Richard Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open

Richard Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open

Tennis world number nine Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a back injury.

Gasquet had aggravated the injury playing in exhibitions, and was also forced to withdraw from the Qatar Open.

The Frenchman place in the Australian Open which was ceded to British number three Kyle Edmund, who was three spots outside automatic qualification.

Edmund was also part of the Great Britain squad which beat Belgium last month to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years.

Gasquet withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament follows the earlier withdrawals of Argentina’s Juan Monaco and Australian youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Tournament organizers had since tweeted news of Gasquet’s withdrawal late Tuesday, adding, “We wish him a speedy recovery.

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