Kazakh tennis player Mikhail Kukushkin won't be making back-to-back appearances at the Chengdu Open as he has withdrawn from the Chinese ATP 250 event. Kukushkin, ranked at No. 57 in the world, played his first tournament since the US Open at the St.
Petersburg Open this week, where he exited the tournament on Friday following a straight-set quarterfinal loss suffered against Joao Sousa of Portugal. Kukushkin, a former world No. 39, debuted at the Chengdu event last year, when he beat USA's Tennys Sandgren in the first round before losing to rising American star Taylor Fritz in his next clash.
Following the withdrawal of the 31-year-old Kazakh, a place in the Chengdu Open main draw has opened for 63rd-ranked Ricardas Berankis. However, it remains to be seen will the Lithuanian come to play Chengdu as he had a main draw spot guaranteed at the next week's Zhuhai Championships but decided to pull out of the event. Should 29-year-old Berankis accept to play in Chengdu next week, he would be making his debut at the tournament.