Stan Wawrinka has withdrawn from the Dubai Open because of fatigue. The Swiss’ withdrawal came shortly after the main draw was released. Seeded seventh, Wawrinka had been drawn in the bottom half of the draw. The world no.
20 who had a first-round bye was to face either a qualifier or John Millman in the second round, with 12th seed Dan Evans as a potential third-round opponent. Wawrinka has since been replaced by Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who’s now seeded 17th with a first-round bye.
Dubai Open: Stan Wawrinka joins exodus of stars
Earlier, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had been the biggest names to announce their non-participation in the tournament. Murray stated that he was skipping playing in Dubai on account of the birth of his fourth child.
The Spaniard posted on his social media page that he had still not recovered from the back problem that had hampered him during the Aussie swing at the start of the season. “I would like to thank the @DDFTennis for the wild card invitation sent to me.
We seriously thought about coming to play, but I don’t think I am ready to play yet. Once again thanks to the tournament’s kind invitation and best of luck with the tournament,” Nadal posted on Twitter with a folded hands emoji.
Federer, who made his comeback to the tour after recuperating post two surgeries on his right knee at the Doha Open, also announced his withdrawal from the Dubai Open to focus more on his training in his return. “It’s been great to be back on the @atptour, loved every minute playing in Doha once again.
A big thank you to the best and loyal team that helped me get here. I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai next week,” Federer posted on Twitter, after his second-round loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili in Doha on Thursday.
Meanwhile, apart from missing the Dubai Open, Stan Wawrinka – like his compatriot Federer – will also be skipping the Miami Open.