Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov has signed up to play Lyon, the tournament announced on Friday. Khachanov, ranked at No. 23 in the world, is set to make his second appearance on the clay courts of Lyon. Khachanov, a former world No.
8, debuted at the Lyon event in 2017. Back then, the Russian made the quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Khachanov kicked off his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he was beaten in the second round by Pablo Carreno Busta.
Khachanov also played at last week's Barcelona Open, where he lost to Cameron Norrie in his opener at the tournament.
Khachanov joins a star-studded Lyon player field
The Lyon player field is set to feature some big names as Gael Monfils, Ugo Humbert, Richard Gasquet, David Goffin, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Aslan Karatsev have also signed up to play.
One of the players returning to action will be Monfils, who recently pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters. "I have been feeling some pain at the bottom of my calf for the last ten days and it got worse yesterday during my last practice.
On the advice of the medical staff, I took an ultrasound which has confirmed the extent of the injury. Therefore I'm forced to postpone my return to play. However I remain positive and optimistic for the rest of the season.
I will start specific treatment from today in the hope to return to play as soon as possible. Thanks you for your support, Gael," Monfils said at the time. Monfils hasn't played since losing to Emil Ruusuvuori in the Australian Open first round.
"For sure [it was] a tough one. Probably the longest match I've ever played and a tough five-setter against a great player. "But I thought I played a good match," Ruusuvuori said after the match, per the ATP website.
"Both [of us] were a little up and down, and that's how it went to five, but yeah, I was able to come through today and just really happy about that."