Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta has pulled out of next week's Chengdu Open. The 27-year-old was expected to make his second appearance in Chengdu this year. The Spaniard debuted at the Chengdu event in 2016 -- but failed to make a deep run as he lost in the first round to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
World No. 21 Carreno Busta last played in last week's Davis Cup World Group semi-final tie between France and Spain. The 27-year-old suffered a 7-5 6-1 6-0 loss to France's Benoit Paire in the opening rubber of the tie. However, the Spaniard couldn't produce his best tennis as he was hampered by an adductor injury.
Carreno Busta's next scheduled is the China Open in Beijing -- which starts on 01 October. It remains to be seen will the 2017 US Open semi-finalist recover in time for the ATP 500 event in Beijing. World No. 83 Jozef Kovalik has also withdrawn from the Chengdu Open.
The 25-year-old has no previous appearances at the Chengdu event. Kovalik hasn't played since losing to American Ernesto Escobedo in the US Open qualifying first round. Following the withdrawals of Carreno Busta and Kovalik, a place in the Chengdu main draw has opened for Canadian Vasek Pospisil and Moldova's Radu Albot.
Pospisil, 28, failed to make it past the Chengdu qualifying event in 2016 but debuted in the main draw last year -- when he lost to Baghdatis in the first round.
OUT: Carreno Busta, Kovalik, 2nd SE spot
IN: Pospisil, Albot, (Ivashka)
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On the other side, 28-year-old Albot is set to make his debut in Chengdu. Also read: Benoit Paire withdraws from Shenzhen, Marton Fucsovics out of Chengdu
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