Injury forces Gasquet out of Rotterdam

Richard Gasquet has pulled out of the Rotterdam World Tennis Tournament on the eve of his first round match, in another big blow to the event.

The crowds in Rotterdam were already forced to do without headliner Roger Federer who withdrew due to a knee injury, and the top-seeded Gasquet has now added to the unwanted list of absentees after succumbing to a groin strain.

“Of course, I’m disappointed, I wanted to play here,” Gasquet said. “It’s impossible for me to play.

“If I don’t feel 100 percent, it is better to quit. This is a big event for me, I’m sad not to be able to play here. It’s tough for me but I had no choice.”

Gasquet won last week’s Montpellier Open, having made a late start to the season after sitting out the Australian Open due to injury.

Second seed Marin Cilic will now assume the role of title favourite.