2018 runner-up Jeremy Chardy pulls out of 's-Hertogenbosch

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2018 runner-up Jeremy Chardy pulls out of 's-Hertogenbosch

French tennis star Jeremy Chardy won't be opening his 2019 grass campaign at the Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch as he has withdrawn late from the tournament due to a lower back injury. The 32-year-old, who debuted at the 's-Hertogenbosch event in 2009, has played at the Dutch event five times so far in his career.

The Frenchman fell just short of winning his maiden 's-Hertogenbosch title last year as he ended runner-up in the final to fellow compatriot Richard Gasquet. Chardy, ranked at No. 49 in the world, last played at the French Open -- where he was edged out by rising British star Kyle Edmund in the first round.

Yet, Chardy's campaign at the French Open this past Saturday as he and fellow compatriot Fabrice Martin made the men's doubles final before losing to Germany's Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. Chardy will be replaced in 's-Hertogenbosch by Italian lucky loser Thomas Fabbiano, who will be meeting fellow compatriot Andreas Seppi in the first round.

Despite losing in the 's-Hertogenbosch final round to Jannik Sinner, Fabbiano will still make his main draw debut at the Dutch event this week.