As expected, French tennis star Richard Gasquet has pulled out of the upcoming ATP 500 event in Rotterdam. The 32-year-old has yet to open his 2019 campaign. The former world No. 7 hasn't played since the Paris Masters due to a groin issue.
After being forced to skip the beginning of the season and the Australian Open, the Frenchman made a decision to undergo a groin surgery. Gasquet has played on the indoor hard-courts of Rotterdam six times so far in his career.
The Frenchman debuted at the Rotterdam event in 2009. The 32-year-old's best result in Rotterdam came in 2012, when he reached the quarter-final. Gasquet's last Rotterdam campaign didn't go as planned as he was forced to retire his first round match a year ago after just four games played to fellow compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Following the withdrawal of Gasquet, a place in the Rotterdam main draw has opened for Australian Matthew Ebden. The 31-year-old Australian is set to debut in Rotterdam as he has no previous appearances at the tournament.
The Rotterdam event is due to take place from February 11-17. Meanwhile, Japan's Taro Daniel has pulled out of the upcoming ATP 250 event in Cordoba. Daniel will be replaced by Italian Lorenzo Sonego. The Cordoba event is set to have its inaugural edition from February 04-10.