Former world No. 12 Borna Coric has withdrawn from Rotterdam. Coric, who underwent a shoulder surgery last May, is now set to go a full year without playing any events. Coric, 25, has made three appearances on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam throughout his career.
Coric made back-to-back round-of-16 stages in Rotterdam in his first two appearances at the tournament in 2016 and 2016. Coric returned to Rotterdam last year and made the semifinal before losing to Marton Fucsovics. Coric hasn't played since losing to Fucsovics as he continues to delay his long-awaited comeback
Coric doesn't want to risk anything
Coric skipped the Australian Open because he wasn't fully sure his shoulder would be ready for those efforts.
"Hey guys! Unfortunately my shoulder is not quite ready to compete over five sets, therefore my team and I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Australian Open," Coric announced in an Instagram post just days before the start of the Australian Open.
"I'm extremely close to being 100% percent and arrived in Australia with every intention of making my comeback, but I want to make sure i do not rush anything at the last stage in my recovery process. Thank you for your support."
Meanwhile, Miomir Kecmanovic won't be playing in Cordoba next week. Kecmanovic suffered a 7-5 7-6 (4) 6-3 loss to Gael Monfils in the Australian Open round-of-16. "It was not easy to play, Gael played very well throughout the match.
He didn't give me many opportunities, but I did my best - unfortunately, it wasn't enough. I planned to pressure him whenever I could, not to give him time to play what he wanted, I knew I couldn't play long points with him, that he would run more and get to the balls.
I had to play like this, but he managed to find winners from difficult positions, at times he made irrational shots. If he hadn't made some shots, who knows what would have happened," Kecmanovic said after the loss.