Former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych and rising Russian star Andrey Rublev won't take part in the inaugural edition of Zhuhai Championships as they have withdrawn from the event. After pulling out of this week's St. Petersburg Open, Berdych also withdraws from next week's Zhuhai and picks up back-to-back tournament withdrawals as it seems more and more likely that he will soon call it a career.
The 34-year-old Czech spoke about retirement a few months ago and recently confirmed that his professional days might soon come to an end after a shock first round loss suffered at the US Open to world No. 276 Jenson Brooksby.
Berdych, who has fallen to No. 104 in the world, has been plagued by a back issue for quite some time and it has clearly affected his game and caused the Czech to be far away from his best form. Rublev, who recently beat Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters and made the round-of-16 at the US Open, is playing at this week's St. Petersburg Open.