Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic has withdrawn from the upcoming St. Petersburg Open. The St. Petersburg organizers hoped to have Kecmanovic at the event this year but the 20-year-old won't be making his debut at the Russian ATP 250 event this month.
Kecmanovic, who is enjoying a breakthrough season on the tour, last played at the US Open. World No. 50 Kecmanovic's campaign at Flushing Meadows came to an end in the second round after suffering a shock second round loss to Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Kecmanovic reached his maiden ATP final at the Antalya Open this year and also achieved a career-high ranking of No. 49 in the world. Following the withdrawal of Kecmanovic, a place in the St. Petersburg main draw has opened for Slovakia's Jozef Kovalik.
Kovalik, ranked at No. 362 in the world, may still choose to play a different event that week. Should the Slovak decide to play in St. Petersburg, he would be making his main draw debut at the tournament. The St. Petersburg Open will take place from September 16-22.