Lorenzo Sonego pulls out of Bastad, Malek Jaziri out of Umag



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Lorenzo Sonego pulls out of Bastad, Malek Jaziri out of Umag

Antalya Open champion Lorenzo Sonego will need more time to recover from his grass season as he has withdrawn from Bastad. The 24-year-old won't be making back-to-back appearances on the clay courts of Bastad. The Italian didn't impress in his Bastad debut last year as he suffered a first round defeat against Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the first round.

Following the withdrawal of world No. 46 Sonego, a place in the Bastad main draw has opened for Dennis Novak of Austria. The 25-year-old is set to make his debut in Bastad as he has no previous appearances at the tournament.

The Bastad event is set to take place next week. Meanwhile, Tunisian Malek Jaziri also won't be playing next week as he has pulled out of Umag. The 35-year-old was expected to make his debut in Umag this year as he has no previous appearances at the Croatian event. Jaziri will be replaced by world No. 107 Pedro Sousa, who is set to make his Umag debut at the age of 31.