Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic has officially withdrawn from the Chennai Open, after suffering a rupture on a heel tendon. The injury also kept the Serbian no. 2 from competing for his country in the Davis Cup final in November and it appears that he will now be forced to pull out from the tournament he is so accustomed to starting his year off in.
“I have had a difficult three months after injuring my heel. I felt I would recover well in time for the Chennai Open but regret to say that I will not be able to take part in the tournament.” Tipsarevic said in a statement.”I apologise to fans who have always supported me and waited to watch me play during matches there. Chennai was always my favourite tournament to start the new season. I really look forward to recovering quickly and getting back to playing tennis soon,”
The heel injury also means that the world no. 36 may not fully recover in time for the Australian Open. This would mark the Serb’s first absence from a Grand Slam event since the 2006 US Open.
The 19th edition of the Chennai Open takes place between December 30 – January 5 with Swiss no. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka leading a field that includes top players Mikhail Youzhny and Fabio Fognini.