World No. 11 David Goffin has been forced to call it a season due to an injury. The Belgian last played at the Shenzhen Open -- where he was beaten by former world No. 1 Andy Murray in his opening match at the tournament. The 27-year-old then announced his withdrawal from this week's Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo and next week's Rolex Shanghai Masters respectively.
Goffin hasn't been especially lucky with his health this year as he suffered a bizzare eye injury in February at the ABN Amro World Tennis Championships in Rotterdam. "As you already know I had to withdraw from Tokyo and Shanghai due to a right elbow injury.
This pain appeared a few months ago and it has worsened recently. I have now more information about this injury -- which is (a) bone edema. I need at least one month so recover -- so, I'm sad to announce that I have to put an end to my season," Goffin announed.
The ball bounced off Goffin's racket frame during his semi-final match against Grigor Dimitrov and hit him directly in the eye. The Belgian retired the match and it took him two months to recover and return to his old form.
Goffin concludes the season without a title won. The Belgian reached the semi-final this year at the ATP 500 events in Rotterdam and Barcelona, as well as at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. Goffin is now focused on the next season as he hopes to have a good off-season.
"I need to get some rest and treat myself properly in the hope of starting my preparation for (the) next season as soon as possible," Goffin added Also read: Todd Martin tips Novak Djokovic to become record Grand Slam champion