David Ferrer becomes the second top 10 player, and third top 15 player to withdraw from Indian Wells. The Spaniard joins the likes of Roger Federer (rehabbing from knee surgery) and Kevin Anderson (shoulder) as the top 15 players to have withdrawn from the event. It is unknown why the Spaniard has withdrawn from the first Masters 1000 event of the year.
Signs of Ferrer Withdrawing After Acapulco
After the world number eight crashed out to Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, he talked to the local media on his uncertainty for the tournament in the California desert. Here’s what he said, “I do not know what to do the next few weeks. I’ll go home and I am not sure if I will play in Indian Wells or not, because I’ve travelled a lot, I played a lot and there are times in life that you need to stop and enjoy it.” Ferrer also had talked about reflecting on the game, “Everything in life is tennis and now I’m at a time in which I think I want to enjoy what I have gained in my life.”
Ferrer Not the Only Withdrawal
The list of withdrawals on the men’s side is adding up quickly. Federer, Anderson, and Ferrer have already been named has withdrawals, but they’ll also join the likes of Pablo Andujar, Marcos Baghdatis, Simone Bolelli, Fabio Fognini, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Jerzy Janowicz, Paolo Lorenzi, Tommy Robredo, Ivo Karlovic, and Janko Tipsarevic.
Due to these withdrawals, we have some young breakout stars getting their shot on the Masters stage with the likes of Alexander Zverev, Kyle Edmund, and Damir Dzumhur all ready to try and make some noise. Veterans Ernests Gulbis, Marcel Granollers, and Mikhail Youzhny are also in the main draw due to the withdrawals.