Former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka has withdrawn from the upcoming Open Sud de France in Montpellier. The 34-year-old has no previous appearances on the indoor-hard courts of Montpellier. Wawrinka, ranked at No. 15 in the world, played two tournaments in the first month of the season.
The Swiss made the Doha semifinal in his first tournament of the year, before making the quarterfinal at the Australian Open quarterfinal. Wawrinka, who was the No. 15 seed at Melbourne Park, easily won the first set of his Australian Open quarterfinal before Alexander Zverev stormed back to win 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2.
Following a deep Australian Open run, the 34-year-old decided to take a rest and not play next week in Montpellier. Meanwhile, a place in the Montpellier main draw has opened for world No. 99 Dennis Novak following the withdrawal of Wawrinka.
The 26-year-old Austrian is set to debut on the indoor-hard courts of Montpellier. This January, Novak broke into the top-100 for the first time in his career. The Austrian will certainly be extremely motivated to make a good Montpellier result and continue his ranking rise.