Philipp Kohlschreiber, Alexandr Dolgopolov withdraw from Geneva



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Philipp Kohlschreiber, Alexandr Dolgopolov withdraw from Geneva

World No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber has pulled out of next week's ATP Geneva. Kohlschreiber, 34, has no previous appearances at the Swiss clay-court 250 ATP event. The German is having a good campaign at this week's Rome Masters as he has reached the last-16.

Kohlschreiber defeated rising star Karen Khachanov in his Rome opener before he stunned Paris Masters champion Jack Sock in round two. The 34-year-old -- probably satisfied with how the things are going for him in Rome -- now simply feels that there is now no reason for him to play a tournament the week before the French Open.

Meanwhile, a challenging year continues for Alexandr Dolgopolov as he has also withdrawn from Geneva. Dolgopolov has only played two tournaments since January -- picking up two first round exits at last month's ATP Marrakech and this week's Rome Masters.

The Ukrainian gave a shot to Rome but ended up getting demolished by Serb Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-3. 29-year-old Dolgopolov also has no previous appearances in Geneva. A place in the Geneva main draw has opened up for Canadian Vasek Pospisil and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis following the withdrawals of Kohlschreiber and Dolgopolov.

Pospisil has no previous appearances in Geneva. On the other side, in his lone appearance at the event -- which came in 2015 -- Baghdatis lost in the first round. Also read: James Duckworth targets French Open returm