Feliciano Lopez's rough start to year continues as he pulls out of New York

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Feliciano Lopez's rough start to year continues as he pulls out of New York

Spanish tennis veteran Feliciano Lopez's rough start to the year continues as the Spaniard has withdrawn from the upcoming New York Open. The 37-year-old, who didn't play at the inaugural edition of the New York Open a year ago, was expected to debut at the tournament this February.

Previously, world No. 62 Lopez delayed the start of his 2019 campaign by withdrawing from Doha in the opening week of the new season. The former world No. 12 then signed up to replace Juan Martin del Potro at the Kooyong Classic -- but ended up withdrawing from the Australian exhibition event as well.

However, Lopez made a decision to give a shot the Australian Open -- but, as expected, didn't have a great outing as he was beaten in straight sets by Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round. Following the withdrawal of Lopez, a place in the New York main draw has opened for his fellow compatriot, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The 35-year-old is set to debut at the New York event as he didn't feature the tournament's inaugural edition. 2018 Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson and 2018 Miami Masters champion John Isner are expected highlight this year's New York Open player field.

South-African Anderson won it all at the tournament a year ago after edging out home-favorite Sam Querrey in a tight final. The New York Open is due to be held from February 11-17. Also read: Bernard Tomic: I threatened only to Lleyton Hewitt, never to his kids