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Medvedev Withdraws from Rotterdam Open
- Updated: February 6, 2024
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev has withdrawn from the Rotterdam Open due to a combination of fatigue and a right foot injury, announced the Russian world number three. Medvedev, who suffered a defeat against Italian Jannik Sinner in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open final last month, cited exhaustion following his extensive playtime during the tournament, where he spent a Grand Slam record-breaking 24 hours and 17 minutes on court at Melbourne Park.
Last year, Medvedev emerged victorious at the Rotterdam Open after defeating Sinner in the final. However, this year, he expressed regret at being unable to defend his title due to physical limitations. In a statement released on Monday, the 2021 US Open champion explained that his body, particularly his right foot, has not sufficiently recovered from the demanding matches in Australia.
Expressing his disappointment at missing the Rotterdam Open, Medvedev expressed his affection for the event and emphasized his intention to return in 2025. Despite his withdrawal, Medvedev’s decision allows him the necessary time to recuperate and prioritize his health before returning to competitive action.
With Medvedev’s departure, world number four Jannik Sinner assumes the top seed position at the hard-court tournament. The event will feature other top-ranked players such as Andrey Rublev, Holger Rune, and Hubert Hurkacz, adding excitement to the ATP 500 event.
Scheduled to take place from February 12 to 18, the Rotterdam Open promises to deliver thrilling tennis action despite Medvedev’s absence. As players vie for the prestigious title, the tournament offers an opportunity for emerging talents and established stars to showcase their skills on the international stage.
Medvedev’s withdrawal serves as a reminder of the physical toll that professional tennis exacts on players, especially during grueling Grand Slam events. With the sport demanding peak physical and mental performance, injuries and fatigue are common challenges that athletes must navigate throughout their careers.
Despite Medvedev’s setback, his decision to prioritize his health reflects a prudent approach to managing his career longevity. By opting to rest and recuperate, Medvedev aims to ensure his readiness for future competitions, including Grand Slam tournaments and other prestigious events on the ATP Tour.
As the tennis world adapts to Medvedev’s absence from the Rotterdam Open, fans and players alike eagerly anticipate his return to the court. With his talent and determination, Medvedev remains a formidable force in men’s tennis, and his presence will be missed at the upcoming tournament.
In the meantime, the Rotterdam Open offers an opportunity for other players to seize the spotlight and make their mark on the ATP Tour. With fierce competition and high stakes, the tournament promises thrilling matches and memorable moments for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.
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By- Sahiba Suri