The week of the Cincinnati Open was both the best and the worst of this season for David Goffin. The Belgian player had been suffering from a right shoulder injury for days and on Saturday he retired during his semi-final match against Roger Federer because of this injury.
Unsurprisingly, on Sunday, Goffin announced his withdrawal from the Winston Salem Open which is taking place this week. Goffin's spot in the main draw will be taken by a qualifier. The Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta becomes the virtual top-seed, he faces Pierre-Hugues Herbert or lucky loser Franko Skugor in the first round.
Carreno Busta is seeking his second title there after 2016. 'We wish David the best in his recovery and hope he finishes the year strong,' the tournament wrote on Twitter. Goffin still hopes to make it to the US Open.
'We will see with my staff, with my doctor, my physio,' he said just after the match against Federer. 'I see them tomorrow. We will see the physio here from the ATP tonight, and then we see tomorrow if I have to do more exams.
We will see, but I think it was a tough week also, and I need to rest my arm and rest my shoulder a little bit. There is a lot of positives in this week, and I hope I'm going to use this week to play a good US Open, but, yeah, now the priority is to be 100% for next week.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer fumes at Cincinnati Masters umpire: 'Just say: "I am sorry"