Del Potro adds to the player withdrawals at Queens Club and Halle

June 9, 2012

ATP Tennis News

Del Potro withdraws from Queens Club to rest his knees. (Photo credit: FFT)

As thoughts start to switch towards the grass season, Wimbledon and the Olympics, the build up tournaments at Halle and Queens have already experienced news of several withdrawals from both fields in the tournament and the line up at the AEGON Championships has been the tournament which has probably suffered the most.

AEGON Championships, Queens Club

So far, this is the list of players who have withdrawn from the tournament due to various reasons:

Juan-Martin Del Potro was the 5th seed at the tournament and a winner at the tournament in 2009. He has withdrawn to rest his knees before Wimbledon.

Richard Gasquet was the 7th seed at the tournament has withdrawn as has Stanislas Wawrinka the 8th seed.

Mardy Fish the 2010 runner up has withdrawn due to and will be hoping to get his heart condition where he experiences extreme palpitations in check before Wimbledon.

Fellow American Ryan Harrison has withdrawn from the event and headed back to the states after his French Open loss, alongside Alejandro Falla and Donald Young who have also withdrawn.

Fears have been rising over British hopeful, home crowd favourite and defending champion Andy Murray after his recent troubles with his back and as of yet there has been no withdrawal statement from the Scot who will be eager to defend his title and get the essential match practice needed before Wimbledon – especially now the field is much weaker. Murray has a bye in the first round before he meets the winner of Garcia-Lopez or Nicholas Mahut in the second round.

The Gerry Weber Open, Halle

The tournament this year has the stronger line up with French Open finalist and world No.2 Rafael Nadal debuting at the tournament, alongside 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer leading the pack.  However, the tournament has also experienced a few withdrawals from its line up.

Fernando Verdasco has withdrawn from the tournament, possibly due to his recent concern with his knee injury.

Kei Nishikori sent his apologies to fans on his Facebook page as he is struggling with injuries and does not want to make them worse and Jurgen Melzer has also withdrawn from the tournament.

Gael Monfils withdrew from his home tournament at Roland Garros due to a right knee injury and will be hoping to be in action at Wimbledon.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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