Tomas Berdych has withdrawn from the Miami Masters competition before his first round match on Wednesday.
Berdych was going to take on Australia’s Bernard Tomic in opening round encounter with the winner to face top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the second round.
However, the Czech world number 89 pulled out even before taking to court and will now be replaced by either a qualifier or a lucky loser. He tweeted his issue was his back which did not feel a 100% and hence had to take time out to recover fully from the problem.
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) March 20, 2019
Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was featuring in his very first ATP qualifying round in more than a decade, went out in the qualifiers. Seeded 22nd in the qualifiers, Tsonga went out to Pablo Cuevas in straight sets after having defeated Lukas Rosol in his opener.
Among the others who qualified to the main draw of the Miami Masters included Moldova’s Radu Albot, Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassme, Reilly Opelka and Prajnesh Gunneswaran from India. Gunneswaran, who beat Great Britain’s Jay Clarke, had been a qualifier at the Indian Wells Masters last week too and made it as far as the third round.
On the other hand, another British player Dan Evans lost in straight sets to Alexander Bublik in his qualifier.