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Injured Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open

AFP logoAFP 30-12-2015
France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during their quarter final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on November 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA © Provided by AFP France's Richard Gasquet returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during their quarter final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on November 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Frenchman Richard Gasquet will miss next month's Australian Open in Melbourne because of a back injury, the tournament announced on Tuesday.

"Sorry to report that @richardgasquet1 has withdrawn for the #AusOpen with a back injury. We wish him a speedy recovery," read a post on the tournament's Twitter account, which was then retweeted by the player himself.

Gasquet, the world number nine, had already pulled out of next week's season-opening Qatar Open, where he won the 2013 title, after aggravating his long-standing back problem at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) exhibition event.

The 2016 Australian Open runs from January 18-31.


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