After withdrawing from the Davis Cup quarter-final tie and the Monte Carlo Masters, it appears top ranked Frenchman Richard Gasquet will remain on the sidelines indefinitely as he continues to nurse his back injury.
Gasuqet had originally withdrawn from the Davis Cup to recuperate in time for Monte Carlo, which was not the case, as he was unable to lift his racquet ahead of the event. Now several weeks removed from that withdrawal, Gasquet is still yet to regain fully mobility and has been forced to reconsider taking part in the Madrid Open. He is also unlikely to take part in the Rome Masters the following week either.
This also means that his participation in the French Open will now in doubt.
Gasquet is 13-7 this season and has been sidelined since losing to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Sony Open. He is currently ranked at No. 11 (10 points behind No. 10 John Isner) and drop singificantly in the rankings if he is to miss the bulk of the clay court portion of the season.
The Mutua Madrid Open takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain.