Tournament officials have announced that Janko Tipsarevic, who withdrew from the Kooyong exhibition due to an injury, will be replaced by Gilles Simon. The Frenchman joins a field which includes top 10 contenders Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, and Richard Gasquet as well as Kei Nishikori, Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Verdasco and Grigor Dimitrov.
Tipsarevic, who has been fighting the heel injury since October, was hopeful of recovering in time but that was simply not the case.
“Since injuring my heel three months ago I have had a tough time. I was hopeful of recovering in time – I enjoyed playing at Kooyong last year the fans were great and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. But my heel needs time to recover so I am sorry that I will not be able to play. I will be working hard to get over this injury and get back to playing tennis quickly.”
The eight-man exhibition field takes place between January 8-11.