South Korea’s Hyeon Chung has been on the Next-Gen circuit ever since he made it to the 2018 Australian Open semi-final but since then he has found it difficult to retain his place there. Chung has now withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters because of an injury.
Chung had had an indifferent start to the season already, having lost in the opening rounds at the Pune Open and Auckland Open before scraping through to his first win at the 2019 Australian Open as well. However, he fell in the second round of that tournament, losing to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
He returned to playing at the Rotterdam Open but again did not have much luck as he lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opener and hasn’t played since. Chung has been replaced by Ilya Ivashka in the main draw.
Also joining Chung on the sidelines is Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who recently played at the Dubai Open and pushed Roger Federer to three sets in their match. However, he has now opted out of the Indian Wells Masters as well and Ernests Gulbis will take his spot in the main draw.
Among others, Juan Martin del Potro is the biggest casualty, having already decided against participating in the tournament because of his knee issues. Taro Daniel came into the draw in his place.
Aljaz Bedene, Richard Gasquet and Vasek Pospisil have all opted out of the competition too because of injuries and Ryan Harrison, Federico Delbonis and Mackenzie McDonald get first round berths into the tournament as a result of that.
The Indian Wells Masters organisers have also handed out wildcards to five players including three Americans. These include Jared Donaldson, Reilly Opelka and Donald Young apart from Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime and Serbia’s Laslo Đere.
The Indian Wells Masters draw will be released on Tuesday afternoon while the WTA Indian Wells Open draw was released on Monday.