Nightmare continues for Santiago organizers as Borna Coric joins withdrawal list



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Nightmare continues for Santiago organizers as Borna Coric joins withdrawal list

The Chile Open organizers have suffered another big blow as two-time ATP champion Borna Coric has also withdrawn from Santiago. World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman and 26th-ranked Guido Pella -- who had been expected to be one of the top favorites to win the inaugural Chile Open -- pulled out of Santiago in the last two days.

2019 Rio Open champion Laslo Djere, former world No. 7 Fernando Verdasco and rising French star Corentin Moutet also withdrew from Santiago. Coric, a former world No. 12, will turn his focus to the Indian Wells Masters after finishing his campaign at this week's Rio Open.

Following the withdrawal of world No. 32 Coric, a place in the Santiago main draw opened for Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia. Kovalik, ranked at No. 122 in the world, won't have to play qualifying in back-to-back weeks as a week ago he was beaten in the Rio Open qualifying final round by Federico Coria.

As it stands now, world No. 25 Cristian Garin will be the top-ranked player at the inaugural Chile Open and the No. 1 seed.