Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the upcoming Monte Carlo Masters. Thiem, ranked at No. 4 in the world, has made six appearances on the clay courts of Monte Carlo throughout his career. Thiem's best result in Monte Carlo came in 2018, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to world No.
3 Rafael Nadal. Thiem last played mid-March at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where he suffered a shock loss to Lloyd Harris in his opener at the tournament. Not having Thiem at the event will certainly be a big blow for the Monte Carlo organizers.
Thiem to be replaced by Tommy Paul
Following the withdrawal of Thiem, a place in the Monte Carlo Masters main draw opened for rising American star Paul. Meanwhile, Croatian tennis star Borna Coric and American John Isner have also withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters.
Isner, who is set to drop out of the top-30 when the ATP rankings gets updated, recently defended Vasek Pospisil following the Canadian's outburst at the Miami Masters. "What happened with @VasekPospisil was unfortunate.
Emotions got the best of him, and unfortunately, that happens sometimes. Fact remains that he's spent countless hours fighting on behalf of his colleagues on the ATP Tour. Better days ahead for Vasek and the players," Isner said in a Twitter post.
Pospisil also apologized for his actions. "I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior on the court in Miami earlier today. I disrespected the game I love and for that I am truly sorry. By way of explanation, I felt deeply unnerved during a meeting between players and ATP executives last night, and I underestimated the toll those emotions took on me until I stepped onto the court today.
Again, I am sorry for my on-court behavior and the language I used," Pospisil said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.