Kevin Anderson withdraws from Chengdu

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Kevin Anderson withdraws from Chengdu

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from next week's Chengdu Open. The South-African is featuring this weekend's Laver Cup in Chicago. The 32-year-old's decision to skip the Chengdu event isn't surprising.

A couple of other players who are featuring the Laver Cup have also pulled from next week's Chengdu Open and Shenzhen Open respectively. Anderson alongside Jack Sock beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in a doubles match on Friday.

The South-African is set to clash against Djokovic in a singles match on Saturday. World No. 9 Anderson was expected to make his second appearance in Chengdu this year. The 32-year-old featured the event's inaugural edition two years ago.

Back then, the South-African reached the quarter-final before he was beaten by Serb Viktor Troicki. Anderson is now expected to open his indoors campaign at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo. The ATP 500 event in Tokyo is due to kick off on 01 October.

The South-African is set to make his sixth consecutive appearance in Tokyo but he has yet to reach the quarter-final at the tournament. Meanwhile, a place in the Chengdu main draw has opened for world No. 106 Tim Smyczek following the withdrawal of Anderson.

The 30-year-old American is set to make his debut appearance at the Chengdu event. Smyczek has been drawn to meet No.

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