Argentine tennis star Guido Pella has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters. Pella, ranked at No. 35 in the world, tried to make it past the Cincinnati qualifying event in 2016 but lost to Japanese Yuichi Sugita in his opener.
Pella, 30, made his Cincinnati main draw debut last year, when he beat rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud in the first round before losing to Belgian David Goffin. In February, Pella announced he was diagnosed with Morton's neuroma and that he would be out indefinitely.
In June, the 30-year-old said he may not continue his professional career once the season restarted. But the Argentine is planning on resuming his career. "I don't know if this pandemic isn't the end of my career.
At the moment everything is uncertain," Pella said in early-June. Pella, a one-time ATP champion, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 20 in the world last year.
Pella to be replaced by Alexander Bublik
Rising Kazakh star Bublik is set to make his Cincinnati main draw debut following the withdrawal of Pella.
Bublik, ranked at No. 51 in the world, tried to clinch a place in the Cincinnati main draw last year through the qualifying event but failed to do so after losing to JJ Wolf in his qualifying opener. The 23-year-old enjoyed a good start to the season before it got suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In February, the Kazakh made the Marseille semifinal before losing to eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. Bublik then entered the top-50 as he achieved a career-high ranking of No. 47 in the world. World No. 41 Albert Ramos-Vinolas also joined Pella on the Cincinnati player withdrawal list and he won't be making his fifth main draw appearance at the event.
Ramos-Vinolas' best-ever result in Cincinnati came in 2017, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard will be replaced in the Cincinnati main draw by former world No.
7 Richard Gasquet, who is now set to make his 14th appearance at the event. Gasquet, now ranked at No. 50 in the world, made his best Cincinnati result last year, when he made the semifinal before he fell short to Goffin. Meanwhile, Yen-Hsun Lu has withdrawn from the US Open and he won't be making his 12th main draw appearance at Flushing Meadows.
Lu will be replaced by Italian Federico Gaio, who picked up a first round loss in 2018 in his lone main draw appearance at the US Open.