Fernando Verdasco has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters and he will be replaced by 79th ranked Ernests Gulbis in the draw. It is the first time Verdasco will miss the Masters event since he made his debut at the tennis resort town of Indian Wells in the California desert back in 2004.
The World No. 36 has returned every year since and he achieved his greatest result when he reached the quarterfinals in 2009, ultimately losing to Roger Federer. Verdasco has enjoyed a very active start to the season, and he has played a tournament nearly every week.
He was poised to enter the Indian Wells draw after a second round appearance in Dubai last week. Coincidentally he had also lost to Federer there, although he did manage to take a set off the eventual champion. Following the loss Verdasco posted this photo of himself captioned: “Done with February tournaments !!
Let’s go for March”.
Verdasco and his wife Ana Boyer announced on Instagram last December they were expecting their first child.
However, there is no confirmation as yet this is why he has withdrawn. “Merry Christmas !! And may all your wishes come true...This year we have the best present on the way… A BOY”.