Felix-Auger-Aliassime, Fabio Fognini and Cameron Norrie withdraw from Antwerp

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Felix-Auger-Aliassime, Fabio Fognini and Cameron Norrie withdraw from Antwerp

World No 11, Felix Auger-Aliassime, 2019 Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini and world No. 26 Cameron Norrie have all withdrawn from Antwerp. Auger-Aliassime and Fognini had both been expected to make their Antwerp debuts this year.

On the other side, Norrie won't be returning to Antwerp for a fourth consecutive season. Norrie made his Antwerp debut in 2018, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Diego Schwartzman. Norrie picked up a first round exit in Antwerp in 2019, before making the round-of-16 at the tournament again in 2020.

Following the withdrawals of Auger-Aliassime, Fognini and Norrie, place in the Antwerp main draw opened for Alexei Popyrin, Lorenzo Musetti and Botic Van de Zandschulp.

Norrie skipping Antwerp not a surprise

Norrie, 26, is having a great run at the Indian Wells Masters and him not wanting to travel to Europe and play in Antwerp next week is understandable.

On Thursday, Norrie demolished Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 to reach the Indian Wells semifinal. “Everything went my way today,” Norrie said in his on-court interview. “Right from the beginning I was timing the ball well.

I thought I was in for a long match because the previous times we have played have been so long and so physical so I was ready for that. I hit a lot of lines in the first set and stayed tough in the second and served well when I needed to.

I am so happy to be through, it is such a big win for me”. Norrie has made five ATP finals this year and now he is aiming to make his first Masters final. “I have been pretty consistent this year,” Norrie added.

“I think I am really doing the fundamentals well on serve and return and playing the big points better. I have been a little more aggressive and feel I am learning more as I go along and becoming more experienced. We are really happy”. Norrie plays Grigor Dimitrov for a spot in the Indian Wells final.