Straka: 'Medvedev is exhausted. Kyrgios' Vienna withdrawal was expected'


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Straka: 'Medvedev is exhausted. Kyrgios' Vienna withdrawal was expected'

The Vienna's Erste Bank Open Tournament Director Herwig Straka must not be too pleased with the four withdrawals that hit the Austrian tournament so far. Daniil Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and Lucas Pouille will not play due to injuries or fatigue.

Straka said: "Daniil Medvedev waited for two more days after withdrawing from the Moscow tournament to reassess his body shape. After an intense schedule over the last few weeks, he is completely exhausted and he will not able to perform in Vienna."

The Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev said: "He needs to take care of himself. He will have a busy end to the season and so he needs a break in order not to be too tired mentally. In Moscow he went through a medical test and everything is right with his health."

Kyrgios has ended his season as he also withdrew from the Paris Masters due to a shoulder injury. He will start his new season at the ATP Cup. Meanwhile there are some updates about the tennis courts that will host the Tokyo Olympics.

No problems for the Ariake Coliseum, the Centre Court that hosts the Japan Open every year - some weeks ago Novak Djokovic triumphed there. The arena can host around 10,000 fans and has a retractable roof that will be useful in order not to feel players the intense heat, more than for the rain.

Instead, the secondary courts are not ready yet. There are four courts on the schedule, but organizers are confident that the project will be completed within March 2020. "There is some extra work to do like adding some seats, but there are no worries."