A trio of men withdrew from this week’s Indian Wells Masters on Monday. Injury-riddled Juan Martin del Potro returned his wildcard back to the tournament where he reached the finals in 2013 as the Argentine’s ailing left wrist is still not ready.
The tournament announced that rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis will take del Potro’s available wildcard.
Gael Monfils and David Goffin, who both played Davis Cup over the weekend, also withdrew. Monfils cited a knee injury while the Goffin who won the fifth rubber for Belgium yesterday is out with a bad rib.
“I felt a slight pain on my rib during my Davis Cup match, so I decided to withdraw from the Indian Wells tournament to cure myself,” Goffin wrote on Facebook. “I will be back to competition in Miami where I will be 100% physically.”
Last week, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Petra Kvitova announced their withdrawals from the first Masters 1000 event of the season.
While players have withdrawn, several are expected to make their 2015 debuts including Marin Cilic, Jack Sock, Tommy Haas and Laura Robson.
The Indian Wells women’s draw will be released at 6pm ET today. The men’s draw will be made at 6pm Tuesday.
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