Diego Schwartzman, Alex de Minaur join lengthy Stockholm player withdrawal list

World No. 15 Diego Schwartzman and Australia’s Alex de Minaur have both withdrawn from the Stockholm Open. 

Schwartzman, 29, had been expected to make his Stockholm debut this year. 

On the other side, world No. 32 de Minaur won’t be making his second Stockholm appearance. 

De Minaur made his Stockholm debut in 2018 but didn’t impress in his lone appearance at the tournament, having suffered a first round exit. 

The Stockholm organizers have suffered some big blows as previously Gael Monfils, Aslan Karatsev, Cristian Garin, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Ugo Humbert also pulled out of the event. 

Schwartzman, de Minaur to be replaced by Frances Tiafoe, Adrian Mannarino 

Tiafoe, who is becoming a fan favorite wherever he goes, will have a chance to entertain the Stockholm crowd. 

Last week, Tiafoe stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in Vienna and afterward credited fans for his shock win. 

“You’ve got fans going nuts early in the match. I want to play. I want to be out there, I want to give it my all. You’ve got little kids screaming ‘Big Foe’ and that’s what it’s about,” Tiafoe said.

“It’s almost irrelevant who you’re playing. Obviously I want to beat Stefanos and these guys, it’s always good to have on the resumé. It’s been great.”

Tiafoe thrives when he plays in front of a packed crowd. 

“I just love playing in a packed house. I feel at home. I feel like that’s what it’s about,” Tiafoe said. “The result is almost irrelevant sometimes. You have kids coming out, parents bring these kids out, pay their hard-earned money to come watch me play. I want people to have fun just like I’m having fun… I feel it’s my duty to ‘A’, bring it, give my all, but also to make sure everyone has fun. That kid at the top of the stadium, I want them going home remembering [they] watched Frances Tiafoe play and [they] had a great time.”

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