French tennis player Richard Gasquet won't be making his 11th main draw appearance at the Madrid Masters this year as he has withdrawn from the tournament. Gasquet, a former world No. 7, hasn't had a great clay season so far and withdrawing from Madrid won't help.
Gasquet, now ranked at No. 52 in the world, has made the round-of-16 at the Madrid Masters three times in his career but never a quarterfinal. The Frenchman last played at the Madrid Masters in 2019, when he beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round before losing in the second round to record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
Following the withdrawal of Gasquet, a place in the Madrid draw opened for Davidovich Fokina.
Gasquet still enjoys playing
Gasquet had been scheduled to start his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters but unfortunately that didn't happen.
"COVID-19 really hurt me. I was in bed for several days. I reacted badly, I have some problems, a lot of aches & stiffness, & it's been difficult. That's why I didn't go to Monaco," Gasquet told L'Equipe.
Gasquet kicked off his clay season last week at the Barcelona Open, where he lost to Australian Jordan Thompson in his opener at the tournament. Gasquet also played at this week's Estoril Open, where he made the round-of-16.
"I turn 35 soon, I had many injuries but I'm still mentally fresh. I know I'm in the end of my career but I still enjoy playing," Gasquet said in Estoril. Gasquet handed a 6-3 7-5 loss to Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero in the Estoril Open first round, before an adductor injury forced him to give a walkover to Cristian Garin.
Gasquet's focus will now certainly be on getting himself ready for the French Open.. It remains to be seen if Gasquet will be ready to play at the Rome Masters and French Open.