Serbian tennis star Filip Krajinovic has withdrawn from Marrakech due to personal reasons. The 27-year-old was expected to debut at the Marrakech event this year as he has no previous appearances at the tournament. Krajinovic, ranked at No.
109 in the world, last played at the just finished Sophia Antipolis Challenger. The Serb fell just short of winning it all at the French Challenger event as he was beaten in the final by German Dustin Brown 6-3 7-5. Krajinovic lost his serve in the second game of the match and then failed to convert a break point in the following game as Brown took an early 3-0 first-set lead.
The Serb then blew two more break points in the ninth game as the German managed to serve out for the opener. Krajinovic broke Brown in the sixth game of the second set to take a 4-2 lead but then lost his serve twice in a row as the German took a 5-4 lead.
The Serb managed to break back Brown in the 10th game but the German kept his focus as he won the following two games to seal the title. Krajinovic will be replaced in Marrakech by a lucky loser. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen will former world No.
26 Krajinovic manage to sneak into the Monte Carlo qualifying event, which will be held over the next weekend. The Serb will need multiple player withdrawals to sneak into the qualifying event as he is the sixth players on the alternates list.