Two-time runner-up Richard Gasquet withdraws from Toronto Masters



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Two-time runner-up Richard Gasquet withdraws from Toronto Masters

French tennis ace Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from next week's Toronto Masters. The Frenchman has played five times in Toronto so far in his career. Gasquet, 32, fell just short of winning it all in Toronto in his debut appearance at the tournament as he ended runner-up to Swiss Roger Federer in the 2006 Toronto final.

The 32-year-old also came close to making it all the way in Toronto in 2012. Back then, the Frenchman was having a strong week in Toronto but still couldn't surprise Serb Novak Djokovic in the final. World No. 27 Gasquet won his first round match in Hamburg last week before he was forced to withdraw from his round-of-16 clash due to a hip injury.

The 32-year-old was scheduled to play at this week's ATP 250 event in Kitzbuhel -- but he quit the event due to the injury. It remains to be seen will the former world No. 7 Gasquet is ready for the Cincinnati Masters -- which is due to be held 12-19 August.

Meanwhile, a place in the Toronto Masters main draw has opened for world No. 50 Matt Ebden. The 30-year-old is set to make his second appearance in the Toronto main draw. Ebden debuted in the Toronto main draw in 2012 after winning two qualifying matches to earn a spot in the main draw.

Back then, the Australian beat Canadian Peter Polansky in the first round before he was defeated by American Mardy Fish in the second round. Ebden was bidding to clinch a spot in the 2014 Toronto main draw but he lost to Canadian Brayden Schnur in the qualifying first round.

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