Due to a back injury the French player Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that will take place on outdoor hard-courts from 7 to 15 August. In the men's draw Gasquet will be replaced by his compatriot Benoit Paire, while in the men's doubles draw he will be replaced by Gael Monfils who is going to pair up with Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
Last time Gasquet competed was in Wimbledon where he retired down 2-4 in the first set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the fourth round level. At the end of the match Gasquet could barely keep his rackets bag and was helped by Tsonga.
Other notable results he got this year were Roland Garros quarter-finals (lost to Andy Murray), the title won in Montpellier and the third round in Rome, Madrid and Monte Carlo. He also withdrew from the Australian Open because of a back injury.
In an interview on January Gasquet said he could feel pain any moment because he has a herniated disc, even if the main reason why he withdrew was because of pain. Story by FFT ALSO READ: OFFICIAL: Andy Murray to miss an important tournament in the next weeks!