WASHINGTON: World number nine Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a Wimbledon semi-final run, pulled out of next week’s ATP Washington Open after doctors diagnosed him Sunday with the flu and a sinus infection.
Dimitrov had been seeded third in the $1.9 million ATP and WTA hardcourt event behind world number five Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and sixth-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic.
“We will miss having Dimitrov as a part of this year’s tournament, but his health is priority number one,” said tournament director Jeff Newman.
“We hope he gets better quickly and wish him great success for the rest of the year.”
Dimitrov, who also reached the last eight at this year’s Australian Open, has won three of his four career ATP titles in 2014.
Meanwhile, former French number one Gael Monfils has also withdrawn due to a knee injury.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2014.
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