Richard Gasquet not ready to open his 2019 campaign at Monte Carlo Masters


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Richard Gasquet not ready to open his 2019 campaign at Monte Carlo Masters

French tennis star Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters. The 32-year-old has yet to play this season as he hasn't played since the Paris Masters. After failing go get ready for the Australian Open, the Frenchman made a decision to undergo a groin surgery.

Gasquet, ranked at No. 26 in the world, has collected 10 main draw appearances on the clay of Monte Carlo. The 32-year-old debuted in Monte Carlo long ago as he made it past the qualifying event in 2002 to make his main draw debut at the tournament.

Back then, the Frenchman won his main draw debut match before he lost to former world No. 1 Marat Safin. Gasquet's career-best result in Monte Carlo came in 2005, when he as a qualifier made the semi-final before losing to Spain's Rafael Nadal.

In his last Monte Carlo appearance -- which came last year -- the Frenchman made the quarter-final before losing to German Alexander Zverev. It remains to be seen when will former world No. 7 Gasquet be ready to open his 2019 campaign.

Meanwhile, a place in the Monte Carlo main draw has opened for rising Polish star Hubert Hurkacz following the withdrawal of Gasquet. The 22-year-old is set for a Monte Carlo debut as he has no previous appearances at the tournament.

Hurkacz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 52 in the world, last month made the Indian Wells quarter-final before he reached the third round at the Miami Masters. The Monte Carlo Masters is set to be held from April 14-21.