Henman Pulls, Nadal On Deck Tuesday at ATP Marseille

Posted on February 14, 2006

Tim Henman withdrew from the ATP stop in Marseille Monday after determining that his ongoing back problem would not allow him to compete.

"I wouldn't have been able to play at 100 percent," Henman said. "I'd rather not take the chance. I still hope I can play in Rotterdam next week."

Henman joined Andre Agassi, who also pulled out of San Jose this week with back issues, and david Nalbandian who pulled in Buenos Aires with an ab injury.

Winners on the day were No. 7 seed Radek Stepanek (d. countryman Berdych) and French wildcard Gilles Simon (d. Nieminen from a set down).

"It's a lot easier when you have the crowd behind you, especially when you lose the first set," Simon said. "I know I am able to beat these kinds of players now. I have a lot of confidence from the start of the year. It's a great start to the tournament and I hope to go further to honor the wildcard I received here."

Four more Frenchmen were added to the main draw Monday with the conclusion of the qualifying in Haehnel, Faurel, De Chaunac, and Thomann.

On tap for Tuesday in Marseille are (Q) Thomann vs. Rusedski, (LL) Korolev vs. (WC) Sidorenko, C.Rochus vs. (3) Davydenko, (1) Nadal vs. O.Rochus, Dent vs. Andreev, and (Q) De Chaunac vs. Youzhny.