Stomach problems force Martin Klizan to pull out late from Lyon

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Stomach problems force Martin Klizan to pull out late from Lyon

Slovakia's Martin Klizan has withdrawn late from Lyon as he was scheduled to play his opening match at the tournament on Monday morning. The Slovak was forced to pull out from the tournament just before his match due to stomach problems.

Klizan, ranked at No. 54 in the world, was expected to make his debut on the clay of Lyon this week. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old's debut was delayed as he will have to wait for at least one more year to make his debut at the French clay-court event.

Klizan was drawn to meet American Steve Johnson in the Lyon first round. Meanwhile, former world No. 24 Klizan will now take a couple of days off as he will try to get to 100 percent for the French Open. If nothing goes wrong, the Slovak will make his eighth consecutive main draw appearance at Roland Garros.

The 29-year-old best result at the French Open came in 2014, when he made the third round. Also, Mikhail Kukushkin won't be making back-to-back appearances in Lyon as he was also forced to pull out from the tournament.

World No. 48 Kukushkin was due to meet rising Italian star Jannik Sinner in the first round but was unable to play due to a right shoulder pain. Kukushkin made the quarter-final in his Lyon debut a hear ago.