French tennis star Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters. Gasquet, 35, won't be returning to Indian Wells for the first time since 2016. Gasquet, a former world No. 7, has made 11 appearances at the Indian Wells Masters throughout his career.
Gasquet's best result at the Indian Wells Masters came in 2011, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The Indian Wells Masters, which usually takes place in March, was canceled last year.
This year, the Indian Wells Masters is scheduled to take place in October.
Gasquet replaced by Brandon Nakashima
Following the withdrawal of Gasquet, a place in the Indian Wells Masters main draw opened for rising American star Brandon Nakashima.
Nakashima, who recently made back-to-back finals in Los Cabos and Atlanta, is set to make his main draw debut in Indian Wells. Meanwhile, Gasquet recently acknowledged the greatness of record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
Federer turned 40 years of age last month and the end is near for the Swiss. Gasquet believes Federer will be irreplaceable in terms of aesthetics. “There are young guys who play very, very well, who have a good level, who deserve to find their place and who are incredible, but Nadal and Federer, they are world stars!
When they're not there, for me, it leaves a huge void. Federer will be irreplaceable in terms of aesthetics, tennis and for his personality. We will never see that again," Gasquet said. Gasquet, who was once a promising junior and considered as future Grand Slam champion and world No.
1, never managed to win a Grand Slam. "I would really like to be like the young people, like Matteo Berrettini, guys of this type who have never had the Big 3 in front of them for the entire course of their career," Gasquet admitted. "Yet, when I was there, they were never missing."