Richard Gasquet, Vasek Pospisil out of Indian Wells Masters


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Richard Gasquet, Vasek Pospisil out of Indian Wells Masters

French tennis star Richard Gasquet and Canadia's Vasek Pospisil have both withdrawn from the opening Masters 1000 event of the season in Indian Wells. After making 11 consecutive appearances at the Indian Wells Masters between 2006 and 2016, 32-year-old Gasquet is set to miss the opening Masters 1000 of the season for the third consecutive year.

The Frenchman's best-ever result at the Indian Wells event came in 2011 -- when he reached the quarter-final, before losing to Serb Novak Djokovic. World No. 27 Gasquet, who hasn't played since the Rolex Paris Masters as he is recovering from groin surgery, is expected to be ready for the European clay-court swing.

On the other side, 94th-ranked Pospisil also hasn't played a match this season as he is recovering from a surgical microdiscectomy. The 28-year-old, who debuted at the Indian Wells event in 2012, featured the last seven editions of the opening Masters 1000 event of the season.

The Canadian's best-ever run in Indian Wells came two years ago when he as a qualifier reached the third round, before losing to Serb Dusan Lajovic. Pospisil's 2017 Indian Wells campaign featured a shock second-round win over three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No.

1 Andy Murray. Meanwhile, a place in the Indian Wells main draw has opened for Argentine Federico Delbonis and USA's Mackenzie McDonald following the withdrawals of Gasquet and Pospisil. The Indian Wells Masters is due to take place from March 07-17.