," Katsnelson said. "We had the same catering company preparing food for both teams, so Haas can't blame the organizers for any of his problems."

The International Tennis Federation is investigating the rumor, ITF spokeswoman Barbara Travers said Thursday.