French tennis player Pierre-Hugues Herbert won't be taking part in the inaugural edition of Zhuhai Championships next week as he has withdrawn from the Chinese ATP 250 level event. Herbert, ranked at No. 55 in the world, played his first tournament since the US Open at the Moselle Open in Metz this week, where he exited the event in the round-of-16 following a loss suffered against fellow compatriot Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
However, it was still a positive campaign for Herbert, who won his first match since Eastbourne and ended a seven-match losing streak after beating Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the Metz first round. Herbert, who achieved a career-high ranking of No.
36 in the world earlier thus season, will be replaced in Zhuhai by four-time ATP champion and former world No. 21 Steve Johnson. Johnson, who has plummeted down to No. 95 in the world, is set to play his first tournament since the US Open as he will be aiming to make a positive start to his indoor-hard court campaign in Asia.