On the bubble
World's fourth-ranked player could miss French Open
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Juan Carlos Ferrero, the world's fourth-ranked player, has a groin injury that might force him to miss next week's French Open.
"I'm in pain even when I walk," he said Monday. "If Roland Garros were to start today, I would not play."
Ferrero would be among the favorites for Paris if he recovers from the injury that flared during the final of the German Open on Sunday.
"It got really bad in the quarterfinals at Hamburg, but in the final the injury was very, very painful," he said.
The loss to Spanish compatriot Albert Portas ended Ferrero's 16-match winning streak, the best on the tour this season.
Ferrero said he probably can't play for Spain at the World Team Cup. The tournament is a clay-court tuneup for the French Open, which begins May 28.
He said he will decide in two or three days, but he skipped Spain's opening match Monday against Australia.
Ferrero won the Italian Open two weeks ago and was hoping to become the first man to win in Rome and Hamburg in the same year since Manuel Orantes in 1972.
The two events are part of the Masters Series, the nine tournaments that are second in importance only to the Grand Slams.