World No. 4 Alexander Zverev, Wimbledon semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz and Indian Wells Masters champion Cameron Norrie have all withdrawn from the Stockholm Open.
Zverev, who made the Stockholm semifinal in 2016, won’t be returning to the event for the first time in five years and make his third appearance at the event.
On the other side, Hurkacz and Norrie had been projected to make their debuts in Stockholm this year.
Following the withdrawal of Zverev, Hubert and Norrie, a place in the Stockholm main draw opened for Emil Ruusuvuori, Roberto Carballes Baena and Peter Gojowczyk.
Zverev, Hurkacz enjoying a good week in Paris
On Thursday, Zverev beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4) 6-7 (3) 6-3.
“[It was an] incredible match,” Zverev said. “Grigor is playing very high-level tennis and I had to leave everything out there. I think it was a very high-level match and it could have gone both ways, especially the third set. I am happy with how things went in the end.”
On Friday, Hurkacz sealed the final spot for the Nitto ATP Finals.
“It’s obviously a dream come true to be at the Finals,” Hurkacz told the Tennis Channel. “I played at the Next Gen Finals so I thought to myself maybe one day I would get to the main one. I’m just super happy.
“I’m getting so much support, especially from other athletes… I’m privileged to be in this position and I hope I am making Poland a little proud. Interest [in tennis] is growing in Poland also with Iga [Swiatek], who is in the WTA Finals, so it’s amazing to have both players at the high level. Hopefully we will have a lot more guys and girls join the top soon.”
After losing in the Paris round-of-16, Norrie hinted he would likely skip Stockholm.
“It sounds too difficult for the ATP Finals. I gave my best shot. I’ll go to Turin anyway because you have alternates. And then the Davis Cup. I’m not sure if I’ll play Stockholm. It depends on (rivals’) the results tomorrow. It’s been a great season so far, anyway,” Norrie said.