Tomas Berdych's frustrating season continues as he pulls out of Washington
JULY 18, 2019 | Tennis World USA
by DZEVAD MESIC
Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych won't be opening his US summer hard-court campaign in Washington as he has withdrawn from the event. The 33-year-old won't be playing at the Washington event for the first time since 2014.
The Czech has made four appearances so far in his career on the hard courts of Washington. Berdych had an impressive Washington debut in 2005 as he made the semifinal before losing to home favorite James Blake. In the remaining three appearances, the Czech picked up two quarterfinal showings and one round-of-16 exit.
Former world No. 4 Berdych -- who recently returned from a back injury at Wimbledon -- appears to be facing more health issues. Playing in his first tournament since the Indian Wells Masters, the 33-year-old suffered a first round loss to American Taylor Fritz at The Championships.
It remains to be seen will Berdych be forced to miss some more of the upcoming hard-court events? Meanwhile, a place in the Washington main draw has opened for Marius Copil of Romania following the withdrawal of Berdych.
The Washington event is set to be held from July 29 - August 04.