Two major withdrawals have already hit the upcoming Indian Wells Masters events. Earlier this week 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew from the event due to exhaustion.
The Czech who celebrates her 25th birthday Sunday has played just 15 matches in four events.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, one of my favourite tournaments on the calendar,” she wrote on facebook Thursday. “Unfortunately I have been feeling exhausted on the court in recent weeks and unable to compete at 100 per cent. I will therefore be taking some time out in order to rest and restore my energy levels for the rest of the season. The fans in Indian Wells are fantastic and I am really looking forward to being back there to play in front of them next year.”
Kvitova lost in the third round at the Australian Open to Madison Keys, then lost back-to-back in her second matches at Dubai and Doha.
For someone already tired from the season, might she battling a more serious condition?
The tournament also announced today that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has withdrawn due to ongoing pain in his forearm. The Frenchman has not played this year.
In seven previous trips to Indian Wells, Tsonga has only managed to reach the quarterfinals once in 2013. Last year he lost in his first match to Julien Benneteau.
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