Pablo Cuevas delays Winston-Salem return as he pulls out of event


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Pablo Cuevas delays Winston-Salem return as he pulls out of event

Uruguayan tennis star Pablo Cuevas won't be opening his US summer hard-court campaign next week as well as he has withdrawn from the Winston-Salem Open. After finishing his grass season, the 33-year-old decided to return to clay -- a surface on which he feels most comfortable.

Yet, the Uruguayan failed to impress on his favorite surface as he lost his openers in Bastad and Hamburg before winning only one match in Kitzbuhel. Cuevas, ranked at No. 48 in the world, is set to enter the US Open without a match played on hard in almost six months.

The 33-year-old hasn't played a hard-court event since suffering a first round exit at the Miami Masters in March. Former world No. 19 Cuevas made back-to-back appearances at the Winston-Salem event in 2016 and 2017 respectively -- but failed to make a deep run on both occasions.

Following the withdrawal of Cuevas, a place in the Winston-Salem main draw has opened for USA's Tennys Sandgren. The 28-year-old is set to make his second appearance on the hard courts of Winston-Salem. The American will certainly be extremely motivated to have a better campaign this year as his Winston-Salem debut ended with a second round loss.