Miami Masters 2019: Philipp Kohlschreiber Withdraws, Dimitrov Prepares for Comeback

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Philipp Kohlschreiber won’t participate in this year’s Miami Open after opting out of it following his run at the Indian Wells Masters earlier this month.

The German, who first played at the Miami Masters as far back as 2006, has decided to rest from the competition and prepare for the rest of the clay court season.

This follows his fourth round appearance at the Indian Wells Masters where he beat Nick Kyrgios and shocked the world number one Novk Djokovic to advance to the fourth round. Gael Monfils defeated him in straight sets to make it to the quarter-finals.

Bernard Tomic will take up Kohlschreiber’s place in the Miami Masters draw.

In other news, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will look to make it to the main draw of the Miami Masters by featuring in the qualifiers after having fallen to outside top 100 in the ATP Rankings.

Tsonga fell to 140th in the world before his title win at Montpellier, and a quarter-final appearance at the Rotterdam Open allowed him to rise to 118th.

He opted out of the Indian Wells Masters because of his inability to take a long flight which caused him to face the effects of a blood disorder called sickle cell disease.

Interestingly, Tsonga hasn’t played in the qualifying rounds of any tournament since 2007. Spain’s David Ferrer has received a wild-card directly into the main draw of the competition.

Meanwhile there’s good news for Grigor Dimitrov who has returned to training and is expected to take part at the Miami Masters. He had missed out from the Indian Wells Masters after having opted out of the Rotterdam Open and Acpulco Open as well.

Alex de Minaur and Andreas Seppi have also ruled themselves out of the Miami Masters this year.

About Suneer Chowdhary 931 Articles
Suneer is a Mumbai-based freelance sports journalist with a special affinity towards cricket and tennis. He has also covered six ICC tournaments including Cricket World Cups and Champions Trophy.

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