Andy Roddick has been forced out of the upcoming year-end London ATP Finals event according to the London Times.
“I am really disappointed to miss the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals,” Roddick said. “I love playing in London and I’ve heard so many good things about the venue. However, I have not fully recovered from my knee injury and I won’t be able to compete. One of my goals in 2010 will be to qualify for this event again.”
The World No. 6 has been recovering from a left knee injury he suffered during an opening round match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the Shanghai Masters last month.
The injury has since not sufficiently recovered enough for Roddick to compete. The American also missed the 2005 year-end tennis closer and withdrew after one match from last year’s event.
Roddick will be replaced by ATP No. 9 Robin Soderling. No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will assume the alternate role.
Groupings for the 8-man field will be announced Wednesday at London’s Millennium Eye. Play at the O2 Arena begins on Sunday. The Top 4 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are all expected to play.
Federer can secure the No. 1 ranking by reaching the final.
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